July 12, 2018
Vinyl or Wood Windows, What’s the Better Choice?
If you’re in the market to replace your home’s window, choosing between vinyl or wood windows is not a black or white situation.
There is no nice, neat way to decipher the upsides and challenges. Each type of material has its pluses and its minuses, so it depends on what factors are important to you and the needs of your home.
To help you choose, Wholesale Home Improvements has prepared this quick guide. We realize that as a homeowner, you may not have an intricate understanding of all the differences between the different types of windows.
Instead, trust the experts at Wholesale Home Improvements for all the help you need when window buying and deciding vinyl or wood windows.
Let’s take a look at a few of the major factors that affect your window choices.
Vinyl or Wood Windows, Energy Efficiency
These days, energy efficiency is an important concern. As energy costs rise, we want to keep our energy bills down. Many of us also have an environmental awareness and actively look for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and not overuse our natural resources.
Buttoning up your home with energy efficient windows is an excellent method of keeping more heat inside your home during the winter and outside of your home during hot summer months. You then get the dual benefit of potentially lower utility bills and a home that is more environmentally friendly.
Unfortunately, when it comes to helping decide between vinyl or wood windows, energy efficiency isn’t much help as both window materials score very similarly in this department. However, energy efficiency isn’t the only concern that people have when choosing windows. Other factors help set the windows apart and will better lead your decision.
Vinyl or Wood Windows, Maintenance
How much maintenance windows require is also a very significant concern. In today’s world, we tend to be incredibly busy and don’t have a lot of extra time to devote to constant upkeep tasks, so materials that require minimal maintenance are highly desirable.
It’s rare to find someone who wants to always spend every extra moment and every single weekend fixing up one thing or the other around the house.
In the easy maintenance-department, vinyl beats wood significantly. In order to properly care for and protect wood windows from the elements, they should be repainted or restained every 3-4 years.
The only thing vinyl needs is a good soap and water washing once a year and a quick visual inspection, ensuring that their seal is still good and your weather stripping is not compromised. That’s a whole lot easier than repainting every single window yourself and less expensive than hiring someone to do the repainting work for you.
Vinyl or Wood Windows, Customization
Now, if you are the type of person that likes change and enjoys giving your home a fresh look every once in a while, then maybe that repainting job isn’t such a big deal.
Wood windows are highly customizable, and even after they have been installed, you can change up the look with a fresh coat of paint. Vinyl windows, on the other hand, can never be painted. So, once you’ve picked your look, that’s what you get, unless you want to replace all of your windows entirely.
Choosing that look though does come with a range of fantastic options. Vinyl windows come in a wide variety of colors and styles so that you can customize the look at the time of installation.
If you like the appearance of wood windows and want the easy maintenance of vinyl windows, you can even get vinyl windows that are made to look like wood. There are quite a few natural-looking options, and you can even coordinate and match with your interior wood floors or cabinets.
Vinyl or Wood Windows, Pricing
It is difficult to accurately pinpoint how much difference in price there is between the two types of windows. With customization options, colors, and styles, it becomes difficult to compare directly.
However, vinyl windows usually end up costing less than wood for a similar designed project. It’s also been demonstrated that vinyl windows recoup more of the investment over time.
So, the question of whether you should buy vinyl or wood windows comes down to what you are looking for and what you prioritize.
No one window type is 100% better than the other one. Many people are gravitating towards vinyl windows because of the cost efficiency and easy maintenance. Those are both very attractive factors in this fast-paced world.
Traditionalists are still pulled towards the nostalgic feel of wood windows, and many love the look so much that the extra work is worth it to them. However, with wood laminates getting better and better, looking real and natural, the reasons for sticking with real wood are losing a bit of traction.
One benefit that wood windows will still hold over wood laminated vinyl windows (or even just plain old vinyl windows) is the ability to paint it. Creative types love to change up their look every once in a while.
And some people get bored coming home to the same house every day year after year. Repainting the windows is an easy, fast, and affordable method of changing up the look of your home rather drastically.
We hope that this guide has been helpful in making your decision about what type of windows to buy. If you’re still debating, that’s okay! Our knowledgeable staff would be happy to answer any questions that you may have and help you decide if you should you buy vinyl or wood windows.
Once you pick, you can trust us to provide the best pricing, as well as expert installations. We’ve built our company on offering excellent service and advice to the metro Denver area for almost 25 years.
Whether you are working on a new construction or looking to replace old, drafty, single-pane windows, give us a call today for a free quote! We look forward to assisting you.
June 15, 2018
7 Unmistakable Signs You Need to Install New Windows
Windows are an important part of your home. They bring light and the beauty of the outdoors into your home while protecting you from the elements.
