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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Transformation Tuesday: Before & After Window Installation

One of our favorite ways to show off what Superior Windowland can do is to present before and after photos. A side-by-side comparison highlights what a difference one small update can make. In honor of Transformation Tuesday, let's take a look at before and after photos of a Superior Windowland window installation:

Before 
In progress
After
As you can see, the window was updated to a more modern, energy-efficient model. Furthermore, the window can now be opened. Installation of this window not only improved the building's curb appeal, but also made it more eco-friendly.

To see more photos of our projects, visit Superior Windowland's photo gallery. You'll find lots of Transformation Tuesday-worthy updates! When you're ready to embark on a home improvement project of your own, call us at (203) 948-7770. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Google+ for more tips!

Friday, December 19, 2014

How Spray Foam Insulation Keeps Heat In

This time of year, we all want our homes to be as cozy as possible. After all, your house should serve as a warm refuge from brutal winter weather. Adding spray foam insulation to your home might be the solution you're looking for. Here's how spray foam insulation keeps heat in:

According to HGTV, to comprehend how spray foam insulation works, you must understand the law of thermodynamics: "heat flows in one direction, from a warm space to a cold one." The warm air inside of your home, according to this law, will flow outdoors to the cold air during the winter.

Spray foam insulation keeps heat in by filling the spaces between framing studs within your walls and in your attic. Because it expands by almost 100 times its original volume, it does a better job at filling air gaps than does fiberglass insulation. In short, spray foam insulation fills in the cracks through which warm air tries to escape.


As a partner with LaPolla, Superior Windowland uses some of the best spray foam products in the industry, including FOAM-LOK insulation. Not only will it help keep your home warm this winter, but it can also save you more than $100 per month on heating and cooling costs compared to traditional forms of insulation.

Have more questions about how spray foam insulation keeps heat in? Don't hesitate to give Superior Windowland a call at (203) 948-7770. You can also learn more at our website. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Google+ for more tips!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

About Superior Windowland

Before you enter any kind of relationship -- business or personal -- it's important to get to know the other party a little better. We understand that, which is why we're an open book. In this blog post, we invite you to learn a little more about Superior Windowland.


The experts of Superior Windowland have many years of experience in the window, door, and siding business. Our staff members have done both small and large residential home improvements, as well as commercial projects. No matter how you'd like to update your home, we can do it!

Our goal is a simple one: We want to make every project a special project for our customers. The philosophy at Superior Windowland is that the mark of a good company is not how things are handled when all goes right, but how it reacts to challenges that are presented. To this end, it is our intention to do everything possible to make your home improvement project perfect.

We strive to make every step of your home improvement project pleasant and valuable, from setup to cleanup. Superior Windowland's incredible staff members have extensive experience in a variety of services, including installation and repair of windows, doors and roofs. Countless hours of training and hands-on experience are the fundamentals that created what we believe in and what makes us superior.

Whether this is your first try tackling a project on your home or you've made numerous renovations, you're going to love the service provided by Superior Windowland. Thank you for getting to know Superior Windowland a bit better. We hope to provide you with a rewarding experience! Call us at (203) 948-7770 to get started.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

4 Most Common Winter Roof Problems

Your roof takes a beating from Mother Nature year-round, but especially during the winter. It braves the elements every day in order to protect you and your family. That's why it's so important to be aware of how your roof is doing. Here are the four most common winter roof problems to keep an eye out for:

1. Condensation

How does condensation affect your roof? If moisture builds up at your roof's ceiling, it can be absorbed into the wood and freeze. Once it starts freezing, the moisture expands and cracks, compromising the roof's integrity. This could damage the entire roof, causing leaks throughout your home.

2. Ice dams

An ice dam, according to Angie's List, is  "a layer of ice that forms at the edge of a roof that does not allow melting snow to drain off the roof." Water becomes trapped, and often flows into your home, causing destruction.


3. Icicles


When temperatures stay at or around freezing during the day, icicles become a common winter roof problem. Sunshine will melt the snow on your roof, causing it to dribble over the sides. If the water re-freezers, it can form icicles. Heavy ice can cause gutters to fall and roofs to cave in.


4. Flashing leaks

The flashing on your roof is a piece of sheet metal that protects joints from water damage. It's usually located at or around the chimney and any skylights and dormer windows. Disintegrated flashing can lead to leaks during the wintertime.

If it's time to replace your roof, turn to Superior Windowland. We offer many different material options including sphalt shingles, wooden shingles or shakes, tile, slate, metal, and copper. Our experts will help you choose the best options for your home to keep the need for repairs and maintenance to a minimum.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Why You Should Install Hardwood Flooring this Winter

Some people worry that adding hardwood flooring in the winter is a bad idea. However, thanks to certain winder conditions -- like dryness -- wintertime is actually an ideal time to lay hardwood floors. Below is an in-depth look at why you should install hardwood flooring this winter:

Dry winter conditions prevent warping

Moisture and wood do not mix. One reason why you should install hardwood flooring in the winter is because the air is usually drier, meaning moisture won't get trapped. The less moisture there is when you lay hardwood flooring, the less of a chance your floor will buckle and warp.

It's easier to space the floorboards

Winter in Connecticut is cold, and cold air makes wooden floorboards contract. This is a good thing when it comes to installing hardwood floors. That's because it's easier to space the floorboards out, and you don't have to worry about large gaps forming between pieces.


