How Do Weather Seals Work?

Weather Seal

Most homes have drafts and air leaks somewhere—typically around the edges of windows and doors. While these tiny cracks may not seem like a big deal, they can cost you a lot over time as they make your HVAC systems work harder. Plus, they offer easy access to insects and foreign pollutants. Fortunately, you can insulate your home with an easy-to-use product: a weather seal.

Weather seals (also known as weather strips) help prevent unwanted air flow as well as the intrusion of insects, and pollutants. While they come in different varieties, they all work by filling in the open spaces. 

DIY Weather-Stripping

Before weather-stripping your home, first, make sure you really need it. There are a few different ways you can check your doors and windows for gaps; we recommend the flashlight method. When it is dark, have a partner shine a flashlight along the edges of your doors and windows. As they do so, check from the inside if you can see any light coming through a gap. You should consider adding a weather seal anywhere the light shines.

The exact method for weather stripping will depend on the type of product you use. Some popular options are V-seals, felt, foam tape, door sweeps, and rubber tubing. A little research to determine the best solution for your home can go far to keep your home comfortable and also save money in the long run.

How to Maximize Your Window Accessories

Window Accessories

Turn your plain windows into an aesthetic statement. To do that, you need to understand the different window accessories available to you. With the right combination of wood and vinyl, you can give your windows a bit of pizzazz that will attract the eye and boost the overall appearance of your home. The accessories available for our accent windows include; jamb extensions for walls thicker than 2 x 4 construction, window grilles for that extra added touch, and interior trim kits to give the interior the best finished look possible.

One of the easiest ways to create a new look or simply bring in more light is to add an accent window to an otherwise blank wall. An accent window will enhance your home even more by including window grids and interior trim.

This gives a bit of flair to your windows so that they don’t look like just a regular plane of glass. Depending on your wall thickness you may need to include a jamb extension. This can aid in the installation of the accent window, and give you the finished look you want for pennies on the dollar.

To make the most of the window accessories available to you, we recommend that you discuss your options with a trained professional. They will know how to take some of the abstract ideas you might have for your space and create something that will hit the mark without costing you an arm and a leg.

When everything is said and done, you will be impressed at just how big of a difference adding some accent windows can make to any room as well as to your curb appeal.

How Lumber Prices Affect the Lead Time for Garden Windows

Garden Windows

The pandemic has changed a lot of things around the country. Social distancing means that there are fewer workers in lumber mills, which means less lumber to go around. This has caused severe supply disruptions and heightened demand that you should be aware of when you are looking to add garden windows to your home.

Lumber shortages are tacking on months to the amount of time it would usually take to get these windows made. Lead times have gone from about 3 weeks to up to 16 weeks for many window manufacturers, but not for Fixhome. Our production time is currently 6 to 7 weeks plus delivery time which is well below the national average.

Not only that, but this demand has also increased prices for many of the larger window companies however, our pricing has stayed relatively stable. Fixhome continues to provide you with the best product for the price.

Working with a skilled sales professional is a great way to stay on top of this situation. In most cases, they will be able to help you better understand the most up-to-date prices and wait times for having these impressive windows installed in your home.

What to Consider before Getting Garden Windows

What to Consider before Getting Garden Windows

If you love to grow your own flowers or herbs, you might consider adding a greenhouse or garden window. Before you rush to call up a remodeling contractor, however, it is important to consider a few things to make sure that your new window will be set up for success. Here are three things to consider before you get your greenhouse window installed:

1. What Will You Grow?

Different plants have different requirements. Flowers and small houseplants, for example, will require more space and sunlight than certain herbs and spices. So, make sure you take some time to think about what you want to grow now as well as into the future so that you can make sure your garden window is designed to best support your plants.

2. Where Does the Sun Enter Your Home?

When most people think about greenhouse windows, they tend to think about them in the kitchen. But if your kitchen isn’t the sunniest room in the home, it may not be the best place to put your new window. Think about how much sun the plants and herbs you want to grow require, and then consider which rooms in your home best provide that light. Those are the rooms to think about when wanting to add a garden window.

3. Your Exterior Space

Because garden windows extend out from your home, they will take up a little bit of exterior space. The bigger the window, the more area it will take up. Take a moment to assess your available space to ensure that your window isn’t going to block other plants you want to keep, walkways, or other areas where you wouldn’t want an obstruction.

Use E-Lon Weather Strip to Prevent Energy Loss from Doors

Use E-Lon Weather Strip to Prevent Energy Loss from Doors

When your doors and windows are closed, that doesn’t always mean you are keeping all of the elements outside. Without the right weather stripping, hot and cool air can still easily penetrate your home and cause your utility bills to climb and your comfort to diminish. Not all weather stripping is created equal either, which means choosing an inferior type can reduce its effectiveness.

One type of seal that homeowners across the nation have learned to trust is the e-lon weather strip. The e-lon 650 and the e-lon 375 have both proven themselves as impressive upgrades for old hollow bulb, PVC leaf, and q-lon seals. How? Because they are able to provide maximum long-term performance with low compression force. This gives them excellent resistance against compression set so that the foam seals retain their original shape for many years to come.

These impressive seals are also designed to resist many of the common abrasive elements that can wear them down over time, including wood preservatives. That means they don’t just provide you with the water and air infiltration resistance you need, but will make sure that you can enjoy a long return on your investment by not needing to be replaced on a regular basis.