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Marvin Windows Aired On CBS News

United Better Homes leading window choice, Marvin Windows & Doors aired on CBS this past Sunday Morning, over Labor Day weekend. In the entire state of Rhode Island, we are the exclusive dealer of the brand based off our installation process, skill and lengthy experience. We are thrilled that this amazing manufacturer which helps makes so many of our homes beautiful is getting more national attention!

CBS took an inside look at what makes this local US company so special. So many things from:

  • Warroad, Minnesota (Headquarters of Marvin which employs more employees than people that live in the town)
  • Company has been with same family for four generations
  • Not Laying Off Employees During Recession (Barack Obama gave praise to Marvin during a 2011 speech)

It’s truly a great piece, on a great company! Check out the episode by clicking on the image to the right.

For any other question regarding Marvin windows and how they can transform your home, please feel free to reach out. Our team of contractors are dedicated share the story and product and Marvin with each and every install.

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Intriguing Benefits Of Using Awning Windows

When installing or replacing new windows in a home there are many different types and styles that you need to choose from. Today, we wanted to go over the awning window. Not as common as other styles but it can be immensely beneficial.

Weatherproofing:

Rain or shine, awning windows are the way to go. They have a great ventilation process and provides you with sunlight. Even when it rains, you can keep your windows open with far less fear of rain making it in to your home. The hinge being at the top of the window, makes the window slant outwards. Slider windows which are used in similar circumstances will not product as much.

Privacy & Security:

Since a majority of awning windows are placed up higher on room walls, they wont comprise safety or privacy. They are the perfect thing to add in a bedroom, bathroom, above the sink or counter or in a basement.

Versatility:

This ties a bit into the fact of weatherproofing. You can enjoy a window that is shut completely, but one that is also wide open during a rainy or sunny day.

In terms of design, there are also a ton of options that you can choose from.

United Better Homes is Rhode Island & Massachusetts window specialists. For further information about any window work that you may need, please feel free to reach out. We can be contacted over the phone at 401-274-0111 or through our online contact form.

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Moving into a new home? How are the windows?

Before homeowners put their house up for sale a frequent home renovation project is new replacement windows. But, there are others that don’t and home buyers can easily get fooled if they don’t check out the condition of the windows. If you’re buying a house the windows are low-quality and old you should certainly be aware.

To make sure you aren’t left in the dark, check out the quality of the windows and look for some of these signs they may be outdated:

  • Drafts: Walk past the windows and try to feel any air coming in through them.
    • If you move into this house with drafty window you’ll have to get them replaced or else your energy bills will be much higher than required.
  • Appearance: The windows in your home should go well with the rest of the house. If they a sight for sore eyes, then this should be a red flag.
  • Open/Close: To make sure they work, try opening a few windows around the home. If they are heavy, rattle loudly then they are most likely old. As well, if it is difficult to close them this is also a safety hazard.

These three checks don’t take much time but they make sure that you’re going into a home that you understand all that it offers.

Save yourself costly repairs or try and drive down a house cost by being as aware as possible. If you have already moved into your new home around Rhode Island and Massachusetts and have realized these issues, feel free to reach out United Better Homes. We are a leading window company providing a wide range of window solutions and contractors that lead the industry.

For more information, we can be contacted over the phone at 401-274-0111 or through our online contact form.

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Top Benefits of Getting Replacement Windows

Each and every year, window products get better. They are becoming more beautiful, sleek and efficient, allowing for homeowners to reap the benefits. Some homes that are over 50 years old still have some of the same windows and homeowners don’t really understand what they get from upgrading. To help you better understand what you can get with new windows we have put together some of the main benefits of installation new replacement windows.

Benefits From Replacing Home Windows:

Energy Bill Savings: One of the biggest problems with older windows is that they aren’t seal tight. Air easily passes through them making it difficult for your HVAC system to keep a comfortable temperature during the window & summer. New replacement windows could lower your energy bill and in return save you money.

Keep Comfortable Temperature: With your heating and cooling systems not working as hard as they have to, it is much easier to keep a comfortable temperature. That means you can stay more cool during the summer and warmer during those frigid winter days.

Curb Appeal: Lets be honest, you’ll feel better each and every time you drive up to your house. Newly-installed windows increase the appearance of your home and it will make you more proud and confident to invite friends and family over.

Reduced Furniture Fading: Have you had furniture that’s in the direct sunlight through a window? If so, check it out as it most likely has faded over time. New windows can minimize the UV radiation and helps protect the fabric materials inside your home.

Home Value: With all the benefits you are receiving from installing replacement windows, a homeowner purchasing your home will also recognize this. If you plan on selling your home in the next few coming years, this will only increase your homes value.

Peach & Quiet: If you are in a noisy area, you’ll realize that new replacement windows have the ability to greatly decrease noise. Talk to your window contractor and they can recommend various window products to maximize the sound reduction capabilities.

Use: So many old windows are just extremely difficult to use. They creak, and take much more extra effort to open then what they should. Some windows on homes are simply sealed shut and never open. New windows are often much easier to open and close.

