Monday, April 8, 2013

Rooms with a View - Time for New Windows?

New windows are always a home improvement enhancement, as many homeowners seek to increase the energy efficiency of their home. However, there is much more to windows than energy savings.

Depending on the project, there are considerations for styling. Which styles work best for you? Traditional craftsman? French country?  Modern-contemporary or high-end style? Maybe a combination depending on the room?

What about locking?
The locks and latches that are integrated with certain windows and sliding glass doors are important. Are they two stage or one stage locks? Window opening control devices must be installed correctly to ensure maximum safety, especially where small children are in the home.

 Energy Efficient Windows Save $$$ - What Do the Energy Symbols Represent?

Innovative, energy savings windows can start to pay for themselves as soon as they are installed! This is one of the strong motivations for many of our customers. In the summer, energy efficient windows will block the radiant heat from the entering your home, reducing your cooling bills. In the winter, the sun's solar heat is allowed to enter the home and keeps heat from escaping, reducing your energy costs. Argon gas can provide an additional layer of insulation between double paned windows.

What About Vinyl Windows?
A vinyl window can be inexpensive, durable and remarkably energy efficient when designed properly to minimize thermal transfer. While early vinyl windows had problems with thermal expansion and stability in very hot environments, modern vinyl windows are much more durable and dimensionally stable. Look for vinyl window frames with heat-welded joints — they're stiffer than mechanically joined vinyl frames and thus provide better resistance to temperature stresses. Interior webs also strengthen the frame and improve its thermal performance.
Benefits of Vinyl Windows
·         Exceptionally energy efficient
·         Extremely durable
·         Non-corroding
·         Virtually maintenance-free
·         Available in a wide range of styles and shapes
·         Cost effective
·         Easy to install

There are three things that we look for in a windows manufacturer: a commitment to innovation, reliable performance, and exceptional design. One of our vendors, MillGard has all three and has won awards for their vinyl windows. We are proud to represent an award winning company and provide the highest quality window products to our customers.
 Styles and Smiles
Once you see a series of styles many different variations of windows, it may cause you to smile with ideas of how certain ones can work for your needs.
Browse the Millgard web site for ideas.
Milgard Vinyl Windows      Milgard Frame Series



published by  V.A. and Sons Construction
a windows contractor in Salem Oregon
About V.A. and Sons Construction
> Established and doing business in the Salem area since 1996
> We are family owned and operated
> We have established three construction businesses,
including Comfort Homes LLC, well known in the area for new construction.
> We started out with remodeling, siding, windows, and painting, and over time we have become experienced in building homes from start to finish, so we can handle any project that you need.
> We will give a fair and best estimate for every project and will beat any other price if we have to. Don't sacrifice quality by getting the cheap bid! We have seen many homeowners regret that after the fact. We combine affordable pricing with excellent workmanship.
> We can save you up to 40% in materials costs, and pass through our savings to you.
Gene Makarenko
Owner, V.A. and Sons Construction
Licensed, Bonded, Insured
CCB# 113701