Your schedule is less hectic

Once the holiday season dies down, chances are your schedule will clear up. You'll have plenty of time to decide which hardwood flooring suits your style best. More importantly, you'll have no problem scheduling an appointment for installation!

We at Superior Windowland have excellent relationships with many fine flooring products. Our team will be happy to help you put together the perfect solution for your flooring needs. From design, to product selection, to final installation—we have the expertise to complete your project seamlessly.

So what are you waiting for? Let's transform your home this winter with beautiful new hardwood flooring! Dial (203) 948-7770 for more information. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and follow us on Google+ for more tips!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

3 Winter Home Improvement Projects to Lower Utility Costs

Here at Superior Windowland, we do more than just windows. We offer a variety of home improvement services that not only improve the look of your house, but also save you money. Below are three winter home improvement projects available from Superior Windowland that will help lower utility costs:


1. Add insulation

Extra insulation throughout your house can prevent heat from escaping this winter. “If your house was insulated more than 20 years ago, an added layer in the attic always helps,” Todd Recknagel, CEO of AM Conservation Group, told US News. You can also add insulation to your crawl space, basement and garage. Superior Windowland offers spray foam insulation, which can help you save up to 40 percent on energy costs.

2. Install south-facing windows

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends taking advantage of the sun's heat to lower utility costs. If you already have south-facing windows, keep the curtains open during the day; the sunlight will naturally heat your home. If not, contact Superior Windowland. We can help you select the perfect window type for the job!

3. Replace your doors

Replacing old doors with energy-efficient models can help reduce energy costs this winter, advises the Environmental Protection Agency. We know you will be pleased with Superior Windowland's variety and superior installation for your new doors. Our brands include Therma-Tru and Interstate.

Don't get stuck spending more than you have to this winter! Heating your home shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg. Contact Superior Windowland at  (203) 948-7770 to learn more about home improvement projects that will help lower your utility costs. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and follow us on Google+ for more tips!

Friday, December 5, 2014

How to Decorate Your Windows for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, and there's no better way to spread cheer than by decorating your home's windows! Whether your style is traditional or modern, now's the time to up your house's curb appeal while celebrating the season. Let's discuss different ways to decorate your windows for the holidays:

1. Create a winter scene

Photo by Beth Dreiling Hontzas for Southern Living magazine
Southern Living suggests building a beautiful winter scene in your window. Take a small branch off your Christmas tree (or any fresh greenery) for the green, and purchase red cardinals from a local crafts store. Complete the winter wonderland display by adding a branch for the birds to perch upon.

2. Bring the snow indoors

Photo via Better Homes and Gardens
No, we don't mean literally. According to the experts of Better Homes and Gardens, a lacy table skirt, paper snowflakes and some ribbon is all you need for a stunning snowy design. Hang it all from a simple curtain rod, and you're done!

3. Hang ornaments


Photo via Lifehack.org
This idea from Lifehack.org is simple yet brilliant! If you can bear to part with some of your Christmas tree ornaments, hang them from a window instead. Be sure to match the ribbon to the ornament for a comprehensive style!

With these pointers, you can deck out your windows for the holiday season. What other ideas do you have for decorating your windows for the holidays? Tell us your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How to Prevent Scuff Marks on Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are certainly beautiful, but they're also quite easy to scuff. And while scuff marks are not as grave as scratches or nicks, they put a blemish on your gorgeous flooring. Did you know that you can actually prevent scuff marks on your hardwood floors? Here's how:


Ask family members and visitors to take off their shoes. It might sound tedious, but the first step in preventing scuff marks is getting people to keep their shoes off. Doing so will ensure that sneakers, high heels and boots never get near to your stunning hardwood flooring.

Cover high-traffic areas with rugs. Area rugs come in handy when it comes to preventing scuff marks on your hardwood floors. They're small enough that they don't conceal the natural beauty of the wood flooring, and can protect high-traffic areas in your home. Plus, they can accentuate your decor!

Attach felt protector pads to the bottom of furniture. If it's your furniture that's causing scuff marks on your floors, then look for floor protectors. According to the World Floor Covering Association, there are many different types to consider:
  • Self-adhesive felt pad 
  • Formed-felt pads
  • Tap-in felt glides
  • Rubber & Teflon-like grippers
  • Stick-on & screw-on foot protectors
  • And more!
Following these steps should prevent scuff marks on your hardwood floors. If your floors are scuffed, scratched or dented beyond repair, contact Superior Windowland at (203) 948-7770. We have a relationship with many fine flooring products, and our team will be happy to help you put together the perfect solution for your flooring needs.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

What to Do If There's Ice in Your Windows

Winter is near, and chances are you've had to fire up your home's heating system more than once already. In some homes, doing so causes condensation to form on the inside of windows. If the condensation remains well into winter, you've got a problem on your hands -- it could cause ice to form. Here's what to do if there's ice in your windows:

Many of the things we do on an everyday basis add moisture to our home's air. Between showering and cooking and everything in between, the American Society of Home Inspectors reports that we add more than 2 1/2 gallons of moisture into the air each day. Being aware of how much moisture you're creating is the first step in decreasing the humidity level of your home.