To ensure you continue to get maximum enjoyment and protection, the team here at Wholesale Home Improvements has put together our list of 7 unmistakable signs you need to install new windows.
We suggest carefully inspecting your windows with these points in mind to determine how far along your windows are in their lifespan.
1. Your Windows Have Drafts and Leaks
As we mentioned, the purpose of windows is to let in beauty and light and keep everything else out. So, take a moment to carefully inspect your window frames for signs that water is creeping in or insects are burrowing into the material.
If you find spots that are soft or cracking or just plain rotten, that’s one of the clear signs that it's time to install new windows. Ignoring issues will only lead to more damage and higher replacement costs in the future, expanding beyond the window into the structural elements of your house.
To try and catch these problems even earlier, wait for a rainy day and then carefully check all around your window frames to see if any water is getting in. To test for drafts, choose a day when there is a significant temperature difference between inside and outside. Feel around the frame for any noticeable drafts. While it’s not very scientific, it does really work.
2. Based on Age, It's Time to Install New Windows
The age of your windows doesn’t just have to do with keeping up with the latest styles, although good aesthetics are appealing. The age of your windows also relates to utility and even safety.
Newer windows have better features that make them prettier, more energy efficient, and more durable. Plus, some older windows are not large enough to meet with required fire egress codes. The larger the windows you have in your home, the more egress points are available to you and your family in case there is a fire. That could save your life one day.
3. Your Windows Have Become Unruly
It should not require the Hulk to open and close your windows or cause frustration to get your sashes to sit flush in their base. Even window cleaning maintenance should be somewhat easy and painless. If you put off cleaning your windows because you dread wrestling windows in their tracks, consider getting some new, easy to maintain, modern windows.
4. Temperature Fluctuations are Obvious
Be sure to pay attention to your thermostat as it is a great indication of when something is wrong. If you’re always cranking your thermostat either, way up in the winter or way down in the summer, and the only difference you see is in your heating bill, it’s probably time to buy replacement windows. Either your windows are too old, or damaged in some way and not fulfilling their purpose accurately.
5. You Can't Shut Out Your Neighbor's Music
Your home is your sanctuary. It is your place of rest after a long day at work. As such, the hustle and bustle of the outdoors shouldn’t be following you inside. Even if your neighbors are having a party replete with heavy metal classics from the 1980s and 90s.
Newer windows are engineered to block a lot of sounds and make your home the peaceful sanctuary that it should be. Depending on how yappy your neighbor’s dog is, this factor alone could make it worth it to install new windows.
6. Your Window Has Been Damaged
Okay, this may seem a little obvious, but we’ll go ahead and state the obvious, just to be clear. If a window is damaged because the neighbor kid sent a ball through it or a branch came through during the last storm, you should replace it.
Just patching it up and living with it because you don’t want to spend the money isn’t a good idea. More entirely preventable damage may be caused in the meantime adding up to unnecessary extra expenses. Not to mention that no patch job will never be as energy efficient as a new window, so you’ll be paying more on your energy bill every month.
It’s simply better to get it fixed right away and not have to worry about it. Plus, you could turn your lemons into lemonade and replace all your windows. Damage just might be the incentive you needed to install new windows!
7. Your Windows are Just Tired
Maybe you don’t note any of the specific factors that we’ve mentioned above. Even if your windows have general signs of wear, know that leaks, drafts, and everything else are not too far behind. Chips, stains, and general ugliness all fall into the general wear category.
You can even toss outdated windows in this category. If the main reason for replacing your windows is that you want something more modern looking, you’re still making an excellent choice by updating.
All the sound, energy efficiency, ease of cleaning, and other factors that we’ve mentioned come along with new windows, which will significantly increase your enjoyment and your resale value.
At Wholesale Home Improvements, we carry an extensive stock of new windows at discount prices. By running our business honestly and mostly by word of mouth, we cut overhead costs and pass those savings onto our clients.
You’ll see that we offer some of the same brands that you can find in the big national chain stores, but for a fraction of the cost. An investment in beautiful new windows could end up not being as expensive as you thought after all!
Of course, if you're still unsure if it's time to install new windows, you can always call and talk to one of our knowledgeable representatives. We’ve been running Wholesale Home Improvements here in Denver for almost 25 years. We know all the signs to look for and will give you an honest opinion.
Give us a call for a free quote, and we’ll be happy to offer our expert advice.
April 24, 2018
Windows and Home Architecture
Today, Wholesale Home Improvements shares our expert insight on windows and home architecture. If you’re considering a renovation and want to include new home windows in the process, take a look at the architectural styles below to begin designing your home's new look with gorgeous new windows.
