Signature Window & Door https://www.signaturewindow.com Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:29:14 -0700 en-US hourly 1 Best Windows Styles to Install above a Kitchen Sink https://www.signaturewindow.com/blog/best-windows-styles-to-install-above-a-kitchen-sink/ Mon, 26 Oct 2020 07:00:54 +0000 https://www.signaturewindow.com/?p=10222 Reaching over the counter is already difficult, so windows above a kitchen sink should be easy to access and easy to use. They should also provide adequate ventilation for steam, smoke, and cooking fumes. Kitchen windows should also provide a lot of natural light to brighten the space and make it feel more welcoming. If

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Reaching over the counter is already difficult, so windows above a kitchen sink should be easy to access and easy to use. They should also provide adequate ventilation for steam, smoke, and cooking fumes. Kitchen windows should also provide a lot of natural light to brighten the space and make it feel more welcoming. If not, it might be time for replacement windows in Seattle, WA.

Why Do Most Houses Have a Window above the Sink?

Wall space in the kitchen is often used up by cabinets and counters. This can leave little to no room for expansive window installations and can make a kitchen feel dark and cramped. However, the space above a kitchen sink requires builders to leave a little extra room for faucets and a backsplash. That is why a window above the kitchen sink has become part of traditional design. But it doesn’t mean all the windows above the sink have to be the same style.

Best Window Styles to Install above a Kitchen Sink

These are some of the best window styles homeowners should consider for installation above the sink:

1. Sliding Windows

These are a standard in many homes for good reason. Horizontal sliding windows have a simple design that is easier to manufacture and install. They also don’t require any extra space to open and close and are easy to operate. These are also wider windows that provide a good amount of light and ventilation. But because they are so common, homeowners might want something different for over the kitchen sink.

2. Casement Windows

Casement windows are another great option. These windows hinge at the side of the frame and swing outward. The easy-to-operate hand crank allows homeowners to open the window with just one hand. And because homeowners have more control over the angle of these windows, they can adjust the opening to catch cross breezes for even more ventilation. And for an even more unique approach, homeowners might consider installing double-sash casement windows that open from the center, like French doors.

3. Double Hung Windows

These are some of the most traditional windows on the market. They are often taller window installations, which work very well above the sink. These windows also provide some of the best natural ventilation because homeowners can open the upper and lower sash simultaneously.

4. Garden Windows

Do you want a mini-greenhouse to grow fresh herbs right in your kitchen? This is exactly what garden windows provide. These box-shaped projection windows have three glass walls and a sloping glass roof which creates the perfect conditions for growing plants indoors. They add more natural light to the kitchen, and homeowners can decide on operable sashes for added ventilation as well.

A window above the kitchen sink can provide needed light and ventilation. It can also help homeowners who need to keep an eye on children playing in the yard. But not all kitchen windows need to be the same style. If you want to upgrade the style of your kitchen with replacement windows in Seattle, WA then contact Signature Window & Door Replacement.

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5 Qualities of Well-Designed Replacement Windows https://www.signaturewindow.com/blog/5-qualities-of-well-designed-replacement-windows/ Mon, 19 Oct 2020 07:00:54 +0000 https://www.signaturewindow.com/?p=10220 It is exciting to choose replacement windows for the home, but it can also be a daunting task. There are so many features and options to consider including frame material, window style, and glazing options. How can homeowners make sure they are getting the most well-designed replacement windows in Seattle, WA? These are some of

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It is exciting to choose replacement windows for the home, but it can also be a daunting task. There are so many features and options to consider including frame material, window style, and glazing options. How can homeowners make sure they are getting the most well-designed replacement windows in Seattle, WA? These are some of the main qualities that should take priority:

1. Durability

Strength and durability are important factors to consider. Well-designed replacement windows should last longer than just ten years. Modern window frame materials like vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass, and composites are strong and structurally sound. The non-corrosive materials will not warp, dent, rust, or rot. With proper care and maintenance, vinyl windows can last up to 20 years, aluminum windows up to 40, and fiberglass windows up to 40 years or more.

