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!

Looking to Update Your Patio Doors Before Winter?

Looking to Update Your Patio Doors Before Winter Wholesale Home Improvements DenverIf you’re looking to update your patio doors before winter arrives, the team at Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver has a few suggestions for you. The type of material that the doors are made out of is a good thing to be thinking about as you are deciding what you would like to do for this significant home improvement. 

There’s a myriad of patio door styles and colors to choose from. While it’s always fun to focus on style and adding flair to your home, the best place to start is choosing a patio door material. If you’re looking to update your patio doors before winter, here are a few considerations when choosing a material. 

Wood

Wooden patio doors create a timeless, classic look that can’t be beaten. Besides visual appeal, it is also easy to repair minor damage like scratches. On the downside, however, wood is a bit more expensive and requires maintenance to keep it in good shape. Environmental factors such as the sun and heat can have a substantial effect on the wood, causing warping and damage. 

Steel

Steel is a great option if you want something sturdy and energy efficient. It’s less of a hit to your pocketbook than wood and requires less maintenance to keep it up. Though it won’t warp or bow like wood, if it does get scratched it can rust and start not to look so good. So, be sure to keep up on the paint and repair scratches as they happen. 

Aluminum

If you’re looking to update your patio doors before winter and considering aluminum, which is a similar option to steel (but more lightweight), you’ll have to keep up on maintenance since this material is even more susceptible to scratches and dents. While inexpensive and fairly sturdy, this exterior door material may not be suitable if you have active kids or dog friends that tend to scratch at your door to be let in or out. 

Vinyl

Vinyl is a great, all around option. Many styles are made to mimic other materials, so vinyl can provide style while being sturdier, less expensive and easier to maintain. They’re also relatively energy efficient, so it can seem like there’s no downside. However, be aware that extreme shifts in temperature can cause the vinyl to crack and vinyl is more flammable than other materials. Most people find these downsides minor in comparison to the benefits of vinyl patio doors.

Fiberglass

Finally, fiberglass is an excellent option for your patio doors. Fiberglass doors can be made to look just like wood and provide all the elegance that this traditional material offers without the downsides. Fiberglass patio and exterior doors are energy efficient and virtually maintenance free. It can even handle environmental stresses like changes in temperature without warping or deteriorating like wood. The best part is, you get all this for a reasonable price.

So if you are looking to update your patio doors before winter, be sure to come and see us here at Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver. We’ll help you decide on the perfect material, design, and style for your home. Our experienced staff will also install the doors quickly and efficiently and leave you to enjoy your new home improvement.

Fall Is a Great Time to Replace Your Windows

Fall Is a Great Time to Replace Your Windows Wholesale Home Improvements DenverThe experts here at Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver, Colorado assure you that fall is a great time to replace your windows. When the leaves begin to turn bright colors and the days start getting cooler, that’s your cue to start picking out the materials, design, and colors you want to use for your home’s new windows. There are a few practical reasons that make fall a great time to replace your windows. Let’s take a look at each one a little more in depth.

Energy Efficiency

The cold winter months are when energy efficiency becomes most important as you want to keep the heat in and the cold out. If you wait until springtime, to replace your windows, you will lose out on taking advantage of that energy efficiency all winter long. This is even more of an issue when your current windows are of the old, single paned variety and keep about as much cold air out as a sieve. Of course, it depends on what windows you buy (and the state of your current windows), but people generally see a 17-25% drop in energy prices when they install new, Energy Star windows. 

Enjoy the Fall Air

Old wood and aluminum windows often don’t open, either because they weren’t made to open or because they are so old that their opening mechanism isn’t what it used to be. Some might even have swelled in their frames and are stuck, or it’s so much work to open or close them that you don’t even want to bother. With Denver often seeing warm days well into October, installing new casement windows, you can maximize your home airflow. 

Protect Your Health

Old, poorly sealed windows make for cold drafts wafting about your home which can make you and your family members more susceptible to sickness. Sure you can always bundle up to protect yourself, but the whole point of heating your home is so that you don’t have to bundle up against the cold when you’re inside. If you know it’s time to replace your windows, makes more sense to do it now before having to go all winter with those cold drafts plaguing you.

No Time Like the Present

Perhaps the most compelling reason that fall is a great time to replace your windows is the fact that we are just now entering autumn. There is never any time like the present to get a project underway. If your windows are older and in need of an upgrade, give us a call at Wholesale Home Improvements. We’ll not only help you pick out the perfect replacements for your home but also install your windows quickly and efficiently.

As you can see, fall is a great time to replace your windows. So, contact Wholesale Home Improvements to give your home the upgrade it needs before the chill sets in. When you’re enjoying a warm home and potential energy bill savings, you’re sure to be thanking yourself!