Thick walls to block out desert heat, rustic exposed beams and arched doorways. The Spanish Colonial style of architecture is easy to spot and especially popular in the Southwest. These informal and often single-story homes can be dressed up or down based on your lifestyle. Window characteristics include:
- Casement and double-hung styles
- Small, tall or narrow windows with grilles
- Arches added to match doorways inside
- Frame and trim in dark colors for interior contrast
- French doors also incorporated and match
Reflective of traditional English architectural styles, borrowing from medieval estates and castles as well as more humble homes of everyday folk, a Tudor home is most often asymmetrical so that standard and even oversized bay windows can be positioned to capture the best views. Tudor window characteristics:
- Bay, bow, transom and casement styles
- Grilles applied in diamond shapes
- Tall and narrow with multiple small panes
- All frame and trim all in deep wood tones
This style was brought to the states by soldiers returning from World War I and thus it has an American take on traditional French architecture. It’s a bit of a mix which is why it’s often referred to as “eclectic”. Another similar style is the English Cottage which also borrows from the Tudor. Window features:
- Casement and double-hung styles
- Rectangular and vertically positioned
- Multiple panes and/or grilles applied
- All frame and trim in more earthy tones
- Exterior trim can be contrasting color
Commonly known by the broader term of Victorian, this architectural style is ornate and embellished with details. It often avoids flat exterior walls, instead utilizing bay windows, towers, gables, turrets, curves, overhangs and various cladding materials to decorate wall surfaces. Window elements:
- Double-hung, bay and bow styles
- Upper sash utilizes grilles, bottom without
- Transoms added to front-facing doors/windows
- Leaded and patterned glass for decoration
- Contrasting colors on exterior frame and trim
A little Colonial and little Victorian, the American Farmhouse has its roots in the Midwest where the style was made popular by settlers and still endures. These boxy homes can be functional with porches used as transitional spaces while their architectural flair borrows from Victorians. For windows:
- Primarily taller than wide, double-hung windows
- A 2-over-2 grille pattern traditionally used
- Accent windows often used in gables and entries
- Frame and trim in pastels, whites, earthy colors
- Bay and windows reserved for wealthy owners
If you’re interested in windows and home architecture for styles such as Georgian/Federal, Craftsman, Bungalow, Ranch, and Modern, you can always learn more from the expert team at WHI.
Now that you’re more familiar with windows and home architecture, you can start updating windows with greater confidence. And once you get in touch with Wholesale Home Improvements, we’ll assist you further with finding beautiful, stylized windows at great prices. Call today!
April 14, 2018
When to Replace Your Home Siding
Today, Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver has some tips on when to replace your home siding. Siding shields our homes against everything from the weather, wind, rain, snow, ice, and sunshine, to exploring animals. But replacing the siding on your home is a substantial investment, so you want to be sure that it’s truly necessary before taking that step.
So, let the team at Wholesale Home Improvements assist you in deciding when to replace your home siding. We’ll help you find the right balance between necessity and budget.
Hail season has arrived, so be on the lookout for storms wreaking havoc on your home siding. If you have previous hail damage, dents, cracks, and chipping, it might be time to replace your siding this year.
If your home siding is faded, it has already begun to deteriorate and will not protect your home as well as when it was new. Our experts can help you pick something new, even something more durable.
Poor initial installation, damage from the elements (especially wind), or your home may be settling can cause loose siding. For whatever reason, now may be an excellent time to replace it.
Excess heat and moisture exposure will lead to a bubbling or blistering effect. Replace the areas affected and you should be good to go. Widespread issues may require a full siding replacement.
Cracked siding is an invitation for trouble. It will inevitably lead to more problems for your home. Replace all areas with cracking siding to curb water leaks, animal intrusions, and more problems.
Damage from Wildlife
Wildlife can damage wooden siding easiest. But as noted above, any cracks or holes in siding is an invitation for critters including squirrels, insects, rodents and even woodpeckers to enter.
Caused by a fungus, dry rot will eat away at your siding, especially in moist areas. You don’t want this problem. Instead, replace the entire area affected by dry rot and say adios to more problems.
Paint or Wallpaper Peeling Indoors
Any signs of peeling paint or wallpaper peeling off of the walls inside of your home is a massive indicator that moisture is entering the house via the siding.
No More Staining
Wood siding requires constant upkeep such as re-staining. If you are tired of it, consider replacing your home siding with a low-maintenance option like vinyl.
If your home siding is an outdated color and you’re tired of its retro vibe, it’s time to replace the siding. With the selection of siding colors and options nearly endless, you’ll have fun picking out a new look.
High Energy Costs
If you notice that your energy consumption charges are getting higher and higher, it could be that your home’s insulation is to blame. Replacing the siding will make a big difference for the better in this area.
