8 Reasons to IMPROVE your Windows

  • Have a More Energy Efficient Home
  • Stop Sun Damage from UV Rays
  • Increased Prop­erty Value
  • Lower Monthly Electric Bills
  • Pro­tec­t Glass from Vio­lent Weather
  • Balance Room Temperatures
  • Pro­tec­tion against Vandalism
  • Deter Forced Entry Through Glass

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Energy Efficient Windows; Understanding how they Work and Save You Money

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

In this time of recession, families are opting for a stay-cations or cutting back on luxury items. However, individuals are choosing to invest in their home by upgrading their windows which not only helps to enhance property value, but can also decrease the amount of energy used within the home. Replacement windows are one of the simplest investments for personal enjoyment, energy savings, and can also increase the value of your home. When researching for replacement windows, look for Energy Star rated windows as they provide greater energy savings on both heating and air utility bills throughout the year.

Replacement window technologies have become advantageous for home owners, providing pristine and clear views into their yards, allowing light into the house with less radical UV intensity, allowing fresh air into areas of the home when desired, yet keep the house properly insulated when the windows are closed, cut down the amount spent on utility bills year-around, and provide low maintenance for years and years. Depending on the manufacturer, there are specific options, designs and styles of windows that, with the correct installation, can provide long term energy savings.

Double Pane Glass – Higher quality energy efficient replacement windows incorporate a double pane glass design with either an air space or for higher quality windows or argon gas filled for its low heat/cold conduction, making certain complete insulation and preventing air from escaping from the house or leaking in.

Tempered Glazing – An even higher quality type of window is tempered with specific glazing that scales back energy loss nearly 50% whereas permitting all the sunshine to enter the house while not allowing radical UV radiation to enter the home. This window style aids in preserving energy particularly in smaller confined areas.

Reflective Glass – Particularly useful for homes in sunny or hotter areas, there are higher quality energy efficient windows which utilize reflective glass to scale back the quantity of heat and light, conducive to less solar energy absorption. This good thing about this glass style is most helpful for small rooms and areas that require to remain cool with air-conditioning.

Vinyl Window Frame – In the past most replacement window frames solely made with wood, however these days, vinyl has established to be the most advantageous for a range of reasons. Vinyl replacement windows are not virtually maintenance free because they do not warp, crack, or peel, however they also guarantee a tighter air seal to the house, preventing outside air from coming in or indoor air from escaping.

Replacement windows that are higher quality and incorporate energy efficient do not only offer the simplest overall value by being long lasting, they conjointly save householders every month in utility value. There are not many investments that can both make the home more valuable and and saves cash on a monthly basis for the lifetime of the house. These windows seem to pay for themselves for both long and short term.

Does Your House Need Replacement Windows?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Many people today don’t seem to be tuned in to how much windows have an effect on their heating and cooling bills. Over time, the windows have passed through many modifications, so any windows that were installed in homes before 1990 will more than likely need an upgrade.

There are a few things to think about when your windows need an upgrade. Here are Five reasons mentioned below.

Cracks, are no laughing matter:  It does not matter whether the cracks are within the frame or the glass. Either way, cracks allow a large quantity of hot and cold air to pass through your windows. This may translate into abnormally high electric or gas bills. To avoid this, replace the windows as soon as monetarily possible.

Style it up!:  It can determine the curb appeal of your house. Most realtors will agree, a classic looking home can fetch a better price in the housing market. Simply substituting the older windows with new, fashionable ones is enough to spice up the overall look of your home.

Mind the Gap:  Even the slightest gaps between the window framework and the glass is quite dangerous. It indicates that the glass is loose and may fall out at any time. It also means there is a large loss of hot or cold air to the outside. The sensible this is to replace windows in this condition, than paying large electricity bill each month.

How old it too old?:  As stated before, if your home was built before 1990, you more than likely have windows that were made around the same decade. There are new products being introduced on the market. Making this change will do wonders to the overall appearance of your house by creating a stylish and elegant look.

Sticky Windows?:  Wood windows can fall victim to many different issues. Mainly they will stick – whether it’s due to a bad paint job or the elements that can cause the wood to swell. There are even times that the wood will dry up and shrink. Unfortunately all of these issues can cause sliding problems or even render the window useless. Opening and closing a window like this takes too much effort, the point of having a functional windows is lost.

Single Pane WindowLeaded Glass Panes

The main reason why homeowners bypass window replacement is that they think it is a costly affair. What they do not take in account is the return on investment this upgrade creates every month. This is most noticeable on utility bills. There are an endless number of other benefits by replacing old, cracked, sticky windows. Once all of this is considered, you may realize that replacing windows is definitely worth the investment.

Green retrofit for your home.

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Thinking about making a few GREEN upgrades to your home before the end of summer? You may want to read this article from BuildingGreen.com and International Window Film Association (IWFA) which states window film is the best retro fit on a home to save energy in warm climates.

Window-Film: Overlooked Retrofit Option

Windwo Film a great retrofit for your home!

