Our Blog

 

September 16, 2017

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!

August 23, 2017

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.

August 9, 2017

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.

July 18, 2017

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.  

June 17, 2017

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!

 

View All Blog Articles