Egress Windows for Your Basement

About Egress Windows for Your BasementToday’s helpful information from Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver, Colorado covers egress windows for your basement. If you’re not familiar with the term, egress means “to go out” or “an exit.” Egress windows, therefore, refer to windows you can use as an exit. By law, any sleeping room is required to have a window large enough that occupants can easily escape or rescue workers can easily enter in case of a fire or other emergency.

If you are adding a bedroom or rental unit to your basement, you will have to comply with regulations for egress windows. Even if you don’t plan to have anybody sleeping down there, it is still a good idea. You never know if this simple addition could end up saving someone’s life.

Size Requirements

So, what comprises proper egress windows for your basement? The newest regulations call for a window that is at least 20 inches wide by 24 inches tall. The minimum net clear opening should be 5.7 feet square. The sill height should be no more than 44 inches from the floor. If you have a basement window that doesn’t meet these requirements (they were different in the past) it is a good idea to update it for maximum safety.

We understand that it is an expense to enlarge an opening and install a new egress window, but the money is well worth the possibility of saving someone’s life.

Function Requirements

Proper egress windows not only have to meet certain size requirements but also certain functional requirements. For example, they must be operable from the inside without the use of any special materials like a tool or key. Obviously, if you are trying to get out in a hurry, you don’t want to be looking for specialized equipment to get the window open. You are still allowed to have bars or grills, but they too must be operable without special equipment.

Types of Windows

There are several different types of windows available. Let’s look at what works well for basement egress.

  • Casement Windows: This is the ideal basement egress window. The casement window takes up less wall space, and the side hinges make opening the window and escaping easy.
  • Double-Hung or Sliding Windows: These popular windows can be used for basement egress, but are not as common. When opened, a double-hung or sliding window still has glass covering half the opening, so to meet the size requirements for egress, you’ll need a big window.

One type we do not recommend using as egress windows for your basement is awning windows that swing upward and out. Awning windows are generally not used as egress windows as they can be awkward to get open and crawl through.

One last note about egress windows for your basement, be sure that nothing is blocking your escape route on the exterior. Underground basements will require a window well and possibly even a ladder to get out easily if the well is deep. The experts here at Wholesale Home Improvements can help you with any questions you have about the requirements and ensure that your windows are installed correctly.

Should You Choose Insulated Vinyl Siding

Should You Choose Insulated Vinyl SidingAt Wholesale Home Improvements in Denver, Colorado, we’re here to answer the question, should you choose insulated vinyl siding for your new or replacement siding. Vinyl siding, in general, is a great product and offers many advantages over other types of siding–not the least of which is versatility and cost effectiveness. However, you may be wondering if it is worth it to make the bump up to insulated vinyl siding instead.

Advantages

So, what are the benefits of insulated vinyl siding? Let’s look at some of them, and hopefully, this information will help you decide should you choose insulated vinyl siding.

  • Higher energy efficiency

The main difference between insulated siding and regular vinyl is, of course, the insulation–which makes for better energy efficiency. Some homeowners prefer insulated siding based purely on this advantage. Sometimes you can even get some great tax credits by choosing this option!

  • Better impact-resistance

Again, due to the insulation, this can make the siding more durable and last a bit longer depending on your location.

  • Greater weather resistance

Often, the most intense beating your home will face comes from the weather and insulated siding has a marked advantage over traditional vinyl siding in its ability to stand up to the elements.

  • Greater ability to muffle sound

This is a great benefit if you live close to a busy street or some other area where there is a lot of outside noise. Having a quiet oasis inside your home can be just what the doctor ordered on a particularly stressful day.

  • Install over existing siding

In some cases, you won’t have to remove your existing siding to install insulated vinyl siding. This can save you a lot of money in removal and waste disposal fees.

  • Easy maintenance

Insulated vinyl siding is very easy to maintain, and if a section is damaged, it is easy to replace only that portion.

  • Color schemes

There are a huge variety of colors and styles you can choose from to create virtually any look you want. You can even simulate the classic look of wood siding without the extra cost or maintenance that traditionally comes with it.

Disadvantages

While it’s a great product and comes with an impressive list of positives, it does have a few downsides to think through when deciding should you choose insulated vinyl siding. The majority of issues have to do with moisture. The siding must be installed correctly, or it is prone to moisture and mold problems. This is because the nature of insulated vinyl siding lowers its ventilation and ability to breathe. However, the good news is that virtually all issues with this siding can be avoided if installed by a knowledgeable team.

