Considerations When Replacing Windows

Replacing the windows of your home can be a rather large undertaking but it doesn’t have to be. Several homeowners choose trusted professionals to help them along the way with this particular home improvement. This helps ensure that minor details with major impacts aren’t overlooked during the process. There are several considerations to be taken when looking into having your windows replaced, some of which we will cover here.

The initial stage of planning is when you should determine what your window needs are. This should include how many windows you want replaced, material type, window style, energy efficiency, aesthetic, window placement, and budget. Once you have determined the answer to all of these, you can begin shopping around for windows or window professionals. The latter is usually the better option for bigger jobs. If you need assistance with any of the planning stage, many contractors will help you.

Planning Your Replacement Window Job

  • Window Needs: Determining your window needs boils down to a few things. First is whether you’re replacing your windows due to physical damage, age, energy efficiency, aesthetic, or a combination of these. Physical damage is easy enough to spot in cracks, worn seals, inoperability, etc. Lackluster energy efficiency can be gauged by the age of the windows, a spike in your energy usage, and knowing what you currently have installed. Not every homeowner knows whether or not they have energy efficient windows so some research may be required. Knowing the age of your window is similarly difficult unless you are the one that had them installed or if the previous homeowner left you records.
  • Material Type: There are several window material types and knowing which one is best for your home may require some guidance. The three most popular material types are vinyl, fiberglass, and wood. Each of which comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. To learn more about the different window material types check out our article from April 2017 Popular Window Material Comparison.
  • Window Style: Just like with window material types, there are several window styles available. Some of the more popular windows styles are double-hung, single-hung, bay, and bow windows. Among these popular styles, there are many more that can provide your home with a sense of elegance, modernity, or simplicity. Find out more about our different windows styles on our replacement windows.
  • Energy Efficiency: Energy efficient windows are in high demand right now because they provide homeowners with a fantastic energy upgrade to their homes. There are numerous energy upgrades from which you can choose for your window with the most prominent being Krypton filled triple-pane insulated windows. This particular makeup tends to offer the most when it comes to energy efficiency and is well worth the slightly higher cost. Identifying the most energy efficient window is made easy with the NFRC label and/or Blue Energy Star® Label.

Other Replacement Window Considerations

The last few things to consider before making your window decision are the window aesthetics, how the placement of the window will affect the lighting, energy usage of your home, and how much you’re willing to spend. Determining what type of aesthetic you’re looking for can be as simple as trusting your personal tastes. Our replacement windows are offered in a variety of colors that can match any home interior or exterior. Window placement is another big thing as it can affect the composition of your home as a whole, natural lighting, and effective energy use. For instance, large window styles tend to not be the best choice for the east and west side of the house, especially in living rooms and dens since they will capture the low angle of the sun during spring and autumn. This will lead to a blinding effect in those rooms, which can be quite a nuisance. Finally, budget must be taken into account. You should know what amount you can comfortably spend and still get exactly what you’re looking for. Once you know what your budget is, you can start shopping around for the best prices on windows and/or window companies. For more news and tips about improving your home contact us or check back here next month and let Your Remodeling Guys help you make the best of your home!

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Replacing Your Bath & What You Need to Know

Bathroom remodels are big projects and can easily snowball out of control, especially if you’re not fully prepared. That’s why having a solid plan before starting is always a good idea. In fact, many homeowners often reach out to professionals before proceeding in order to ensure that remodeling is a smooth procedure that won’t hinder your daily routine. One of the ways we know how to update a bathroom is one of the simplest and that is with a replacement bathtub. However, before diving in head first into such a project, it’s best to consider a few things.

Bath Remodeling Tips

  • Do You Need a New Bath: A big pitfall to watch out for is investing in something you may not necessarily need. In a lot of situations, a bathtub can be renewed with a simple reglazing or relining, both of which are more affordable alternatives to a full replacement. However, if the goal is to reinvent your bathroom or if your bathtub is constantly leaking, then a replacement bath may be the better option.
  • What Material to Choose: There are a variety of options when it comes to replacement bathtub materials. Some of the more popular ones include: acrylic, cast iron, fiberglass, and wood. Our personal favorite is acrylic due to its affordability and ability to be customized to fit practically any space in your bathroom.
  • Coordination with the Bathroom: Style is something that should have priority when it comes to any type of remodeling project. This is especially true when it comes to remodeling your bathroom. You’ll want to make sure that your bath remodel fits with the cosmetic style you’re trying to achieve. That’s one of the great advantages of the acrylic baths we carry. They can be perfectly customized with our large selection of shapes, colors, and patterns that can complement your bathroom or give it a fresh, new look!
  • Accessibility Needs: Lastly, one must consider accessibility. Mobility issues can be quite perilous so investing in an accessible bathing apparatus may be just for you. Unfortunately, walk-in tubs can be somewhat expensive so if you’re operating on a tighter budget, then you should look into accessorizing your new replacement bath with safety grab bars or other accessibility add-ons.

