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Should I replace my windows?

Question:  Do my windows need to be replaced?

Wooden single pane windows
Wooden single pane windows

Answer:  Maybe. Look through the list below. If you answer yes to any of these questions, it may be time to replace your current windows.

  1. Are your windows single pane?  Single pane windows often will be very cold or hot to the touch depending on the temperature outside. They often will collect condensation around the panes and glass of the window.  Replacement windows contain Low-E glass that reflects heat, which helps retain the temperature inside your home. Most homeowners see a 30-50% reduction in energy usage.
  2. Is it loud inside your home? Replacement windows that contain Argon gas have a better sound proofing effect.
  3. Are your pictures, furniture, carpet faded or fading rapidly?  Most household furnishings are made of an organic material which is susceptible to fading when exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays. Replacement windows are UV rated.
  4. Do you close off rooms in your how with drafty windows during cooler weather? It’s time for replacement.
  5. Are you still using storm windows? Replacement windows have double insulated glass and come with different options: Low-E coatings and Argon gas fill for additional efficiency and Energy Star® compliance.
  6. Do you have to paint your windows as part of your regular maintenance? Replacement windows are vinyl. They will never need to be painted and are easy to clean.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, feel free to call us today for a free estimate for replacement windows. 865-771-4085

DIY – Get your home ready for cold weather

There are many things a homeowner can do to get their homes ready for colder weather. Here is a list of some DIY items that can be completed with very few tools and a small amount of experience. As always, if you feel that you are unable to complete these tasks on your own safely, give us a call and we would be happy to assist!

Leaves are Falling. It's time to do some home maintenance.
Leaves are Falling. It’s time to do some home maintenance.
  1. Windows: As we begin to button up our homes for colder weather, many of us will remove screens/replace window glass panes and/or remove window air conditioner units in older homes. If replacing window panes, be sure that the pane fits flush into the track. If the frame is bent or otherwise damaged, you may loose warm air through cracks. Make sure when the window is closed that there is no debris in the track of the window. Any debris could keep the window from closing completely. Add weather stripping to increase heat retention in your home if necessary.
  2. Doors: As the weather changes, exterior doors may “shrink” or contract. When a door is closed, check to ensure that there is no additional airflow between the frame and door. If cracks are evident, the frame or door may have shrunk or contracted. Add insulation stripping inside the frame of the door to block out cold air.
  3. Add insulation in your crawlspace
  4. Add insulation in your attic

Another very important  step: Have an HVAC (Heating & Air unit) fall inspection to ensure your system is running at its best.

We would love to hear from you. If you have any questions, please ask below in the comment section and we will answer as quickly as possible.