I Am Looking to Have My Windows Replaced. What Brand of Windows Do You Recommend I Use?

Replacement Windows

We recommend the Infinity fiberglass window from Marvin.  The reason is, it is made from fiberglass and it out performs all other window materials that are used for making windows.  It cost a little more than vinyl and a little less that wood/aluminum clad, but will cost less money over time due to performance.

Jerry Fleenor, Window & Door Expert at Bordner

I Have Wood Rot on the Outside of My Windows. Do I Have to Replace Them, or Can They Be Repaired?

Wood Rot

It depends on where the wood rot is.  If it is just the brick mold, then it can be repaired for not a lot of money and will last for years to come.  If it is a part of the frame or the sash, then I would recommend replacing the entire window.  The reason is any repair work you do would be temporary and you would end up spending more money in the long run. Contact us today and we can help you with all your window needs.

Jerry Fleenor, Window & Door Expert at Bordner

The In’s and Out’s of New Windows

New Windows
New windows increase the value of your home, boost curb appeal and will help you save money on the utility bills. If you are looking for a project that gives you great bang for the buck, windows are an excellent choice. Before you start shopping, here are a few things to consider.

Replacement versus New Construction

Replacement windows are fitted inside the framework of your existing window. You will wind up with a slightly smaller window, but they are faster to install and very energy efficient. If your home was built before the 1970s and you choose replacement windows, you should ask the contractor to remove the interior trim and make sure there is adequate insulation around the window.

New construction windows are necessary if you are upgrading to a bay or bow window. These windows require the full removal of your existing window to the original stud. They are a little more expensive to install, but they will allow you to correct any underlying problems when the window is replaced.

Take it Out Further

Plant, bay and bow windows extend past the walls of your house. Bays typically feature three panels of glass that extend out up to two feet, so you will have a lovely surface for displaying decorations. Bows feature four or five panels that gently arc out in a smooth semi-circle. They create a slightly wider sill to help the room feel larger. Plant windows feature glass sides, a glass top and shelves. Ideal for growing plants, they also bring more light into the room.

Double Hung, Single Hung, Awning, Sliders and Casements

Traditional windows featuring an upper and lower pane of glass can be double or single hung. With double hung windows, both frames move. Only one pane moves in a single hung window. Casements feature a vertical pane that swings out with a crank window, and they are commonly used in the ends of bay windows. Sliders feature vertical panes that slide, and you can choose single or double versions to have one or both panes move. Awning windows are single panes mounted horizontally that swing open through top hinges.

Lower Energy Bills and Improve Home Value

Modern windows feature argon gas in between double panes, special coatings for UV protection and better seals for energy efficiency. If your windows are more than twenty years old, you can expect to see a drop in utility expenses when you have them replaced. Attractive and fresh, the addition of new windows will boost your curb appeal with their crisp appearance. It also increases your selling price when it’s time to move.

People often wonder if it’s time to get their windows replaced. If your utility bills are outrageous compared to your neighbors, the windows could be to blame. Single pane windows that rely on additional storm windows should absolutely be replaced, and windows that are original to an older home should be upgraded to new versions. In addition to making your home more valuable, you will also make it more energy efficient and comfortable throughout the year.

New Roofing: A Daily Impact

New Roofing

Are you considering having a new roof put on your house, but are you unsure if you want to invest in the project? Since a home’s roof is the first line of defense from the outdoors, having roofing work done can improve your home’s energy efficiency and overall comfort. To provide the best home for your family, a place where you can all relax and enjoy your time together, a good roof is essential. After all, it is the first and main line of defense against the weather.

Energy Savings

The first thing to consider is that you can actually save money with your new roof because you will notice a reduction in energy costs. Hot air always rises, so it is constantly trying to escape through your roof. This makes it difficult to adequately heat your home in the winter if your roof has even slight gaps, cracks, or holes. Heat does not need a huge, noticeable hole in order to escape. Even a hole the size of your finger could have a large impact on how much gas you need to burn to keep the living room warm and cozy during the winter months.

Keeping the Weather at Bay

As mentioned, the roof is the best way to keep the weather at bay. A leak in the roof allows rain, snow, ice, and hail to get inside your home. You may notice water on the floor after a particularly heavy rainstorm. Even if you do not see the evidence of the water, though, it could still be getting into the building. Water that drips and settles on studs, particle board, and beams can cause rot and decay. A leaky roof could be causing your home to silently deteriorate, creating a very expensive repair job ten years down the line.