Less Required Maintenance: Older windows need to be cleaned and maintenance much more often then new windows. New windows have the ability to repel water keeping them looking fresh for longer. As well, double hung windows makes it easy to clean your windows both on the inside and out.

We are transforming peoples homes throughout Rhode Island & Massachusetts every single day with the help of new replacement windows. For more information on how we can help you with new windows, please feel free to reach out. United Better Homes can be reached over the phone at 401-274-0111 or through our online contact form.

 

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How Do I Prepare My Home For Replacement Windows?

After you have gone through the process to find your replacement window contractor, it is time to get started. The contractor will share the timeline with you but before they can get started, it’s always nice if you can prepare your home before the contractors arrive. The easier that you can make it for them, the better off you’ll be. Many of these steps a contractor will remind you about but if you can get them done sooner, it will save you time!

Create A Clear Path:

Before a contractor can get to your window to start working, you need to make sure that everything around your windows has been moved clear away. If you have any tables, chairs, bed or other things next to the window, be sure that it gets moved. As well, make sure that you take any window decorations off.

Removed Window Treatments:

In addition to inside furniture, you’ll also have to take down window treatments. This means you need to take down any blinds, sheers, or curtains.

You should also take down any wall decorations that are near your windows. Contractors will be working and you don’t want them to accidentally knock something down.

Cover it Up:

Replacing windows can be dirty work. To ensure your house stays clean, work with your contractor to make sure that floors and near by furniture get covered up.

Allow Access When Away:

If you’re going to be away from the house during part of the installation process, make sure to provide access into the house. You don’t want to delay the installation process from keeping someone stranded outside so simply coordinate with your contractor.

As the contractor what else you can do to help! At United Better Homes we will make sure that your homes stay in order and clean during the process. For more information about replacement windows please feel free to reach out. We can be contacted over the phone at 401-274-0111 or through our online contact form.

 

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Common Myths About Replacement Windows

People hear different things about any and all products on the market. This counts household appliances, and different aspects on your home. As a leading window contractor we hear so many different things in regard to getting replacement windows. A lot true and a lot false. To debunk some of the incorrect information about there, here are 5 myths about replacement windows.

Windows Can’t Effect Your Energy Efficiency: Experts out there estimate that nearly 70 percent of energy is lost through a homeowners windows and doors. Replacing your old windows will transform your house and will reduce your monthly energy bill if your current windows aren’t sealed tightly.

Vinyl Windows Only Come In White: When people hear vinyl they immediately think of the color white. While this is the most popular window option, you have the option to choose different colors and styles based off your wants and needs. United Better Homes offers so many different vinyl window options so contact them today to learn more about the options.

Windows Cant Be Replaced During The Winter: People don’t think of winter as being a season that they can replace their windows. The fact is that people are often busy with family events and that’s why they don’t replace until the spring. In reality, the winter may be the best time to replace your windows. Because of the low demand, contractors often have winter specials. Contractors also take precautions so your house temperature does completely change during installation.

Vinyl Windows Don’t Recycle: Environmentally aware people may stay away from vinyl window because of this thought process. Vinyl can actually be melted down and remodeled completely! More than 18 million pounds of post-consumer vinyl gets recycled each year.

For more information please feel free to reach out. We can be contacted over the phone 401-274-0111 or through one of my online contact forms.

 

 

 

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Questions to Ask Your Replacement Window Contractor

Before you get started with a certain replacement window contractor you should do your background check. While they may seem reliable, experienced and persuading be sure that you sit down and ask them some questions. Window Replacement is a process you may not be familiar with so it’s crucial that you find a contractor who truly knows what they are doing.

After looking at the estimate and comparing your estimates, ask some of the following questions if they have yet to have been provided to you. Be aware that some of this information can be found on a contractors website but to you will want to verify anything.

1. What’s the Company’s full name and address?

Getting the full address and name of the company is important so you can validate their location. An established and trusted business will provide you with this information. There are also many cutting corner contractors that may not have an address because they are constantly moving. It is much easier to trust and established contracting business.

2. Do you carry insurance? 

Your contractor should be fully licensed and insured to protect you in the event of an accident. Besides just trusting their word, you can ask to see the contractor’s certifications and insurance before they start working on your home. Some of the reasons that a contractor wont have full insurance include:

  • Not full-time
  • Self-employed without employees
  • Can’t afford it
  • Brand new in business
  • Doesn’t trust their own work

3. How long have you been in business?

It makes sense that, the longer the better. If they are under 3 years old it could be a sign of an unstable business. Although everyone has to start somewhere so if they’re newer check for references. The failure of businesses in the first three years is much higher.

4. Will you provide references or referrals from past jobs? 

Ask for some photos of completed work. There are some contractors that don’t take pictures but nowadays with smart phones readily available they should have some. Also, try asking for some references. Give them a call as it’s important to hear from the mouths of others.

5. What is the company’s workmanship warranty?

Most company’s have a workmanship warranty of around 1 year or more. The actual length is not as important as the fact that your contractor can stand behind their work. When calling your references you can get an idea of their quality of work by asking:

  • Did they hit their deadlines?
  • Were they responsive with questions?
  • Would you refer them to your friends?
  • Did they act as if they cared about your interests?