 

 

 

Decorative films – I love the look, but where would I install it?

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Have you ever wondered where to use that really cool decorative film? Well, we have installed many different applications for; Home Offices, Shower Doors, Store Fronts, Dressing Rooms, Conference Rooms, and even on bathroom windows in newer homes.  There is no limit to how creative you can get with these types of films!  Adding both style and privacy to your room with just one application AND at a fraction of the cost of decorative glass. Check out our PHOTO GALLERY for more examples!

Frost Film, 2 inches from picture

Frost Film, 2 inches from picture

 

Frost Film, 12 inches from picture

Frost Film, 12 inches from picture

 

Frost Film, 24 inches from picture

Frost Film, 24 inches from picture

Replace your old windows with Double Glazed Units

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Today in Flower Mound we are replacing old worn out windows with new double paned vinyl windows.  These double glazed units were fitted to reduce energy loss and to also to help increase the insulation of the house, they can also reduce condensation.

What are Dual Pane Windows you ask?  Answer: Two layers of glass are hermetically sealed into a unit, which would be sized for your window opening, then sealed and used to replace the standard single pane commonly used in the manufacture of a window or door.

Different types of windows

When replacing your windows you can get as creative as you want. Enjoy your new view and let the light in!

Dual paned Units were First Introduced in the 1930’s and were commonly available throughout the USA by the 1950’s. Looking more closely at what goes to make up a unit let’s first look at the spacer. These are made up of four different types

1) Regular Metal Spacers

2) Combination Sealant Type Spacers

3) Non Metal Synthetic Spacers (i.e. Vinyl)

4) Hybrids

The regular metal spacers are generally made up of aluminum glazing bars, electro galvanised steel, or even stainless steel. The spacers themselves can have a dramatic effect on the cost of the double glazed units depending on the material they are made from.

The spacers are filled with a desiccant component especially designed to reduce the condensation that may form between the panes of glass in the sealed unit, this desiccant soaks up the moisture and helps keeps the unit clear from misting and fogging.

Misting or Fogging of Your Double Glazed Units

So what happens when the units break down?. Misting or fogging of a unit is a common problem, and as luck would have it, this often occurs just after the guarantee runs out. Misty or foggy units can make a room look terrible and as the seals around the windows age & break can be expected in the lifetime of the unit.

But the cost of repairing units is no longer a major problem as this process can be done fairly cheaply and quickly by replacing the glass and utilizing the existing window frame.

Overall the benefits of double glazing far outweigh the cons. With the advent of more competition in the market place, the prices of replacing double glazed units has come down dramatically.

 

Summertime in Texas

Monday, July 1st, 2013

 

Well, it’s triple digit weather again here in North Texas. As you walk to the mail box, sweating, and dreading the high electric bill – there is solace knowing there are incentives to update your home and conserve electricity.  Oncor has a list of improvements, from purchasing Energy Star appliances to (you guessed it) Window Film.  Check out the list of other upgrades covered by the program!

Home Energy Efficiency program by Oncor

 

Saving Money with Window Film

A Window Film retrofit can be a cost effective solution to save energy

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

The International Window Film Association (IWFA) – a non-profit group – released a report that establishes window films are the most cost effective retrofit to save energy and reduce carbon footprint for consumers. This report was written for consumers in California, but it is applicable to our customer’s here in North Texas.

The study was conducted by ConSol, which is based in California. For the purpose of the study, the firm compared the installation of window films on existing buildings with other energy saving measures such as installing new HVAC units, which save energy, caulking and air sealing and R-38 ceiling insulation. When such comparisons were made, it was found out that using window films resulted in higher energy savings. In current building structures, installation of window films alone can result in a payback within a period of two years and also result in 70% a return on investment based on the location of the window film and the type of construction. The IWFA is a body of window film dealers, manufacturers and distributors who are focused on achieving growth in the industry by providing unprejudiced research material that will facilitate governments to come out with supporting policies and also help in enhancing the awareness about window films. The non profit organization maintains alliances with trade associations, government agencies, advance dealers and businesses to provide valuable services to their customers.

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Skin Cancer Awareness

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

May is Skin Cancer awareness month which is a cause that is close to my heart.  Being a Stage IV melanoma survivor I try to share my knowledge to prevent this horrible disease.  That is why I enjoy my job here at AmeriTint.  When customers install film to their windows they are adding protection from the damaging effects of UV rays.

There is no such thing as safe tanning. UVB and UVA rays are harmful to your skin.

  • windows block UV-B rays – that is without tint
  • windows and window tint block both UV-A and UV-B
  • premature skin aging and skin cancer is caused by UV-A rays

Ultraviolet radiation from sun exposure is the primary cause of skin cancer. Although cutting out all exposure to the sun can have other effects, i.e. vitamin D deficiency. I hope that everyone limits their time in the sun to mainly to morning or late afternoon, avoiding the harshest part of the day. Moderation is key to staying healthy and keeping safe.

Check out The Skin Cancer Foundation‘s tips for when you are outside.

 Skin Damaging rays