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Monday, September 18, 2017

The ABC's Of Windows

What house would be complete without windows? They provide natural sunlight, fresh air, and views of the outdoors. It’s important for homeowners to know the different types of windows, materials, and building codes. And that starts here.

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The ABC's Of Windows:

Wainscoting - This describes the decorative paneling that lines the lower half of the interior wall.

Wall Insulation - Insulation is placed between the wall studs to slow down air moving between the inside and outside of a home.

Wall Sheathing - Sheets of plywood nailed to the outside face of the wall studs that serve as a base for exterior siding.

Water Repellent System - An exterior coating system that temporarily protects against water.

Waterproofing - Waterproofing prevents moisture, unlike a water repellent system.

Weather Stripping - This is when certain materials — like rubber, metal, wood, or plastic — are installed around the door and window openings to prevent air filtration.

Window Casting - The decorative strips surrounding and finishing the exterior and interior sides of the window or door opening.

Weep Holes - To allow water to drain, small holes are placed at the bottom of walls, windows, or along the edge of flat roofs or decks.

With our extensive experience and expertise, Superior Windowland is an industry leader in windows, doors, spray foam insulation, and more. So whether you need a broken window repaired, or new siding for your home, you can count on us to get the job done right! Call us today at (203) 948-7770 for a FREE estimate.

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How To Make Commercial Roof Repair Effortless

For many business owners, the last thing they want to spend their money on is building or roofing repairs. But it’s important to check in on your commercial roof and fix any issues as they appear.

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How To Make Commercial Roof Repair Effortless:

Prevention
A little goes a long way when it comes to your roof. If you want to prevent major issues and the huge repair bills that follow suit, follow these precautions:
  • After storms hit, hire a professional to clear the debris off your roof, and check the drains to free them of any clogs.
  • Schedule an annual or semiannual inspection.
  • Limit the foot traffic on your roof.

Communication
The more you communicate with your contractor, the better. At a minimum, there are two things you should discuss before the job:
  • How much foot traffic or weather issues your roof has experience since the last visit.
  • Problem areas you are worried about.

Documentation
Keep record of all the work done on your roofs. This should include photographs, warranty information, and independent evaluations.
  • What was repaired?
  • Where was the work done?
  • Which company handled the repair?
  • How well was the repair performed?
  • How was the company’s communication with you?

If it's time to replace or repair your roof, turn to Superior Windowland. We offer many different material options including asphalt 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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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Best Lighting For Computer Work

Did you know that 50 to 90 percent of all computer users experience eye strain? Well what if we told you there are plenty of ways to properly light your workspace, and one of the sources is free!


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 1. Tweak your overhead fixtures.
Glare-free, overhead lighting offers the best lighting when working on your computer. Tone down the intense, existing light by replacing some of the fixtures with low-wattage level bulbs.

 2. Fix your task lighting.
Choose a low-glare, adjustable desk lamp that allows you to easily alter the illumination. Place the light next to your computer, facing your desk and not your screen.

 3. Adjust your computer screen.
Another way to help help reduce possible eye strain or fatigue is to adjust your computer screen's brightness display setting. Fix the brightness to be equal to the illumination in your office.

 4. Harness the sunshine.
What if we told you there was an option on the market that doesn’t cost a thing? Natural sunlight won’t affect your pocket, and it’s a natural mood booster as well (win-win!). You can soften the glare and the direction of the outdoor light with your shades, blinds, or drapes.

If you want to grab some of that natural sunlight for your home office, contact Superior Windowland today!  Whether you need a broken window repaired, or new siding for your home, you can count on us to get the job done right! Our expert staff members are factory-trained not only on each of our products, but also on the proper way to install them. Call us  at (203) 948-7770 for a FREE estimate or visit our website today!