Take the following steps to limit other sources of moisture:
  • Reduce humidity where it starts -- often in your basement or crawl space
  • Look for drainage problems with your gutters
  • Turn off your furnace's built-in humidifier 
  • Run your clothes dryer vent outdoors
  • Avoid air-drying wet laundry inside
  • Repair plumbing leaks
  • Limit the amount of houseplants you own
  • Keep firewood outdoors
  • Add ventilation
If you've still got ice in your windows, it may be time to replace them. Superior Windowland offers a wide variety of windows. Whether you are looking for a fine piece of furniture or a highly energy-efficient window, we have it! If for some reason we don't, we can always obtain them for your project.

To learn more, dial (203) 948-7770 today. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and follow us on Google+ for more tips!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Can My Roof Withstand Heavy Snow?

It's difficult not to start dreading winter when right now the people of Buffalo are digging themselves out of what seems like an endless snowstorm. After all, it's only a matter of time before snowfall heads our way. As we hear more and more stories of people's homes being destroyed by more than 5 feet of snow, you might be asking yourself, "Can my roof withstand heavy snow?" Here's what you need to know.


According to AccuWeather.com, a cubic foot of packed snow could weigh up to 20 pounds. If you're worried about whether or not your roof can withstand heavy snow, keep an eye out for the following:
  • A sagging roof
  • Extreme roof leaking
  • Cracks in your walls
  • Creaking noises
If you notice any of the above, contact Superior Windowland as soon as possible at (203) 948-7770. Our crew of roofing contractors is highly trained and will be able to spot potential problems.

If your roof looks like it might not be able to withstand heavy snow, we'll provide a free estimate along with superior customer service every step of the way. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and follow us on Google+ for more tips!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How to Prevent Ice Dams from Forming in Your Gutters

It’s freezing out there – literally! Temperatures here in Connecticut have begun to dip below 32 degrees, meaning that your home’s gutters could be at risk for ice dams. According to This Old House, “Dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up and pour into your house.” This is obviously not something you want for your home!

 

With that said, here’s how to prevent ice dams from forming in your gutters:

Control heat loss. When heat escapes through your roof, it melts any snow that may be present, thereby leading to ice dams in your gutters. Make sure that your attic is properly insulated and is equipped with ventilation. This will ensure that the temperature of your roof matches that of the outdoors. Learn about Superior Windowland’s spray foam insulation here.

Invest in deicing cables. HouseLogic.com recommends installing electrically-heated deicing cables along your roof’s eave lines. Doing so will help stymie the freezing process. However, some argue that the heat cables aren’t worth the cost.

Remove ice dams as they form. If your gutters are already inflicted with ice dams, you’re likely looking for a quick fix. Using a roof rake, pointing a box fan at the roof, and applying a calcium chloride ice melter are some of the most common practices of ice dam removal.

If your roof suffers damage this winter due to snow, ice, wind or anything else, don’t hesitate to call Superior Windowland at (203) 948-7770. Our crew of roofing contractors is highly trained in both repairs and installation. We do everything we can to make sure your roof stands up to the most extreme climates, such as snow storms and hurricanes.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

How to Prepare Your Windows for Winter

We’re well into autumn, and winter is just around the corner. Even if you’re ready for cold weather, your windows may not be. From checking for drafts to inspecting windows for cracks, let’s take a look at how to prepare your windows for winter.


The experts of BobVila.com suggest checking your windows for:

Worn out weather-stripping

When the weather stripping on your windows starts falling apart, cold outside air can find its way in. This should be replaced before winter to prevent heat loss! Refer to this guide from House Logic for tips on replacing weather stripping.

Rotting or decaying window frames

If your wooden window frames show signs of decay, it’s likely time for a repair or replacement. This will not only help keep your home warm this winter, but will also help maintain structural integrity.

Drafts

Feeling for drafts will help you identify where heat could be escaping from your house. Look back at this blog post if you’re not sure how to identify where drafts are coming from. Caulking both the inside and outside of drafty windows prevent heat from leaving your home.

Cracks, chips and breaks in the glass

These need to be replaced as soon as possible. Frigid winter temperatures could further exacerbate any fractures that already exist.

If you require any repairs or replacements, contact Superior Windowland immediately! We’ll make sure your windows are prepared to keep you and your family warm this winter. Dial (203) 948-7770 today. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us to your circles on Google+ for more tips!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

5 Window Safety Tips

According to SafeKids.org, 127 children in the U.S. died in 2010 from fall-related injuries. Many of these fatalities were due to children falling out of windows in their homes. There are precautions you can take to avoid falls in your home. Let’s take a look at five window safety tips, which can help make your house a safer place:


1. Install window guards. According to the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, window guards can prevent falls. On the other hand, screens alone cannot. Window guards are made up of bars that are no more than 4 inches apart. This prevents children from getting in between the bars and falling out of a window.

2. Open windows from the top. Some windows can be opened from both the top and the bottom. Try to get into the habit of opening your windows from the top, which can help prevent accidental falls. When not using your windows, always keep them locked.

3. Move furniture away from windows. When young children start crawling and climbing, tragedy can happen in an instant. Keep furniture like cribs and chairs away from windows so that toddlers do not have access.

4. Come up with an escape plan. If your child doesn’t know what to do in case of an emergency, he or she may go straight to the windows. That’s one reason why coming up with an emergency escape plan is so important.

