Windows on Washington would like to highlight a specialty window for the project of the week - Bow Windows.
A Bow window is a window unit made of four to six windows which form an arc shaped window wall. They typically have fixed casement windows in the center with operational casement windows at each end. When installing replacement windows, a bow window may be used to replace an existing bow window or standard windows. However, because the bow window is so large and heavy, it may be required to be structurally tied to the home. While analyzing the window structure of your home, do not forget that the ceiling and floor area may need additional insulation to ensure maximum energy efficiency.
For the project of the week, our clients wanted to improve the energy efficiency of their home, provide more functionality with their windows and increase curb appeal. This beautiful bow unit, expertly installed by the WoW Team, successfully met each of their goals.
These close ups show a major difference! The old bow window, pictured left, was a single paned unit with only 2 small square operational windows. The new WoW bow window, pictured right, is comprised of 5 highly efficient Okna 500 casement windows with fully operational end units.
These before and after shots really show off the impact of the replacement bow window in terms of curb appeal. The home looks updated, fresh and more modern. What a difference!
Windows on Washington is dedicated to providing solutions to your toughest home improvement challenges, at a fair and honest price. Our experts are skilled in windows, doors, siding, roofing and insulation, so we take a comprehensive approach to our improving the comfort, appearance, and energy efficiency of your home. Click on the link below to talk to one of our experts about your home improvement project today!
A new roof is one of the more expensive exetrior home improvements a homeowner can make. However, a new roof can net a return on investment of up to 89% in 2014 if you take good care of it. Whether our customers are trying to extend the life of their current roof or are enjoying a brand new roof expertly installed by our team, the experts at Windows on Washington are often asked, "How can I extend the life of my roof and keep it looking great?" As always, when our customers have questions, we have answers. Our experts put together 3 simple tasks to help to extend the life of your roof and prevent serious damage before it occurs. Of course, we never recomend that a homeowner climb a roof if they are not comfortable, prepared and safe. Always call a professional if you need assistance.
- Skylights – Inspect the seals around your skylight. Often debris can get stuck or wedged around the edge of a skylight, degrading the seal. If your seal is cracked or worn, reapply sealant to prevent leaks. It is critical to keep water from penetrating a worn seal, for moisture can cause signficant damage to the roof or the roof deck.
- Flashing – Inspect the flashing around your chimney and vents. These areas of the roof are the most prone to leaks. Again, proper sealing of this area will prevent the moisture seeping into your roof and causing further damage.
- Roofing Material – Inspect your roof to make sure the shingles, shakes or metal decking is not cracking or lifting. If the roofing material is damaged, we would suggest these areas be repaired to avoid additional damage to the exterior and interior of the home.
- Attic – Inspect the visible underside of your roof in the attic. Look for damage or staining on the plywood, as these indicate that the roof is leaking. Any watermarks should be assessed to determine where the leak is coming from and fix it before more extensive damage happens.
- Debris – Keeping your roof free from debris will extend its lifespan. Moisture can be trapped under debris, which will degrade the roofing material over time. In addition, debris may prevent proper water flow off your roof which can result in damage to other roof areas, overflowing of gutters and accelerated roof aging.
- Algae and Fungus – Algae and fungus growth on roofs are a common problem for homeowners in the Northern Virginian and Maryland areas. Cleaning these growths from the roof with a bleach solution will help prevent damage and pre-mature aging as well as unsightly black streaking.
- Gutters – Cleaning your gutters of debris, leaves and sticks will prevent any disruption in water drainage from your roof. If gutters become full or clogged, rain water will spill over the top of the gutter and onto lower areas of the roof. As the roof below is not built to handle this increased water flow, the roofing material will show wear and can develop leaks over time.
- Water – Removing water from your roof seems obvious to keeping your roof intact for many years to come. Look out for moisture pooling on the roof and eliminate the cause of the puddling. Standing water is the fastest way to ruin and shorten the life expectancy of a roof.
