Your Guide to Fixing Drafty Winter Windows

Your Guide to Fixing Drafty Winter Windows

Once again, winter is rapidly approaching, and the Midwest region is in store for cold weather and high winds. With these come uncomfortable indoor drafts. If you have drafty windows, the tips below will help you deal with the problem and stay more comfortable this winter. 

How to Handle Drafty Windows

Window Caulk

The first step to dealing with problematic drafts is to seal the windows from the outside. Apply window caulk around the outside perimeter of the window frame using a caulking gun. First, however, scrape the surface clean using a putty scraper and sandpaper.

This ensures a firm adhesion and an adequate seal. If you don’t have a caulking gun, another alternative is to apply a roll of rope caulk with your fingers and a wooden dowel. This is a less permanent solution, but it removes easily once winter is over.

Weatherstripping

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Once the frame is sealed, it’s time to deal with leaks coming from the sash or movable parts of the window. From indoors, apply weatherstripping (various types of adhesive-backed foam)—around the edges—particularly between the sash and the frame—to ensure a firm seal when the window is closed. This keeps cold air from seeping in through gaps. You can buy weatherstripping at any home improvement retailer and most department stores.

Shrink Film

Sometimes, the cold is seeping through the window glass itself. Modern double- and triple-glazed windows solve this issue, but it is still common with older, single-pane varieties.

You can address this problem with a roll of plastic shrink film. Cover the window with clear plastic, attaching it to the inside window frame using double-sided tape. You can then shrink it to fit the expanse using a hairdryer. 

If you need new windows to keep your home comfortable, contact JFK Window & Door in Cincinnati, OH. They have served customers throughout the Tri-State area since 1990. They specialize in casement windows and entry doors, and they carry a wide selection of durable Andersen windows. Visit their website or call (513) 851-1000 to make an appointment. 

3 Reasons to Schedule Window Replacements in the Fall

3 Reasons to Schedule Window Replacements in the Fall

Spring and summer are the ideal seasons for most home improvement projects, but some are better in the fall. For instance, the cool weather and low humidity make autumn the perfect time to replace your windows. Below are a few of the top reasons to schedule your window replacements before the Ohio winter hits.

3 Benefits of Replacing Windows in the Fall

1. Pleasant Weather

Window replacement projects essentially mean having huge gaps in your wall, at least until the new windows are installed. Replacing windows in the summer can make your house oppressively hot while working in the winter lets frigid air blast into your home. Fall, on the other hand, usually features cool, pleasant weather without the spring storms that can bring work to a halt and force water into your walls.

2. Better Energy Efficiency

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By some estimates, heat loss through inefficient windows accounts for 25-30% of home energy use. If your gas or electric bills have been prohibitively high, replacing your windows before winter starts can save hundreds of dollars. New, energy-efficient windows will also put a stop to the cold drafts that can make any home uncomfortable.

3. More Availability

Most home renovation companies are busiest in the spring or summer, but often have less to do in the fall. Even the best window replacement contractor in your area will likely be available later in the year. Not only can you hire your first choice of contractor in the fall, but you can also be confident that they won’t be distracted by other projects while working on your house.

If you’re planning a window replacement before winter, the experts at JFK Window & Door offer the best products on the market and the highest level of craftsmanship. They’ve been serving Cincinnati homeowners since 1990, building a reputation for delivering exceptional results and amazing quality on every job. Visit their website for an overview of their window replacement services, see news and reviews on their Twitterpage, or call (513) 851-1000 to request an estimate today.

5 Reasons to Upgrade to Casement Windows

5 Reasons to Upgrade to Casement Windows

Replacing the windows in your home can be an exciting task to undertake. Not only does it revamp the structure’s appearance, but it also creates a tight seal that increases indoor comfort. One of the more popular options is the casement window. The benefits that this product has to offer are hard to beat and could provide the upgrade that your home deserves.

5 Reasons to Choose Casement Windows for the Home

1. Versatile

It’s the standard appearance of casement windows that make them ideal for any style of home. Their clean-cut lines work well with modern structures while providing an attractive contrast to more traditional designs. You can even incorporate stylistic grilles to enhance the window’s appearance.

2. Sturdy

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You won’t have to worry about premature deterioration once these new products are in place. Manufacturers use only the finest materials in their construction and include enough insulation to provide a tight seal. This prevents moisture from accumulating within the frame and extends the life span of the product.

3. Energy Efficient

Casement windows are made up of two panes of glass with a small pocket of air in between. This acts as a barrier against outdoor temperatures and keeps the HVAC system from overworking itself, increasing the energy efficiency of the home.

4. Ventilation

The hinges on these windows make it easy for homeowners to increase the airflow within each room. Whether you open them all the way or only partially, the constant breeze will reduce humidity and keep the home smelling fresh.

