Does Window Replacement Have To Wait for Warmer Weather???

rain windowA common misconception that homeowners have is that they have to wait until warmer weather to replace their windows and doors.  False False False.

The window replacement installation process that  EnergyGuard Windows & Doors implements allows us to install windows and doors year round, especially in cold and rainy weather.  In fact, the sooner you get your windows replaced,  this winter,  the better it will be on your pocketbook when it comes to winter heating bills.

If the window and door openings are covered by overhangs etc, then there is no problem installing regardless if it is raining or not.  We have tents that we work under so that the tools and new windows have minimum exposure to the rain.  There are extra steps taken in the rainy days like using more drop cloths and removing shoes when possible  to insure that our installation crew is not tracking the outside elements in.  When replacing your windows we will only remove one window at a time,  which allows for a minimum amount of energy loss as well as limits the cold coming into the house.  We also use All Weather caulks and sealants to seal the windows and doors at the time of installation.

So now that we have fixed the misconception about cold weather window installation maybe it is  time for you to get your windows and doors replaced so that you can start saving money on your energy bills, right?  True True True

For a Free In Home Consultation Call us at 503-554-5500 TODAY or visit our website to request a complimentary, no-obligation in-home estimate www.EnergyguardWindows.com

 

 

 

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3 do-it-yourself window replacement tips

Money is pretty tight for most families at the moment and a good deal of the monthly budget seems to end up in the pockets of the utility companies. It’s seems that the less you make every month, the more they seem intent on driving up their prices. What people may not understand is that the way their home is configured is what could actually be contributing to the amount that they pay. Old windows and doors can allow air from outside to creep in, making it harder for the heating or AC to keep up with the job of keeping the interior temperature comfortable.

One way to save on those bills is to make the switch to energy efficient windows and doors so that your heating and cooling units don’t have to work overtime to maintain the temperature. Double glazed windows are excellent at keeping air and city sounds out where they belong and they also add value to the home should you ever decide it’s time to move on.

The problem that many folks face is the initial cost of the replacement windows and installation, but if you are one of those types who is pretty handy, then you may be able to tackle some of the job on your own.

This is especially true if it’s a straight switch in windows and there is no extra construction to be done. At EnergyGuard Windows & Doors, we offer many do it yourself window replacement tips that will help you get the job down quickly and efficiently.

Here are 3 window replacement tips to get you started:

  1. No tip may be as important as making sure that you get the measurements exactly correct. Even being off by less than an inch can mean gaps that will end up leading to the problems that had you going with a window and door replacement in the first place.
  2. Once you have the measurements down pat, you will want to be sure to visit a reputable dealer in windows and doors to be sure that you get replacements that will stand the test of time. (We might just know where you can go for this…)
  3. You are also going to have to decide if the trim that is around your existing windows is reusable, and if not, then that’s another good reason to visit a good dealer as they can help match you up with the trim that best suits your new windows. You may also be able to work out a deal where you can get a great set of replacement windows with installation included in the final price, and all within your budget.

If you do decide to go it alone with your window replacement project, then help is just a phone call away. We will be able to tell you exactly what tools that you need to complete the project and we will always be happy to answer any questions that you may have about the job.

That is just one more reason why you really have to put your faith in a trusted dealer like EnergyGuard Windows & Doors – your window and door replacement experts. Call us today to get the help you need: (503) 554-5500 or email us at nancy.energyuard@gmail.com

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How window replacement can actually save you money

Save Money with window replacement

Most people can look at their home with a critical eye and see the areas that need to be improved upon. Problem is, the eyes can often fool us into glossing over the windows and doors, both of which may need a complete overhaul for a number of different reasons.

One of the major reasons that forces people to look at window replacement is the rising cost of utilities. It’s not uncommon for the windows and doors in an older home to start developing gaps and leaks that cause the heating or AC to work a little harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home. That in turn leads to the bills starting to creep up to the point where that brown envelope every month is dreaded more than the month before.

Window replacement can help bring those bills down to a level where brown becomes the new white and the cost of replacing the doors and windows is made back in no time at all.

By adding a little “pizzazz” to your home with some great looking windows and doors, you can add curb appeal and value to your home as well. This is especially true if you go with energy efficient windows and doors, both of which are a great selling point when it comes time to put your home on the market.

