7 Unmistakable Signs You Need to Install New Windows

install new windows Wholesale Home Improvements DenverWindows 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.

Windows and Home Architecture

wood windows Wholesale Home Improvements DenverToday, 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.

Spanish Colonial

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

Tudor

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 

French Eclectic

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

Queen Anne

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

American Farmhouse

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!

When to Replace Your Home Siding

fiber siding Wholesale Home Improvements DenverToday, 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 Damage

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.

Faded Siding

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.

Loose Siding

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.

Blistering

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.

Cracking

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.

Dry Rot

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.

Color

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.

Add-on

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.

Tips for Choosing Replacement Windows

double hung window Wholesale Home Improvements DenverIf 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.

When to Invest in a Bathroom Addition

Are you wondering when to invest in a bathroom addition? This information, from us here at Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver, can help you decide. Bathrooms are an expensive investment, and in some cases they don’t add much resale value, ruining your return on investment. Here we’ll look at a few situations when it makes sense to add another bathroom to your home.

Home Prices Are On the Rise

Take a look at the pricing trend for homes in your neighborhood. If prices are increasing steadily, that new bathroom could improve your resale value by enough to make it worth it. If prices are stagnant, or if your house isn’t particularly charming to begin with, a brand new bathroom addition isn’t going to make much difference.

You Only Have One Bathroom

Having more than one bathroom is a huge selling point for buyers. Many buyers will not even look at a house that has only one bathroom. If you have a family and only one bathroom, you know exactly why.

Your bedroom to bathroom ratio is also essential. Buyers tend to prefer houses that have about the same number of bathrooms as bedrooms. Therefore, a three-bedroom house with only one bathroom is a situation where you should invest in a bathroom addition to attract buyers down the road.

Also, pay attention to your shower and tub count. The most versatile option is to have one of each. Families with young children will be looking for a tub to bathe the kids easily. Older folks, on the other hand, appreciate showers that are easier to get in and out of than slippery tubs.

Don’t Waste Your Time with a Half-Bath

If you do decide to go to all the work and effort to add a new bathroom, don’t bother with a half-bath. Build at least a three-quarter bath with a shower stall. The reason? You’ll get a better ROI. In general, a half bath offers a 10.5% increase in your home’s value. A full bath adds a more generous 20%.

It’s Worth It

You won’t hear families complaining about their new bathrooms after a remodel. You’ll never hear someone say they want to go back to sharing a bathroom. If you plan to live in your home for several years, the ROI when you invest in a bathroom addition might be your personal satisfaction. Sometimes it is simply worth it to make improvements to your home, regardless of the financial side.

We hope these ideas about when to invest in a bathroom addition have been helpful. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to talk to one of our friendly representatives here at Wholesale Home Improvements. We’ll help you design and install the perfect bathroom for your home. And we can help you do it without breaking the bank. We provide quality products at low prices so you can make your house the way you want it. Give us a call today and let’s get started.

Is Steel Siding Best for My Home?

more siding Wholesale Home Improvements DenverWe answer a lot of questions here at Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver. One that often comes up is this, “is steel siding best for my home?” Today we’re going to try to answer that for you. Keep reading to learn about the pros and cons of metal siding. Then you can make an informed decision.

When thinking about buying home improvement materials, also consider both the upfront cost and the long-term one. Many people focus only on what it will cost right now. We completely understand that budget is important, but only looking at right now doesn’t accurately reflect the actual. Let’s take a closer look to help you determine, is steel siding best for my home?

Durability

We mention this first because steel siding is extremely durable and you can expect it to last for many years. Some suppliers offer warranties of 20 to 40 years. That’s a lot of confidence. Of course, if the siding is installed and maintained correctly, you can expect it to last much longer than that.

What makes steel siding so durable? It doesn’t chip, crack or warp as other products can. You don’t have to worry about rodents or termites eating it up, or mold and mildew taking hold. It even provides a lot of protection against home fires.

While metal can dent easily, thicker steel siding often doesn’t have this problem, so there’s no need to stress when it starts hailing. Metal can also rust. But if the installation is done correctly, the chances of water getting inside are minimal. Properly installed steel siding repels instead of absorbs moisture.

Energy Efficiency

You can tailor the energy efficiency of metal siding to your climate. If you live in a hot climate, you can add reflective coatings that will turn away the sun’s rays and help keep your home cooler. If you live in a colder climate, like Colorado, you can opt to paint siding a darker color to help absorb the sun’s heat.

Maintenance

Steel siding doesn’t require much maintenance. In fact, with the right protective coating, you won’t have to do much except wash it a couple of times a year. Dirt and other toxins can react with the metal and cause erosion, so a simple wash with soap and water will help prevent this from becoming a problem.