5. Install stops. Window guards aren’t made for all windows. For example, emergency escape windows cannot be covered by window guards. Installing window stops ensures that a window cannot be opened more than 4 inches.

Old windows can pose a safety risk as well. If you think your windows need updating, call the experts of Superior Windowland today at (203) 948-7770. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us to your circles on Google+ for more tips.

Friday, October 31, 2014

3 DIY Halloween Window & Door Decorations

Halloween is here! If you haven't decorated yet, it's not too late. We've scoured the web and found three DIY (do-it-yourself) Halloween window and door decorations you can make today. They're quick, easy and inexpensive!

1. Hanging Bats

Photo courtesy of MarthaStewart.com
This one is super-simple thanks to a template available at MarthaStewart.com. Print out the template and use it to cut a bat out of thick black paper. Poke holes in either the tail or the head, attach a string, and hang from your porch's ceiling!

2. Jack Skellington Door Decoration


Photo courtesy of Family.Disney.com
In 20 minutes or less, you can make an awesome Jack Skellington door decoration! Disney Family provides the template for this festive piece. Use paper or cardstock to print the template, and cut out all pieces. Punch out holes as indicated, and connect the pieces using small brads. Hang him on the door however you'd like!

3. Ghostly Draperies


Photo courtesy of HGTV
Dress up your windows for Halloween with ghostly draperies. Follow step-by-step instructions from HGTV to add an eerie touch to your home. It takes a little time and patience, but it's very budget-friendly!

Will you make any of these last-minute DIY Halloween decorations? If so, we'd love to see your creations! Share your results with Superior Windowland on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

5 Ways to Tell If You Need a New Roof

We’re well into fall and winter is fast approaching. Is your roof prepared to withstand autumn rainstorms and heavy winter snow? Most people don't pay much attention to their roof, which can lead to costly repairs in the long run. Here are five ways to tell if you need a new roof:


1. Your roof hasn't been replaced in 20 or more years

The average roof's lifespan ranges from 20 to 50 years. That's a pretty wide date range. To be safe, if you haven't replaced your roof in 20 years, have it inspected. It may already be time for a new one.

2. Your shingles show wear and tear

If you're inspecting your roof on your own, SheKnows.com recommends checking for "cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles." Shingles in bad condition are a sure sign of a roof that needs work. Depending on the extent of the damage, you might be able to get away with a repair instead of a full replacement.

3. You've found shingle granules in your gutters

Another sign that you need a new roof is if you've found pieces of shingle in your gutters. This means that your roof is having a hard time holding up during rain, wind and other types of inclement weather. Look for shingle granules when cleaning your gutters.

4. You can see daylight through your roof boards

Peek inside of your attic. If you can see light from the outside coming through your roof boards, you probably need a new roof. It's also important to look for moisture within the insulation, advises Angie's List.


5.  You're tired of looking at it

It might sound paltry in comparison, but if you can't stand the color or style of your roof, then it's time to consider installing a new one. Replacing your roof not only improves your home's curb appeal, but also can up its resale value.

Superior Windowland's crew of roofing contractors are highly trained in both repairs and installation. We provide free estimates for all roofing projects, and are sure to provide superior customer service along every step of the way. Call us at (203) 948-7770 to discuss the best options for your home! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us to your circles on Google+ for more tips.

Friday, October 24, 2014

How to Check for Air Leaks in Your Windows

Now is the time to get your home ready for the cold winter ahead. One of the most important things you can do to prepare your house is to seal up leaky windows. First, however, you’ll need to identify problematic windows. Let’s take a look at how to check for air leaks in your windows:


1. Feel for drafts

First you must figure out whether or not air is flowing through your windows when closed.  "A great way to do this is to hold a lit candle close to the window seams," recommends DIYNetwork.com. If the flame flickers or bends, then there could be a draft.

2. Inspect your home for cracks and gaps

Energy.gov suggests looking at the following areas in your home for signs of an air leak:
  • Window and door frames
  • Baseboards
  • Weatherstripping
  • Wall- and window-mounted air conditioners
  • Attic hatches
3.  Remove old caulking

If old caulking isn't doing its job anymore, apply caulk softener, let it sit for a couple of hours, and then knife it off. It's important to remove as much of the old caulking as possible. Otherwise, the new caulking may not adhere properly.

If you're still not sure if your windows are leaking air, call Superior Windowland now at (203) 948-7770. We'll work with you to determine if it's time to repair or replace your windows. Learn more at our website.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

3 Reasons to Avoid DIY Spray foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation offers many benefits, varying from better air quality to energy savings. And with DIY (do-it-yourself) spray foam kits readily available, you might be thinking about updating your home’s insulation on your own. Below are three reasons to avoid DIY spray foam insulation solutions:

They can smell. If not installed correctly, spray foam insulation can cause a strong, fishy smell as a result of off-gassing. In fact, according to CBC News, the scent has driven homeowners out of their houses, “some complaining of difficulty breathing and other health problems.” Superior Windowland uses state-of-the-art equipment to ensure proper installation and procedures that will prevent any unpleasant smells.

They can crack. When insulation starts to crack or chip, it stops doing its job. Unfortunately, improperly applied spray foam insulation can fall apart. That’s because the process involves the precise mixing of two chemical compounds. The everyday person just isn’t familiar with the mixing, layering, and temperature specifications!


