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Video: A Potential Concern for Window Replacement

Posted on October 10, 2018 by James Florence

NAPA — Host, Sarah Rutan: Before having a window or door replaced in your home, there’s one potential safety concern you’ll need to address. To learn more, we’re with Michael Unciano of American Window Systems, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Kyle Unciano.

Michael Unciano: If you are looking to get windows and doors replaced in your house, and your home predates 1978, you might want to be concerned of the lead paint. It can be very harmful to you and your family in your residence. Should there be lead paint found, then there will be extra steps in order to remediate that.

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Replacing Windows in Stucco Homes

Posted on September 27, 2018 by James Florence

NAPA — When it comes to replacing residential windows, there are two different methods in use: new construction and retrofit. With the new construction method, the windows and frames are completely removed and replaced, a process that requires disrupting sections of the home exterior. With the retrofit method, the window glass and other components are retrofitted into the existing frames, which allows the home exterior to remain undisturbed.

The main factor to consider when choosing a replacement option is the character of your home exterior. For homes with wood siding exteriors, new construction can be a good option, as the new window frames will hide any imperfections caused by removing sections of the siding. Read more

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Video: European Glass Technologies

Posted on July 25, 2018 by James Florence

NOVATO — Sarah Rutan: As the U.S. glass industry continues to focus on energy efficiency, more manufacturers are adopting sophisticated European technologies. Today we’re in Novato with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Johnny Pope of Old Town Glass to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Johnny Pope: With the recent change in California’s Title 24 requirements, as the industry has been driving towards more energy-efficient construction, and energy for energy-efficient buildings, there’s been a wide adoption of European window and door technologies in the U.S. market. One of the reasons for this is Europe has had more stringent energy-efficient codes than the U.S., historically. And so, with windows and doors we’re starting to see products, Read more

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Minimalist Innovations in Window and Glass Door Design

Posted on July 13, 2018 by James Florence

NOVATO — As the United States glass industry continues to focus on energy efficiency, we’ve seen a widespread adoption of European door and window technologies. Historically, Europe has had more stringent energy efficiency standards than the U.S., which is why much of their technology and designs are ahead of ours.

An interesting characteristic of many European door and window products is their minimalist design. One example of this is frameless glass door systems. With a subtle aluminum profile just on the edge, the doors on these systems consist almost entirely of glass. Yet, despite the near absence of auxiliary insulation, they’re still thermally efficient.

Another example is European aluminum-framed windows. Aluminum isn’t known for being a great insulator, Read more

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Video: Sliding Door Maintenance

Posted on April 03, 2018 by James Florence

CAMPBELL — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your sliding glass door has become difficult to open and close, it’s likely due to a lack of maintenance. Today we’re in Campbell with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Chris Young of J & M Windows & Glass to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Chris Young: Today we’re going to be talking about sliding doors and how to keep them working properly. This is a Marvin Ultimate sliding door here, but this really works for any patio door that slides. It’s going to have two screws on the bottom, and those are for adjustment. So, what you want to do is open your door slightly, Read more

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How to Maintain a Sliding Glass Door

Posted on March 16, 2018 by James Florence

CAMPBELL — When a sliding glass door becomes difficult to operate, it’s usually due to a lack of maintenance—specifically, cleaning and lubrication. People are often surprised to find their door issues can be resolved by merely applying lubricant to their doors’ tracks. That’s why, if you want to keep your sliding door working properly, you should clean and lubricate its track on a regular basis. A good product for this task is silicone spray, which is a dry lubricant that doesn’t attract dust and dirt like WD-40.

To clean your door track, open the door and wipe the exposed section of track with a paper towel saturated with silicone spray. Wipe the top of the track as well as the bottom, Read more

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Dealing with Failed Insulated Glass

Posted on March 02, 2018 by James Florence

SANTA ROSA — If you have a window in your home that seems to be perpetually fogged up, you might be confused about what’s causing this. In actuality, this is a common occurrence with dual-pane windows, and while it can’t be reversed, there is a way to remedy it.

Like any insulative device, dual-pane windows rely on airspace to create insulation. This airspace is held between the two glass panes, which are glued to a spacer bar and sealed around the perimeter. Over time, this seal can fail and allow outside air to seep in between the panes. This exterior air contains a degree of moisture, which creates condensation on the inside of the glass as it heats up during the day and cools off at night. Read more

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