Like other siding products, the color can begin to fade over time. All you have to do is apply a fresh coat of paint, and your siding will gleam like new again.

Sustainability

Manufacturer’s make metal siding from recycled goods. Plus, when you’re done using it on your home, they’ll recycle it again to make something else. This is great when trying to build green.

Price

The biggest drawback to steel siding is the upfront cost. But even this drawback lessens over the years. Steel siding lasts so much longer and costs so much less to maintain that it tends to balance out.

If you’re still wondering is steel siding best for my home, give our experts a call today at Wholesale Home Improvements, and we can help you pick out the perfect siding product for your needs.

Choosing Energy Efficient Windows

Choosing Energy Efficient Windows Wholesale Home Improvements DenverChoosing energy efficient windows is no small task. At Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver, Colorado, our experts specialize in making easier for you. Energy efficiency is dependent on various factors that work uniquely depending on your particular home. We have put together some great tips for helping pick out the best option for you.

Energy Efficiency for Existing Windows

First, let’s talk about budget-friendly energy efficiency. Perhaps, you are looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home, but replacing all of your windows isn’t in your budget right now. If your windows are still in decent condition and there’s no real need to replace them, you’re in luck. There are quite a few things that you can do to up your energy efficiency without buying new windows.

First, add some caulking or weather-stripping. This will help seal up places where there might be air leakage. Caulking goes on areas where there are no moving parts. Use weather-stripping for areas that are not stationary, like doors and windows that open. You can also add window treatments to the glass that will help reduce the flow of heat. They work both ways, in the winter they cut down on heat loss, and in the summer they cut down on heat gain.

Adding storm windows helps a lot, but is a more significant investment. You might consider installing them only on the side of the house that receives the most abuse from inclement weather.

When it’s Cold Outside

There are a few things that you can do based on the kind of weather you are dealing with. When it’s cold outside, follow these tips for maximum window energy efficiency.

Try covering your windows with a transparent plastic sheet on the inside. This can help cut down on drafts. Alternatively, you can add insulating window shades to button up windows that are still drafty after adding caulking or weather-stripping. At night, close all your curtains and shades. This will help prevent heat loss through the cooler night temperatures. Be sure to open everything back up during the day to let in as much sunlight, aka warmth, as possible.

When it’s Hot Outside

Here are a few other tips that are more useful during the warmer weather months. Opt for white blinds or shades since white will reflect heat away from your home.

You’ll receive the most sun from the south and west facing windows in your home. Keep those shades or blinds drawn all day and maybe even add some awnings to those windows. You can also add reflective coatings to the window panes themselves to help reflect away more of the sun’s heat.

New Energy Efficient Windows

There comes the point when your windows are just too old, too leaky, and too drafty. All the weatherizing tips in the world aren’t going to be of much use if your windows are just plain worn out. New windows can feel like a steep investment, but you will regain a lot of what you spent on lower energy bills and maybe even tax credits if you’re savvy about it. There’s a whole range of options out there for making windows more energy efficient. Let’s take a look at some of the critical aspects of choosing energy efficient windows.

The Right Design

Energy efficient windows have convenient performance ratings that you may think you can use to determine which ones to buy. Most buyers probably figure they should buy the best rating they can afford. But the ratings don’t take into account your home’s orientation. When choosing energy efficient windows, so look at what ratings work best for your situation.

There is a whole science built around what is called passive solar design. This is basically choosing and positioning the windows to increase solar gain in winter and decrease it in summer. Of course, all of this depends on the climate and which direction your home faces. We highly recommend getting professional advice on windows as there are so many variables. Plus, you need to know how those variables interact with each other when choosing energy efficient windows.

The Right Materials

As we mentioned, windows come with different energy performance ratings. The type of glass and window coatings obviously plays a large part in this rating. Less often thought about, but the material you use for the frames also plays an important role. Different materials allow for different amounts of heat transfer. Plus, some materials work better in certain climates.

Even how the window opens has an impact. The actual construction of the window affects how leaky it will be. Windows that open will always have a certain amount of air leakage, but there are ways of reducing it. Let’s look at a few and talk about which ones are better.

Awning type windows are hinged at the top and open upward and outward. Because the sash presses against the frame to close, this type of opening has lower leakage. Casement windows are basically the same except they open outward from one side. These also have lower leakage. Hopper windows are hinged at the bottom and open inward. These are also in air low leakage camp.

Single and double hung windows have panes that slide up and down. This is where you find higher air leakage. The sliding factor doesn’t allow for a seal quite as airtight. Single and double sliding windows slide from side to side. The same thing applies here and they tend to have higher air leakage.

