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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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Video: Repairing Failed Insulated Glass

Posted on March 02, 2018 by James Florence

SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you notice condensation on the inside of your window, it’s most likely a case of failed insulated glass. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Gregg Campbell of B & L Glass Company to learn how this can be fixed.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Gregg Campbell: Since the mid-80s, windows have come with insulated glass. Insulated glass helps protect us from the heat and the cold that’s outside the house — keeps it nice and cool or warm on the inside the the house. Insulated glass consists of a couple of panes of glass glued to a frame. What happens, Read more

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How to Choose the Right Window Frames

Posted on September 15, 2017 by James Florence

PETALUMA — In the past, homeowners who wanted to replace their windows were somewhat limited in their choices. Today, consumers can choose from a wide variety of window options and find a product that best fits their lifestyle, budget and personal preferences. Here’s some information about the most popular styles of window frames on the market today:

Vinyl Window Frames

Vinyl window frames were originally created to replace aluminum, which were the most common frames installed in houses throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Here are a few attributes of vinyl windows:

  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Virtually maintenance-free
  • Less likely to collect condensation
  • Almost all manufacturers offer lifetime warranties.
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Video: Three Window Frame Options

Posted on September 15, 2017 by James Florence

PETALUMA — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re shopping for windows, you’ll need to decide whether to have wood, vinyl, or fiberglass frames. So, we’re in Petaluma with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, John Gorman of Save Energy Company to find out.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, John Gorman: Today I want to talk to you about window frames. When you replace your windows, you have three different options of different window frames you can use; vinyl, wood, and fiberglass.

Vinyl windows came in to replace old aluminum windows that were put in houses in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. So, these new vinyl windows are much more energy efficient, Read more

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A Simple Step to Prevent Window Leaks

Posted on August 04, 2017 by Mari Patrick

DALY CITY — One maintenance step homeowners often forget about is keeping their window tracks clean. Most residential windows slide on a track; on the outside of this track are two small weep holes that allow rainwater to drain out. When a window’s track isn’t regularly cleaned, dirt and debris can accumulate and plug up these weep holes, which can cause the track to fill with water during heavy storms. In a worst-case scenario, the water will overflow and leak in between the sill and the sheet rock. When this occurs with an upper window of a two-story home, the water will often seep down to the window directly beneath and start leaking inside from the top. Read more

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