Removing the insulation is expensive. If you do try to apply your own spray foam insulation and it goes badly, you will have trouble finding a contractor to remove it for an affordable price. Spray foam insulation is super-durable, making it hard to uninstall. CBC News reports that it could cost thousands of dollars.

When it comes to spray foam insulation, avoid DIY approaches. Turn to the experts of Superior Windowland. We’ve successfully installed hundreds of retro, open cell, closed cell and roofing cell projects. As with our other remodeling expertise, we are now considered a leader in the spray foam industry! Dial (203) 948-7770 to learn more. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us to your circles on Google+ for more tips.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Is Your Home's Siding Outdated?

Did you know that an outdated exterior can decrease the value of your home? Whether you’re thinking about selling your house or are just thinking of ways to up its curb appeal, you may want to consider new siding. First, ask yourself whether or not your home’s siding is outdated.


Siding trends are constantly changing, just like they do in fashion. If your siding is outdated, chances are you’re not making the impression you want to be making. Does your home look tired? Is its aesthetic stuck in a different decade? If so, new siding from Superior Windowland can make all the difference.

Here’s what to look for when asking yourself whether or not your house’s siding is outdated:

  • Color – bright and flashy siding is out, darker shades are in
  • Texture – trendsetters are using a mix of materials to form a unique texture and look
  • Energy efficiency – your siding covers a huge part of your home, and certain designs can save you money on cooling and heating
Superior Windowland's staff has sold and installed all types of siding. Our siding installation technicians are factory-trained, and have hands on experience with every type. We can help you achieve the following benefits:

  • Durable climate protection for your home
  • Low maintenance
  • Enhanced curb appeal
  • Increased home value
  • Reduced energy costs with insulated siding
Call Superior Windowland today at (203) 948-7770 to discuss options. From wood clapboard and wood shakes, to fiber cement siding, to vinyl siding — there is not a project we have not done. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us to your circles on Google+ for more tips.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

3 Natural Ways to Clean Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors can be tricky to clean. Commercial cleaners with heavy chemicals or wax can cause unsightly buildup, reports the Huffington Post. Harsh chemicals can also damage the wood, causing it to swell and become uneven over time. For these and other reasons, you might want to consider nontoxic cleaning solutions. Below are three natural ways to clean your hardwood floors.


1. Vinegar

According to CleanMama.net, mopping and/or scrubbing your hardwood floors with a mixture of ½ cup of white vinegar and 1 gallon of warm water is a great cleaning technique. Worried about the scent? Add a few drops of essential oil to eliminate the “pickle smell.”

2. Lemon and olive oil

Hearts.com recommends combining ½ cup of lemon juice, ¾ cup of olive oil and 1 gallon of warm water for an effective wood cleaning solution. Using a mop, apply the mixture to your hardwood floors. Be sure not to apply too much water, however, which can warp the wood.

3. Tea

Can black tea really be good for your hardwood floors? RuralSpin.com argues that it’s easy, cheap and effective:

Simply brew 3 tea bags with four cups or so of boiling water. Let it sit to cool a bit, then use a funnel to transfer it to a spray bottle. It’s ready to use. Spray it on your floor enough to see a sheen of wetness, but don’t overdo it; too much moisture takes too long to dry and can warp your wood through time. After you spray it, wipe or mop to remove dirt. I use wash cloths that I attach to a Swiffer sweeper. Or I get on my hands-and-knees and clean the floors old-school. Rinsing isn’t required.

Not only does tea smell much better than vinegar, but it also helps deepen and enhance your hardwood floor’s natural color. Would you try it?

If your hardwood floors are too far gone to clean, contact Superior Windowland and ask about our flooring products. Our team will be happy to help you put together the perfect solution for your hardwood flooring needs. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us to your circles on Google+ for more tips.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to Choose the Perfect Curtains for Any Window

You’ve just upgraded your home’s windows to let in more light, conserve energy and add to your home’s curb appeal. Congratulations! But the work’s not over – now it’s time to make a decision about window treatments.



With so many options to choose from, you might feel overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve written this guide on how to choose the perfect curtains for any window. Consider the following points and you’ll have it figured out in no time:

Function is of utmost importance

Sure, you want your curtains to be beautiful and complement your home’s décor. But first and foremost, you must decide how you will use your treatments. For example, “If you want treatments that provide privacy or total darkness, you need lined curtains,” advises RealSimple.com. On the other hand, if you’re happy with some light coming through, unlined curtains are your best bet.

Pay attention to fabric

Lana Lawrence, vice president of Anthony Lawrence-Belfair curtain fabricators, recommends testing out fabrics by holding them up to a window. "Pleat it like an accordion at the top and let it drape," she told Elle Decor. "If it starts to flare like a piece of crinoline, then it's not going to fall nicely on the window." Be sure to work with a sample of at least 2 yards in order to get an accurate assessment.

Choose a style that works

It’s important to find patterns and colors that “either complement those already in your room, or accent them,” suggests Pier 1. Don’t choose your window treatments based solely upon what’s popular or trending. Otherwise, you could end up with curtains that don’t match your home’s style whatsoever!

