Saturday, November 29, 2008

Window Replacement in the Winter? Are You Nuts?

No, not nuts! Winter is actually a GREAT time to replace your drafty, leaky windows.

Your windows are the number 1 source of energy loss in your home. Do your windows feel as cold as the outside? Do they constantly fog up and freeze in the winter months? Can you feel a draft? Heck, will the windows even open at all? All of these are signs that you should consider replacing the windows in your home.

But in the winter???

Certainly! The average time your home is open to the elements is less than 10 minutes. When properly planned the new window is ready to go in just shortly after the old one is removed. In about an 1 hour, you can immensely improve the efficiency of an opening. You'll get a more efficient window with double or triple pane glass, new insulation and a window that ACTUALLY WORKS!

Think of a new window that is more efficient, easy to clean and nice to look at...all in an hour or so!

There are many options for replacing your windows. There is not one window or brand that can fill every need, look and price point. These options will be covered in other posts as there's too much to fit here.

One thing is for sure: Stay away from the cheap windows! Yes, you CAN buy a window for less than $200, but that doesn't mean you SHOULD! Installing a window is a precision operation and should be done with care. Those installers are paid by the window which means: the more they install in a day, the more money they make. It just doesn't make financial sense for them to take the time to do it right.

As always, please ask questions! I am here to help and will answer every relevant question. Comments are also appreciated! Let me know if this has helped you in some way. Click on the "View My Complete Profile" button and feel free to sent me an email. Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Don't Let This Happen to You!

Want to know what happens when people hire amateur painters? Check this out!

This is a picture I took several years ago, before I had my first digital camera. If you look closely, you can see the roof is oversprayed something terrible!

I'm not sure if the homeowner rented a sprayer or they hired someone to paint their home. Obviously no one took the time or effort to even TRY to mask or protecty anything. If I remember correctly, the porch was as yellow as the roof.

There is NO WAY to correct this problem. The paint will not just wear off, nor will it wash off. The roof had to be completely replaced. You have to wonder, who was stuck with the bill for that? I'm going to guess it was the homeowner.

How can you protect yourself from something like this? Simple, hire a well established painter who has been in business for several years, has a track record and most importantly HAS INSURANCE! Not all business insurance is built the same. If your painter uses subcontractors, you may not be covered! Most subcontractors don't have insurance and mostly work on a cash basis. Make sure your painter is using their own employees and you get a copy of their insurance certificate. That certificate is only valid when it comes directly from their agent! No company can give you an official copy any other way.

Make sure your painter masks and protects all surfaces that are not to be painted. Items like clad windows and doors, porches, driveways, and yes, the roof should be covered. Masking tape, plastic sheeting, dropcloths are all used to keep paint from these surfaces.

Do you have a horror story? I'd love to hear about it!