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    Understanding Window Energy Performance Ratings

    Last updated 2 years ago

    While Michigan weather may be brutal in both the summer and winter, energy-efficient replacement windows can help make your home easier to cool and heat and keep you comfortable during humid summers and bitter-cold winters. To choose the right replacement windows for your home, you must understand how to read energy performance ratings. Here is some of the information you’ll have to understand when choosing energy-efficient replacement windows.

    •  U-Factor: The U-Factor is a measurement of heat transfer through your window pane. The lower the number, the better your replacement windows will insulate your home. The typical range for U-Factors is between 0.25 and 1.25.
    •  Solar Heat Gain Coefficient: One of the most significant causes of increased indoor temperatures is thermal energy from the sun. The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measures how much heat is permitted to enter your home through your windows. SHGC ratings typically range from 0.25 to 0.80.
    •  Visible Transmittance: Your replacement windows can also block visible sunlight from entering your home. The visible transmittance (VT) rating measures how much light is permitted into your home. The larger the number, on a scale of 0 to 1, the more light you see.
    •  Air Leakage: Drafty windows are caused by air movement through your window frame. The amount of movement is described by the air leakage (AL) rating in cubic feet per minute per square foot of frame are (cmf/ft2). The lower the number, the less drafty your windows will be.
    •  Condensation Resistance: Water buildup inside and outside of your window can lead to water damage, rotting, warping, and many other undesirable situations. The risk of condensation development is measured on a scale of 0 to 100—the higher the condensation resistance factor, the less condensation you’ll have on your windows.

    For high-quality replacement windows, contact Home, Door, and Window Products in Berkeley. Call (248) 850-2101 to see why we’ve been the Metro area’s replacement window company of choice for over 30 years.

    Want to Know More About Window Installation and Garage Doors?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    • Learn how to catch water leaks early by checking your windows regularly. Read about the signs at eHow.com.
    •  If you have old wooden windows, know when they are beyond repair. Read about the important indicators on the National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior website.
    •  Explore your options for a new look and lower energy bills with improved home windows. This website is dedicated to homeowners and explains a number of different window styles.
    •  If you are searching for environmentally-friendly additions to your home, then check out green garage door options at about.com.
    •  Choose wisely with home improvement expert Bob Vila’s tips on garage door selection and installation. This link will teach you the ins and outs of garage doors.

    Whether you would like tips on recognizing faulty window installation or choosing the right garage door, check out these links for more information. Getting the facts before your purchase is important. If you live in Detroit, Sterling Heights, Troy, Warren, or Royal Oak, allow Home, Door, and Window Products to assess your needs and provide quality service and installment. For a home expert, call (248) 850-2101 today.

     

    Garage Door Styles

    Last updated 2 years ago

    There are usually tell-tale signs that will help you decide whether or not you need a new and improved garage door. This video explains exactly how to find a garage door that will make a home more beautiful and increase its value. You can see before and after photos of several homes which demonstrate the impact of the perfect garage door. The video contains tips that explain how windows and accessories accent your garage door and home, and emphasizes the importance of examining your home’s architectural design before selecting a new garage door.

     

    If you are looking for a variety of options for a new garage door, contact Home, Door, and Window Products. Servicing the Detroit, Troy, Sterling Heights, Royal Oak, and Warren communities, Home, Door, and Window Products will help you find your dream garage door. Call (248) 850 2101 for quality products and reliable service.

    Choosing the Right Commercial Garage Door for Your Business

    Last updated 2 years ago

    When you invest in a business you want to protect its assets, including company vehicles.  In Michigan, that means keeping the snow and ice from damaging those vehicles during the long winter months. Selecting the perfect garage door for protection is essential.

    Steel

    Garage doors made with steel are sturdy, often cheaper than wood, and come in a variety of styles. Steel can be painted in a style to your liking, and it can even be painted to look wood. It is important to ensure the steel is thick enough to insulate your garage, particularly in harsh weather.

    Wood

    Garage doors were originally made with wood, and this conventional option is typically easy to replace. Wooden garage doors are durable in extreme weather conditions and their natural appearance appeals to business and home owners.

    Wood Composite

    Wood composites are environmentally-friendly garage doors, made from wood waste, fibers and other recyclable materials. These types of garage doors are stronger than traditional wood. Check out some other green choices and tips on recyclable materials for your door.

    Sectional Garage Door

    This garage door is popular for residential use. Simply sliding from a vertical to horizontal position, these doors are composed of portions pieced together to slide along a track when opening and closing. 

    A number of other garage door options and styles are available, and Home, Door, and Window Products can help you decide what’s best for your business. Home, Door, and Window commits to service and installation with every purchase. For dependable, quality service, contact Home, Door, and Window Products at (248) 850-2101.

    5 Tips for Choosing Between Window Repair and Window Replacement

    Last updated 3 years ago

    A quick fix may seem more cost effective, but window replacement will sometimes save you more money than window repair. As Michiganders, we realize the importance of insulation in the cold winter months. Windows play a big part in warmth, safety and protection. When choosing window replacements, homeowners often save money on utility bills and potentially add to their home’s value. Check out this list of problems to see if you are in need of window repairs or window replacement.

    1.      If the paint is peeling on the outside your home in the vicinity of the window, this usually means the sealing is damaged, allowing excessive moisture to leak around the area. This will affect the appearance of your home’s exterior and the effectiveness of your windows. Regularly test for leaks to avoid damaged windows.

    2.      Even in the cold Michigan winters, your windows should not collect ice or frost. They should not be cooler to the touch in one area than another. Both of these issues are usually related to sealing or poor quality thermal material.

    3.      If outdoor noises are audible and bothersome, you should repair your windows. The window might rattle from strong winds or shake from a clap of thunder. This calls for better insulated windows, as drafts typically accompany the noisy wind.

    4.      If your wooden windows are rotting, replacement is necessary. Test this by checking the wood’s softness—as the wood should be firm and solid.

    5.      Any window that does not open or close easily should be replaced. If your windows get stuck, they may not be sealing correctly.

    Window replacements will help maximize your savings. If you are looking for indoor or outdoor window replacements, including installment services, call Home, Door, & Window Products for experienced and professional assistance at (248) 850-2101. Serving Royal Oak, Warren, Troy, Sterling Heights, and Detroit areas, Home, Door, & Window Products offers a variety of windows, entry doors, garage doors, and more.

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