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.

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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.

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  • Up to 20 percent less expensive
  • Cheaper to maintain and repair
  • Offers some ventilation
  • Each pane is accessible from the outside
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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 d├ęcor).

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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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

3 Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipes

Whether you’re out of Windex or are trying to be more environmentally-friendly, you’ll be happy to know that you can actually make your own glass cleaner! Not only is it easy and inexpensive, but it’s also a smart way to prevent skin irritation. Below are three homemade glass cleaner recipes you might want to try.

1. Citrus & vinegar

Peel the citrus fruit of your choice and soak the peels in vinegar for two to three weeks. Strain the mixture and pour into a spray bottle with equal parts water. This will make a fresh-smelling and effective glass cleaner!

2. Seltzer

Seriously, that's all you need. Pour some club soda into a spray bottle, and spritz onto the glass that needs to be cleaned. You’d be surprised at how well the carbonation helps break up dirt and grime!

3. Vinegar & dish soap

Combine one cup of vinegar with 1⁄2 teaspoon of dish soap (not dishwasher detergent) and a gallon of warm water. Again, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and use as you would with your normal glass cleaner.

Homemade products made with natural ingredients can be more effective than you realize. Plus, they have less of a negative impact on the environment. That’s a win/win in our book!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How to Prepare Your Windows for Hurricane Season

Hurricanes and tropical storms have been known to bring heavy rain, dangerously strong winds and severe thunderstorms to the Northeast. These conditions can be especially damaging for your home’s windows.

Here in Connecticut, hurricanes are most likely from June 1 through November 30. Let’s discuss how to prepare your windows for hurricane season:

Remove screens

Window screens can rip or blow off during a big storm, causing unnecessary damage. Take down your screens before the storm so you don’t lose them! Otherwise, you might have to replace them after the storm.

Cover all windows

If you don’t have permanent storm shutters, you’ll have to board up your home’s windows with plywood -- we recommend using plywood with at least 5/8" thickness. If you prepare well enough in advance, you’ll be able to purchase these cut to fit and ready to install.

*Note: Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.

Here’s how you should prepare your windows if you know a storm is on its way:

Move furniture

If you have any pieces of furniture near your windows, move them toward the center of the room. This way if your windows do break, your furniture won’t be damaged. This also ensures shards of glass will not end up in the fabric of upholstered furniture.

Close curtains

Draw drapes tightly across all the windows in your home. Furthermore, lock all windows and doors when a hurricane warning has been issued.

Hopefully we'll have a hurricane-free summer and fall. But if a major storm does approach our area, we urge you to heed these instructions.

If your windows do break due to a storm or any other reason, don't hesitate to call Superior Windowland at  (203) 948-7770 to discuss replacement options.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Why You Should Install Energy-Efficient Windows

Did you know that your home's windows could be negatively affecting its energy efficiency? If you're on a tight budget, or if you'd just like to save on your energy bills, it may be time for an energy-efficient window upgrade. Let's discuss a few more reasons why you should install energy-efficient windows:

Energy savings

According to U.S. Department of Energy, upgrading to energy-efficient, single-pane windows can save New Englanders approximately $501 per year. Imagine what you could do with an extra few hundred bucks?

Improved comfort

Inefficient windows can create drafts, making your home colder than desirable in the winter. During the summer months, solar radiation can come through your windows, causing overheating and discomfort. Upgrading to a window made from low-E glass will help keep your home comfortable, regardless of the conditions outdoors.

Reduced fading

If your home has old windows, you might have noticed your furniture, carpets and artwork fading over time. Strong sunlight can transmit radiation, breaking down chemical bonds in your possessions and leading to fading. Certain windows can reduce UV transmission to less than one percent!

To speak with a professional about why you should install energy-efficient windows, call the experts at Superior Windowland at (203) 948-7770 today! Both our installers and representatives are familiar with every type of window, its features, and how to properly install it. There is not a project we have not seen or cannot figure out.

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