2. Low Maintenance

Another feature of well-designed replacement windows is easy maintenance. Old windows often require a lot of care and upkeep—especially old wood windows that homeowners have to sand a repaint every few years. But modern windows require much less maintenance. Routine washing involves using a mild detergent, water, a soft cloth, and a drying towel. And many window manufacturers produce styles with tilt-in or removable sashes for safe and easy cleaning.

3. Energy Efficiency

One of the main reasons homeowners invest in replacement windows is to boost the efficiency of their homes. Energy costs are on the rise. And with so many people currently working from home, the cost is increasing dramatically. So are energy losses. Old, leaky windows can lose anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of energy. From month to month those old windows could cost homeowners hundreds of dollars. Choosing the right features on windows can significantly reduce energy loss. And because these products are more stable, homeowners can maintain those savings for years to come.

4. Safety and Security

Safety and security often go hand in hand. Well-designed replacement windows will do more to help keep the property and loved ones safe. A few of the newer technologies on modern windows include safety or impact resistant glass, stronger locks and latches, and window styles that are almost impossible to force open from the outside.

5. Aesthetics

Lastly, style and beauty should not be discounted. A well-designed replacement windows should complement the architectural style and design of the home. The key is choosing the right window style, frame material, and color. Not only are new windows nice to look at, but upgrading can help boost curb appeal and raise the value of the home. In fact, replacing the windows is one of the best home improvement options if you are looking to sell your home and will get homeowners some of the best returns on their investment.

If you are serious about getting replacement windows in Seattle, WA contact the experts at Signature Window & Door Replacement. With over 30 years in the business, we make sure you receive the best possible service. And we are taking extra precautions to make sure our team members and clients stay safe.

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Common Causes of Seal Failure on Windows https://www.signaturewindow.com/blog/common-causes-of-seal-failure-on-windows/ Mon, 12 Oct 2020 07:00:39 +0000 https://www.signaturewindow.com/?p=10218 Energy efficient windows have multiple panes of glass, inert gas fills, special coatings, and insulating frames. They are meant to prevent drafts of hot or cold air from coming inside. They also block unwanted radiant heat transfer and help keep cooled or heated air inside. But like most products, the seals on home windows will

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Energy efficient windows have multiple panes of glass, inert gas fills, special coatings, and insulating frames. They are meant to prevent drafts of hot or cold air from coming inside. They also block unwanted radiant heat transfer and help keep cooled or heated air inside. But like most products, the seals on home windows will not last forever. Eventually, they will wear out and homeowners will need to consider replacement windows in Seattle, WA. These are the leading causes of seal failure:

1. Age

The seals on windows simply wear out over time. As caulk ages, it hardens and cracks. Weatherstripping gets worn down. Eventually, the window will lose the inert gas between the panes. And the gaps in the assembly will result in air and moisture leaks. In some cases, homeowners can visit the hardware store and get supplies to reapply caulk and weather stripping. But once the inert gas dissipates the only way to restore energy efficiency is with replacement windows.

2. Temperature Fluctuations

Another common factor in window failure is extreme temperature fluctuations. On old windows, the air between the panes will expand when heated by the sun and cause solar pumping. If the glass bows out slightly and puts pressure on the seals. The opposite can happen in the cold. The air contracts and the glass concave putting pressure on the seals in the other direction. This is why windows in climates with both extremes tend to wear out faster. Fortunately, modern windows have inert gas fills that do not fluctuate due to temperature changes, which makes the seals on new windows more stable.

3. Moisture Damage

The seals on most windows are meant to be weather resistant. But unfortunately, they have limitations. If the materials are constantly exposed to water the seals will begin to lift away from the glass and frames. This is made worse by seals that are not flush with the frame. And seals wear out even faster if the moisture freezes and unfreezes.

4. Mold

Mold is another common cause of window seal failure. Mold will start out small with small sports of growth or discoloration. But if left too long the mold will begin to eat away at caulk and weather stripping. Luckily, if caught in the early stages, homeowners can try cleaning mold away with gentle detergents or vinegar before it does too much damage.

