Archives: Windows

Winter Window Condensation – Sweaty Windows

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Windows

What Causes Window Condensation Each winter I’m asked repeatedly why new energy efficient windows have condensation on them. I’ve written several articles about window condensation, Winter Window Condensation Problems, Window Condensation – Part II, and More On Winter Window Condensation, but I thought it was worth reviewing the issues because it seems to be so…

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Vinyl Window Seal Failure – How To Repair

By Todd Fratzel on Windows

How To Repair A Vinyl Window Seal Failure Vinyl windows can be virtually maintenance free but occasional a window seal failure cause quite a headache! Window seal failures are usually pretty easy to diagnose once you know what to look for. In the picture below you can see an example of a vinyl window seal…

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How To Hang Christmas Wreaths from Vinyl Windows

By Todd Fratzel on Windows

How do you hang Christmas wreaths from vinyl windows? That is a question my wife posed to me as soon as we moved into our new house. Our previous home had wood siding, trim and window sashes so putting a small nail up to hold the wreaths was easy. Putting a nail into the vinyl…

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Prepare the Home for 2011 Hurricane Season

By Todd Fratzel on Windows

MILLS RIVER, N.C. – Batten down the hatches — plus the windows, the doors and the roof. Hurricane Season 2011 starts on June 1, and based on expert predictions, it could be a whopper. At Colorado State University, forecasters believe the number of named storms will reach 16, and they predict there’s a 72 percent…

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Six Easy Steps to Mastering the Caulk Gun to Save Energy and Money

By Todd Fratzel on Energy Conservation, Windows

Cut Energy Bills Using Caulking By Spike Carlsen Despite your best efforts, your energy bills aren’t as low as you think they should be and it seems that your house continues to leak energy. Sound familiar? The good news: There are steps you can take today, regardless of budget, to maximize your energy savings. All…

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Replacement Windows – Best Energy Saving ROI

By Todd Fratzel on Windows

Replacement Windows Are A Great Return On Investment It’s not a mystery that replacement windows can help make your home more energy efficient resulting in significant energy savings each year. However, what some of you might find interesting is the fact that replacement windows are considered one of the best return on investment when it…

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How To Measure Replacement Windows

By Todd Fratzel on Windows

Replacement Windows This weekend I helped my dad install some new replacement windows. Installing replacement windows isn’t really that hard and it’s certainly a great DIY project for anyone with moderate DIY and construction skills. We replaced five double hung windows in about six hours. Replacement windows are installed in a way that doesn’t require…

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Colonial Style Fluted Window & Door Trim

By Todd Fratzel on Design, Doors, Finish Carpentry, Windows

Window & Door Trim Today’s mass produced homes rarely use architecturally pleasing window and door trim. Most homes today are built with a very basic colonial trim with mitered joints. Obviously this is done in an effort to reduce building costs while providing a basic look. Older homes traditionally featured very ornate and detailed window…

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