5. Simple Maintenance

These windows require very little maintenance. All you’ll have to do is wipe down the hinges at least once a month with warm water. Once it’s dry, apply a small amount of lubricant to ensure a smooth operation. Wash both sides of the glass, and you’re ready for another season.

Find the windows that suit your home the best by reaching out to JFK Window & Door of Cincinnati, OH. These professionals have been supplying window replacements since 1990 and stock a wide assortment of products, including casement, bay, and double-hung windows. They are a certified installer of Anderson Windows & Doors® and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau®. Learn more about their company’s commitment to quality by visiting their website. Call (513) 851-1000 to request a free in-home estimate.

Building a Home? 3 Window and Door Trends to Consider

Building a Home? 3 Window and Door Trends to Consider

Your new home will be amazing, but building a home can be an overwhelming process. Despite the difficulty, a new, custom home is a great way to have the home you need and want. One part of the design process you may forget about is the selection of your doors and windows, especially since there are so many styles, sizes, colors, and designs to choose from.

This guide and professionals will help you select one or more trendy options for your new home’s doors and windows.

1. Grand Front Entrance

Your new home’s front door is important for a few different reasons. Not only is it necessary for entering and existing your home, but the front door also plays a big role in your home’s curb appeal and value. Because of this importance, you want to make sure to take the time to pick out the right door for your property.

A double door will help you create the grand front entrance you prefer. However, your home’s layout may not be designed to accommodate these larger doors. You and your builder should work together to determine if your home’s floor plan will accommodate the size necessary for double doors.

Even if your home’s layout will only accommodate a single door, you can choose a design that still helps create a grand front entrance. The key is to choose a door that complements your home’s exterior style.

For example, doors made from a combination of fiberglass and glass are suitable for modern style homes. If your home is more traditional, consider a large fiberglass door with intricate carvings for detail.

2. Unique Interior Doors

Traditional white doors that most builders use may serve their purpose, but they do tend to lack style and personality. Today, more and more designers and homeowners install unique doors throughout their home’s interior.

To get started, create a focal point in your kitchen and dining area with a unique pantry door. A glass door with pantry etched in the glass or a door with built-in chalkboard sign that allows you to make notes for upcoming grocery trips.

Barn doors are also popular options you may want for your new home. These sliding doors, which can be manufactured using wood, metal, or combinations of wood, metal, and glass, make great options for offices, dining rooms, or the doorways into your master bathroom.

Never assume a barn door system will work for your specific doorway. Make sure there is sufficient space for the doors to slide open and closed without interference.

3. Elaborate Patio Doors

Another trend that will remain functional, stylish, and valuable for many years to come is the addition of an elaborate patio door system. Instead of a basic door that leads off onto the deck or patio, designing a door system that combines your indoor and outdoor living areas will add enormous appeal and value to your home.

Fortunately, you have a few options when you’re ready to choose an elaborate door system for your indoor/outdoor living spaces.

A French door system works with most home styles, since they look like traditional doors.

French doors allow a lot of natural light in and can be opened up, providing you with easy access in and out of your indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Sliding glass doors can also help you achieve the indoor/outdoor environment you want.

Seamless sliding or folding glass doors provide an array of light inside the home, opening up your entire interior to the outdoors when you are ready to entertain or just enjoy nature.

With the right selections, you can choose doors and windows suited to your home’s style and your family’s needs. For more information on your new home’s doors and windows, contact JFK Window & Door Co. today.

4 Tips to Reduce Heat Gain and Loss Through Windows

4 Tips to Reduce Heat Gain and Loss Through Windows

Many homeowners love the look and benefits of big windows. They provide excellent natural light, but they can also be a huge energy drain. Inefficient, old, or damaged windows promote heat gain and heat loss, which causes you to use more energy to heat and cool your home. If you’re sick of climbing energy bills, check out these four tips to reduce heat gain and loss through windows.

1. Consider Double-Paned Windows

If your windows are old, it may be time to replace them, and double-paned windows are a great option to consider. Single-paned windows only have one sheet of glass. If the air outside is cold, the glass gets cold, which includes the glass on the inside of the window. This can cause drafts as the hot air comes in contact with the cold glass. 

Double-paned windows have two layers of glass instead of one. There is a small space between the glass, and it is often filled with insulating gasses. These features help reduce the transfer of heat directly through the glass. The exterior pane will still get cold during the winter, but the inside glass stays warm.

2. Get Low-E Window Coatings

If you get new windows, you can also ask about low emissivity (low-e) window coatings. If your windows are still in good condition, but you want to boost efficiency, buy low-e window clings to add to existing windows. Homeowners love low-E coatings because they block some light, which reduces heat gain. 

Luckily, the coatings only filter out UV light, which is invisible to the naked eye, but can still heat your home. In addition, UV light can damage and age materials, including sofas, floors, and counters. Therefore, not only can low-e window coatings help reduce heat gain inside the home, but they can also prevent fading and sun damage to items and materials inside the home.