Trust Your Bathroom to Our Professionals

Entrusting your bathroom remodel to the proper professionals is key to ensuring that your remodel goes seamlessly. That’s why it’s very important to research which companies are reputable enough to deserve your business before investing your resources. Another pitfall to avoid is trying to go about your remodel yourself. We advise against this simply because it is such a large job that can easily go awry and become overwhelming, especially for those without experience. To learn more about our bathroom remodeling services or to speak with one of our representatives, contact Your Remodeling Guys today!

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Single-Hung & Double-Hung Window Comparison

There are many options available with regards to replacement windows, including material types, style, energy-saving options, and much more. One of the most common things we get the most questions about is how double-hung and single-hung windows compare to one another. Both windows are highly popular among modern homeowners due to their shared competence in aesthetic and versatility, however, there are key differences between the two that could drastically affect your decision.

The Structural Difference

Both windows operate on a vertical slide, making them easy to open and close. However, the key structural difference between these two is that the double-hung window has two operable sashes. The sash of the window is the panel framed within the main frame to hold panes of glass. Both windows have a top and bottom sash but only the double-hung allows movement of both. This offers homeowners with greater potential for natural ventilation. Furthermore, our double-hung windows also feature tilt-in operability to make for easy cleaning. The drawback of having two movable sashes is that it requires more working parts within the frame, resulting in a heavier window overall. Despite the heavier weight, many homeowners still prefer the luxury of dual sash operability.

The Better Window Choice

  • Affordability: Single-hung windows are more affordable since they require less labor to install due to their lighter weight and abundance in prefabricated sizes. Additionally, they are constructed with less moving parts, which cuts down on production and retail cost.
  • Energy Efficiency: Single-hung windows tend to perform better with regards to energy efficiency because of its fixed sash. One less movable component means there’s one less area where energy loss can occur. Double-hung windows have made some strides in this area with technologies like Low-E glass and triple pane construction.
  • Security: Double-hung window, despite having more than one component that can open, is the stronger option when it comes to security. The stronger frame necessary to support its extra weight also adds strength to its overall structural integrity. Double-hung windows are also equipped with locks for each sash and vent latches for improved security and peace of mind.
  • Maintenance: Cleaning a double-hung window is made exceptionally easy with the tilt-in sashes. Additionally, their easy operability and solid construction with high-quality materials significantly reduce the chances of any internal mechanical issues.

Other Factors to Consider

Unfortunately, there is no clear answer as to which window is better. Each window possesses wonderful features that make either suitable for any homeowner. Ultimately, the choice is dependent on your own discretion. Considerations such as budget, home style, window placement, and personal tastes are all things that should factor into your decision. If you decide that you can absorb the extra expense of double-hung windows, then we believe that is the better option. However, if you’re working with a stricter budget, then single-hung windows also make a fine addition to any home. Regardless of which window you choose, you can count on Your Remodeling Guys to give you the best options for your Pennsylvania home. Contact us today and speak with one of our window experts!

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Popular Window Material Comparison

In the replacement windows industry, there are many window materials from which you can choose. These include more traditional materials like wood and contemporary materials such as vinyl and composites. One of our goals is to make sure that you are able to find the proper windows for your home and as such we believe it’s absolutely necessary that you know exactly what you’re getting and how it can affect your home.

Wood Windows

Wood is a traditional building material for nearly anything, including windows. It’s most appreciated quality is the rich beauty that it provides. The beauty comes from the natural aesthetic of the wood species used for the frame. Many window manufacturers offer wooden windows in a variety of species so homeowners can choose which wood looks best on their home. Furthermore, wood windows have an exceptional insulating factor and low thermal expansion rate. One of the largest disadvantages of wood is that it requires quite a bit more maintenance, including regular painting and staining. Wood is also susceptible to insect infestation and the cost can dissuade a lot of homeowners.

Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows are one of the most popular options for contemporary homeowners. The material uses a polyvinyl chloride resin mixed with other ingredients that provides the frame with its color, resistance to fading, etc. One of the most alluring qualities of this window material is its high affordability. Vinyl windows continue to be the most affordable window type currently on the market. Additionally, they require very little maintenance and never need to be painted or scraped. The downside is that vinyl tends to be less durable than other window types, can be brittle in certain climates, and the thermal expansion rate can leave something to be desired.

Composite Windows

Composite windows can use a variety of materials to compose the frame. These materials can include wood fibers, vinyl, metal, etc. The advantages of composite windows include their incredible strength, durability, low-maintenance, and even energy efficiency. However, they are also one of the more expensive window types in the industry, which may turn some homeowners away. Also, since composite windows are made uniquely per manufacturer, some research is suggested to ensure you get the proper type for your home.

Aluminum Windows

The style of aluminum windows has slowly started to fade with the appearance of materials like vinyl and composites. Despite its downfall in popularity, it still has advantages. The greatest advantage is its strength since it is made from metal. Furthermore, it requires less maintenance than wood options. The disadvantages that plague aluminum are its low energy performance, rust, and metallic appearance.

Window Experts in Pennsylvania

Choosing which material type you want for your replacement windows can be a somewhat difficult task. Fortunately, our window experts are more than qualified to help you determine which window material works best for your home. Learn more about our window options by contacting us today for your free consultation!

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Bath Replacement Beautifying Your Bathroom

Remodeling the bathroom for greater beauty and quality is something that every homeowner dreams of but they often believe it to be too expensive. At Your Remodeling Guys, we specialize in providing high-quality, beautiful bathroom installations at an affordable price. We are able to do this by focusing on the primary bathing apparatus, which is often the bathtub. The bathtub is the primary focal point of any bathroom, which means that if it’s visually impressive, then it can make up for a lackadaisical appearance in the rest of your bathroom. We have a couple of options with regards to remodeling your bathtub but the one we recommend the most is our high-quality replacement bath. The reason we recommend this option is because it provides your bathroom with a fresh start. You’re not simply covering up old stains and damages, you’re actually removing them and getting a brand new tub.

How a Replacement Bath Upgrades Your Bathroom

The beauty of your bathroom is largely dependent on the condition of your bathroom. You may be wondering how such a seemingly common item can upgrade the entirety of your bathing space. The answer is quite simple and is based on the concept that the most visual element in a room draws immediate attention and makes everything else look better. Granted, you can’t just let the rest of your bathroom fall to the wayside and expect a pristine bath to pick up the piece. However, if the rest of your bathroom is in moderate condition, a beautiful tub can pull together the entire room.

Our replacement bathtubs are available in a variety of colors and patterns that the rest of your bathroom can be decorated around. This doesn’t mean you have to remodel the rest of your bathroom, rather, you can use common interior design techniques to create a new look for you bathing space. Things like attractive wallpaper, tile work, or updated light fixtures designed to complement the masterful design of your new acrylic installation can go a long way as far as upgrading your bathroom.

Bathroom Remodels for Beauty & Enjoyment

The replacement bathtubs we carry at Your Remodeling Guys are designed to fit perfectly in your bathroom. In fact, they are custom-made per installation to ensure that they form an absolute fit in your existing bathing space. This dramatically reduces the time of installation and expense, which leaves you with more time and money to put towards decorating and designing around your new bath installation. Furthermore, each of our acrylics is made with a non-porous material that is resistant to mold and mildew to eliminate the need for any hard scrubbing and harsh cleaners. Let our expert remodelers help you create a better bathing space today, just contact us to schedule a free consultation.

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The Right Replacement Window Decision

Deciding to have the windows of your home replaced is one thing but choosing the right replacement windows is completely another thing. There are many decisions to make regarding your new replacement windows, some of which are easier to make than others. For example, most everyone wants their replacement windows to be energy efficient. Fortunately, most modern windows provide that quality, though to varying degrees. Other homeowners want to make sure they choose the proper window styles that can complement the architecture of their home. This task can be a bit trickier but quality replacement window contractors or designers can help you choose the perfect window styles. Another thing to consider is framing material and build. This is one of the more important decisions since the frame affects the style and energy efficiency of the window. At Your Remodeling Guys, we carry two options for window framing materials, composite and vinyl.