Installing Your Windows

You can make all the right decisions when choosing energy efficient windows, but they won’t work correctly if they are installed wrong. Make sure you hire a reputable company with experienced experts that know what they’re doing; otherwise, all your planning and efforts will go to waste.

Of course with the almost 25 years of experience that we have here at Wholesale Home Improvements, we’ll make sure that your windows are installed correctly. We hope this information is helpful for you when choosing energy efficient windows. Feel free to contact us with any questions or for a free quote.

How to Choose the Right Siding for Your Home

How to Choose the Right Siding for Your Home Wholesale Home Improvements DenverHow to choose the right siding for your home can be a little confusing. Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver offers a bit of advice to help you navigate the tricky waters. There is a massive array of siding options out there. Various materials, styles, and price ranges make for a tough decision.

To choose the right siding for your home, think about these three things: the climate, the style of your home, and your budget. The right home siding is vitally important. Siding is your home’s main defense against the weather. Choose a material that will work well in our Colorado climate.

Siding is also the largest and most visible part of your home. That means it plays a huge role in your home’s aesthetic. Choose a siding that looks nice and goes well with the existing style of your home. Otherwise, it will end up looking strange and disjointed.

Let’s take a look at the most popular siding materials. This can get you well on your way to selecting the right siding for your home.

Vinyl

Vinyl is the most common siding material out there because it hits all the main high points, making it appealing to many people. Homeowners love vinyl siding because it is economical, easy to maintain and is extremely durable, often lasting for many years. It is also easy to install, making it a favorite among subcontractors.

Aesthetically, vinyl is impressive. It comes in many different colors with lots of options and accessories. Homeowners can create virtually any look with vinyl siding. They can even mimic other materials that might be harder to maintain or don’t last as long. It’s a great, all-around option.

Brick

Brick is the second most commonly used siding material. In fact, in some parts of the country, such as in the South, brick is king. People have been using brick as a building material for thousands of years.

The one downside to brick siding is the price. It costs about four times as much as vinyl siding. Over time, brick can even out the upfront cost because you won’t have to replace it. But there will be upkeep required over time, which may mean hiring in a specialist for repairs if you want the job done correctly.

At Wholesale Home Improvements, we help customers achieve the look of brick siding with a product called Nailite. It looks authentic, can be matched to any house time period or style, and it comes without the brick cost or ongoing maintenance requirements. If you’re on a tight budget as a homeowner doing renovations or investor completing a flip, this simulated brick siding makes economical sense.

Plaster or Stucco

This sturdy siding material is supremely popular in the western part United States. It is very versatile, can be used inside or outside, and can even be applied to curved surfaces. The upfront cost is rather low, and maintenance is minimal adding to its popularity.

Another great benefit to stucco is its ability to work well in virtually any climate. There are two types of stucco. The traditional kind is made by mixing cement, sand lime and water. A synthetic version looks practically the same but is made using a polymer base.

Synthetic stucco had some issues in the 1980s with significant moisture problems. But now that those problems have been corrected it is an excellent option for your home’s siding. Synthetic stucco has the added benefit of offering outstanding energy efficiency.

Cement Board

Cement board has been around for a while but is now starting to gain popularity, especially amongst green builders. The siding is made by mixing cement, sand, and cellulose (wood-fiber waste) together and then curing it with pressurized steam.

The point of fiber cement board siding is to make a siding that imitates wood without the problems that traditionally come with wood siding. You don’t have to worry about termites and other insects; fiber cement won’t rot and is resistant to moisture problems. This siding on average lasts about 50 years, so it’s a durable product and won’t end up in a landfill for decades.

Wood

Wood is a beautiful, traditional siding. Its popularity, however, has been fading over the years. Wood requires more maintenance than most other siding types. It needs to be repainted once in a while and is vulnerable to both rotting and insect damage.

Some products that can be used to minimize these damages. Unfortunately, though, they have to be reapplied every few years and won’t solve the problems completely.

Other Products

Engineers are working on innovative new products that may satisfy those that like the traditional look of wood but don’t want to deal with all the maintenance. One option that not many people think of is steel siding which is available in all types of colors and even in a wood-look design. This durable and easy to maintain siding can last for 40 years and is a great way to help avoid bugs, termites and fire.

If you really must have wood and budget is no object, tropical woods are available. They are generally hardier but more expensive. There are even a few more products available, so customers who can afford it can get the handsome look of wood siding. If you are interested in one of these options, be sure to chat with our staff to find out the best options.