5. Poor Maintenance

Low maintenance windows should be routinely cleaned to remain in top condition. This means following the manufacturers’ guidelines and avoiding the use of abrasives, harsh chemicals, and power washers. Otherwise, regular cleaning and maintenance will do more harm than good.

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6. Improper Installation

Unfortunately one of the leading causes of premature window failure is faulty installation. Those wanting to install windows on their own should understand it is meticulous work that requires precision, skill, training, and proper tools. Poor window installation could not only ruin the window but also cause extensive damage to the substructures of the home as well.

If you are tired of high energy bills and leaky windows consider upgrading with replacement windows in Seattle, WA. Contact Signature Window & Door Replacement for a safe, hassle-free consultation.

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Replacement Windows for Maximum Ventilation https://www.signaturewindow.com/blog/replacement-windows-for-maximum-ventilation/ Mon, 05 Oct 2020 07:00:33 +0000 https://www.signaturewindow.com/?p=10216 Windows in the home play a key role in controlling and regulating airflow. With fall on the horizon, and the current pandemic resulting in so many who are working from home, improving indoor air quality should be a top priority. And if your windows do not provide enough ventilation, there is no better time to

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Windows in the home play a key role in controlling and regulating airflow. With fall on the horizon, and the current pandemic resulting in so many who are working from home, improving indoor air quality should be a top priority. And if your windows do not provide enough ventilation, there is no better time to invest in replacement windows in Seattle, WA. These are some of the best window styles to consider for maximum ventilation:

1. Sliding Windows

Horizontal sliding windows are some of the most common options in new builds. This is because the simple design is easy to manufacture, easy to install, and easy to operate. With simple mechanics, one sash slides back and forth over a fixed sash. They do not project outside and the style meshes well with almost any home design. And because sliding windows open so easily they are a great option for ventilation.

2. Casement Windows

Casement windows are another common option. These windows latch tight against the frame when closed, making them great for energy efficiency. And they swing outward on a crank to open, partially to catch sidelong breezes or fully for maximum ventilation. The one drawback is these windows can obstruct outside space and will not work well along with patios or walkways.

3. Awning Windows

Awning windows are very similar to casement windows. But instead of hinging at one side, these windows hinge at the top of the frame and push outward at the bottom to open. They are called awning windows because the glass pane acts as an awning over the window opening. While these windows are smaller, they help provide ventilation in areas of the home with little wall space like basements, bathrooms, and utility rooms.

4. Double-Hung Windows

These are more traditional windows but are still a great way to improve ventilation in the home. The unique operation of these windows allows homeowners to open both the upper and lower sash at the same time. Warm air escapes out the top while cool air flows in through the bottom. Rows of double-hung windows will help maximize ventilation in any room and vastly improve indoor air quality.

5. Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are multiple windows installed as a single unit. Bay windows feature three panes, often a fixed window with operable windows set to either side on an angle. Bow windows feature four or more window panels arranged on a curve and can be fixed or operable. For the sake of ventilation, homeowners should consider getting as many operable windows as possible. And because these are projection windows, they can promote cross ventilation and catch breezes from different directions.

To improve indoor air quality you will need the right windows in the right places throughout your home. Don’t let the prospect of getting replacement windows in Seattle, WA overwhelm you. Our team of experts at Signature Window & Door Replacement can help you find the right window styles for maximum ventilation. We are taking extra precautions to ensure our team and our customers are safe while you get the service you need.

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Privacy Options on Replacement Windows https://www.signaturewindow.com/blog/privacy-options-on-replacement-windows/ Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:19 +0000 https://www.signaturewindow.com/?p=10041 It is easy to focus on light, ventilation, and energy efficiency when choosing replacement windows in Seattle, WA. But one thing homeowners often forget to consider is privacy. Not all windows provide the right levels of privacy for certain areas of the home. So with that in mind, these are privacy options to think about

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It is easy to focus on light, ventilation, and energy efficiency when choosing replacement windows in Seattle, WA. But one thing homeowners often forget to consider is privacy. Not all windows provide the right levels of privacy for certain areas of the home. So with that in mind, these are privacy options to think about when shopping for replacement windows:

Window Styles

Certain window styles provide more privacy than others. Windows that are flush with the wall, like sliding or single hung windows, provide less privacy. This is why homeowners often cover these types of windows with window treatments like blinds, drapes, and shutters. It allows for better light control and prevents others from seeing inside. Casement, awning, and hopper windows tilt or hinge to open. And because of the angles and reflections on the glass, these types of windows will provide a certain level of privacy during the day that other windows cannot.