The Difference Composite Frames Make

Our composite window option is a part of our Ultimate Choice Package due to the outstanding energy-saving qualities it provides. In addition to being highly energy-efficient, composite windows are also highly durable and exceptionally strong. The composite option we carry is Fibrex® by Andersen. This window material was crafted to provide homeowners with replacement windows that have the beauty of wood and low-maintenance qualities of vinyl. The lower thermal expansion rate ensures a longer lifespan than that of vinyl and a higher rate of energy efficiency. Our vinyl frame option is great for homeowners on a tighter budget but the quality can’t compare to our Fibrex® composite windows.

Trusted Replacement Window Contractor

Whether you choose our composite windows or our vinyl windows, you can rest assured that we’ll provide a quality installation that will aid in the optimization of your home’s energy efficiency. Our window experts will also help you choose the perfect window style that accentuates the beauty and architecture of your home. Our window packages of Budget, Builders, Smart, and Ultimate provide you with a variety of choices that work for the budget with which you’re working. To learn more about the window frames we offer and how they fit into our replacement window packages, just contact us and schedule a free consultation today!

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Window Replacement & How It Benefits You

Window replacement is something that all homeowners consider at one point in time or another and for good reason. Windows affect several aspects of your home, including curb appeal, energy efficiency, and security. Since windows play such a vital role in the well-being of your Lancaster home, it is extremely important to trust only the most accomplished installers. At Your Remodeling Guys, we proudly employ experienced installers that are certain to perform flawless installations every time. More importantly, our replacement windows are some of the highest quality windows you’ll find in the area and can do wonders for your home’s energy efficiency. This makes them exceedingly popular, especially as winter begins hitting full force.

Beneficial Aspects of Window Replacement

As stated earlier, windows greatly impact your Lancaster home in many ways but none more apparent than with curb appeal. Replacement windows increase the visual prowess of homes by adding custom style, natural lighting, and a variety architectural framing options. This can be a stark improvement over the outdated or broken down windows that may be currently plaguing your home. Additionally, our windows are made to be highly durable and low-maintenance. This means that they will last for several years and maintain their beautiful look throughout their lifespan. The enduring strength and innovative design of our window’s frames and locking mechanisms also increase the security you’ll feel while relaxing in your home. Best of all, our windows are highly energy efficient, which means they’ll save you money all year long while increasing your home’s curb appeal. We have options for multi-pane glass, gas fills, Low-E coatings, and more.

Window Replacement Experts in Pennsylvania

At Your Remodeling Guys, our representatives are some of the most highly qualified individuals in the field of home remodeling. We employ these type of professionals to ensure that you are getting the highest quality service along with our exceptional products. It’s by combining stellar service with high-quality products that we’ve been able to maintain our position at the forefront of home remodeling in Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, and surrounding areas. We implore that you consider window replacements if you’ve noticed your home’s curb appeal or energy efficiency drop. You can learn more about the advantages our window selection offers by contacting us today for a free consultation.

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Styles of Elegance: Bay Window vs. Bow Window

Of all the window styles we have available at Your Remodeling Guys, the two most distinguished are definitely the bay and bow windows. These styles take a classical approach to design as they extend beyond the outside of your home with either an angular shape or rounded arch. This creates a discernible look that’s reminiscent of Victorian or Colonial stylings. Though both can work on any style of home, smaller homes typically do better with bay windows since their size is more proportionate to the home. When it comes to structural differences, each window has a unique makeup that distinctly separates the two from one another.

Bay Window Makeup

Bay windows are comprised of three different windows with the center being larger in size. The center pane is typically going to be of the fixed variety such as a picture window. Most homeowners use either casements windows or double-hung windows as the flanking windows. Once the style of the makeup windows is decided, they are adjacently affixed to one another with the flanking windows angularly attached to the wall. By attaching the flanking windows angularly, the distinctive protruding shape of the bay window is produced. Due to the larger center window, bays are able to produce beautiful unobstructed views of your outdoor area while also having a great deal of ventilation thanks to the operable flanking windows.

Bow Window Makeup

Bow windows are similar in makeup to bays but they are comprised of four to six windows of equal proportion instead of three windows of different proportions. Bow windows create a more symmetrical and arched design than bay windows mostly because of the equal size in compositional windows and a sharper angle from which the flanking windows are hung. The sharper angles at which these windows are hung help them provide a great deal more ventilation than the smaller bay window. However, their composition of equal-sized windows, typically double-hung, single-hung, or casement, diminishes their ability to provide unobstructed views.