If you are adding a new room on to your home, this is a great time to get a quote for re-siding the entire home. This way, everything flows and looks beautifully matched while adding to a home’s resale value.
Let the helpful service team at Wholesale Home Improvements guide you on when to replace your home siding. Our friendly staff is eager to offer everything needed regarding all siding and window options in Colorado. Call us today.
March 14, 2018
Tips for Choosing Replacement Windows
If you’re on the hunt, check out today’s tips for choosing replacement windows from Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver, Colorado. Browse through and start imagining what kind of windows would look fabulous on your home. Don’t forget to consider the functionality as well. Windows that both look great and do a great job will take your home from drab to fab instantly.
Consider Your Home’s Architecture
The first thing to think about when choosing replacement windows is the overall style of your home. Windows come in lots of different shapes and sizes. You can get different kinds of glass and grills that will dress up the window’s appearance.
Some styles will fit with your home’s existing architecture. Others may not quite make sense and end up looking a little out of place. For example, a contemporary style home would look fantastic with floor to ceiling windows. Those same windows might seem curious on an older Tudor or Colonial style home.
Choose Colors and Accents for Your Window Frames
You can also decorate the area surrounding your windows. Consider adding interesting accents with decorative window frames. Or, go with simple frames, but painting them the right color can make them pop. Again, keep your home’s architecture in mind as you choose the colors and accents. Done well, this can add that little extra something to your home. Beware, it can also be distracting and detract from the overall look if not done right.
It’s okay if you don’t quite know how to do it. Our window experts can give you tips, advice, and recommendations of what accents will work best when choosing replacement windows.
Consider the Interior
When thinking about your home’s architecture, don’t focus solely on the outside. Windows also are a huge part of the aesthetic of the interior or your home as well. Pick windows that work for the room they are in. For example, for first floor bathrooms, choose a window that lets in light but doesn’t offer an easy line of sight into the room. You want privacy but also don’t want to be in the dark.
Try using windows as a focal point of the room. Interesting shapes or grills added to the window can have a positive effect on how the room looks.
Plus, if you have a magnificent view outside, huge picture windows are a fantastic way to bring the outdoors into your living room or bedroom. Sit back and enjoy that view in climate-controlled comfort.
Consider the Sun’s Position
Take the sun’s positioning into consideration as you choose windows. This applies most when you are first designing a new home but still consider it when choosing replacement windows.
The type and size of window you choose concerning the sun’s position can have a significant effect on your heating and cooling bills. For example, it may not be ideal to place a big sliding window right where the afternoon sun will strike in the summertime.
What Purpose will Your New Windows Serve?
The purpose of windows is most often to let in light. In some cases, they may also serve to let in people, for example, sliding glass doors or elegant French Doors with large windows leading out to a porch or balcony. If you want to let light into an interior space, like a closet or hallway, maybe choose solar tubes or skylights. A traditional window wouldn’t work in this case due to the lack of an exterior wall.
How Should the Windows Operate?
There are various methods for opening a window, including not opening it at all. Windows can slide side-to-side, or up-and-down. They can also swing out from the top, bottom or one of the sides. Or they can swing in instead of out. Your particular needs will depend on your space and how it is situated.
In hard-to-reach places, a crank handle for opening the window may come in handy. Small windows generally don’t make good sliders. You can only open half the window, so if the window is small to begin with, you won’t get much ventilation. However, sliders work great when you don’t have space to swing open the window.
Picture windows (windows that don’t open) are great when you want a view but don’t want to take as much of a hit on your energy efficiency. Windows that open are always less efficient than windows that don’t, so keep that in mind when choosing replacement windows.
If you want windows that open, but are still reasonably energy efficient, choose windows that swing out rather than slide. These are called casement windows. As the wind strikes the window from outside, it pushes the glass against the sash. This tightens the seal and makes it harder for the cold air to get in.
What Are Your Ventilation Needs?
Also, consider how much fresh air you want circulating through the home. Lots of fresh air sounds nice until you stop to think about the energy efficiency ramifications.
This also has to do with how your windows operate and their placement. If the wind always comes from a specific direction and you want to block it, consider picture or casement windows on that side. If you're going to let air in, however, big sliders may be a better choice.
Most homes end up with a combination. They may have some picture windows, and others that open to let in the fresh air as needed. What you choose all depends on the style of your home, ventilation, and energy efficiency needs.
We hope these tips for choosing replacement windows has given you a good starting point. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us here at Wholesale Home Improvements. Our friendly team of experts can help with everything from design questions to picking out the right brand of windows to correct installation. With almost 25 years of experience installing windows and working on other home improvement projects around Denver, we’ve built our business on customer satisfaction. We look forward to being a part of your next home improvement project.