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Why is my window leaking? (Hint: It may not be the window.)

Why Is My Window Leaking?

(Hint: It’s Not Always About the Window)

Most people assume water leaks only happen with old windows, or when there’s some sort of product defect or installation mistake, but that’s not always the case. It can be a maintenance issue, which is one of the most common reasons a window starts to leak, or caused by something above the window. This can create a drainage point at the window, but the window isn’t the cause of the leak.

According to the experts at DunRite Windows & Doors, the location of the leak often identifies what’s happening.

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Is improper installation shortening the lifespan of your windows?

Is Improper Installation Shortening the Lifespan of Your Windows? Here Are The Warning Signs.

While it’s true that quality and brand will heavily impact how many years you’ll get out of new replacement windows or a new exterior door, it’s not the only factor to consider. Installation makes a difference, too. If done improperly, it can dramatically shorten your new windows’ lifespan.

Installed correctly, a window (or door) is supported on all sides by the opening that surrounds it. This gives it structural integrity, according to DunRite Windows & Doors Owner Sal Sucato. It needs relatively equal pressure on all sides from an opening), and a strong foundation underneath that can bear its weight.

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Do Pella replacement windows have a lifetime warranty?

Quick Summary: Yes, most Pella replacement windows have a lifetime warranty; however, it’s not all-inclusive and only applies to the original purchaser, or for ten years from the date of purchase if the home is sold. Coverage varies by product and each individual component, finish or feature. Read on for the full details!

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Do glass front doors increase the chance of burglary?

Do Glass Front Doors Increase the Chance of Burglary?

Do glass front doors increase the chance of burglary because the amount of glass makes the home vulnerable? Is a door with expansive glass more attractive to thieves? 

It’s hard to beat the look of a front entry door that has a full panel of glass. With their sleek, eye-catching designs and upscale finishes, a glass front door can create a dramatic entrance for your guests, and impactful curb appeal for future buyers.

To address the question of burglary, we turned to crime statistics and compiled some of the often-misunderstood features of full-panel glass front doors. Exploring these details demystify common misperceptions.

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Does homeowner's insurance cover window replacement?

Does Home Insurance Cover Window Replacement?

Does home insurance cover window replacement? Let’s explore the topic.

During a severe monsoon storm – complete with howling wind and torrential rain – you hear a sound no homeowner wants to hear: glass shattering into a million pieces. When the rain and wind die down, you assess the damage and discover the citrus tree in your yard fell directly into your kitchen window, breaking the panes and damaging the window frame.

Or perhaps you’ve had the situation everyone dreads: a house fire.

You tell yourself that home insurance will cover the cost of the window damage. After all, that’s what homeowner’s insurance is for, right?

The short answer to “does home insurance cover window replacements?” is this: it’s complicated. If it’s related to weather, fire, an accident or vandalism, insurance will probably cover the cost of replacement windows for your home.

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Does caulking windows save energy?

Does caulking windows save energy?

Is it smart to caulk windows? Ensuring windows are properly sealed against drafts and leaks is important. Every window frame should have caulking on the inside and outside of the window frame where it touches the wall of the home.

(It’s actually sealant, not caulking – more on that below.)

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Why do I have condensation on my windows?

While window condensation between the panes of glass isn’t normal and can indicate a broken seal or other product issues, windows fogging up on the inside or outside of a home are pretty common.

It’s nothing to worry about.

It just means warm, moist air on the inside of a room touched a cold surface, such as warm living room air heated by the toasty blast of a heater reaching window glass chilled from a cold day outside. Moisture in the air deposits itself on any surface with a colder temperature.

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Can you paint vinyl windows?

Can you paint vinyl windows?

Can you paint vinyl windows? Nope.

Just kidding! Well, kind of… Vinyl windows typically should not be painted once they’re installed. In our experience, it rarely turns out well, but today we’re tapping a local painting professional for their opinion, too, along with a few of our window product manufacturers.

Let’s dive into a little more detail.

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Green tinted windows

What makes some windows look green after installation?

It’s not uncommon for some windows to have a green tint to the glass, with homeowners asking about the color after installation. Is it a defect? A film or coating? We approached several manufacturers to get their take on why it was more noticeable on some windows than others.

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Five Window Warranty Red Flags & Limitations to Be Aware of

Five Window Warranty Red Flags & Limitations to be Aware of

When you’re debating which brand of replacement window to purchase, or wondering if you should step up in budget, comparing the window warranty between different products can be a smart way to decide… especially if it’s your retirement home or a residence you intend to keep long-term.

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