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In-Home Consultations On Replacement Windows

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If you are considering replacement windows in Auburn, CA, it’s smart to have an in-home consultation as you continue down the path towards a final decision. You want to be comfortable with what is going to happen so you can understand what to expect. Here are a few things that will occur during the in-home consultation.


Nov
20
Considerations For Replacement Windows

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When you start looking into Granite Bay, CA replacement windows, you have a lot on your mind. You want to pick the right frame material, of course, and the right window style. But there are a lot of other things to consider as well. Here are some of the things to keep in the back of your mind as you make important decisions for the replacement windows in your home.

Consider Child And Pet Safety

If you have children or pets in your home, you certainly don’t want to do anything with your replacement windows that could place them in harm’s way. Many homeowners with little ones or furry friends like double hung windows so they can open just the top portion and not be afraid that anyone will topple out. Casement windows are good for ventilation and natural light, but they open all the way and can be dangerous for pets and children. Placing them on the first floor and perhaps double hung upstairs is a good solution.

Check The Foundation

Did you know that one of the first places that will show foundation issues is the windows? If you have a foundation issue, you might notice your windows are suddenly warping or sticking, causing you to want replacement windows. Before you move forward with that project, have your foundation inspected. If there are problems there, you will want to address them first. If you have foundation issues, it can have an impact on new windows as well. Get those fixed before you move forward.

Remember Your Landscaping

Take note of the landscaping around your house when you choose window styles and colors. If you want casement windows, there might be some bushes you will need to remove or trim back in order for the windows to swing out. You might not need low-E coatings on the glass on certain sides of the house because of the shade. Landscaping can help a lot with detailed decisions.

Ratings Are Important To Price

Before you shake your head and dismiss a window with a higher price on it, you need to understand the rating system behind windows. Windows with a higher price may have better ratings, which means they would be more energy efficient for your home. Take a look at the ratings and study up on what they mean. They’re important to how your windows will perform over the next number of years.

There are lots of other things to consider and think through when you are looking for Granite Bay, CA replacement windows for your home. At California Craftsman, it’s our job to make sure you don’t overlook anything. We’ll point out the little details about various windows, so you notice everything you need to know in advance and only choose the windows that are perfect for your home. Give us a call at (530) 887-1857 for a free consultation or stop by with your questions at 13555 Bowman Rd Ste 405 Auburn, CA 95603.


Nov
12
Should You Add A Bay Window?

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Bay windows are beautiful and can add architectural interest as well as space and light to any home. If you are thinking about Loomis, CA replacement windows, it’s a good time to look into all of the options and get what you really want for your home. If bay windows are on your list of things to consider, here are a few reasons why you might want to put them on the “definitely, yes” side of the list.

They Look Phenomenal

Bay replacement windows add visual interest to your home both inside or out. Outside, your house has a new visual appeal and inside, you have more space. You could add a window seat or a nook for statues. You could even add additional floor space to the room. There’s more dimension to a room with a bay window and there’s more to see outside as well.

They Bring In More Light

If you have three regular windows, flat across the wall, they might bring in quite a bit of natural light. But you compare those to three windows that jut out at an angle, of course the second choice will bring in more light. Bay windows are able to catch the light at different angles, perhaps as the sun goes down or rises. You’ll feel like your room is more open and welcoming because of the light. And it will also be more open because of the extra space.

They Increase Home Value

Replacement windows in general are going to raise the value of your home. But bay windows will raise the value even more so. They are an attractive element that benefits you when you start the selling process, whether that’s soon or far down the road.

They Ventilate Well

You may not keep your windows open very often, but when you do, bay windows can really help. Because of how they are designed, they can bring cross ventilation into the space and you can get casement windows for the side options to give you the best energy efficiency as well.

Ultimately, you get to decide whether or not bay windows are right for your home. If you have a good space for them, however, getting them while you are getting other Loomis, CA replacement windows is a good idea. You’re already pulling windows out so it’s the perfect opportunity to make changes to your home. If you want a couple of bay windows in different areas of the home, go for it. Talk over the details and options with professionals before you make any firm decisions. You’re welcome to call California Craftsman at (530) 887-1857 for advice or more ideas. You can also visit us with your questions in our showroom at 13555 Bowman Rd Ste 405 Auburn, CA 95603. We can show you pictures and examples of bay windows we have done on other homes to give you an idea of how your project will turn out before we get started.


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Oct
22
Costs Or Repairing Windows Or Replacing Windows

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Your home is likely the biggest investment you will ever make, and you want to keep it looking nice for as long as possible. It’s frustrating when you need repairs and if they keep coming, you might want Roseville, CA replacement windows to take care of any issues your windows might be causing. Window replacement isn’t always necessary, but sometimes it can be the better option over costly repairs.

One of the best indicators that replacement windows might be the best option is how old your windows are. Windows can last 50 years or longer based on the quality of the materials they were made out of and the quality of the installation. Older homes with original windows often need replacement windows. If you have broken panes, seals, rotting wood, windows that won’t open or close quite right, or drafts, replacement windows are the best option.

Old Windows Cost Money

You might be worried about getting replacement windows because of the costs that go into new window installations. However, what you should really think about is how much your old windows are costing you just to keep them around. The summers can get rather hot in California and your old windows might leak a lot of air both in and out. That lands higher utility bills into your mailbox, which is something you’ll see each and every month. Your old windows might be killing your resale value as well. And don’t forget how hard your HVAC system has to work to keep up with your comfort. That takes extra repairs in that area that could be spared.