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3 Ways To Add Flowers And Boost Curb Appeal

When you drive down your block, what’s the first thing you notice? The front door, the garage, the landscaping? If this motivates you to add something special to your front door, you’re in luck. One of the best ways to spruce up your curb appeal is to add flowers, and we have three ideas that you can choose from!

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Window Flower Boxes

If you love flowers and want to add a pop of color to your home’s exterior — place a window box below any of your windows. The work well in the front or back of your home — just make sure you can easily reach them to water the plants.

Flower Pots and Baskets

If you don’t want a window flower box, you can plant the same flowers in outdoor pots instead. This way, you will also have the advantage of using different color and textured pots instead of sticking to neural ones — maybe even hang some flower baskets!

Trellises and Arbors

The most common plants around a house are trees and low shrubs. But have you ever thought of adding a trellises? They are easier to maintain, and are a great addition because they come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes.

If you want to add even more life to your windows, check out our last article to find out which window treatment is right for your home!

With our extensive experience and expertise, Superior Windowland is an industry leader in windows, doors, spray foam insulation, and more. So whether you need a broken window repaired, or new siding for your home, you can count on us to get the job done right! Call us today at (203) 948-7770 for a FREE estimate.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Window Treatments: Are You More Decorative or Formal?

Recently added new windows to your home? Next step is adding window treatments to help tie your space together. But do you go with decorative window treatments or formal? Use this guide to help you decide.

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Decorative Window Treatments
Add a layer of design through patterns, colors, and textures.
• Highlights a particular feature of a room, like a bay window or window seat.
• Ties all of the elements in a room together by reinforcing a style, supporting the color scheme, and matching the design.

Formal Window Treatments
• Serve a purpose beyond their aesthetic value.
• Can easily block the sun if need be.
• Provides privacy at night so no one can peek through your windows at ground-level.

Factors to Consider
Budget - Find out what you’re realistically willing to spend, both decorative and formal window treatments can add up!
• Placement - Where will your treatments go? Will it be beneficial to place them there for years to come?
• Function - What is the purpose of your treatments?
• Lifestyle - Do you live alone, with children, pets, or both? Depending on your living situation, you may want to avoid floor-length styles or treatments with long cords dangling.

With our extensive experience and expertise, Superior Windowland is an industry leader in windows, doors, spray foam insulation, and more. So whether you need a broken window repaired, or new siding for your home, you can count on us to get the job done right! Call us today at (203) 948-7770 for a FREE estimate.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

How To Take Care Of Your Roof So It Never Lets You Down

Your roof deserves your attention. It helps keep you safe by protecting you and your family from the elements. But it can’t do it alone, it needs your help and guidance.


Periodically check for any alarming signs.
If you continuously check on your roof, you won’t be caught off guard with timely and costly repairs. Check your attic for water drips or stains. Head outside and look around your property, keeping an eye out for shingle pieces on the ground, or damaged or broken shingles on your roof.

Schedule an inspection.
We live in an area with many climate extremes, which can take a toll on your roof. Do your research beforehand and choose a licensed, trusted roofing professional — added plus if they offer free inspections as well.

Keep your gutters in good repair.
You can also safeguard your home and roofing system by making sure your gutters aren’t clogged or in poor condition. Gutters main function is to lead water away from your home, but sometimes water can freeze (ice dams) or clog along your roof edge, which can lead to water damage to your roofing and siding.

Trim your trees.
If you have any tall trees hanging over your roof, don’t fix it yourself, call a professional instead. There’s less of a risk of personal and property damage when an expert does this job! They will clear out any pine needles, leaves, branches, or other debris that can ruin your shingles or gutter system.

If it's time to replace your roof, turn to Superior Windowland. We offer many different material options including asphalt 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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Friday, July 28, 2017

What's The Best Color For Your Front Door?

We’ve discussed how to create good feng shui in the main entrance of your home. But how can you emanate good energy before someone even walks through the door? First, figure out the direction your front door is facing, then read on to find the best color option for your home!