3. Use Exterior Awnings

If you don’t need new windows or you simply want to boost efficiency further, add exterior awnings to the home. Awnings help block summer sunlight from directly hitting the glass, which reduces natural heat gain, and keeps the home cooler. Awnings are great on all windows, but they are ideal for south-facing and westfacing windows because they tend to get the most direct sunlight.

During the winter, however, you want natural heat gain. With the sun naturally heating your home, you use less energy. Luckily, as long as your awnings are installed by a professional, they should allow sunlight to enter during the winter (when the sun sits lower in the sky).

4. Install Blinds, Shades or Drapes

Many homeowners love bare windows, but it’s best to have some kind of covering to prevent too much heat from transferring. Blinds, shades, and drapes are great at preventing sunlight from spilling inside your home during the summer. In the winter, they act as a barrier between cold glass and warm air inside the home, which helps to prevent drafts.

Drapes are a better solution for energy efficiency, especially insulated drapes. The insulating material has a high R-Value, which further limits the transfer of heat. The downside, however, is that drapes are often bulkier than blinds and shades. They may also offer less flexibility than blinds, because they don’t have slates, which can be adjusted to reflect light differently.

Inefficient windows can drastically cost you more in energy bills. They promote heat gain during the summer and heat loss in the cold winter months. With these four options, however, you can improve the efficiency of your windows, which keeps your home naturally cooler or warmer as needed. For more information about energy-efficient options, contact us at JFK Window and Door today.

4 Ways Curved Windows Add Beauty to Your Home

4 Ways Curved Windows Add Beauty to Your Home

You have many ways for incorporating curves into your windows. For example, you can choose to have semi-circular transom windows installed above doors and other windows. You can replace a rectangular window with an arched one. You can even add a porthole or oval window.

Why should you add curves to your windows, though, besides that they look beautiful? Well, beauty is actually at the center of the rationale for taking on the time and expense. Below are a few good reasons for incorporating arches in your windows.

1. Curves Draw the Eye with their Shape

There’s nothing wrong with a standard rectangular window, especially when it’s allowing natural sunlight into your rooms. However, the corners of rectangles are the expected shape for windows, so they don’t draw the eye.

Architecturally speaking, curves are more difficult to build. Therefore, they’re the less-expected shape in buildings. When you incorporate arches into your home, then, the unusual shape catches the eye. Indeed, it can draw the eye to follow wherever you want to lead — such as to the beauty of vaulted ceilings or expansive windows. These effects are enhanced by the arches being in windows.

2. Arches Speak to a Classical Appeal

The use of arches dates back to the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Babylonians, and Persians. In those times, the function of arches was strictly structural — the redistribution of weight in a building. The ancient Romans started using arches in their public buildings, so you often connect arches to famous Roman buildings such as the Colosseum, Pantheon, and Arch of Septimius Severus.

When you add arches to your home, such as with arched windows, you remind visitors of those famous arches. They remember seeing that classic shape used through the millennia in grand examples of architecture. Therefore, the connection between your curved windows and those majestic buildings is instinctual.

3. Curved Windows Can Carry a Modern Aesthetic

Curves in your windows don’t speak only to history. In fact, round, oval, or arched windows can promote a modern aesthetic. Characteristics of modern style include wide use of glass, a minimalist approach, and playing with geometric shapes. Usage of the above shapes of windows can fit in with your modern design.

For example, imagine choosing a stack three round windows instead of one long rectangle to flank your front door.  You’d have to choose simple circles of glass, rather than those with grilles, to adhere to the minimalism. However, the surprising contrast of a stack of circles next to a standard rectangle would become a talking point in the architecture of your modern home.

4. Curved Windows Encourage Experimentation with Draperies

Some homeowners look at arched or otherwise curved windows as a challenge when it comes to window treatments. However, you can look at your curves as inspiration for experimenting with draperies. You can find ways to highlight the gorgeous curves of an arched, circular, or oval window.

For example, you can custom-order valances or café curtains that conform perfectly to the arched tops of your windows. You can add angles at the bottom with a straight line or choose scalloped edges to further emphasize the use of curves. Such a window treatment looks tailored and quite sophisticated.

When it comes to round and oval windows, many homeowners choose to install a curtain rod above the arch and hang straight drapes for light control and privacy. Concerning oval windows, especially ornate ones, you can use such drapes to create stage curtains for your beautiful window.

However, consider also emphasizing the shape of the window with your draperies. Besides tailored valances, custom-made blinds are another option. You can have blinds made to fit either a round or oval window. Indeed, such blinds might be a good way to control light and privacy while you set the stage with the curtain panels.

Invite even more beauty into your home by choosing curved styles for your windows. JFK Window & Door Co. has a large variety of window shapes to help you to that end.