Do you see moisture in between your windows, or are your energy bills abnormally high? These are two of the primary indicators that it’s time to start shopping for replacement windows. To find out if you need to replace your windows, look for the following sings.
You Feel a Draft
Even the best windows will allow a tiny bit of air into a home, but this should never be noticeable. If you detect a draft, it means your windows are allowing too much air into your home. As windows age, they tend to let more air in through the corners of the frames and sashes.
It’s Hard to Shut or Open Your Windows
If you have older single or double hung windows that are hard to operate, they may have balance issues. Windows that slam shut instead of remaining open are a safety hazard and should be replaced immediately. If you have wood or metal windows that are starting to fail, replace them, especially if they are rotting or rusting.
There’s Condensation on the Glass
When there is a seal failure between the glass panels of a window, moisture can enter the space and cause air to condense on the glass. When this happens, the insulated glass is no longer creating a barrier to cold air. You know that the seal has failed if you see condensation in between the panes of glass in your windows, or a white film left by calcium that was deposited on the glass.
Your Energy Bills are Increasing
A series of sky-high energy bills indicates that you either have an inefficient heating or cooling system, or old windows that are energy inefficient. The Department of Energy recommends replacing old or inefficient windows because they eventually pay for themselves by lowering heating and cooling costs.
To invest in attractive, well-built windows, come to Window World. We install windows in Orlando and throughout central Florida. Visit our website to learn more, and call us at (321) 282-6200 for more information.
Nobody likes looking out a dirty window. Fortunately, you don’t have to. You could pay to have your windows professionally cleaned and detailed, or you can save money and do it yourself. Cleaning your windows is about using the right tools and the right techniques. To learn more about the tools and techniques that will help you clean your windows like a professional, check out this short video clip.
If your old windows are beyond cleaning, contact Window World of Orlando. As one of the leading replacement window companies in Central Florida, we can provide you with high-quality vinyl windows for your home. Visit our website to learn more about our replacement windows, or call us at (321) 282-6200 to request an estimate.
Sliding patio doors make it easy to enjoy your outdoor living space. Unfortunately, they may also make it easy for intruders to gain access to your home. Simply because of the way patio doors are designed, they are not as strong or secure as heavy wood entry doors. There are ways that you can boost the safety of your patio door to protect your family and your belongings. Here are a few tips for securing your patio door against unwanted intrusions.
Install a Slide-Locking Bar
Hardware stores sell heavy-duty slide-locking bars, but something as simple as a thick wood dowel or metal bar cut to fit the bottom track of your door will work just as well. A slide-locking bar will keep your patio door from being opened, even if the latching lock is damaged or removed. Of course, if your latching lock is missing or damaged, replace it as soon as possible.
Maintain Tracks and Rollers
As with your vehicle, the key to good sliding door performance is routine maintenance. Most sliding patio doors move back and forth on plastic rollers. If these rollers become damaged, the door may be easily lifted from its track. Replace damaged rollers soon to avoid this problem. Dirt and debris in the track can also cause the track roller to degrade, so clean it out with a broom or small brush.
Wire an Alarm System
If you have an in-home alarm system, make sure it’s wired to a contact on your sliding door. If you are not comfortable working with electrical equipment, contact your alarm company to have a technician install the equipment needed. Your alarm technician may also be able to install glass-break sensors on your door in case a thief tries to smash the glass instead of opening the patio door.
Although we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the leading replacement window companies in Orlando, Window World also provides some of the highest quality patio doors in the area. All of our patio doors feature sturdy aluminum frames and a four-point tension system, keeping the top and bottom screens securely in place. For more information, call Window World of Orlando at (321) 282-6200.