 

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Top Reasons Why You Should Open Your Windows

open windowsWith winter slowly winding down we have spring and summer weather surely right around the corner. That means warmer temperatures and for most people a more proactive approach to cleaning inside and out. This is the time of the year when you should start opening your windows and doors in order to get some good airflow through the house. If you have troubles simply opening windows then that is a whole another conversation where replacement windows may be necessary. You should have no problem easily opening your windows nowadays so don’t settle for less. As well, if you can’t even open your windows there is a good chance they are unsightly and may be letting drafts into the house when they are closed.

Whether your current windows work great or you do get new windows, here are some of the main benefits for letting fresh air flow through your house:

Fresh Air:  This is extremely obvious but it does need to be stated. There is nothing like breathing in nice fresh spring air. Your house has been closed up since the previous fall so swing open your doors and windows for some fresh air in the house.

Sunlight: If your windows and doors are closed it’s more difficult to enjoy the sunlight. Sunshine has a wide range of health benefits such as increasing vitamin D production and reducing the symptoms of depression.

Cut down on your A/C: So many people rush to locking up there house and cranking their A/C bills. You may need your A/C during the hot days of summer but during spring, try turning it off and saving some money on your energy bills.

Letting out Humidity: Kitchens, bathrooms and us humans produce humidity. By opening your windows and doors during the spring time it will make it feel so much better inside.

Feel Better/Enjoy your view: From clearing out the stuffiness in your home and the dry, A/C air to truly being able to enjoy the surrounding of your home you will overall feel much better. It kind of gives you a sense of the world outside of your house even when you’re inside!

So, once it really starts to feel more like spring take a chance and open up your house to mother nature and some beautiful fresh air. You’ll feel much better and so will your family.

For further information on any of our replacement window or repair window services please feel free to reach out. United Better Homes can be contacted over the phone at 401-274-0111 or through our online contact form.

 

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Common Replacement Window Mistakes

United Better Homes is a leading replacement window contractor in Rhode Island & Massachusetts. With high quality windows and a contractor that is experienced and knows what they are doing, you’ll get the results that you’re looking for. Unfortunately, not every window installation contractor in the area follows the right steps. They are either inexperienced or try to cut corners with the hope that no one will notice and they will save a little extra cash. When you start looking for a window contractor you need to be aware that some companies aren’t as reliable. Listed below are some of the popular fundamental errors that can lead to water leaks, air drafts, structural failures and more:

Wrong Window Style: When getting new windows there are a lot of factors to consider. It’s important that you get a window conducive to your home, and surroundings. If you need more ventilation, choose windows that work well for that. A knowledgeable contractor will take any and all questions you have and will provide you with windows that you want.

Poor Caulking – Cleaning: Caulk is a fundamental aspect to installing all windows. It is the stuff which seals everything together and helps maintain that water and air resistance. The material itself must be very stick to work. If installers use caulk and apply it to dirty, unclean surfaces this could compromise the bond.

Poor Caulking – Tool Use:  As well, when adding caulk, you need to be using the correct too to create this tight bond. With the right products you’ll see a pleasing concave result. Without the proper tools, the surface will most likely look bumpy and uneven.

Trim Seal: Most window systems consist of the windows and a serious of trim pieces. If these pieces are exposed to the outdoors then they need to be sealed correctly to the window. You can tell that your windows have been properly sealed if you can see caulk squeezing out of where the window and trim meet.

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When Should I Replace My Windows?

There comes a point in a homes life when the windows that were installed with the home just aren’t cutting it anymore. We recently wrote a blog about the importance of high quality windows but we now want to dive into knowing whether you need new windows. The windows are a crucial asset to a house and it’s important to recognize when it’s time to install new ones. Of course if you’re windows are looking unappealing that’s is a factor but there are actually many more. Here are some of the many reasons that should convince you that your windows are in need of a complete replacement.

Lifespan: If your home is really old and your windows haven’t been replaced since your home was built then there is a good chance they aren’t performing to the ability that they should.

Poor Performance: When simply opening and closing your windows becomes a difficult task, air starts to leak through, condensation & fog builds up or if windows are even nailed or painted shut then your windows are on their last life cycle.

Looks: Simply put, you want to look at your windows and not feel embarrassed. Windows shouldn’t have chipping, deterioration, water stains or an outdated style that clashes with the style of the rest of the home.

Noise: Do you live in a noisy part of town? If so and you feel like you can hear everything that is happening outside it could be in part because of your worn down windows. Homeowners are often shocked with the difference that simply new windows can make.

Energy Bills: Over the years have you seen your energy bills start to climb? Check the quality of your windows and during a cold day see if you can feel a draft coming into your home. United Better Homes has so many different window options that will help you stop wasting money on heating and cooling.

For more information about replacement windows or repair window services, please feel free to reach out to United Better Homes. We can be contacted over the phone at 401-274-0111 or through our online contact form.

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