- Snow – If your home is hit with a heavy snow storm, removing the weight of the snow will extend the life of your roof. Removing the snow prevents your roof from buckling due to the increased weight and keeps your roofing material in good shape by preventing long term moisture exposure as the snow melts.
- Tree Branches – Tree branches that have a tendency to grow over a roof should be removed for two reasons. First, removal will prevent them from breaking off and damaging your roof during a storm. Second, removal will allow your roof deck to dry out completely in between storms. Since tree branches cause shade and trap moisture, the roofing material in these areas will wear far faster than a roof that can dry out completly.
If you find any damage on your roof while you are inspecting, cleaning or removing damaged elements from it, give the experts at Windows on Washington a call. We would be happy to evaluate your current roof and make suggestions for a repair or replacement without the hassle of high pressure sales. Click the link below to ask a Windows on Washington roofing specialist all your toughest questions.
Were you plagued this winter by problems and issues with your home that made you ask:
- Why are my heating bills so high?
- How can I stop the drafts from my old windows?
- Why do I have frost coming under the door or on the bottom of my windows?
- Why do I have ice forming on my roof and gutters?
Now is the perfect time for you home to say good bye to Old Man Winter forever and ask the experts from Windows on Washington for answers to all your tough home improvement questions.
Spring marks the end of winter when everything is renewed and begins to grow. Let Windows on Washington help you make your home more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient with replacements windows, a new roof or eye-catching new siding. There's never been a better time to call, especially with our new double coupon savings!
Let our experts take the guesswork out of your replacement window, roofing, siding and insulation home improvement plans. With our brand new "Spring Has Sprung" Specials, you can make your home more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient while staying within your budget.
Don't miss out on these savings! Click the links below and a WoW Team Member will call you to schedule a free estimate to receive your double coupon worth up to $2000 off. And as always, we promise that our consultations are never high pressure - we provide all the technical and pricing information you need to make the right product decision for your home at a great price.
At Windows on Washington, we provide our customers with professional, innovative and quality home improvements. We care deeply about our work and always go the extra mile to make sure each job is done right the first time. Our customers can count on our experience, expertise and extra care to make their exterior home improvements goals a reality.
Windows on Washington stands by our products, service and workmanship with some of the strongest warranties in the marketplace, including:
Windows – Lifetime
Doors – Lifetime
Roofing - 10 years
Siding – 10 years
Gutters – 1 year
Skylights – 2 years
Should you have the need of any warranty service, please click the link below and our Customer Service Team will be in touch promptly. As always, our Team works hard every single day to fulfill our mission statement:
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At Windows on Washington, we provide our customers with quality products and expert workmanship to improve the comfort, beauty and energy efficiency of their homes. And we do it with unparalleled service. Our work is not complete without your total satisfaction.
Replacement windows can be a large investment for homeowners, and one of the most frequently asked questions we field is "Are they worth the investment?" Don't just take our word for it, consult with other sources as well. Remodeling Magazine publishes an annual report detailing the return on investment (ROI) for various home improvement projects. In 2014, replacement windows ranked one of the highest returns for the Northern Virginia and Maryland areas. When you sell your home you will receive up to 96% return on your window investment. What is difficult to really measure is the return you will enjoy while you still live in the home for increased beauty, comfort and energy efficiency. Below, you'll read a note from one of our WoW-ed customers that addresses the value they realized from their investment in replacement windows while living in the home.
You may not remember me, but you and your crew installed 20 Okna windows about a year and a half ago in our house. Everything fit and worked great, but our first winter was hard to judge the energy savings since we had just converted from propane to natural gas. The first summer saw higher than normal temperatures, but our electric bill was considerably lower than previous years. The highest monthly gas bill we saw from Sept 2013 to November 2013 was $36. This morning I woke up to a 3* F outside temperature. The few windows that had not been replaced, and were the STARMARKS (3 bathroom thermo pane and 3 door windows) had ~1-2 inches of ice at the bottom. Looking at the Okna windows, I found no ice and not even condensation! As an engineer, I’m very impressed. I can’t wait to see our December and January gas bills to see the savings.