Now you have some more information about how to choose the right siding for your home. It is an important decision, and our friendly staff here at Wholesale Home Improvements is always happy to help. We have almost 25 years of experience working with siding in the Denver area, and we have the perfect siding to recommend. Our installation team is efficient and good at their job. We’ll have your home all wrapped up in its new skin and be out of your hair before you know it!

Window Types and Styles

Window Types and Styles Wholesale Home Improvements DenverEver wondered what the difference is between window types and styles? At Wholesale Home Improvements, we have put together this handy guide to explain what you need to know. While the terms “type” and “style” are sometimes used interchangeably, there is a difference. Both concepts are important to consider when choosing the perfect new windows for your home.

Window Types and Styles

Basically, window type has to do with the functionality of the window. Window style has to do with the aesthetic appeal.

What do we mean by functionality? How does the window operate? How does it open and close? There are various ways a window can open, up, down, or side-to-side, for example. Also, is the window easy and convenient to use? What kind of energy efficiency does it offer?

Aesthetic appeal is a bit easier to understand. How does the window contribute to the overall look of your home? Does it add a modern, chic look, or does it make it feel more rustic? There are a number of different details that can change up the overall look windows create.

To help you better understand what we mean, let’s take a look at the replacement window types available from Wholesale Home Improvements.

Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows consist of two sashes, one above the other. Both open and close and can slide up and down. A handy feature on newer models is the ability to tilt them out to clean both the inside and outside of the window from inside your house. This is especially handy on second-floor windows since you won’t have to get a ladder to clean the outside of your windows!

When it comes to window types and styles, this type has enjoyed consistent popularity over the years and is still the most common window type used in the United States.

Casement Windows

These windows consist of one piece of glass that swings out from one side or the other like a door. Usually, casement windows open through the use of a hand-crank. This is convenient for windows that are in hard-to-reach places, like behind the kitchen sink.

Since the entire window opens, a casement window let in lots of fresh air. Also, the glass sitting at an angle outside tends to act as a funnel and help direct the refreshing breeze into your home. When you close a casement window, an air-tight seal comes into play around the edges making casement windows extremely energy efficient.

Sliding Windows

Think of these like a double hung window on its side. The two sashes are side by side. In single slider windows, only one sash moves and in double sliders, they both move. These are great to install when you don’t have space outside to swing the window outward but still want a large window opening.

Just remember, with this type of window you’ll have to clean the outside of them from the outside of your home. That can be a pain, especially for second-floor windows. Also, make sure to choose a sliding window with a handle or latch that is easy to open and comfortable to use.

Bow and Bay Windows

A crossover over window types and styles are bay and bow windows. The reason for this is that these types of windows have a distinctive look to them. Just adding these window types to your home will change the style of your home a little. Both of these window types are awesome for letting lots of natural light into your home.

A bay window typically consists of three sashes. The center one is fixed and the two on either side can either open or be fixed. The two side sashes are tilted to push the center sash outward and create a somewhat rounded window. Sometimes people even put a little seating area around the inside of the window to create a comfortable reading nook.

Bow windows are similar but usually consist of 4 or 5 sashes. As a result, the curve is much more gentle than in a bay window. Bay windows can even be installed around a corner. You can choose to be able to open the sashes, have them fixed, or whatever combination you would like!

Garden Windows

Garden windows are fantastic for growing small plants indoors in the winter. It’s kind of like a miniature greenhouse jutting out from your primary home structure. Garden windows usually including a couple of shelves where you can put herbs or small plants to stay warm and grow. Sometimes, side panels can be opened but not always.

A typical spot for garden windows is over the kitchen sink. Depending on how your kitchen sink is situated and how easy it is to access the window, this may not be the most practical location. If you want to garden indoors, we can discuss the window types and styles that will work best for your home.

Fixed Windows

Fixed windows, or picture windows, are a simple window. They consist of one piece of glass that cannot be opened. Because of this they are more energy efficient and can be styled virtually any way. Fixed windows are incorporated into a lot of custom work.

Window Styles

All of these window types can be styled to a certain degree. Some are more flexible than others, as we mentioned with fixed windows. But the material and color you choose for any window can change the style dramatically. Window grilles are also available for virtually every window type. These also significantly affect the aesthetics of your windows.

Have fun when choosing your window style. Pick something to fit the style of your home and maybe even show off your personality a little. Go cool and contemporary (black windows are huge right now), chic and elegant, or fun and funky, the choice is yours.

Here at Wholesale Home Improvements, we can help you choose the perfect window types and styles for your home. We’ve been in the business for almost 25 years, so you can trust us to help you choose the perfect windows. Our expert team will then install them for you in no time. If you’re thinking it’s time for new windows give us a call today to get started.

