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    Washing Your Windows Without Creating Streaks

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Getting your windows completely clean does not require Windex. In fact, you can wash your windows and give them a streak-free clean by applying a mixture of two basic ingredients. Watch this video for window cleaning tips.

    Mix together one part white distilled vinegar with four parts water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray it on the entire window and then wipe it with a clean newspaper or some other dry material. Don’t leave any moisture, or the window will streak. For more advice on how to get your windows clean, watch this short video clip.

    Located in the Detroit area, Wallside Windows has an expansive selection of replacement windows that will improve the style and efficiency of your home. Call us at (313) 292-4400 if you have any questions for our window experts. And visit our website today to see our virtual showroom and learn more about the 35-year guarantee that comes with our windows.

    Saving Energy with Double-Pane Windows

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Installing double-pane windows will boost the value of your home, improve indoor air insulation, and even eliminate harmful and unsightly window condensation. If you buy ENERGY STAR double-pane windows, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that you can save up to 15 percent on your energy bills. To find efficient double-pane windows, visit a reliable window dealer. As you shop for windows, look at the National Fenestration Rating Council label, which displays a number of objectively determined ratings for that specific window. Look for a low U-Factor, which indicates the window is well-insulated. Windows with a high Solar Heat Gain Coefficient rating (SHGC) allow more heat to pass through the window and into the home. Install low SHGC windows on east- and west-facing windows to stay cool and lower your energy bills in summer, and high SHGC windows on south-facing windows to provide extra warmth to your home in winter.

    For more tips on how to find energy-saving double-pane windows, visit Wallside Windows. Our windows come with a 35-year guarantee, just another reason we are Michigan’s preferred window provider. Visit our website to browse our selection of energy-efficient windows, and call us today at (313) 292-4400 to speak with a window expert.

    Tax Write-Offs Available to Homeowners and Landlords with Energy Efficient Windows

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Energy-efficient windows are a must in Michigan in the wintertime. In addition to keeping the house insulated from cold outside air, energy-efficient windows also help reduce energy consumption indoors. Save money on your energy bill by investing in energy-efficient windows and you may even qualify for a tax write-off.

    Federal Tax Credits
    Under the renewed Residential Energy Property Credit on Form 5695, the IRS allows residential homeowners to file for a tax credit of up to 10 percent of the cost of energy-efficient windows. This tax credit applies only to a person’s primary residence. Technically, a landlord cannot qualify for this tax credit unless he or she is the owner and occupant of a multifamily building.

    State-Level and Utility Programs
    Many cities and states offer rebate programs that help reduce the cost of purchasing energy-efficient windows. Ask your local window store about the tax incentives in Michigan and in your city. You can also visit DSIREUSA.org to explore the many state and local incentives available in Michigan and the Detroit area.

    Deductible Expenses
    For homeowners and landlords that do not qualify for tax credits, there is still a way that you can save money and offset the cost of purchasing and installing energy-efficient windows. Like any other property investments made during the tax year, energy-efficient windows can qualify as either a deductible expense or a reduction of tax liability. Find a tax professional in Michigan who can help you optimize your taxes.

    Overall Gains
    Landlords in Michigan who buy and install energy-efficient windows may be able to take advantage of building expense and depreciation deductions. In addition to saving money on taxes, having energy-efficient windows makes a property more attractive to both current and future tenants.

    To learn more about the advantages of energy-efficient windows, come to Wallside Windows, located in Taylor just outside of Detroit. Browse our selection of replacement windows and read more about our 35-year guarantee by visiting our website. If you have any questions, please call us at (313) 292-4400.

    Comparing Double-Pane and Triple-Pane Windows

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Energy-efficient windows that are certified by ENERGY STAR can save you up to 15 percent on your energy bill, according to the EPA. For maximum energy savings, invest in triple-pane windows. These cutting-edge windows are constructed with three separate sheets of glass, which increase energy efficiency and decrease sound transmission. But it should be noted that triple-pane windows are typically 10 to 15 percent more expensive than double-pane windows, which feature two layers of glass. To determine if triple-pane windows offer a sizeable advantage to your home, compare the R-value of the double- and triple-pane windows you find, which tells you how adept a window is at resisting heat flow. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) is another important factor to consider, which measures the window’s ability to block or invite warmth from heat-producing solar rays.

    To talk to a window specialist who can help you select the right energy-efficient windows for your home, come to Wallside Windows of Taylor, Michigan. Call us at (313) 292-4400 or visit our factory showroom in the Detroit area to learn more about the difference between double- and triple-pane windows, and visit our website to browse our replacement windows online. 

    Factors to Consider for Choosing Windows for Your Home Addition

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Window design determines a great deal of home’s interior and exterior beauty. Windows have a substantial influence on the comfort and energy efficiency of your home as well. If you’re looking for new windows for your home addition, don’t forget to consider the following factors.

    Size and Placement
    home addition needs to blend well with the rest of the house, especially when it comes to the windows. Match the spacing, size, and height of the windows in the front of the building to ensure that the home addition looks as natural as possible. In the back, choose the size and placement that suits the new room best. You can always make the new windows work with the existing ones by matching the proportions, divided light patterns, or moldings.

    Energy Efficiency
    New replacement windows may be up to twice as efficient as the windows on the rest of your home. To ensure that your home addition is well-insulated, opt for double-pane windows. Ask your window dealer if buying and installing energy-efficient windows will qualify you for a tax break.

    Maintenance
    New windows are much easier to wash than windows of years past. Modern windows usually tilt inwards, allowing you to clean both sides of the pane from inside your home. Look for new windows that have an attractive, user-friendly tilting mechanism.

    Overall Costs
    Some homeowners decide to replace all of the windows in the home when they are doing a home addition. In many cases this saves money on labor costs, increases home insulation, and ensures a more streamlined, natural look at the end of the home addition project.

    For assistance in choosing energy-efficient windows for your home addition, visit Wallside Windows’ factory showroom in the Detroit area today. Check out our website to see our factory showroom, and call us at (313) 292-4400 to speak with one of our window specialist. 

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