I just wanted to drop you a line while I was thinking about it and say thank you for your product and services. I’ve dropped your name to many friends and will absolutely sing your praises for the service and products after this winter.
DG and SG
Let Windows on Washington show you how we can make your home more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient with replacement windows. We are committed to serving your window needs, so we offer a wide variety of window products and options to meet your home improvement goals. Please contact the experts at Windows on Washington today to experience the WoW Factor for yourself.
At Windows on Washington, we often hear the question from frustrated homeowners, "Why is my brand new roof already failing? I expected at least 15-20 years out of my investment!"
We compiled the top 5 reasons for a new roof to fails:
1. Poor workmanship - A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
- The best shingle in the world is only as good as the professional putting it on. If you surveyed the entirety of roof leaks, workmanship would be far and away the number 1 culprit.
- Improperly nailed shingles, flashing shortcuts, poor detail work on penetrations and improper roof-to-wall intersections are some of the most common examples of poor workmanship that can lead to shingle blow off, leaks, property damage and even mold growth.
2. Penny-wise and pound-foolish material strategies - Saving a little can cost a lot!
- Skimping on items like edge metals, proper code observed coverage of Ice/Water shield, using cheap sealants and pipe collars and the re-use of flashings are just some of the cost corners that contractors will use to cut costs. Consumers often eat this up, accepting the bid from the cheapest roofing company. While the cost differential between the best materials and the least expensive can add up on a roofing project, the quality is more than worth it. An unexpected leak can far outweigh the expense differential on materials and impacts the realized cost of the roof replacement.
3. Inadequate or improper ventilation strategies - Ventilation is an often overlooked aspect of roofing. The idea that "if what was there before worked, it should continue to do so" is prevalent in the industry.
- Proper attic and roofing ventilation is imperative to maintain a dry and healthy attic space. In addition, proper attic ventilation is your protection from pesky ice dams that form after heavy snows.
- Continuous, balanced and passive ventilation is ideal and easily accomplished if the roofing contractor is familiar with current ventilation technology and options and takes the time to do it right.
4. Flashings - Many masonry chimney flashings are produced in a manner that is more ornamental than functional.
- The stepped appearance of chimney flashing is designed to mimic the proper reglet cut and tuck into the mortar joint. However, roofing contractors often cut corners and simply caulk the joint. As this caulking breaks down over time, the homeowner is left with a clear and rapid pathway for water to bypass the flashing and enter the home.
- Tucking the flashing into the chimney surface is ideal and will ensure that flashing will hold up for the duration of the roof, but the labor to do so is more expensive than the shortcut.
5. Poor Workmanship - This cannot be highlighted enough, so it deserves 2 places in our top 5!
- Watch for caulk - it is not a replacement for proper technique and application! However, many low quality roofing installers will use caulk to correct or hide problems that should be addressed in a more professional or costly way. As the caulk breaks down over time, you will face problems such as leaks, gaps and premature material break down.
- The careful and conscious roofer should "think like water" to make sure that every application is redundant and always aimed at creating the most durable and leak proof finished product. It is difficult to maintain focus on that goal when trying to complete the project as quickly and cheaply as possible.
||The best way to make sure your roof does not fail is to hire a competent roofing company. Researching the roofing companies in your area can be daunting. The best place to start is with company review sites to weed out the companies you do not want to work with. Then choose a few to research their websites and to finally call to your home for an estimate.
Let Windows on Washington guide you through the process of installing a new roof. The experts at WoW are happy to provide you with not only the information and research you need to make the right choice for your home, but also the expert installers that will do it right the first time.
The Mid-Atlantic region is taking Winter Storm Pax warnings seriously, and for good reason. Many homeowners are quickly preparing and securing their homes for another winter blast. Here are some tips from Windows on Washington and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help you in those preparations.
Before the storm:
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well-trimmed.
- Clear away any loose debris around your home.
- Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Secure all outdoor furniture, decorations, trash cans and anything else could get damaged in the winter weather.
