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FEW THOUGHTS BEFORE YOU PURCHASE WINDOWS

Contrary to what some ads say, saving money on your energy bills is not the reason to replace your windows. That’s because it could take decades to recoup the $8,000 to $24,000 you’ll spend on new windows and installation. Energy Star-qualified windows can lower your energy bills by 7 to 15 percent. That’s only about $28 to $112 per year for a 2,100-square-foot, single-story home with storm or double-pane windows, or $127 to $466 if that home has just single-pane windows. So why bother?

New windows can make your home quieter, more attractive, and less drafty, and they don’t need painting. They’re also easier to clean than old windows with combination storm and screens and can reduce your carbon footprint

Don’t overspend on options

Upgrades can easily add 50 percent or more to the base cost of a window. Focus on features that add value. Low-E coatings improve efficiency, but triple glazing probably isn’t necessary unless you live in an extremely cold climate. Double-hung window sashes that tilt in make cleaning easier, and full screens allow optimum airflow when the top window is lowered and bottom window raised. Finer meshed screens let more light through and do not obscure the view as much as standard screens.

Replacing windows involves many decisions. If you want new windows, Gulf Coast Windows and Doors will help you choose the best ones for your home.

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HOW TO CLEAN A DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS

Congratulations you just got new double hung windows and they’re beautiful! So what do you do when they get dirty? If you’re confused about how to clean your new double hung windows, you’re not alone. One of the most common questions are after installation is how to clean your new windows. No Worries….. we’re here to help!

  • First completely unlock your windows by moving the latches on the bottom sash inwards.
  • Raise the bottom sash up six to eight inches.
  • Locate the tilt hatches on the window’s bottom sash and pull inwards, as though the hatches are meeting in the middle.
  • Slowly tilt the window forward towards the interior of the home. The window should be almost flat at a 90-degree angle; however, be sure not to tilt the window too far. Complete this step slowly to avoid damaging the window.
  • Slide the top sash down six to eight inches.
  • Locate the tilt hatches on the window’s top sash and pull inwards, as though the hatches are meeting in the middle.
  • Slowly tilt the window forward towards the interior of the home. The window should be almost flat at a 90-degree angle; however, be sure not to tilt the window too far. Complete this step slowly as not to cause damage.
  • Start with the top sash and clean the interior of the window first.
  • Slide the top sash back into the frame and clean the exterior of the window.
  • Clean the bottom sash, starting with the interior of the window.
  • Slide the bottom sash back into place and clean the exterior of the window.
  • Put the sash back in frame.
  • Put the sash back in the lift rail to close the window. Be sure not to close the window from the top, as your window could be damaged as a result.

Use standard window cleaners, such as Windex, to clean the glass panes on your windows. To clean the window’s frame, we recommend using magic erasers for vinyl windows and dust cloths and wood polish for your wooden windows. So if you’re looking to upgrade your existing windows to double hung windows from Gulf Coast Windows and Doors, just have our design consultants come to your home to discuss the best options for your needs. For more information about replacing your windows, schedule a free in-home consultation with an design consultant today.

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Are Sliding Glass Doors the Right Choice?

1)   Is a sliding glass door a good investment for my Florida Home?

The answer is yes, upgrading your home with a home improvement project will add equity to your home. So when you consider a sliding glass door, there is no different – According to the Market, allowing natural light and glass accent into your home is a great way to increase your home’s overall value.

2) My door space is unique. Do sliding glass doors come in custom sizes?

All doors are made to order.  There are many standard sizes and custom sizes.  Sliding glass doors do not have the restriction as a swing door.

3) I’d like to keep my utility bill cost down. Is a sliding glass door right way to go?

Here in Florida, most homeowners choose double pane glass as a sliding glass door option. Consisting of two thick panes of glass with argon gas in the middle, double pane sliding glass entry doors reflect roughly 90% of energy while admitting only 10%. This means that when your air conditioner is cooling your house all summer, 90% of that cool air will stay inside and only 10% will leak out.

The opposite is true during Florida winter months – Your heat will stay inside. There is also a low-E glass option. Low-E stands for “Low Emissivity” which means the glass transmits a low level of radiant heat thanks to a microscopically thin transparent coating on the glass. What does low-E glass mean for you? A low-E glass door option will increase your thermal

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Why Vinyl Replacement Windows?

Vinyl Replacement windows are the best, and her is why. When it comes time to replace old defective windows, most homeowners look for new windows that aren’t only attractive, but also energy efficient. And that’s a very smart way to go. The top two reasons for installing vinyl replacement windows are to enhance the appeal of your home and to reduce cooling and heating cost.

It’s just as important that replacement windows be very well built, easy to clean, very low-maintenance, and reasonably priced. They must be readily available in a wide range of sizes and styles to complement your home and easily fit within the existing rough openings. And don’t even consider a replacement window if it doesn’t have a long history of reliable, weather-tight performance for all types of weather.

There are many kinds of replacement windows available, including those made from wood, aluminum and composite materials. However, an overwhelming number of homeowners and remodeling contractors choose vinyl replacement windows over all other types. And when you compare the features and benefits of vinyl, it’s easy to understand why.

Vinyl Replacement Windows: Simply Better

The first thing you need to know about vinyl replacement windows is that they’re not new-fangled or unproven. Vinyl windows have been available for nearly 50 years, and an astonishing 70 percent of all windows now manufactured in the U.S. are made of vinyl.

Vinyl replacement windows are often called all-vinyl windows to differentiate them from vinyl-clad windows, which are wood windows that have a thin layer of vinyl applied to the exterior surfaces. All-vinyl replacement windows have window frames and sash frames are made of extruded polyvinyl chloride (PVC).  The same durable plastic polymer used to manufacture countless building products, including plumbing pipes, electrical wire insulation, exterior house trim, siding, and doors. The resilient nature of PVC makes vinyl windows particularly effective in climates that experience a large temperature swing between the summer and winter months.

Set within each sash frame is an insulated glass panel comprised of two glass panes that are separated by an air space. Better-quality windows have thick vinyl extrusions with welded corners that create a super-strong, rigid frame. And the space between the glass panes is filled with argon gas or has a Low-E film that helps to block out solar heat in the summer. For even greater energy efficiency — and noise reduction — consider windows with triple glazing, which is three panes of glass with two insulating air spaces.

And when it comes to low-maintenance materials, few products can compete with vinyl. Unlike wood windows, vinyl never needs painting, scraping or sanding. It’s also impervious to rot, water damage, and wood-boring bugs and birds. Vinyl can be restored to like-new condition with an occasional scrubbing with warm, soapy water. And vinyl windows don’t transfer heat and cold through the frame and sash, as is common with aluminum windows.

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French Doors for a Brighter Home

Is it time to say good-bye to the solid door blocking your view and introduce some more light into your life? Consider French doors as an option. These combination windows and doors create a sense of space as they flood rooms with sunlight.

And new glass technologies mean that security and insulation concerns of the past are in many cases outdated. Read on to find out whether French doors are right for you.

What are the benefits of French doors?

In addition to adding a certain feng shui, the advantages of French doors include:

  • Bringing natural light into an interior room or hall that doesn’t have windows.
  • Providing a visual between indoors and out, or between two rooms.
  • Expanding your warm-weather living space by opening out to a patio, balcony, or garden area.
  • Letting the sun light in without letting warmth escape as well as in the summer by not letting cool air out.
  • Expanding the sense of space in a room.
  • Filling wide openings–and creating a flow–between rooms. And conversely, enabling adjoining rooms to be closed off from each other as needed, such as for noise or heating reasons.
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