Reviewing Repair Options

New windows are a great option for older homes, but they’re not always the only route. If you want to know one way or another, contact a window contractor and see what they say about your windows. If they’re in decent shape, you may be able to get away with repairs. If they are nearing the end of the line, replacement windows might be the best recourse. You won’t know for sure either way until you talk to a contractor who knows windows inside and out.

If you’re ready for replacement windows in Roseville, CA, or you want to know whether or not you actually need them, contact the experts at California Craftsman. Give us a call at (530) 887-1857 and we’ll answer your window questions or set up a time to come to your house to do an inspection. We promise to treat your home like we would our own. We certainly won’t tell you to invest in new windows unless it’s what we would do on our own home if we were in your situation. And we won’t recommend repairs for something that is better off being replaced, either. Stop by and see replacement window options in our showroom at 13555 Bowman Rd Ste 405 Auburn, CA 95603 so you’re prepared if that’s the direction you need to move towards for your house. We’re here for you when you need us.


Oct
15
Demystifying Replacement Window Labels

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When you go to the grocery store, you try to buy the healthiest items, which means reading the labels. Grocery labels can be confusing enough, but at least you’re used to looking at them and you know what ingredients to avoid. But when you look at Sacramento, CA replacement windows? You have to start all over again. What do you want on a window and what do you want to avoid? Getting new windows isn’t something you’ve likely ever done before. Most homeowners only have to do it once, maybe twice. So, when you start to look over the labels, it can be very overwhelming. Use this guide to take some guesswork out of the process.

The U-Factor

One of the first things you will notice and want to look for is the U-Factor on a window. Ratings will range from 0.20 to 1.20 and the lower the rating is, the better the window is at insulating. In California, this rating is very important and will help your energy bills quite a bit if you choose wisely.

The SHGC or Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

This rating is also important for this sunny area of the country because it will show you how well your windows reduce solar heat from entering your home. You also want a low number here and a rating of 0.25 or less will help you reduce costs when you are cooling your home.

The AL or Air Leakage

No windows are absolutely perfect, and this rating will show you how much heat you might gain or lose based on the cracks in the window assembly or frame. The measurements are in cubic feet per square foot and range from 0.1 to 0.3. The lower numbers will seal things in and out much better, but this rating is not always required to be on the label.

The VT or Visible Transmittance

This won’t help you with efficiency, but it does help you understand how much light will come in through their windows. If you like a lot of natural light, you’ll want a higher number. If you want light to be more muted in a TV room, the lower numbers are good. Ratings range from 0.3 to 0.7 on this reading.

Certifications

Understanding these numbers can help you out quite a bit, but you should always look for the Energy Star Certification first. Energy Star labeled windows will meet certain standards in your area of the country. You can trust that they are quality windows.

When you are ready to read through the labels, you don’t have to go through it alone. Contact the professionals at California Craftsman by calling (530) 887-1857 and we’ll help you weed through the labels bit by bit. We understand the ratings thoroughly and it’s okay if you forget what VT is or AL might mean. We’re here to fill in the details on any Sacramento, CA replacement windows that interest you. Stop by and ask questions right here in our showroom at 13555 Bowman Rd Ste 405 Auburn, CA 95603.


Oct
08
Oct
01
Replacement Windows Add Natural Light

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You’ve probably heard that natural light can make any room look larger, even if it remains the same size. And perhaps you’re dying to add even what looks like more room to a particular space in your house, like the kitchen or a bathroom. How can you pull it off? Consider Auburn, CA replacement windows to add the light you want and need in any room of your house. How do replacement windows add natural light? Here are a few ways.

More Glass Space

When you are putting in replacement windows, it’s your time to make any changes you want to the type of windows you place in your home. You can change a group of windows into one large, picture window, for example. You can make any window larger or you can switch double hung windows out for casement windows, which allows for more uninterrupted glass. Not only that, but even if you stick with the same window style, you’ll likely have more glass space. Window frames are getting more energy efficient with technology, but also thinner. Your old windows might have thick frames and less glass whereas newer windows will have larger glass space and less frame area.

Lighter Options

You know that certain colors reflect light better and older windows may not have those colors. If you have wood windows, you can paint them whatever color you want, but it’s hard to keep wood in shape as the years go by. When you get replacement windows, you can choose a light color option that goes well with your home, but also reflects the light better. White is the most popular, but you can get beige, off-white, or even a light pastel if you truly want to customize.

Coatings

There are also a number of things you can do within the replacement window options to allow in more light. Things get pretty hot in California so while you might want more light, you definitely don’t want more heat. You can have both with low-E coatings. Just have the inside of your glass panes coated with this invisible material and you will reflect heat back outside of your home in the summer (and inside in the winter) while still allowing in plenty of light. You don’t have to worry about combatting heat, even though you are getting more light.

If you’re ready for the extra light that Auburn, CA replacement windows can bring into a home, look into more details with the experts from California Craftsman/ Give us a call at

(530) 887-1857 and we’ll gladly come to your home and take a look at what you have to work with. With a few small changes and your perfect replacement windows, you might feel that certain rooms of your house are larger and more open than you thought possible. Stop by our showroom and look at some of the options in person at 13555 Bowman Rd Ste 405 Auburn, CA 95603. We’ll work to get you as much light as possible in every room you want it.


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