- Install a generator for emergencies.
- Stock up on fuel for your generator.
- Gather blankets and firewood to help keep your family warm in the event that the power goes out.
- Take pictures of your home inside and out for insurance purposes.
- Make sure you prepare a space for your pets.
- Prepare a list of emergency numbers in case the power is out for an extended amount of time. (Include plumbers, electricians, the power company and roofing companies to contact for emergency repairs.)
- Listen to the radio or TV for information.
- Avoid using the phone except for serious emergencies.
- Stay off the roads during the storm to allow emergency vehicles access to the roadways.
- Bring your pets in out of the storm.
- Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
- Stay out of any building that has water around it.
- Inspect your home for damage.
- Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
- Call in a professional for any damages you need repaired.
Windows on Washington has doubled our efforts to prepare for the winter storm's aftermath. We pledge to take care of our customers' homes after the storm. Please be mindful of storm chasing home improvement contractors that will prey on homeowners after a major storm. Choose a local contractor that you can trust and that will be around long after the storm is gone. Here are some links to help you choose the right contractor for the job.
10 Tips on Choosing a Roofing Contractor After a Storm
10 Tips on Finding the Right Contractor
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CONGRATULATIONS on the purchase of your new roof! It's one of the best investments that you can make into the long term maintenance and structure of your home. The best way to ensure a fast and uneventful installation is to prepare appropriately. Here are Windows on Washington's top 5 tips on how to prepare for the installation of your new roof.
1. Access To Your Home
Before your roofing installation begins, it is generally advised that you clear one side of your driveway for the collection of roofing materials. Likewise, in order to protect your vehicles, park all boats, RVs, cars and trailers away from the installation area to prevent damage. In order to properly clean up during and after the installation, you will need to provide the install team with access to all areas of your yard. Make sure the gates are unlocked and any pets are secure.
2. Attic Entrances and Stored Items
There is no perfect solution to keep the items you store in your attic space pristine during the installation of a new roof. Although your roofing installers will clean debris from the attic and take care with your things, there is no sure fire way to keep all dust and debris off stored items. Items that would be harmed by dust or debris or are substantially fragile should be removed during installation. Likewise, after your installation, open your attic entrance carefully in case any dust or debris remains.
A new roofing system installation turns your home into a temporary construction site and can often stimulate the curiosity of children. It is important to keep them away from the work area at all times. In addition, it is possible that materials and equipment will remain around your home for the duration of the installation. Items such as sharp metal flashing, nails, ladders and such can present a hazard to children of all ages. Keep your children safe by reminding them of the possible dangers and supervising them at all times during the installation.
Because of the noise and presence of unknown persons, some pets find a roof installation very unpleasant. You may decide to board any particularly anxious pets with family, friends or your vet for the duration of your installation.
Although you may be prepared for the noise and commotion during your roofing project, your neighbors may not be. It is wise to take the initiative to notify your neighbors in advance that the approaching project may cause a temporary increase in noise and traffic. Letting neighbors know in advance gives them an opportunity to move cars if necessary and sets a positive tone in case they have an issue during or after the installation. A quality roofing company will clean up during and after the project to minimize the inconvenience to your neighbors.
Preparing your home for the installation of your new roof is the best way to make sure things go smoothly. At Windows on Washington, we are extremely proud of our Roofing Division, as they always maintain the same high quality standards for which Windows on Washington is known. In addition, our experts can help guide you through your roof installation from start to finish. We carry a variety of quality products ranging from Certainteed for asphalt roofing to Decra for steel roofing because we are committed to serving all of our customer's roofing needs. Contact Windows on Washington for a free roof quote today and see what the WoW Factor can do for your home!
- We are a fully licensed, bonded and insured family owned, local company. With WoW, your home improvement dollars stay in our area, and we give back to our community by supporting local charities and children's activities.
- We live our mission statement everyday - Our work is not complete without your 100% satisfaction!
- WoW's outstanding customer service has earned us a 5-star Yelp rating, the Angie's List Super Service Award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau.