What other tips do you have for choosing the perfect curtains? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

How to Prepare Your Windows for Fall

It’s officially fall, and we’re bracing for a cold several months in New England. Now’s the time to get your home ready for the year’s frost! We’ve rounded up the best tips from across the web on how to prepare your windows for fall:

    The experts at BobVila.com recommend checking the weather stripping around all of your windows for leaks. Replacing worn out weather stripping will help prevent heat loss. If you can’t tell just by looking at your windows, feel for drafts.

    You should also replace the window screens in your home with storm windows in preparation for severe fall and winter weather.



    Notice signs of rot or decay in your window frames? See cracks or chips in your glass? Damaged windows should be replaced in order to maintain the structural integrity of your home. Superior Windowland can help – learn about our window installation, sales and replacement services here.


    If your home tends to look dreary during the dark winter months, you might want to rethink your windows. According to Better Homes and Gardens, “Some great opportunities for adding windows could include a new door with an inset window, or replace a standard slider with tall French sliding doors.”

    Freshome.com suggests hanging heavy drapery over any windows that are super drafty. This should help block some of the air from entering your home.

    For more ideas on how to prepare your windows for fall, call Superior Windowland at (203) 948-7770! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us to your circles on Google+ for more tips.

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    3 Tips for Choosing a New Front Door

    If you’re in the market for a new front door, you’ve come to the right place. Superior Windowland offers a variety of entry doors and years of experience in both installation and sales. Today, there are many options when choosing a new door - from wood to fiberglass, with each material available in a variety of colors and styles. Below are three tips for choosing a new front door.


    Which material is right for you? A wood door offers different benefits than a steel door. It’s important to first determine what your priorities are, and then choose a material based on that. For example, according to This Old House, “A steel door is your best bet if security and durability are top priorities.” Not only are they more robust than wood and fiberglass doors, but they’re also easy to repair. Other material options include glass, fiberglass and aluminum.

    What’s your home’s aesthetic? Front doors aren’t all about function; it’s also important that your new door “complement and add to the aesthetic of your home,” advises Houzz. The right door will help give your house a facelift. In fact, choosing a door that adds something to your home actually increases its curb appeal and resale value.

    How’s your budget? Think about both up-front costs and long-term costs when shopping for a new entry door. “Make sure you are well aware of the energy efficiency, maintenance requirements, and life expectancy of the door you are selecting,” recommends Bob Vila. They will all impact how much your new entryway costs you in the long run.

    The ultimate choice is up to you, but if you need guidance, Superior Windowland’s expert staff can assist. Allow us to help you find the perfect door for your home remodeling project! Dial (203) 948-7770 for a free estimate. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us to your circles on Google+ for more tips.

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    How to Keep Leaves Out of Your Gutters

    While autumn foliage certainly is beautiful, when the leaves finally fall, they can wreak havoc on your home. Leaves, twigs and debris can clog gutters, causing rain water to overflow. Over time, the buildup of water can ruin landscaping, damage your home’s foundation and even lead to basement flooding. With this in mind, let’s discuss how to keep leaves out of your gutters:



    Clean them annually. The best way to prevent leaves from clogging up your gutters is to clean them at least once a year and after major storms, advises House Logic. Use a sturdy ladder to access your gutters, and dig out as much as the gunk as you can. Then, use a hose to wash out the remaining grime.

    Add a mesh screen. According to SFGate, if you home is located in an area that sees only light rainfall and isn’t surrounded by trees, a installing a mesh screen over the top of your gutters should do the trick. It will filter out the leaves and keep your gutters fully functional.

    Install new gutters. Replacing or installing new gutters is a great way to enhance your house’s exterior. Superior Windowland offers a variety of gutter and downspout products, allowing you to select the color, size and design that’s right for you. Superior Windowland can also install new gutters complete with leaf protection.

    For more information on gutter installation, sales and replacement, dial (203) 948-7770 and ask to speak with a Superior Specialist! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us to your circles on Google+ for more tips.

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    3 Reasons You Should Visit Our Showroom

    Did you know that Superior Windowland has a huge showroom conveniently located in Newtown, Connecticut? Here you can see a variety of colors and styles for the products we offer. Below are three reasons you should visit our showroom:

    1. Get a clearer picture

      There’s only so much you can gather from a brochure or website. When it comes to shopping for new windows, doors, siding, roofing and hardwood floors, you’re better off seeing Superior Windowland’s selection in person. There’s simply no substitute for being able to see our products up close.
    2. Conveniently compare

      It’s not easy to compare products when your only point of reference is a catalog. Products tend to look alike when they’re all squeezed into a tiny brochure. At Superior Windowland’s showroom, you can easily compare your choices side-by-side to determine which is right for your home.
       
    3. Get expert advice

      When you visit the Superior Windowland showroom, you get more than a close-up look. Our knowledgeable staff is available to discuss options and help you choose the perfect materials. The experts of Superior Windowland will offer tips for both commercial and residential projects of all sizes.

    Ready to come see what Superior Windowland has to offer in person? Visit our showroom at 3 Simm Lane in Newtown, Connecticut. We look forward to seeing you! Like us on Facebook to learn more about Superior Windowland.

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Taking Care of Your Hardwood Floors

    Keeping your hardwood floors immaculate is a difficult task. Scratches and spills are inevitable and will drive most homeowners crazy. However, with these maintenance tips you can keep your floors looking and feeling new!