Window Placement

Another thing to consider is window placement. Most builders install windows at certain heights. Windows in the sitting room or living room are typically waist-high and on eye level. Windows in nooks or bench seats are often lower. Second story windows are a little higher up on the wall for safety. And windows in the bathroom are typically paced above eye level for privacy and ventilation. When choosing the placement for certain windows in your home consider how the sill height and the head height will either provide more or less privacy.

Glazing Options

Another way to add more privacy to replacement windows is with the proper glazing options. Some glazing options, like laminated tints, are meant to increase energy savings. They reduce certain wavelengths of visible light to also cut down on glare inside the home, which also works to reduce visibility from the outside looking in. The unfortunate drawback is that these types of tints can significantly reduce natural light. If that is not the overarching goal, there are better ways to improve privacy.

Etched or Decorative Glass

Etched glass is another way homeowners can get more privacy from replacement windows without compromising as much natural light. A soft etching or a decorative design on a pane of glass will obscure the view from outside while still filtering in plenty of natural light. Most homeowners choose to add etched glass windows to their bathrooms or closets.

Treatments Between the Panes

Many homeowners like the clean lines of their uncovered windows and want the functionality of window treatments, but don’t love the idea of cleaning and maintaining cumbersome shades and blinds. There is a modern solution. Some manufacturers have created windows with between-the-pane window treatments. They feature blinds or shades installed between the two glass panes on replacement windows. They operate on a remote and can slide cleanly out of the way when not in use. They are a great option for privacy and can give you full control over the amount of light entering the home.

For more information on maintaining the right levels of privacy in your home with replacement windows in Seattle, WA contact Signature Window & Door Replacement. Our experts can help you find the best products and technologies to fit your project.

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Best Places in the Home to Add Replacement Windows https://www.signaturewindow.com/blog/best-places-in-the-home-to-add-replacement-windows/ Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:00:41 +0000 https://www.signaturewindow.com/?p=10039 Windows are a critical feature in every home. They provide ventilation, natural light, security, and insulation. They can also have a dramatic impact on aesthetics both inside and outside. For these reasons, adding windows or getting replacement windows in Seattle, WA can create dramatic changes to the home. These are some of the rooms and

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Windows are a critical feature in every home. They provide ventilation, natural light, security, and insulation. They can also have a dramatic impact on aesthetics both inside and outside. For these reasons, adding windows or getting replacement windows in Seattle, WA can create dramatic changes to the home. These are some of the rooms and areas where additional windows or replacement windows make a big impact:

Tiny Bathrooms

Bathrooms are one area of the home where privacy is a priority. In the past, this usually meant reducing the size and number of windows in the bathroom. But that also meant missing out on natural light and ventilation. Is there a better way to balance light and privacy? Yes! One option is to add a skylight into the ceiling of the bathroom. This will enhance the space, making it feel larger without sacrificing privacy. Another option is to add larger windows with etched glass. The opacity on these installations lets in plenty of light but will obscure the view from the outside.

Little Bedrooms

Most bedrooms require an egress window that can function as an escape route during an emergency. Unfortunately, most builders choose to install windows that fit the minimum requirements. This means bedroom windows are often small, standard windows that do little to enhance the space. Adding or getting replacement windows in a small bedroom can make the space feel larger. It will also improve ventilation and add more options for escape if there is ever a need to use them in an emergency.