Other Window Perks from Bay & Bow

Though each window has its own unique composition and appeal, they are each designed to provide homeowners with gorgeous views and great natural airflow. Additionally, they each provide increased interior space since the design of the window extends them beyond your home’s exterior wall. This extra space is great for shelving or window side seating. Best of all, when you choose Your Remodeling Guys as the source of your replacement windows, you can be certain that your new windows will be highly energy efficient. Embrace the idea of elegance for your home by contacting us for a free consultation about our bay and bow windows.

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Know Your Replacement Window Styles: The Sliding Window

Of the numerous replacement window styles we carry at Your Remodeling Guys, none provide greater views and accessibility than our sliding windows. These windows are very versatile and can be placed nearly anywhere in your Lancaster home. Since they operate on a horizontal track, you don’t have to worry about whether you can reach high enough to open them. This makes them ideal for placement over counters, furniture, or any other obstacles. Additionally, they require less maintenance than traditional window styles like casement or double-hung since they have less moving parts. There are several other benefits that accompany this unique window style.

Benefits & Features of Slider Windows

  • Aesthetic Beauty: Large, unobstructed views can be had through these beautiful windows. Equipped with large panes, they let a greater amount of natural light and beauty into your home.
  • Durability: Consisting of two to three panes that sit along a reinforced railing system. The moveable panes are set on rollers to allow for smooth operation.
  • Energy Efficiency: Once closed and latched our slider windows produce an airtight seal to keep your conditioned air in your home. This helps keep your overall energy usage down, which reduces your utility bills.
  • Ease-of-Operation: Smoothly gliding across a railing system, these windows are extremely easy to operate and since they don’t require a lot of dexterity, they require less effort than windows that open vertically.
  • Versatility: Due to their horizontal operation, they can be placed in areas that present a limited vertical range of motion. They also look great in larger spaces since they open up a great deal of visual space.

Customize Your Windows with Your Remodeling Guys

At Your Remodeling Guys, we present more than just a large selection of windows. We also offer four different packages that fundamentally change your new windows. Our Budget Choice is the lowest tier and is just the standard replacement windows installation. Our premium option is the Ultimate Choice, which features Fibrex frames for beauty and strength and Low-E4 glass panes for ultimate energy efficiency. Our other two choices are Builders and Smart, each presenting benefits like dual-panes, Low-E coatings, gas fills, and even self-cleaning glass. Regardless of which option you choose, you can be certain to have a beautiful installation from our expert installers. To learn more about our other windows styles, contact us today!

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Why a New Shingle Roof is Perfect for Your Home

With winter well on its way, the northern parts of the U.S. are bound to get hit with harsh weather. That’s why it’s absolutely imperative to invest in a new shingle roof now before it hits hard. The roof of your Pennsylvania home is designed to protect you and your family from the elements like rain, snow, sleet, and hail. So if you’ve noticed any type of damage to your roof, then reach out to Your Remodeling Guys as we are the local experts to make sure your home roof can endure the trials of winter. If you’re curious about what type of signs to watch out for, then you’re in luck because we’re here to talk about just that.

The largest culprits for damaging a roof are hail and excessively strong winds. Any time that these conditions pass through your neighborhood, it is highly important that you give your roof a brief inspection afterward. Some tell-tale signs of roof damage are below.

Signs that You Need to Replace Your Roof:

  • Curling and/or Buckling Shingles: A sure sign that your roof is past its prime, shingles in this condition need to be replaced as soon as possible and most likely the entire roof as well.
  • Damage Roof Valley: Missing or degrading shingles in this area of your roof most definitely means that you should replace your roof since this is the area in which water flow occurs the most.
  • Missing Shingles: This issue leads to roof leaks and is common to see after storms in which strong winds are present. 3-tab shingles are particularly susceptible to this and hail damage.
  • Shingle Granule Buildup in Gutters: If you notice a buildup of granules in your gutter, it is most likely because your shingles are nearing the end of their life.

On top of these problems being a product of severe weather, they can also occur simply due to the age of your roof. The typical lifespan of a roof is between 10-15 years so if your roof is in that range, then it becomes all the more urgent to invest in a new roof before winter rolls around. At Your Remodeling Guys, we carry several roofing packages, each geared toward a specific price range so you can have your choice of how well your roof performs. Obviously, we would recommend our “Ultimate Choice” as we believe it to be the most comprehensive with its 50-year warranty, but the decision is ultimately yours. To learn more about our other roofing options, contact us today.

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