If you spend more time looking through your windows than actually looking at them, then it might be time to switch that around and see if they can be improved. You might be surprised to learn that it’s not as expensive as you might have imagined, and that by looking out of your beautiful new replacement windows, you may just see the outside world in a brand new light.

5 way to lower your energy bill this spring

Darren Mankin EnergyGuard Windows and Doors With gas prices continuing to go up, more and more people are looking to cut back in as many areas as possible to save money. While we can’t control the price at the pump (although we really wish we could!)… Here are 5 tips to help you save money this spring on your energy bill (something you CAN control).

1. Soften those rays
Closing the curtains and lowering the blinds on the sunny side of your house will help keep you cooler on hot days. If you don’t want to obstruct the view, consider applying window film to the glass. Both the do-it-yourself cut-and-stick type and the professionally applied films will reduce radiant heat while allowing you to see through them. Similarly, the Rocky Mountain Institute suggests using outdoor awnings and, if you live in an area that is warm all year round, even painting your house a light color to reflect heat away.

2. Get your annual checkup
Your house’s biggest electricity guzzler is the air conditioner (and heating in the winter), accounting for as much as half of your energy bill. Make sure your systems are running at their highest efficiency by having annual professional cleanings and checkups. To help you remember, schedule a service call either when you set your clocks forward in the spring or back in the fall.

3. Landscape for a cooler home
Keep the greenery trimmed around your air conditioners for more efficient air flow. Similarly, if you have a central air conditioner, sweep away any leaves or other debris that accumulated near it over the winter.

4. Touch that dial
Don’t keep your thermostat at a steady temperature. When you’re away at work or asleep, turn it up so your air conditioner doesn’t click on as often. Better yet, get a programmable house thermostat or a timer on your window units. That way you can come home to a cool house without running your air conditioner all day. Do the same in winter with your heat. Raising or lowering the temperature can save as much as $100 a year. Heat pumps are one exception to this rule. “A heat pump is more electrically efficient if it is kept at a constant setting,” according to George Lewis of the energy company PPL Corporation.

5. Replace your lightbulbs
Fluorescent bulbs may be more expensive initially, but they are definitely worth the investment. A single standard incandescent lightbulb can cost the same to operate as six to 10 fluorescent bulbs—and the fluorescents last about 10 times longer. There are lots of new shapes and types, including attractive compact units that give off a pleasing, soft illumination like traditional bulbs. But “be sure your electric eyes and timers are rated for fluorescent,” says Alan Muenzel, owner of DAM Home Inspections, Salt Lake City.

Need help designing the perfect windows and doors for your home remodel and/or window and door replacement project? We have energy saving design install tips for every budget! Contact us today at

http://www.energyguardwindows.com/ or 503-554-5500

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Got a case of spring fever? Give it to your windows!

By March, our drizzly gray days start to wear on even the most die-hard Oregonians. When the sun finally comes out, you might notice that all the rain we’ve been getting has made your windows gunky and difficult to see through. Hiring a professional window washer is great, but it can be costly.

Here are 5 secrets to having super clean windows – without spending a fortune:

  1. To make windows and mirrors sparkle, dip a clean cloth in a 50/50 mixture of borax and water or denatured alcohol and wipe down. Polish with a lint-free rag or paper towel.
  1. To achieve the highest shine and clearest view on windows and other glass surfaces, after washing and drying thoroughly, wipe them down with a clean, dry blackboard eraser.
  1. To clean windows that you’ve put off for so long that they’re now absolutely filthy and completely daunting, add three Tablespoons of clear ammonia (not sudsy ammonia, which will leave streaks) or three Tablespoons of vinegar to a small bucket of cool water. (Note: Do not use both ammonia and vinegar, as they will neutralize each other)
  1. For particularly hard spots, use full-strength rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits, a clean rag, and some elbow grease.
  1. To get accumulated grit out of window edges and corners, use a Q-tip dipped in vinegar. Rinse thoroughly afterwards.

If tackling this window cleaning projects inspires you to replace some old windows or doors, don’t hesitate to give EnergyGuard Windows and Doors a call (503) 554-5500, or connect with us on Facebook, visit our website, or stop in. We offer a full range of services and helpful professionals to meet all your window and door needs.