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    A Look at the Role Windows Play in Your Home Security

    Last updated 1 day 5 hours ago

    Windows represent one of many access points into your home. However, the right security measures will ensure your windows keep invaders out while protecting your family and your belongings. Windows don’t need to represent a security hazard if you take the time and effort to ensure they don’t create an appealing entry point.

    Locks
    Regardless of the type of windows in your home, there are locking mechanisms that can prevent them from being opened. Talk to your window retailer about locking options before your purchase your windows. Evaluate your options and choose a locking mechanism that will keep your windows secure but still provide quick release if you need to get out of your home in case of a fire or other emergency. Don’t forget to add locks to sliding glass doors and garden windows, which can also provide a tempting target for intruders. Your window retailer can help you make the right choice for your needs prior to installation.

    Accessibility
    Ground-level windows are more easily accessible to passersby than those in upper stories. Walk around your home and evaluate your first-floor windows in terms of accessibility. You can easily hinder access to ground-level windows by placing trees, shrubs, or other landscaping elements in front of them. Laying rocks or gravel underneath windows makes it impossible to sneak up to them unheard, which can also deter intruders. On upper stories, consider windows that may be accessible from nearby trees, telephone poles, or other structures. Keep tree branches trimmed so they don’t offer access to your roof or windows, and make sure all windows and sliding glass doors accessible by balcony have locking mechanisms in place.

    At Wallside Windows, we offer a variety of replacement window options to enhance your home’s appearance while providing excellent home security. If you have questions about how to secure your replacement windows, we have the answers—just call us at (313) 908-5243 to speak with an experienced representative about your needs. Check out our blog to find more articles about window safety and security.

    "What once was an eye sore at every window is now a piece of art." | Wallside Window Review

    Last updated 2 days 1 hour ago

    We have had our new windows for a week and a half now. Every Associate that we dealt with through the entire process, right from the 1st phone call was very professional, knowledgeable of the product and pleasant in their communications. We were given a very fair price and everything was completed in the time line we were given. Right from the time... More
    Orville and Rosie Smith

    Exploring Decorative Glass Options

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Decorative glass lends artistic style to windows when they are seen from the exterior or interior of your home. You can choose to use decorative glass elements in doors, windows, and skylights to enhance your enjoyment of these features. Wallside Windows offers a variety of decorative glass options to suit your exact needs.

    Obscure Glass
    Obscure glass offers light transmission without allowing a clear view through the window. This type of glass is often used in shower and tub doors, but is also perfect for entryways or bathroom windows to maintain privacy while allowing natural light into your home. Obscure glass achieves this effect through pebbling or texturing of the glass surface, which can also offer a stylistic element to any window or door that utilizes this type of decorative glass.

    Etched and Grooved Glass
    Etched and grooved glass are popular options for entryway doors and windows. This type of glass is available in a variety of motifs, ranging from simpler cross patterns and borders to intricate floral or geometric designs. Etched and grooved glass may also feature frosted patterns for additional beauty and appeal. Although etched glass may look delicate, it can be made from tempered glass to provide additional safety and security in bathrooms or entryways.

    Gray Glass
    Gray glass offers not only stylistic appeal, but reduced light transmission as well. This type of glass is ideal for use in windows that receive significant natural light. Gray glass reduces the transmission of solar radiation into your home, limiting solar heating while protecting finishes and belongings. You can choose windows made entirely from gray glass or incorporate smaller panes of this glass into larger mosaics.

    If you’d like more information about your decorative glass options, contact one of the experts at Wallside Windows of Michigan by calling (313) 908-5243. We can customize your windows to achieve exactly the look and function you want so you can enjoy both beauty and energy savings when you replace your home’s windows. Check us out on the web to learn more about choosing decorative and energy-saving glass.

    What Are Garden Windows?

    Last updated 9 days ago

    There are many styles of windows available when adding or replacing windows in your home. Garden windows provide additional space and ventilation. A garden window can expand the interior of your home by up to two feet; the window extends out from the exterior of your home, helping to open up the room within. Garden windows essentially form a box of glass to bring in natural light, with casement windows on either side that can be opened for fresh air and ventilation. These windows can increase the amount of light in any room and often make the perfect place to set up a small indoor herb garden.

    If you’d like to explore your replacement window options, contact Wallside Windows for a free in-home estimate by calling (313) 908-5243 today. We are the most-referred and most-preferred replacement window provider in the Detroit area, offering a variety of options that include garden windows, bay windows, picture windows, and doorwalls or sliding doors. You can explore our online catalog or find additional information and tips when you visit us on the web!

    How Spending on Replacement Windows Puts Money Back into Your Pocket

    Last updated 12 days ago

    The replacement windows you choose can have a significant effect on your home’s energy savings throughout the year. Additionally, installing energy-saving windows may qualify homeowners for a tax rebate when they choose to replace their home’s existing windows with more efficient ones. Keep reading to discover how Wallside Windows’ replacement window options can put money back into your pocket while enhancing the aesthetics and performance of your home. 

    Energy Savings
    Old, worn, and broken windows can cost you hundreds of dollars more than is necessary to maintain a comfortable indoor environment. Most homes built 20 years ago or more utilize single-pane glass windows with no protective coating to prevent heat transfer between your home and the outdoors. Today, window technology has advanced significantly, offering many options to help you reduce utility costs all year long. In the Detroit area, you can reduce the annual cost of heating and cooling your home by up to $370 when you replace your windows with an ENERGY STAR-qualified product that provides better insulation than your existing glass.

    Tax Benefits
    In addition to the immediate savings you’ll enjoy on your utility bills when you replace your home’s windows, you may also qualify for a tax benefit as well. Qualifying windows installed in your primary residence between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013, are eligible for a tax credit that amounts to up to 10% of the product costs up to a total of $200. This rebate is designed to help offset the cost of installing replacement windows and enable you to choose the highest-performing glass that suits your needs without worrying about greater product costs.

    If you’re ready to replace the windows in your home for improved curb appeal and performance, the experts at Wallside Windows are here to help. Because we are the factory, we can custom-create any window style and size you need to achieve the look you want for your Michigan home. We offer double-pane and triple-pane window options with low-emissivity coatings and argon gas to improve thermal performance. Visit us on the web or call (313) 908-5243 to find out more.

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