Selling Your Home

Finally, a roof is a huge selling point if you put your home on the market. Most people have to replace their roofs every ten to fifteen years. If you can tell someone that you just had a new one put on two years ago, they will pay more for the house. They will see your home as a better financial investment, giving you the edge in a competitive market.

Signs that It’s Time to Re-Do Your Roof

There are a number of simple things that you can look for that will tell you that it may be time to de-do your roof, allowing you to make this decision before any expensive problems arise. These signs include:

  • Dark spots of water damage on the ceiling.
  • Loose or broken shingles.
  • Shingles that have entirely fallen off.
  • Dips, buckling, and waves in the surface.
  • Exposed roofing fasteners.
  • Shingles that are blistering or curling.
  • Vents or flashing that have obviously sustained damage.

Where Can I Buy Interior Doors That Are Split so You Can Open the Top and Bottom Separately. Can I Cut My Existing Door to Do That?

Split Doors

You can cut them yourself, but how you do it depends on the type and style of the door. For instance if it’s a hollow core door (solid structure around only the perimeter of door) you will need to add in a solid structure on either side of your cut. One method for doing this is ripping down a solid board, lightly gluing it, carefully inserting it into the cavity of each section of your now two piece door, flushing it up with the cut edge, and pin nailing it in place. A helpful tip in doing this is to run a screw into the filler piece to hold onto and help position it with out it falling down into the cavity of the door. Once you have it nailed remove screw and fill hole. You will also need one new hinges to each section of the slab and door jamb. The best way to do this is with a hinge jig and router. You will be left with the old shim locations on slap and jamb that will need to be filled and sanded.

On a raised panel door the position of your center rail will determine where to cut it or split the slap. It will be a solid rail piece so you won’t need to do the fill in piece like in the above example just some sanding and finishing. You will however still need to add and relocate hinges following the same steps.

This can be a labor intensive project and it does require knowledge of jigs and routers, so if you’re not comfortable or familiar with these tools or techniques you may want to consider just replacing the unit with a pre-hung (already cut and mounted in the frame) split door.  It may require going to more of a specialty building supplier like PMD (Pacific Mutual Door) vs. the big box stores. And although it might cost more, it would certainly take less time and sweat equity.

Jeff Wedgewood, Siding Expert at Bordner

I Have Fogging Between the Glass on My Windows. Should I Be Concerned? Is There Anything I Should Do?

Fogging Windows

The fogging means that the seal between the two panes of glass has broken and moisture has gotten in between them.  The only real concern at this point other than the look is that the window has lost its energy efficiency.  Depending on the window, you may be able to replace just the glass, but more than likely you should replace the entire window itself.  By replacing the entire window, you will have a product with a warranty and won’t have to deal with this in the future.  If you just replace the glass, the odds are it will have again in the future.

Jerry Fleenor, Window & Door Expert at Bordner

I Need to Replace My Old Casement Style Windows Due to Rot. Can I Switch to the Double Hung Style, and Are There Any Benefits/ Advantages in Doing So?

Wood Rot

In most cases we can change the existing window style to a different style.

The biggest issue will be the height and width of the window, because each window style has a limitation on the size that it can be. There are pros and cons to each window style and the decision generally comes down to personal preference of looks and how you would like to ventilate.  One nice feature of Double Hung windows is that it is easier to ventilate when you have limited space on the outside to open the window.  You also get better ventilation since it will allow air in no mater the direction of the wind.

How to Tell If I Have Hail Damage on My Roof

Hail Damage

The one area on the home that hail does the most damage to is the roof shingles. It can actually shorten the life of the shingles considerably, yet it is the hardest place to identify damage. Hail hits the shingle and actually does what we call “bruising”; puts a divot in the shingle and is often hard to find. Over time though as we go through the seasons, that divot starts to break down and as moisture infiltrates underneath that shingle, it starts to break the glue down and it deteriorates very rapidly.

Take a look at the image on top to better understand what bruising looks like. The circled black spot on that roof can be conspired bruising.

On all those spots the granules will be soft, imbedded into the matting of the shingle and if you were able to run your fingers over them, you would be able to clearly feel the divots. Those are perfect examples of what hail does to a shingle.

It is always easier to identify damage on light-colored shingles, because the divot will be darker since the granules will be coming loose. On dark colored shingles it can be more of a challenge.

The bottom line is that if you feel that your home has sustained some damage to the soft metals during a storm that came through, you should be calling your insurance company, because your adjuster is trained to find those divots in the shingles. If you do have damage, you insurance company will most likely want to replace your roof, because they want to protect their investment as well.

