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Why You Should Hire a Professional For Replacing Windows

Are you thinking of replacing the windows in your home? If so, the temptation may be to replace them yourself. After all, it can’t be that hard can it?

As a matter of fact, it can. Calling a professional to install your replacement windows will save you a lot of time, hassle and pain later on. However, those are not the only benefits. In this blog post, we will discuss the other perks of calling a professional. If you are curious, keep reading.

Quick Efficient Upgrades

Window replacement contractors have had years of experience replacing windows. This means that they can be counted on to know exactly when your upgrades should be finished, within a margin of human error, and to be able to work efficiently.

Furthermore, they know the ins and outs of the business, which a layperson wouldn’t, along with all the hidden pitfalls that you, or someone not experienced with window replacement, might fall into.

Advice

You can learn a lot about replacement windows from catalogs and online reports or reviews. However, they don’t necessarily provide information that is pertinent to your area.

That is where a professional window replacement company comes in. They, since they live and work in your area, will know what sorts of windows hold up best in your climate. They also know what windows are being installed in new houses and high-end remodels in your area. This will come in handy for those of you who plan on selling your home in the next five to ten years.

Recommendations

Professional window contractors are full of excellent recommendations. Homeowners who start with an idea of what their goals are, for example to reduce drafts, are already ahead of the game. However, the suggestions of your window replacement company can be invaluable.

Sometimes, for example, a non-brand name window can perform just as well as a brand-name one. Sometimes slightly altering your idea of the perfect window upgrade can lead to absolutely stunning results that you might not have expected.

Learn the Lingo

Before you begin any window replacement project, it can be a great idea to understand some of the lingo. If you can find a good professional contractor, you should have no trouble communicating. However, they can share some of the language used in these projects with you, allowing you to learn a bit in the process and to better communicate your ideas.

Conclusion

There are several advantages to hiring a professional for window replacement projects. They are knowledgeable, efficient, and good at knowing which windows work best for your area. They might also have suggestions which will drastically improve the beauty of your resulting upgrades. Check with your local window replacement companies, and find a contractor that best fits your needs. Then you won’t be left floundering, wondering how to install the windows yourself.

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The Benefits Letting Natural Light Into Your Home

Natural sunlight is a lovely addition to your home. However, are there actual health benefits to allowing natural light in? You’d better believe it.

In this blog post, we will discuss some of the benefits of allowing cheery sunshine into your house. We will also tell you how replacement windows can facilitate this change.

Decrease Fossil Fuel Use

A great way to decrease the burning of fossil fuels is to allow the natural light in. Unlike coal and oil, natural light is a sustainable resource. The sun will keep producing light for millions of years to come, and as long as it does, there will be a sustainable way to illuminate your house. This reduces the likelihood that you will have to burn fossil fuels to keep your home properly lit and heated. Modern, energy-efficient replacement windows can allow a lot of that natural light inside, and keep your home much warmer in winter while keeping things cooler in summer.

Healthy Light

Sunlight is a natural disinfectant, deadly to the bacteria and other organisms that commonly grow in houses. However, its health benefits do not end there.

Regular exposure to sunlight can increase our levels of Vitamins B and D, necessary compounds for metabolizing food. Further, sunlight can improve our complexions, stimulate our appetite, and improve circulation. It has also been proved that natural light can alter a person’s mood. Getting enough sunlight during the day reduces depression and insomnia as well as making people feel much better overall.

Growing Plants

Many people like to grow plants in their homes. Natural light makes this much easier.

Plants do not do as well under fluorescent or artificial lights as they do in good old sunlight.

Put your potted plants in a window, and watch the improvements. Your plants will grow healthier and stronger.

Better Quality of Light

Natural light grants a much more stunning sense of illumination, allowing you to see much better. This means you can read with less difficulty and you may even be able to avoid preventable accidents.

Decreases in Utility Bills

With all the tools necessary to increase the natural light in your home, you will notice a change. The amount of money you pay on utilities will shrink. The reason for this is quite simple.

The more energy-efficient your home is, the less energy you’ll need to use. The less energy you use, the less money you’ll spend.