So, we hope that this information has been helpful in your decision about whether you should choose insulated vinyl siding. Of course, as we pointed out if you do go with this product you should always have it installed by professionals that know what they’re doing–like those here at Wholesale Home Improvements. Whether you’re going with insulated, traditional or any other siding product, we have over 25 years of know-how and many happy customers in the Denver metro area to back up our work.

Is It Time to Repair or Replace Your Old Windows?

is it time to repair or replace your old windowsHow do you decide is it time to repair or replace your old windows? The professionals at Wholesale Home Improvements have this information to offer. With our almost 25 years of experience with windows and other home improvement projects in the Metro Denver area, we are certainly qualified to help you decide.

The idea of new windows is certainly an appealing one. When you replace your windows, you get to pick out a fresh style for your home. If you have any foggy windows, you get to swap them out for a crystal-clear view of the great outdoors. Then, of course, there’s all the money you will save on your energy bills with modern, energy efficient windows. Plus, even if your windows are only a few years old you could see improvements in function, like smoother opening and closing, less maintenance and easier cleaning.

It might seem that there is no downside to getting new windows. Installation, when handled by professionals, is quick and easy and shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience. Well, the downside comes when talking about your wallet. It is true that new windows can often save you lots of money on energy bills over the long term (particularly if your current windows are pretty old or single paned) but the upfront investment can be significant, and that’s where you have to decide if it’s worth it or not.

So, to help decide is it time to repair or replace your old windows, here are a few questions you can ask yourself. And, of course, don’t forget that you can talk to our friendly staff for a bit of honest advice.

Are Your Current Windows Working Properly?

There are a number of indications showing whether your windows are (or aren’t) working as they should be. Let’s take a look: 

  • Ease of Use

Are you able to open and close them easily or do you find yourself shying away from opening them on a warm spring day because they are such a hassle?

  • Maintenance Level

Older, painted wood windows require periodic repainting; otherwise, they can begin to warp and rot. More modern vinyl, aluminum, or composite materials are a great option to cut down on this undesirable chore. 

  • Condensation

Do you find that water droplets are condensing on your windows regularly? You may even find that the trim is getting soaked and cloudiness is significantly limiting your view. Modern windows with high-efficiency glass generally eliminate these types of problems. 

  • Storm Windows

Do your current windows require storm windows? If they do, how much do you mind the work that goes into cleaning, maintaining, and putting up/taking them down? Also, inspect the storm windows themselves as they may need replacing also.

  • Cleaning

Newer models are specifically designed to make cleaning a breeze. Do you find that cleaning your old windows is a real pain and a new model would be a welcome relief?

Do Your Current Windows Maintain Your Home Comfortably?

Single pane windows are not very good at regulating temperature. Therefore, rooms may feel drafty and cold during the winter (especially near the windows themselves) and stuffy and warm during the summer. Newer, more energy efficient double pane windows drastically cut down on this type of discomfort. They also help tremendously with condensation problems and give you the ability to maintain the level of humidity inside your home at a comfortable level without fogging up the windows. 

Is it Worth it to Repair Your Old Windows?

Repairing your current windows will cost you significantly less money than replacing all of your windows. So, if you have decided that something needs to be done about your windows, you will now have to decide if repairing your current windows is sufficient or if they are in bad enough shape to justify the expense of replacing them instead. Let’s look at what constitutes major issues that call for replacement over reparation. 

  • Rot

Once wood windows have begun to rot it is complicated to stop the progression. Plus, even if you just try to replace the affected area and make them work you will have to perform constant maintenance to keep the wood from continuing to rot away.

  • Sagging Casement Windows

If it’s just that the crank mechanism seems to be worn out on your casement windows, you can get away with replacing it and continuing on your merry way. But if the hinges are bent or worn, you would be better off replacing the window in its entirety.

  • Fogged Up Double Pane Glass

This is different than condensation in that it happens between the two layers of glass in a double pane glass window. This ‘s hard to get rid of and replacing the glass is the only repair option. It’s not a cheap job, and by the time you get done paying for the glass replacement, a new window altogether may end up making more sense.

  • Ease of Finding Replacement Parts

This depends solely on the model of windows currently installed in your home. Check with us, and we can help you find out the availability of parts for your model windows. Even if they aren’t readily available in a store or showroom, parts can often be found online inexpensively. If they prove to be difficult or impossible to find, new windows may be your only option.

If you’ve ever wondered is it time to repair or replace your old windows, hopefully, this article has helped you determine which is your best option. If you are still on the fence about which is best, feel free to talk to a knowledgeable representative from Wholesale Home Improvements. We are a locally owned and operated company that has been dedicated to serving our neighbors in the Metro Denver area for almost 25 years. We’ll help you pick out the replacement parts or replacement windows and perform the installation quickly and efficiently, so you can get back to enjoying the view.  