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Small Kitchens

Kitchens can quickly get humid and hot while you are cooking and cleaning. Especially small kitchens. This is an area of the home where added light and ventilation are important. The more, the better, especially if you want to make the space more livable. But where can homeowners install additional windows if there is not any extra exterior wall space? One option is to make a small window above the sink larger. Installing a projection window in its place can create more space, allow for ventilation, and catch more sunlight. Another option is to install transom windows above the kitchen cabinets or skylights in the ceiling. This will help elevate the eyes and make the kitchen feel taller and more spacious. It will also reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day.

Dim Entryways

Additional or replacement windows in the entryway can also have a dramatic impact. The entry makes the first impression of the home. And having a dark, crowded space when you first walk in is not going to create the best impression. A great way to make the space more appealing is adding sidelights or a transom window around the door. The added light is useful and appealing. But new windows will also boost curb appeal, add value to your home, and enhance the overall aesthetic.

Adding windows or getting replacement windows in Seattle, WA is a big investment. You want to make sure you choose the best products and get reliable installation from a company you can trust. Consider contacting Signature Window & Door Replacement.

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What are the Longest-Lasting Replacement Windows? https://www.signaturewindow.com/blog/what-are-the-longest-lasting-replacement-windows/ Mon, 14 Sep 2020 07:00:25 +0000 https://www.signaturewindow.com/?p=10037 A common question we get from homeowners is, “How long will my new windows last?” Unfortunately, the longevity of replacement windows in Seattle, WA isn’t an exact science and it comes down to several factors. Some of those factors are beyond your control like climate, extreme temperature fluctuations, and accidental damage. That said, there are

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A common question we get from homeowners is, “How long will my new windows last?” Unfortunately, the longevity of replacement windows in Seattle, WA isn’t an exact science and it comes down to several factors. Some of those factors are beyond your control like climate, extreme temperature fluctuations, and accidental damage. That said, there are several factors you can control like window frame materials, glazing technologies, professional window installation, and routine cleaning and maintenance that will help prolong the life of your brand new products. Here are a few ways to get the longest-lasting replacement windows:

Window Frame Materials

The window frame largely dictates how strong and durable your new windows will be, as well as how long they are likely to last. Vinyl replacement windows are popular because they are some of the most affordable products on the market. They are also weather-resistant, highly insulting, and low maintenance. The one drawback is the material expands and contracts due to temperature fluctuations and this can cause seal failure. For this reason, most vinyl windows only last about 15 to 20 years. Fiberglass windows are more expensive, but they do not rot, chip, fade, rust, or warp. And because the frame material expands and contracts at almost the same rate as glass, these windows are far less likely to develop seal failure. This is why they are likely to last 30 to 40 years or more.

Glazing Technologies

Finding the right glazing options is another way to improve the longevity of your replacement windows. Tempered glass is cut to size, heated to a certain temperature, and rapidly cooled. This boosts the tensile strength so the glass is less likely to break. And if it does break, it shatters into smaller, less dangerous pieces. Another upgrade would be impact resistant glass. This features two glass panes sandwiched around an interlayer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB). It also improves the strength and durability of the glass, but if this glass breaks it remains largely inside the frame. These types of upgrades can help prevent damage and are good options if you want to prolong the life of your new windows.

Professional Window Installation

Installation is another key factor in making sure your windows last as long as possible. Window installation takes precision, training, and proper tools. One small mistake could cause leaks or early window failure. This is why it is so important to have your windows installed by professionals. They get training directly from the manufacturers and work with window installations every day. They will get the job done right and ensure any warranty you have on the product remains intact.

Routine Cleaning and Maintenance

The last thing you can do is to make sure you know how to take care of your new windows. Regular cleaning and maintenance can add a decade to the lifespan of your products. And with modern materials, most maintenance involves cleaning the frames with water and mild detergent and lubricating the track or hinges with a silicone lubricant.

For more tips on how to find long-lasting replacement windows in Seattle, WA contact Signature Window & Door Replacement.

