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    Winterizing Your Windows

    Last updated 4 days ago

    As summer gives way to fall and temperatures drop noticeably, it is time to start thinking about preparing your home for winter. If you wish to be as comfortable as possible in your home without facing exorbitantly high energy bills, one part of your home you should definitely prepare for the winter season is your windows. Some window winterization steps that every Michigan homeowner should employ are discussed below.

    Screen Removal
    With few bugs out and a low likelihood that you will have your windows open much anyway, there is little reason to keep window screens affixed to the outside of your windows during the winter. Protect your screens by removing them and storing them in a safe, dry place over the winter.

    Caulking
    Caulk keeps wind from entering your home through spaces between your windowsills and your home’s siding. Closely examine existing caulk on and around your windows. Remove strips of caulk that are chipping or peeling and apply a fresh coat of caulk if necessary.

    Weatherstripping
    After doing any necessary caulking, check for air leaks by lighting a candle and slowly tracing the perimeter of your windows to see if the flame flickers or is extinguished. This will clue you into the presence of cracked or loose window panes, which should be repaired in preparation for the harsh window. Use the type of weatherstripping that is best suited to your windows and the climate in which you live, making sure that the area between window panes and surrounding walls is especially well sealed.

    Changing Up Window Treatments
    Another step you can take to further prevent cool outside air from entering your home is to switch out your existing window treatments for thicker, heavier treatments. These will help keep cool air outside your home and can add a nice seasonal decorative touch to your room.

    If a close look at your windows in advance of winterizing them leads you to conclude that you will be better off getting replacement windows before the harsh Detroit winter comes, call Wallside Windows at (313) 908-5243. Proudly serving residents of the Detroit area and throughout southern Michigan, we manufacture and install high-quality windows that are backed by a 35-year service guarantee. Since protection against seal failure is included in our factory guarantee, winterization should be easier with our energy-efficient replacement windows.

    Decorating Triple Windows

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Triple windows are an excellent way to bridge an indoor living or dining area with the outdoor world. For tips on designing triple windows and selecting window treatments that will help you make the most of your investment, check out this brief HGTV video clip.

    In it, window treatment expert Kahi Lee discusses three of her favorite ways to dress triple windows. At least one of these suggestions should be able to help you achieve the design effect you are looking for.

    Are you still looking for the perfect triple windows for your Detroit area home? To speak with a highly qualified replacement window manufacturer and installation company with more than 60 years’ experience serving Michigan residents, call Wallside Windows in Taylor at (313) 292-4400.

    The Dos and Don'ts of Window Installation

    Last updated 18 days ago

    If the windows in your Detroit home are aging, worse for wear, or inefficient, you may wish to have replacement windows installed. Doing so can boost your home’s curb appeal, reduce your energy bills, and increase your at-home comfort. In order to get the most from the money you spend on your replacement windows and their installation, be sure to follow the dos and don’ts discussed below.

    Do: Choose Windows Wisely
    While there are a few especially popular window types, it is not essential that you stick to conventions. Consider your options in the context of your home’s design, and choose windows that please you in general and look great with your home’s design. High energy efficiency ratings are also a plus.

    Don’t: Disregard Your Location
    If you live in a place with four distinct seasons or especially harsh summers or winters, the climate should impact your window choice and choice of installation professional. Choose an installation pro with experience working in your area and windows that are rated to withstand the pressures put on them by weather conditions in your area.

    Do: Hire a Reputable Replacement Window Professional
    The installation of your windows is at least as important as the quality of the glass and manufacturing that was put into them. Even the nicest, most expensive windows you can buy will not protect you against the elements unless they are properly installed. To ensure that you reap all the benefits your windows can provide you with, hire a professional with a wealth of experience and a strong reputation to install them for you.

    Don’t: Put off Maintenance
    You can maximize your windows’ effective longevity by properly caring for them. After your new windows are installed, adopt a strict cleaning and maintenance schedule in accordance with manufacturer recommendations. Many types of custom made windows, especially those held in place by vinyl frames, require little maintenance. The maintenance they do require, however, is important. 

    Follow the aforementioned guidelines for selecting and installing new windows, and your replacement windows should satisfy you for decades. For a free quote from an experienced and reputable replacement window installation expert in Detroit, call Wallside Windows at (313) 292-4400. Serving more than 25,000 Michigan households every year, we are proud to be the state’s foremost window supplier and installer.

    Wallside Windows' Service Guarantee

    Last updated 20 days ago

    For more than 60 years, Wallside Windows has manufactured and installed custom windows for Detroit area homeowners and business owners. During that time, we have established a reputation as a replacement window professional that you can trust. At least some of our reputational strength can be credited to our comprehensive 35-year service guarantee.

    When you choose to have Wallside Windows install replacement windows on your property, you get more than high-quality glass and window frames. You also get assurance that your windows will be repaired or replaced at no cost to you should they chip, warp, and rust. Our service guarantee also provides protection against window seal failure, and is transferable so that any coverage remaining when you sell your house will be extended to its new owners.

    Are you looking for a window specialist to install custom replacement windows in your Michigan home? For a free cost estimate on high-quality windows that you can count on lasting for a minimum of 35 years, call Wallside Windows in Taylor at (313) 292-4400. 

    Choosing the Best Energy Efficient Windows for Your House

    Last updated 25 days ago

    When purchasing replacement windows for your home, it is in your best interests to go with the most energy efficient option that you like and can afford. To hone in on energy efficient windows that work with your tastes, your budget, and your home’s environment, consider the following factors.

    Budget
    Energy efficient replacement windows are available for a range of budgets. Determine how much you want to spend on your replacement window project, and look at options in your price range. Keep in mind that highly energy efficient windows yield considerable energy savings over time when shopping.

    Frame Material
    Aluminum, wood, wood-clad, and vinyl are the most popular window frame materials. Each type of frame has its own advantages, but wood, wood-clad, and vinyl windows are best suited to Michigan’s harsh winter climate because of their heat transfer performance. Due to its relatively low cost and superior performance, vinyl window frames are probably the best value.

    Window Glass
    In addition to having well-fitted frames that offer some insulative benefits, energy efficient window replacements should have low-emissive glass. Double-paned windows with a vacuum-sealed argon gas fill between the panes offer the best insulation for homeowners looking to keep heat from seeping inside in the summer and escaping in the winter.

    Design
    Some window designs are more energy efficient than others. While you should ultimately choose a design that you like and that works well with your home’s design, casement windows and picture windows are two energy efficient window designs that are especially fit for Michigan’s harsh winter climate.

    To get the most from your replacement windows, it is important that they be properly installed by a trained and experienced professional. With more than 60 years’ experience, Wallside Windows is Michigan’s leading manufacturer and installer of energy efficient replacement windows. To find out more about our selection, ask for a free cost estimate, or schedule an appointment, give us a call at (313) 292-4400.

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