    Dust

    Reduce the build-up of dust and dirt on your floors by dusting daily. Use a microfiber towel or vacuum to keep your floors absent of allergy-causing, stubborn dirt and dust. Regular dusting products may not be the best choice.

    Choose the correct cleaning formula

    According to Lowe's Home Improvement Center there are some ingredients to consider when looking for a hardwood floor cleaner. pH-neutral, non-toxic, and biodegradable are key words to look for when selecting cleaning products.

    Never use water

    You might damage your floors and cause rot by using water to clean your floors. You can use a damp cloth to wipe up spills, but pouring water directly onto to floor is a no-no.

    Floor Mats

    Positioning floor mats both inside and outside of the room will help prevent dirt and any water from the bottom of your shoes from coming in contact with your hardwood floors.

    Pets

    Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to avoid surface scratches, and clean up any hair that has shed.

    Deep Cleaning

    If you haven’t taken proper care of your flooring in the past you may need to perform a deep cleaning. To do so, use a diluted wood-cleaning product and a sponge or rap mop. Be sure to wipe up any left-over cleaning product.

    Superior Windowland has a relationship with many fine flooring products. Our team will be happy to help you put together the perfect solution for your flooring needs. From design, to product selection, to final installation—we have the expertise to complete your project seamlessly. Give us a call today at (203) 948-7770. Also, don't forget to follow us on Twitter!

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    5 Popular Window Styles

    If you’re in the market for a new window or want to update your existing windows, you’ve come to the right place. Superior Windowland is an industry leader and windows, and we offer a variety of designs. With that said, you might be wondering which types of windows are most common. Below are five popular window styles that will help improve your home’s look and efficiency.

    Single-Hung


    Perhaps the most common type of window is the single-hung. According to BobVila.com, in single-hung (or single sash) windows, he bottom sash can be moved up to allow air to enter a room. The top sash, however, stays in place.

    Casement


    Here in America, we don’t see casement windows as often as our European counterparts, but they’re still quite popular. MSN Real Estate explains that the casement window was common in the UK prior to the creation of the single-hung window. Casement windows open like a door.

    Bay


    This Old House describes a bay window as being “composed of three windows joined, or mulled, at the factory to make a single large unit.” While the center window is usually wide, it’s usually surrounded by narrower single-hung or casement windows.

    Bow

    A bow window, on the other hand, is made up of several casement windows placed side-by-side to form a curve, reports DoItYourself.com. Bow windows offer many of the same features as bay windows, but are less common.

    Awning

    According to Andersen Windows, awning windows are characterized by a hinged top that allows them to open outward. Furthermore, they’re most often wider than they are tall. These windows will provide extra ventilation because their entire sash opens.

    Need help determining which of these five popular window styles is right for your project? Dial (203) 948-7770 to speak with a Superior Windowland professional today! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us to your circles on Google+ for tips on windows, doors, roofing and more.

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    How to Remove Fingerprints from Your Windows

    The beauty of your new windows is compromised when they’re covered in fingerprints. What’s worse, fingerprint smudges are especially hard to wipe clean due to the oils in our skin.


    photo credit: Genista via photopin cc

    Here’s how to remove fingerprints from your windows quickly and easily:

    First, it’s important to prep your windows to be cleaned. Windows with heavy dust won’t be as easy to clean. Using a feather duster, wipe away dust, dirt and other buildup. This will allow you to get a closer clean.

    After you’ve wiped away the dust on your windows, it’s time to break out the dish soap. While dishwashing liquid is designed to break down the oils we cook with, it also cuts through the grease that lives on our skin. Family Handy Man suggests adding a teaspoon of dish soap to a large bucket of warm water, applying the mixture to your windows with a sponge, and using a squeegee to wipe it clean.

     
    Next, run a dishcloth under hot water and wipe down your windows to remove any remaining soap. The hot water will evaporate quickly, reducing the likelihood of water spots. To get your windows dry, wipe down with paper towels.

    What other tips do you have for removing fingerprints from windows and other glass products? Share your ideas with us on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter! And don’t forget to call Superior Windowland at (203) 948-7770 for windows, doors, roofing and more.

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    How to Select a Siding Color for Your Home

    Your home’s siding is a big piece of its overall look. So when it comes time to update your house’s exterior, it’s important to consider your options wisely. Below are three tips for selecting a siding color for your home.

    Find a color combination that appeals to you. Most people are attracted to certain color combinations. And we make decisions about color daily, from our outfit choices to the artwork we hang in our homes. The outside of your home is no different! Determining which color combination is the most appealing to you as a first step in selecting a siding color for your home.


    Look around your neighborhood. How do your neighbors’ homes look? Take a stroll down your block and take note of color combinations and features that pique your interest. Doing so will not only provide inspiration, but also help you decide how your house’s new look will fit in. Don’t choose colors that will clash with your neighbors’ exteriors!

    Pay attention to the sun. Your home’s orientation will impact how much of it receives direct sunlight. If your house does get a lot of sun, lighter color siding will look best. Sunlight enhances bright colors, allowing your home to look even more stunning.


    Still not sure which color siding to choose for your home? From wood clapboard and wood shakes, to fiber cement siding, to vinyl siding — there is not a project the experts of Superior Windowland have not done. Call us today at (203) 948-7770 to discuss ideas and options!