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North-Facing Front Door
North is associated with the water element, which means black, blue, white, and grey. Wood, Earth, and fire are all weakening/destructive for the water element, so avoid using any of their colors (i.e. green, red, purple, yellow, and pink).

South-Facing Front Door
South is the only direction with the fire element in feng shui, so the best color for this direction is red. You can also try yellow, orange, or even purple, but try to stay away from any earthy colors (like blue, black, or brown).

East-Facing Front Door
If your front door is facing east, your best choices are the wood element colors (green and brown). However, if those colors don’t match the exterior of your home, you can also play around with blue, black, and very light yellows.

West-Facing Front Door
The best colors for a west-facing front door are white, grey, and light yellow — representing the metal element. Colors to avoid include blue, black, red, purple, pink, and orange.

A strong feng shui color will help you attract great energy for your entire home. But first, you have to find and install the perfect door — and that’s where Superior Windowland comes in! Allow us to take years of experience — both in the installation and sales of all types of doors — to enhance not only the beauty, but also the efficiency of your home. Call us today at (203) 948-7770 for a FREE estimate.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

How To Create Good Feng Shui In Your Main Entrance

The way you feel when you first walk into a home can affect your entire time under that one roof. This is why it’s so important to focus on creating good feng shui in your main entryway. This area should be designed to welcome, strengthen, and channel good energy throughout the rest of the house. Here are a few feng shui tweaks that can help you get started!


1.Find out the areas energy. Feng shui-wise, finding out the bagua (or the energy) of a space helps peice everything else together. Your bagua will help you choose the best colors or shapes to strengthen the energy of your main entry — maybe it's red, or maybe it’s blue!

2.Create a strong, welcoming “landing space.” Whether it’s a large or modest table, a beautiful picture, or a vase filled with flowers, there are many feng shui decor options to choose from. If your space is limited, even a simple rug will strong colors will suffice!

3.Remedy all feng shui disasters. Some feng shui issues you can quickly fix, others may need a little more attention.
  • Mirror facing the front door.
  • Staircase too close/facing the front door.
  • Wall too close/blocking the flow from the front door.
  • Bathroom over the main door.

If you need help fixing the windows or doors at your main entry, the professionals at Superior Windowland can help! We’re an industry leader in windows, doors, spray foam insulation, and more. Call us today at (203) 948-7770 for a FREE estimate.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Stained Glass Around The World

Since the Middle Ages, stained glass has left us captivated with its beautiful and intricate colors and designs. From a Gothic chapel in Paris to a concert all in Spain, here’s a look at some of the most beautiful stained glass from around the world!

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Palau de la Música Catalana - Barcelona, Spain
This steel-framed concert hall has a stained glass skylight, which drops away from the ceiling like an inverted bell. This design is deeply covered in pigmented shades of gold and blue, featuring a three-dimensional depiction of the sun.

Grossmünster Cathedral - Zürich, Switzerland
This cathedral dates back to 1220 and its double towers have become the real landmark of Zürich. The stained glass was created in 1933 by the famous Swiss abstract artist, Augusto Giacometti. Twelve more windows were added by Sigmar Polk in 2009. Some people argue that these windows aren’t truly stained glass, since they’re thin slices of artificially colored agate (a translucent quartz that enriches color). But, the colored light that shines through is still said to be breathtaking.

Sainte-Chapelle - Paris, France
This Gothic chapel was authorized in the 13th century by King Louis IX. The 15 tall windows covering its walls are predominantly dark blue and red, featuring 1,130 prominent figures from the bible. The panels recently went through a $10 million restoration, where the windows were removed and cleaned with lasers!

Blue Mosque - Istanbul, Turkey
This mosque got its name from the blue paint used during its restorations. It has more than 200 stained-glass windows in shared ranging from pale blue to indigo, which end up covering the interior in blue as well.