How to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

How to Add Curb Appeal to Your HomeThe experts here at Wholesale Home Improvements have some great ideas on how to add curb appeal to your home. This article will explore some of our favorites, as well as show what you could potentially get in return for your time and money. We know that even if you aren’t planning to sell soon, you’re probably still thinking about what impact any home improvements you make now will have on your selling price in the future.

Curb appeal is significant. As human beings, we are naturally attracted to beautiful things. The same applies when it comes to houses. Just ask any real estate agent. It’s not unusual for the look of a house to have a much bigger impact on the sale than how it functions. A perfectly sound home with no flaws but painted an ugly color can easily be beaten by a charming home with defects needing repairs.

So, let’s look at how to add curb appeal to your home with a few home improvements . Remember, even if you don’t necessarily plan to sell soon, you get to enjoy these updates for the time being and feel proud to have guests over to see your beautiful home. 

Replace the Siding

Siding is not only a large part of your home but also makes up a huge part of its curb appeal. Cracked, rotting, or peeling siding looks downright terrible and makes any home look unkempt and old. Depending on how badly the siding is damaged you might even be throwing money away as cracked or rotting siding is of course not as energy efficient as it could be.

If it’s damaged, you should replace your siding, but in some cases, you can just refresh it with a fresh coat of paint. Just be sure to ask an expert’s advice on color choices because the wrong color can have the opposite effect that you’re looking for. You might love the idea of a neon green house but there will be a smaller pool of potential buyers that would agree with you, thus hurting your chances of selling.

Windows

Sparkly clean windows are also a large part of curb appeal. If you have a broken window, taping it over is NOT going to cut it if you’re looking to up your home’s curb appeal (not to mention the effect that will have on your energy bill). Better to just replace it and keep your house looking lived in and cared for.

Big beautiful windows are popular, and if you have the extra cash, it may be a good idea to replace a few with larger ones to add some pop. Or a cheaper option would be to decorate your windows with shutters or even garden accents. Whatever you do, be sure that your windows are functional. Windows that don’t open right are a fire hazard and windows that don’t lock correctly are a security one. 

Beef up the Garden

Not everyone has what it takes to be a great gardener but when it comes to how to add curb appeal to your home, successfully utilizing your landscape is a great way to go. Everybody loves a little bit of nature, and nothing makes a more beautiful accent piece for your front yard than lovely flowers and stately plants. If you don’t know what to plant, try looking up gardening blogs online in your area, or visit a local nursery to talk to the experts there. Another option is to simply stroll around your neighborhood and see what types of plants are working for your neighbors.

Add a Front Porch

A front porch, especially one with tasteful decorations or comfy furniture, is a great way to make your home look cozier and inviting. Comfortable and inviting are both factors that up your home’s curb appeal. It also doesn’t necessarily have to be super expensive to install a front porch; even a small one can make a big difference. Or if you already have one just make sure that it is nicely maintained. For bonus points, your porch remodel can add a beautiful cushioned rocking chair or maybe a couple of colorful potted plants for decoration.

Little Bits that Go a Long Way

Last, but not least are a random assortment of extremely low-cost ways to up your home’s curb appeal and make your home a more inviting place overall.

  • Trash: Don’t ever leave trash or clutter lying around. It makes your home look unnecessarily unkempt and uncared for, not a good first impression on buyers. It also doesn’t cost a thing, and your neighbors will appreciate you for it.
  • Fence: If you have any fences, ensure that the paint looks nice and there aren’t any holes or rotting portions. Get repairs done as needed.
  • Pets: If you have pets, or if some random neighbor’s pet uses your front lawn as a bathroom be sure to clean up. It doesn’t affect the functionality of your home at all but as we mentioned earlier, unsightly little things have a big impact, and pet waste on the front lawn is just nasty.
  • Cars: Don’t leave broken down or scrap vehicles sitting in your driveway. Get rid of the heap or park any broken vehicles that you plan to fix in the garage. Even your everyday car should be kept clean and shiny if you park in your driveway.
  • Lawn: Keep it nicely mown and any leaves or other debris raked up.

We hope this article has given you some useful ideas on how to add curb appeal to your home. If you need any more suggestions, you can always talk to one of our experts. Here at Wholesale Home Improvements, we have almost 25 years of experience helping people in the metro Denver area with home improvement projects. We know what works, and what doesn’t, and how to get creative even on a tight budget. Just ask any of our satisfied customers and see for yourself the great work that we do!