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Take a look at this well done video from our friends at Weathertight in Wisconsin. It explains their process of installing replacement windows and also discusses things to consider when deciding if replacement windows are right for your home.

The decision to replace windows on a home is one of the biggest investments a homeowner will make. You may think that your windows are good enough or can get you by a few more years. Take a few moments to watch this short video on why you may want to replace your decent looking older windows.

Winter home blog photoWhether you are a new homeowner, thinking of buying a home in Keswick Ontario or anywhere else, or have been in your home for years, you should know the 3 most important tips about getting your home ready for winter.  As the temperatures start to fall, your home will require maintenance to keep it in A-1 shape through the winter.

There is only one state in the United States where the temperatures have never dipped below zero. Hawaii.  In Canada, all of the Provinces will dip below zero.

Ontario Home Inspection Services Keswick Ontario recommends these 3 tips:

1) Get the Fireplace and Chimney Ready

  • Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out vermin and birds.
  • Have your chimney cleaned and inspected.
  • Store firewood in a dry place away from the exterior of your home.
  • Ensure the fireplace damper opens and closes.
  • Check the mortar between bricks and tuck-point, if necessary or call a professional bricklayer to assist.

2) Inspect the Exterior, Doors, and Windows

  • Inspect the exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes and seal them.
  • Use weatherstripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering the home and caulk all windows.
  • Replace cracked glass in windows and, if you end up replacing the entire window, prime and paint exposed wood.
  • If your home has a basement, consider protecting its window wells by covering them with plastic shields.
  • Replace any summer screens with glass replacements from storage. If you have storm windows, install them.

3) Inspect Roof, Gutters & Downspouts

  • If your weather temperatures fall below 32 degrees in the winter, adding extra insulation to the attic will prevent warm air from creeping to your roof and causing ice dams.
  • Check flashing around the chimney and along the roof edges to ensure water cannot enter the home.  Caulk if necessary.
  • Replace worn roof shingles or tiles.  Hire a roofing specialist if necessary.
  • Clean out the gutters and use a hose to spray water down the downspouts to clear away debris.
  • Install leaf guards on the gutters or extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from the home.

Ontario Home Inspection Services recommends this additional article on winterizing your home in Ontario.

 

United Home Experts is a local installer of Simonton Windows serving Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Southern New Hampshire.  Request a Free Window Quote Here

Simonton Windows:

  • Is one of the largest vinyl window company in the United States
  • Have the AAMA Gold Label Certification
  • Have been awarded JD Power and Associates highest mark in customer satisfaction over Pella and Andersen
  • Have won the “Best in Class” Award

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But then why isn’t Simonton a household name in New England? The reason is simple.  Simonton spends money and energy on the development of windows and relies on    knowledgeable home improvement contractors to promote and sell their windows and  doors. Simonton also privately labels windows for larger companies.

Simonton windows are not available on the shelves of any big box stores or local lumber  yards in New England.  They are only sold through larger distributers to home  improvement companies and contractors that deal in larger quantities on an annual basis.

At United Home Experts we’ve done extensive research into what windows and doors are available for homeowners in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, and we offer several different brands including Simonton.  Our customers are consistently impressed with the quality materials Simonton delivers and their devotion to standing behind their windows and doors with excellent warranties.