Thinking Safety

It goes without saying that when you are inspecting your home, you should always take the necessary safety precautions. A lot of homeowners do not feel comfortable getting on their roofs and there are a lot of homes where no one, professional or not should even attempt to do so. Some roofs are not designed to have people on them without the right scaffolding and equipment. Always be careful.

An easy way to check if you possibly have roof shingle damage is to take a look at the areas where your downspouts drain out. During a storm, when hail hits the shingles and creates those divots, you will see a lot of those granules wash out through gutters and end up on your lawn.

We are here to help. If you suspecting hail damage give us a call today at 719-602-5039 for a free roof inspection.

Radiant Barrier Insulation

Radiant Barrier Insulation

Radiant barrier insulation is a highly reflective material that is applied to substrate materials including plastic films and cardboard. There are several different types of radiant barrier insulation.

Chips

Radiant barrier chips are made of small pieces of silver metalized film that are layered on top of the existing insulation.

Foil

Rolls of foil radiant barrier are 48 inches wide. The foil is stapled between the roof rafters in the attic leaving a one-inch air space at the bottom of the roof.

Roofing

Radiant barrier roofing is made of a special aluminum and zinc coated steel. This type of roofing keeps 50 percent more heat out of the attic than standard galvanized metal roofing.

Sheathing

This type of radiant barrier consists of plywood roof sheathing that has a coating of aluminum foil laminate on one side.

How Radiant Barrier Insulation Works

Traditional insulation works by absorbing or slowing down convective and conductive heat transfer but does nothing to stop radiant heat loss. That type of insulation can lose as much as 36 percent of its effectiveness with changes in humidity levels. Radiant barrier insulation works by reflecting heat energy rather an absorbing it and it remains unaffected by variations in humidity levels.

How to Determine if You Need to Install Radiant Barrier Insulation

All homes could benefit from the installation of radiant barrier insulation. It will help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. During the winter months, most of the heat lost from a home is radiant heat as opposed to convective and conductive heat. During the summer, the majority of heat gain in a home is radiant heat. By reflecting radiant heat rather than absorbing it, your home will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. It will also save money on your heating and cooling costs.

Can You Install Radiant Barrier Insulation Yourself?

Although you can install radiant heat insulation yourself, it would be in your best interest to hire a professional installer. Incorrect installation can result in a loss of its effectiveness by as much as 50 percent. It can also result in moisture retention and promote the growth of mold.

The type of radiant barrier insulation that you need to use will depend on several different factors including the type of insulation that is currently installed in your home. The best way to determine what your needs are would be to contact the professionals at Bordner. They will be happy to answer your questions and to correctly install radiant barrier insulation in your home.

Points to Consider for New Insulation

New Insulation
When you are thinking about installing new insulation, it’s a good idea to hire a professional to do the job. Unquestionably, the benefits greatly outweigh any extra expense. In addition, the work that is done will have a guarantee and you will know that you’re getting the correct amount of R-value in each application.

How to Know You Need an Insulation Contractor

If your home has very little or no insulation at all, especially in the attic, you probably need to bring in a professional. Fully insulating house is a major job. Also, if you were planning any major structural changes, such as a room addition, you will probably want to hire a contractor for the insulation. Some areas are simply too hard for the average homeowner to attempt to insulate. For example, insulating crawl spaces can be exhausting and very difficult.

Another reason to bring in a contractor for insulation work is if you have older wiring in your home, since this wiring can be extremely dangerous if mishandled. Also, if your current insulation is poorly installed, wet or otherwise damaged, you had best call a professional.

Choosing a Contractor

If you are looking for a qualified insulation contractor, you can try asking friends, family and your neighbors who have had work done recently. Another good source of information can often be local homebuilders who have hired insulation companies as subcontractors. They should be able to provide you with a list of contractors they prefer to work with.

Questions to Ask

It is very important to get multiple estimates from several companies before you proceed. In addition, you should require a set bid from the contractor before you sign anything. Another important point is that while different contractors may suggest different kinds of insulation, the R-value recommendations should be the same.

In addition to the cost, other questions you should ask include:

  • What different kinds of insulation will the contractor be using?
  • In each case, what R-value will he be aiming for?
  • Will vapor barriers be used, and what kinds?
  • What is the time estimate for the completion of the job?
  • Is the contractor bonded and insured?
  • What are his certifications?
  • Is his work fully compliant with local building codes?
  • Finally, what are the details of the guarantee he offers for his work?

Your home is an enormous investment, and you will want to make sure that any modifications or work you have done to it protects its value. By hiring a professional contractor to install your new insulation, you can ensure that the work is done right.