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    Friday, August 29, 2014

    The Dangers of DIY Window Installation

    When it comes to home renovations, DIY (do-it-yourself) projects are all the rage these days. Now more than ever, people are reluctant to hire a professional when they feel like they can get the job done on their own. What most people don’t consider, however, are the dangers of DIY projects like window installation. Below are a few points to consider before attempting to install new windows on your own.

    It’s labor-intensive. You may not realize it, but replacing windows is hard work. In fact, installing heavy, thick windows is certainly too much work for just one person. Even if you have an extra set of hands, inexperience can make window installation very dangerous. By hiring an expert, you can avoid injury and damages.


    Older homes may contain harmful substances. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), “If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint.” The lead inside this paint is a common cause of lead poisoning. Chances are you don’t know how to check for lead and you’re not familiar with proper safety precautions. The professionals of Superior Windowland, on the other hand, are trained on how to deal with harmful substances like lead and asbestos.


    Your windows might not operate correctly. Even a slight mismeasurement can cause problems with your window’s functionality. Without a perfect fit, your window may not open or close correctly – a potentially unsafe situation. Furthermore, a poorly-fitting window will often result in drafts, which can take a toll on your utility bills.


    DIY window installation is more dangerous than one might assume. Superior Windowland is an industry leader, and our skilled technicians will always install your windows the right way. Our goal is not just to help you choose and install your new windows, but also to keep you and your family safe.

    To learn more, visit us on the web, call us at (203) 948-7770 or like us on Facebook!

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Single-Hung vs. Double-Hung Windows

    If you’re considering installing new windows in your home, you might be debating between two styles: single hung and double hung. Superior Windowland offers both types of windows, and we’re happy to help you select the perfect one for your project. Let’s take a closer look at each of these types of windows.

    Single-hung windows are designed in such a way that the top half stays stationary while the bottom half will move vertically. This type of window is popular in new homes, apartments and offices.

    photo credit: Andersen Windows via photopin cc


    Pros:
    • Up to 20 percent less expensive
    • Cheaper to maintain and repair
    • Offers some ventilation
    • Each pane is accessible from the outside
    Cons:
    • Difficult to clean -- when open, bottom half can obstruct the upper half
    • Hard to reach from the outside if on an upper floor
    • Does not tilt
    • Not as many design options
    Double-hung windows, on the other hand, offer homeowners more flexibility. The top and bottom pieces can be opened, allowing more air to move through.


    Pros:
    • Easy to clean because both windows can be tilted
    • Exterior accessible from inside thanks to tilt
    • Superior ventilation – both top and bottom can be opened and tilted
    • More room for design customization
    Cons:
    • Higher up-front costs
    • More expensive to maintain
    • Not as airtight
    • Not as strong
    Superior Windowland also offers a variety of other windows including awning windows, fixed windows, sliding windows, casement windows, bay windows, bow windows and tilt and turn windows. Dial (203) 948-7770 to discuss options with a representative. Like us on Facebook to keep up with all of our update!

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    How to Make a Room Look Bigger with Hardwood Floors

    You might not realize it, but Superior Windowland does a lot more than just windows! In fact, one of our specialties is hardwood floors. We have a relationship with many fine flooring products, allowing us to put together the perfect solution for your flooring needs. For example, did you know that you can make a room look bigger with hardwood floors? Here’s how:

    Run the planks in the right direction




    In order to make a room look bigger, you need to run the planks in the direction of the longest span of the room. This will help elongate the room! If you have a square room, however, consider installing your hardwood floors parallel to the door or entry.

    Choose the right color




    Generally speaking, light features make a room look bigger. So when looking at hardwood floors, look for ones that have a more natural color.

    Another option is to stay light on the walls and select a darker hardwood floor. The flooring will provide a nice contrast to the light walls (and other light objects, like furniture and décor).

    Select wider flooring pieces




    Although it might seem counterintuitive, wide flooring pieces can help make a room look larger. Smaller planks will make the floor look busy, thereby making the entire room look a bit cramped.

    Call us today at (203) 948-7770 to speak with a Superior Window expert today. From design, to product selection, to final installation—we have the expertise to complete your project seamlessly! Like us on Facebook as well for more tips and pointers.

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    How Upgrading Your Windows Can Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal

    Instead of changing the entire exterior of your house, consider changing things on a smaller scale to enhance the overall curb appeal. Start with updating your windows. Get rid of those drafty windows; upgrade your old windows and notice the huge difference in the appeal of your home.


    Updating windows is not only cheaper than re-doing your entire lawn or front porch, but it is also a smart investment that saves you energy and gives your house a cleaner look in the long run. Nowadays, windows marked with the Energy Star label can cut your fuel bills by as much as $340 per year.

    Think about how you want to change the overall look of your house before choosing your windows. Whether it’s a more traditional look or a contemporary style that you’re into, Superior Windowland has it all. Our crew will assist with your project from start to finish, and our knowledgeable staff will help you choose the perfect materials, and our skilled technicians will install them the right way.

    Even if you’re planning on selling your house soon, upgrading your windows is still a great investment. That's because a higher quality product will attract potential buyers and increase the overall value of your home.

    Upgrading your windows only brings positive things from your home’s curb appeal to saving money quickly. What are you waiting for? Contact Superior Windowland at (203) 948-7770 to learn more about the benefits of installing new windows!

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