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How to Prepare Your Home’s Windows for Summer

It’s easy to think about the typical ways we prepare for the summer heat in Arizona such as making sure the sprinklers and drip systems are adjusted to water the landscaping more often. Weather-stripping anywhere daylight peeks through around a door. Clearing out the garage to make room for the cars, so they don’t sit in the beating sun. Cleaning the BBQ. Perhaps stocking up on refreshments before the summer’s first pool party.

But did you know there are a few things that should be done to prepare windows for summer, too?

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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?

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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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