What You Want in Energy Efficient Windows

What You Want in Energy Efficient Windows Wholesale Home Improvements DenverHave you been considering what you want in energy efficient windows? Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver has created a handy guide to help you make the best selection. These days, there are energy efficient options for virtually every style of window out there, so you can pick out the look you want and still take advantage of potentially lower energy bills.

Window Frames

First, let’s take a look at what options are out there for frame materials on replacement windows and what you want in energy efficient windows. Some materials are naturally energy efficient on their own, and others need a little bit of help. The good news is, there are options to up the energy efficiency of many materials so you can choose just the look you want!

  • Aluminum or Metal Frames

You may remember from high school science classes that metal conducts heat fairly readily. That means that aluminum frames are not very energy efficient on their own. If you still want to take advantage of this durable, light and extremely low-maintenance material, you can add a plastic strip called a thermal break between the inside and outside of the frame.

  • Composite Frames

Composite window frames are made up of composite wood particles. For example, particle board or laminated strand lumber. The benefit to these frames is that they have roughly the same insulating capacity as traditional wood frames but are not nearly as prone to rotting and moisture damage.

  • Fiberglass Frames

Fiberglass is a great, lightweight material that also doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. It is filled with air cavities which, when filled with insulation, makes fiberglass an energy efficient option for your replacement windows as compared to wood or uninsulated vinyl.

  • Vinyl Frames

Vinyl frames are popular as a low-maintenance and inexpensive option. Just like fiberglass, air cavities within the material can be filled with insulation, making insulated vinyl what you want in energy efficient windows versus uninsulated vinyl or wood. A quick note – make sure you look for quality vinyl as there are many cheap versions out there that will undermine the energy savings you’re trying to attain.

  • Wood Frames

Traditional wood frames look fantastic and insulate moderately well. However, the downside to wood is that it requires a fair bit of upkeep as it is prone to cracking as it expands and contracts with weather conditions and eventually rotting and or succumbing to insect damage. If this is the style you want, be prepared for some upkeep.

Glass or Window Glazing

Once you’ve chosen the frame that you want, the next thing to look at is window glazing or glass. Since the glass is the most substantial part of your replacement window, you obviously want to choose the right glass, or window glazing, to both fit your budget and attain your energy efficiency goals. Factors such as climate, building design, and even window orientation affect this decision, and you may find it prudent to adjust in different parts of your home.

  • Insulated Glass

When it comes to what you want in energy efficient windows, this one is easy. With an insulated glass window, two or more panes of glass are put together but spaced apart just a little bit. Then it is hermetically sealed leaving a buffer zone between the panes of glass that provides an insulating effect.

  • Gas Fills

To make double paned windows even more efficient, manufacturers often put an inert gas, such as Argon or Krypton, between the two panes of glass. These gases have a higher resistance to heat transfer than does air and therefore improve the overall energy efficiency of any window, double-hung windows to casements.

  • Heat-Absorbing Tints

If Heat-absorbing tints can be added to the window glazing as a means to not only inhibit heat transfer but also to block a significant amount of UV light. You do have to be careful though as if you cut down on the natural light by 70% or more, any indoor plants you have will either slow down the rate of growth or even die.

Gray or bronze tinted windows are the most commonly used colors as they work well to absorb both heat and light. If, however, you want to allow light through and only block heat, then you should go for a blue or green tinted glass.

  • Low-Emissivity Coatings

Another big factor, low-emissivity (or low-E coatings as they are known in the industry) are what you want in energy efficient windows. These coatings can be applied to the glass to improve energy efficiency further. The coatings are metal or metallic oxide that is so thin it is basically invisible. Most of the time this happens during the manufacturing process, but to improve energy efficiency on existing windows, you can buy a film to apply to already installed windows

  • Reflective Coatings

Reflective coatings reflect back the rays of the sun and block more light than heat. These coatings are often used in hot climates where the sun can be extreme. However, they don’t always positively help your energy bill because what is gained in lower cooling costs is lost in need for more electric lighting. It just depends on the climate, positioning of the home and what you want in energy efficient windows.

  • Spectrally Selective Coatings

These coatings are a specific type of low-E coating that is capable of insulating against 40-70% of the heat that goes through your window but does not affect the light transfer. The coating focuses on blocking only the infrared portion of the solar spectrum (in other words, heat) and leaves the rest of the spectrum, which is visible light, alone.

After reading all this, do you have a better idea of what you want in energy efficient windows? It’s okay if you’re a little confused. The experts here at Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver are happy to help you figure out exactly what you want and will help you choose the perfect windows for your home. Our almost 25 years of experience is exactly what you need!