Today’s replacement windows and doors are much better than any in the past. They are air-tight, meaning that the air inside your home stays the proper temperature without the outside weather finding its way in.

As a matter of fact, the only thing that will find its way in is the beautiful natural light you crave.

As you can see, there are many benefits to allowing natural light into your home. Install some replacement windows, and prepare to reap those benefits for yourself today. Our team has years of experience providing window replacements and window repairs, give us a call at 401.274.0111 for more information.

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Home Window Problems That Arise During Winter

Your entire home’s exterior gets tested a little bit extra during the winter. The freezing temperatures, ice, and heavy snow possess a few more issues than a nice summer day. With a little more pressure comes additional issues that rise around the house. Here are some frequent problems that we see when it comes to windows.

Window Condensation: After a cold winter night, your windows will naturally be cold themselves. This becomes a problem during the winter because the warm sun during the day often creates condensation on the windows due to the temperature discrepancy. If you continue to have this issue, it may be time to contact a specialist.

Leaks/Drafts: When windows are installed properly (we stress the “properly” part) the entire window framed is sealed up so no air gets through. With poorly installed windows or over time this can break down with the rest of the window. During the summer you may not notice but be sure that your windows are not leaking during the winter.

Ice:  Ice on your windows can just be from humidity but it can also be because your windows are working the right way. Air drafts can actually lead to ice buildup.

The winter is the time of the year that your windows get truly tested!

If you are having problems, reach out to the specialists at United Better Homes. Throughout Rhode Island & Massachusetts we have been installing and repairing windows for years.

 

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Important Reasons to Clean Windows

Cleaning your windows can be a hassle. Let’s be honest, if you have 10-20-30 windows it can take a while to clean. It’s not the most fun work either. This results in people ignoring this act of home maintenance. But… you’d be surprised by the impact and benefits that stem from a good clean for your windows. So, “what is the point”, you ask?

  1. Aesthetics: The difference between a clean and dirty window cannot be stressed enough! People so frequently overlook them, but a clean window can make all the difference for a home. Visually on the interior and exterior side of things, your home will look much more beautiful with clean windows.
  2. Degrading Quality: Windows that aren’t cleaned are at risk of being weakened. Sand from the beach, sap, bark, or pest from treas, and natural minerals from rainfall all naturally put wear and tear on your windows. A proper cleaning will never fully remove all of these dangerous causes.
  3. Value & Curb Appeal: A home is more than a one-time purchase, as it is an investment. Whether you want to keep your windows strong and healthy for years to come or if you’re looking to sell your home soon, clean windows are a major factor for curb appeal. Money Magazine even ran a study that stated, cleaning windows provides the number one ROI during presale home improvements/maintenance.

If your windows are still in great condition and you don’t need repairs or replacements, think about cleaning them!

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Easy Tips To Clean Your Screens

As Warm weather leaves and cold weather arrives in New England, alot of people are removing their window screens in preparation to winter. Take a look at your window screens. When cleaning windows, so many homeowners overlook their screens.

By not washing your window screens, dirt, pollen, fur, hair and more will get trapped over time. Besides keeping your home beautiful inside and out, cleaning your screens is certainly beneficial!

Easy Steps To Clean Your Window Screens:

  1. Make sure that you remove your window screens.(Making Fall a practical time to clean them)
  2. With a soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner, vacuum as much dirt that is stick on the screen
  3. Soak a soft towel or sponge in soapy water. Then take the towel and rub the screen.
  4. To remove the access soap, use a garden hose to rise it off
  5. Let dry

Now, come spring, your window screens will be clean and ready for re-installation. It really can be the little things that can make all the difference in a home. If your window screens and windows seem far too old this fall you should certainly make sure they are in working order. There are so many benefits of new windows, and we want to make sure you’re prepared for Winter.

For more information window installation please feel free to reach out to United Better Homes. We are one of the leading window replacement contractors in all of RI & MA. We can be reached over the phone at 401-274-0111 or through our online contact form.

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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.

MARVIN’S CBS EPISODE:

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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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Preparing 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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