- WoW provides a written estimate valid for one full year and a proven track record of meeting the estimated project amount, so there are no surprises.
- WoW has a beautiful showroom where you can come meet with our professionals and view our entire product line.
- WoW believes in educating homeowners about their home improvement options so our customers can make a fully informed decision without high pressure sales tactics.
- WoW makes home improvement plans a reality. We have made thousands of homes in the Metro Area more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient.
- We only use best in class products. We have done the research so you can feel confident in the value of your purchase.
- WoW Installations are rooted in our deep understanding of building science and always follow industry best practices.
- WoW stands behind our work with a lifetime warranty on our workmanship, including a complementary accidental glass breakage warranty.
At Windows on Washington we take great pride in our best in class products, professional installation and outstanding customer service. Click on the link below and experience the WoW Factor for yourself.
Saving money on energy bills is a goal that every homeowner strives for, but few realize just how easy it can be. Windows on Washington has highlighted 4 DIY projects that will not only cut your energy bill but also increase the comfort of your home.
Seal Windows and Doors - Windows and doors are a primary means of drafts and air infiltration for you home. One of the best ways to save on your energy bill is to make sure that your windows are properly sealed.
- Caulk - Inspect the caulk around your windows and doors. Re-caulk any areas that are missing, dry or peeling.
- Weather Stripping – Make sure the weather stripping around your windows and doors has a tight seal. Replace old or faulty weather stripping.
- Locks – Engage the locking mechanism on you windows and doors to create the tightest seal possible for the unit.
- Door Threshold – If you can see daylight under your door, you are watching your utility dollars flow right out of your house. Have your threshold adjusted so that there is a tight seal between the bottom of the door and your home. You may need to install a door sweep to reinforce this seal.
Air Seal Your Home - General air leakage throughout the home is rarely thought of as a place that you are loosing energy dollars. Here are a few areas to consider sealing to save big on your energy bill.
- Electrical Boxes – These boxes on the exterior walls of your home are not typically insulated behind the plates, which causes air infiltration. Simply install foam gaskets behind the outlets and switch plates for an easy, affordable fix.
- Exhaust Fans and Vents - When vents and fans are not in use, they are most assuredly leaking air. Consider installing an insulation barrier or buying a removable magnetic cover to reduce air flow and help prevent leaks.
- Recessed Lighting - Recessed light fixtures are often installed without the proper surrounding insulation. To avoid any potential fire hazard, we suggest consulting with a professional before insulating these areas.
- Basements and Crawl Spaces - Adding insulation, where possible, can prevent the convection cycle of air infiltration in the home.
- Gaps In Exterior Walls – There may be gaps around the pipes that come through your exterior walls. These gaps can be a source of considerable air leakage, but can be fixed with simple foam sealing.
Insulate Your Attic - The attic is one of the biggest culprits for air leakage and energy loss in your home.
- Attic Insulation - If your attic does not have the proper level of insulation for the climate conditions of your geographic region, you are throwing money away. If the insulation in your attic is less than 11 inches of fiberglass or 8 inches of cellulose, consider adding more to keep the cold air in during the summer and the warm air in during the winter. Consult local guidelines for maximizing the insulation value.
- Attic Hatch - Many homeowners invest in additional insulation for their attic, but leave the hatch exposed to air leakage. Adding weather stripping around the frame and 4 inch foam board to the hatch can help reduce this energy loss. If your attic hatch has attached stairs, an attic tent can also be effective.
Seal Your Chimney - A fireplace seems like the best thing to help keep your home warm, however it is one of the number one places in your home that causes increases in your energy bill due to air leakage.
- Damper – Keep your damper closed when not using your fireplace.
- Specialized Damper – Use a chimney balloon or a spring-loaded fireplace damper to close your chimney and prevent cold air from coming into your room.
- The experts at Windows on Washington are committed to educating home owners on the energy efficiency of their homes. For a professional analysis of your existing windows, doors or insulation, call our experts today for a free consulatation. As always, we also provide free estimates for all your home improvement needs.