Windows

Video: Best Window Glass for Sound Suppression

Posted on November 28, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: When replacing your home’s windows, consider upgrading to a glass product that offers maximum sound suppression. Today we’re in Pleasanton with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Kevin Gundry of Custom Exteriors to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Kevin Gundry: Most homeowners, when they get new windows, they’re getting windows with double-paned glass. What they don’t know is that a lot of windows come with just single-strength glass. It’s just what you see right here, which is a sixteenth of an inch thick. They get two panels of glass and they think they are getting the best technology. Unfortunately that’s not altogether true, because what you want to make sure is not only are you getting double-paned glass, Read more

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Upgrading Your Window Glass

Posted on November 27, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — These days, double-pane glass is standard for new windows. That’s why, when a homeowner replaces their old, single-pane windows with new, double-pane ones, they assume they’re getting the best technology available. However, these homeowners don’t realize that all window glass is not alike.

A lot of today’s windows come with single-strength, 1/16-inch glass panes, which is the minimum thickness available. To get more value for your new windows, you should consider upgrading to thicker glass. A good option is to combine one double-strength glass pane and one triple-strength glass pane.

Why get thicker glass? The biggest advantage is the improved sound suppression. Upgrading your window glass from standard to triple-strength over double-strength will make your home interior much quieter. Read more

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Video: Consideration for Choosing a Window Contractor

Posted on November 27, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: When choosing a contractor to replace your home’s windows, there’s one aspect you don’t want to overlook. Today we’re in Pleasanton with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jeff Kendall of Custom Exteriors to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jeff Kendall: A helpful tip for homeowners looking to replace their windows, siding or stucco is to choose a company that takes care of the daunting permit ordeal that most cities and counties can put a homeowner through. There are Title 24 questions, there are floor plan questions, there are material questions, and it’s very, very important to choose a company that has the experience to get through all the requirements that are needed to obtain a building permit for your home improvement project. Read more

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Permits: An Important Consideration When Hiring a Contractor

Posted on November 27, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — Before hiring a contractor to replace your home’s windows, siding or stucco, make sure they’re willing and able to handle building permits. The permitting process for exterior renovations can be quite daunting—there are Title 24 questions, floor plan questions, material questions, etc. That’s why it’s crucial to choose a company with the experience to fulfill all requirements needed to obtain a permit for your project.

One reason it’s important to hire a company that’s experienced with permits is the complexity of modern building code. For example, at least one window in any residential bedroom must qualify as an “egress window,” which means an occupant can easily climb out in the event of an emergency. Read more

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Video: Understanding Your Window Options

Posted on November 21, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: When choosing new windows for your home, it’s important to learn about the different options available. Today we’re in Pleasanton with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Grayeagle Porter of Custom Exteriors to learn about three popular choices.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Grayeagle Porter: When buying windows, sometimes it’s very difficult to discern what type of window should I have. What would work best for me? What is my criteria? Well those are all good questions since the – the industry has a lot – lot to choose from. I think to break it down into categories would work best, and just talk a little about each one of them and what criteria they serve and what would be best for you. Read more

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3 Window Styles

Posted on November 21, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — When installing new windows, it can be difficult to decide which style will work best for your home. To make an informed decision, consider the following window styles and their attributes:

Vinyl

The quality of vinyl windows has improved considerably during the last 20 years. The main criteria for homeowners who choose vinyl are affordability, thermal efficiency and minimal maintenance. Additionally, vinyl windows are easy to install (via retrofit or new construction) and come with a lifetime warranty. The main drawback of vinyl windows is the limited design and color options.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass is the strongest window frame material on the market—eight times stronger than vinyl. Read more

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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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