With our extensive experience and expertise, Superior Windowland is an industry leader in windows, doors, spray foam insulation, and more. So whether you need a broken window repaired, or new siding for your home, you can count on us to get the job done right! Call us today at (203) 948-7770 for a FREE estimate.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What To Expect During A Window Replacement

Installing new windows isn’t a yearly occurrence, so it’s normal for homeowners to be slightly clueless as to what happens during this process. One major benefit of installing replacement windows is that the process is efficient -- no, your home won’t be left open to the elements overnight! Here’s what you CAN expect during a window replacement.

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Selection and Window Measurements
What type of windows are you interested in? The style, frame material, glazing options, and price range all come into play. Your sales representative will provide you with any information you may need, and schedule a date for their contractor to visit your home and take measurements of your windows.

Acquiring Window Permits
This is when you should check with your local building department to find out if a permit is necessary for your window installation. A permit may also be required if you live in a state considered to be in the hurricane zone (located along the East Coast and Gulf Coast).

The Installation Process
The number of windows being replaced will determine the number of days needed for the project. On average, you should expect between two and three days. Make sure you clear a pathway to each window both indoors and out for the workers. At the end of each day, they will make sure all of your rooms are spotless and the windows are tested and working properly.

*Don’t forget to ask questions and be involved! A professional window installer is an expert in their field, which means you can learn a lot!

Looking to replace some windows this summer? Our expert staff members are factory-trained not only on each of our products, but also on the proper way to install them. Call Superior Windowland at (203) 948-7770 for a FREE estimate or visit our website today!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Home Improvements That Add The Most Value

It’s the busiest time of the real estate year. But, if your home isn’t exactly in “showing” shape, don’t worry. Some experts say that best time to sell might actually be in the fall or winter, which means you still have plenty of time to spruce up your home before you put it on the market. Here are four home improvements that add the most value to your property.

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1. Remodeling The Kitchen
The kitchen is still considered the heart of the home. As long as you don’t go overboard, according to HGTV, you can expect a 60 to 120 percent return on your investment with a kitchen remodel.

2. Bathroom Additions
Don’t spend money on a bathroom you already have. Your money is better spent adding a second bath. According to a National Association of Realtors study, adding a bathroom can increase the sale price of a home by 8.7 percent, more than twice the rate for adding a bedroom.

3. Energy-Efficient Insulation
If your home lacks proper insulation (which allows plenty of hot and cold air through), home inspectors will specify this to potential buyers.

4. Adding Energy-Efficient Windows
These days, homeowners shop with energy efficiency in mind. Not only can you save on heating and cooling costs with new windows, but you’ll also receive a tax credit, which can in turn recoup your investment.

If you need help with your spring home improvement projects, turn to Superior Windowland. We can most effectively and efficiently increase your home or business' property value! Call us today at (203) 948-7770 for a FREE estimate.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

How To Choose The Right Window For Your Sunroom

You can’t have a sunroom without any windows. But with hundreds of options to choose from, the selection process can seem a bit overwhelming. Start by pinpointing the style and material that fits best, and window shopping will become far easier.

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How should they open?
  • Fixed windows don’t open, and are typically used in sunrooms where the walls are made entirely out of glass.
  • Slider windows consist of two framed panes that move side to side.
  • Double-hung windows have two framed panes that move up and down instead of side to side.
  • Casement windows are able to open entirely, unlike slider and double-hangs, which can only be half open.
  • Awning windows are hinged on the top, so the window becomes a rain shield when its open.

What material do you want?
  • Vinyl windows never have to be painted. They also come in a handful of colors.
  • Wood windows can be painted to match the interior and exterior trim of your sunroom.
  • Clad windows are made from wood, but are covered with vinyl or aluminum. So in the end, you get the look of wood, but in a variety of different colors.

Still not sure which window is right for your next project? Our expert staff members are factory-trained not only on each of our products, but also on the proper way to install them. Call Superior Windowland at (203) 948-7770 for a FREE estimate or visit our website today!

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