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Choosing the Functional Features of Replacement Windows https://www.signaturewindow.com/blog/choosing-the-functional-features-of-replacement-windows/ Mon, 07 Sep 2020 07:00:16 +0000 https://www.signaturewindow.com/?p=10035 Windows are one of the most important installations in the home and perform several valuable functions. When choosing replacement windows in Seattle, WA it is important to consider as many window functions as possible before making a final decision on any products. Filter Natural Light A leading function of new windows is to capitalize on

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Windows are one of the most important installations in the home and perform several valuable functions. When choosing replacement windows in Seattle, WA it is important to consider as many window functions as possible before making a final decision on any products.

Filter Natural Light

A leading function of new windows is to capitalize on natural light. Not only does it make a room feel larger and more welcoming, but it also reduces the need for artificial lighting. But not all windows provide the same amount of daylight. Larger window installations with huge panes of glass are usually best for natural light. Some of the largest window styles include picture windows, bay windows, and bow windows. For more natural light you might also consider placing transom windows higher up on the wall or adding skylights in the ceiling.

Provide Ventilation

Another important function of windows is providing natural ventilation. This is especially true in areas with more moderate climates. The natural airflow draws fresh air in and pushes stale air out. Most operable windows will provide some level of ventilation. But when comes to ventilation, bigger isn’t always better. Some of the best windows for ventilation are awning and double hung windows, even though they are comparatively smaller. This is because you can open awning windows even if it is raining—the windowpane acts as a roof to keep out moisture and debris. And double hung windows allow you to open both the top and bottom simultaneously. This forces out warm air through the top while drawing fresh air in through the bottom.

Protect Against Leaks

All windows should protect against air and moisture leaks. But not all windows provide the same level of protection. Picture windows are the most airtight because there are no moving parts or overlapping panes. But it isn’t logical to only have picture windows in the home. So operable windows with the tightest seals usually include casement windows, hopper windows, and awning windows. With these styles, the entire sash closes tight against the window frame. And if the wind were to blow against it the seal gets even tighter.

Provide Insulation

Energy efficiency is another function of replacement windows. In fact, most homeowners tend to upgrade to new windows in hopes of significant energy savings. But you don’t need all the bells and whistles for adequate insulation. A standard double pane window with an inert gas fill is often sufficient for more moderate climates. If you want another layer of protection you might consider adding an extra pane of glass. Or another option is to upgrade with laminate or Low-E coatings that reduce heat transfer.

Help Maintain Privacy

Seems contrary, but replacement windows can also improve privacy. Yes, for the most part, windows are transparent so homeowners can enjoy more expansive views. But it also means people are likely able to see inside the home as well and you have to use some type of window treatment for privacy and light control. Unfortunately, in the bathroom, window treatments are not ideal. Another option is to purchase replacement windows with etched or decorated glass. This will allow plenty of daylight to pass through while obstructing people’s view from the outside.

For more tips about choosing the functional features on your replacement windows in Seattle, WA considers using the experts at Signature Window & Door Replacement.

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5 Benefits of Replacing Your Windows in Summertime https://www.signaturewindow.com/blog/5-benefits-of-replacing-your-windows-in-summertime/ Mon, 24 Aug 2020 07:00:30 +0000 https://www.signaturewindow.com/?p=9905 As with most exterior home improvements, there is an ideal season for replacement windows in Redmond, WA. Several benefits make summer a popular time to get replacement windows. So if you have been thinking about getting new windows, here are a few reasons you might want to get them done this season rather than keep

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As with most exterior home improvements, there is an ideal season for replacement windows in Redmond, WA. Several benefits make summer a popular time to get replacement windows. So if you have been thinking about getting new windows, here are a few reasons you might want to get them done this season rather than keep putting them off:

1. Good Weather for Installation

One of the main reasons why replacement windows are a popular project in the summer is because it is ideal weather for window installation. The sun is shining and there is less risk of wet weather or snow delaying or stopping your project. Also, the moderate temperatures are perfect for caulk application and adhesion. Because it is such a popular time for these products, window manufacturers also ramp up production to meet the higher demand. You will be able to get products fast, have them installed quickly, and can start enjoying them right away.

2. Immediate Energy Savings

If your windows are more than 15 years old they may not be operating at peak efficiency. Warm weather means the air conditioning becomes more of a necessity. Unfortunately, leaky windows will dramatically increase the cost of cooling as warm air continues to leak inside. So if you have started noticing signs of damage and increased energy bills, there is no time like the present to get replacement windows. That way you can start capitalizing on the energy savings when you need them the most.

3. Protection against Ultraviolet Light

Harmful UV rays from the sun can damage fabrics and furnishings. Couches, flooring, the artwork will start to fade and wear out with prolonged exposure to sunlight. But modern windows feature special coatings that reflect unwanted UV rays while still letting plenty of natural light filter through. These will help protect the inside of your home so your furnishings will last even longer.

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4. Quiet Summer Sounds

Nice weather means more people heading outside. From yard maintenance to barbecues to outdoor parties, with outdoor activity also comes an increase in unwanted outside noise. Not all summer noise is pleasant. Fortunately, the same insulation and glazing technologies that block heat and light also work to muffle unwanted noise. This is one benefit homeowners don’t often think about when getting replacement windows, but it can make a significant difference in the home.

5. Increased Home Value

Summer is also a popular time to list a home on the market. So if you are planning on selling your home soon, getting new windows might be a prudent investment. Most prospective buyers won’t look twice at a home that has old, worn out windows. But brand new windows will be a huge selling point. They not only improve curb appeal and boost the value of your home, but you can get up to an 85% return on your investment.

If you are ready to get started on your replacement windows in Redmond, WA contact Signature Window & Door Replacement. We can help you find the right products and get them installed so you can really enjoy the rest of the summer season.

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How to Find a Good Installer for Replacement Windows https://www.signaturewindow.com/blog/how-to-find-a-good-installer-for-replacement-windows/ Mon, 17 Aug 2020 07:00:38 +0000 https://www.signaturewindow.com/?p=9903 New windows are a big investment. In an effort to save money, homeowners often try to find ways to cut costs on installation. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work out to their benefit. Window installation is meticulous work. One mistake could cause leaks or ruin the new windows. That is why you want to make sure

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New windows are a big investment. In an effort to save money, homeowners often try to find ways to cut costs on installation. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work out to their benefit. Window installation is meticulous work. One mistake could cause leaks or ruin the new windows. That is why you want to make sure your replacement windows in Seattle, WA are installed by professionals you can trust.

1. Look Exclusively at Window Professionals

It might be tempting to hire a friend or a general contractor as a way to save money. But window installation takes training and special tools. While general contractors and handymen might be able to do the job, window installation is not something they perform on a daily basis. Window contractors know their products inside and out. They also get specialized training directly from the manufacturer. They can install your new windows with precision and ensure the warranty on the products and the installation remains intact.

2. Talk to Neighbors and Friends

Do you know someone who has recently had their windows replaced? They can be a wealth of information. Not only can you talk to them about the company they used, but also about the things they might have done differently if given the chance. You can find out what the process was like, what issues came up, how they were treated, and if there were any hidden fees. This insider information will prove invaluable as you begin the process. And getting the information from someone you know is way better than gleaning it from a reference list of strangers.

3. Do Some Online Research

Once you have a few window companies in mind you can begin the online search. Social media and review sites can be helpful. But they can also contain way too much information and a clash of opinions. Another valuable resource is the Better Business Bureau. The majority of contacts with the BBB are consumer inquiries about certain companies.

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4. Verify Licensing, Certifications, and Insurance

The next thing you want to do verify the licensing, certifications, and insurance coverage for companies you are interested in. To be a certified contractor or installer they have to meet certain requirements. And verifying their insurance policy is a great way to reduce your risk of working with scammers.

5. Get Some Quotes

The last thing to do is sit down with the top two or three companies and ask for a detailed quote. This will give you an opportunity to check out their products, ask questions, and compare pricing. The more detailed the quote, the better for you. Most window products will actually cost the same. Where window installers often differ is the cost of labor for installation. With all the information up front, you can decide which window contractor offers the best value.

We hope you consider starting your search for replacement windows in Seattle, WA with Signature Window & Door Replacement. We will help you find the best products for your home and ensure our factory-trained installers get the job done right.

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