Beautiful Window Installation in Uxbridge

There aren’t many companies that can do a fully custom gothic-style transom window that matches up so seamlessly with the existing brick facade of a house. But check out this stunning window installation in Uxbridge, Ontario:

 

 

It’s not possible to purchase a pre-fabricated peaked gothic arch like this from a big box retailer or home centre. This kind of upgrade needs a custom manufacture, and Lifestyle Home Products has over 25 years of experience in this kind of high-efficiency, highly customized work. If you’re looking to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home, call the experts today at 1-800-465-0593 to book a free inspection and consultation.

7 Window Cleaning Tips For That Special Sparkle

A sparkling window is the desire of everyone. Clean, bright shiny windows add a new look to every house. Like furniture, windows require their own cleaning methodology to keep them looking new and tidy. Here are 7 simple ideas to give your windows a marvelous shine.

1) Ensure that you dry your windows in one direction – leftwards or rightwards. Mixing the direction will leave unpleasant streaks on the glass and make it look untidy.

2) Before you wipe the window glass, remove all dust from the windows so that in applying a wet cloth, you do not leave mud on the window. Water and dust will form mud.

3) If you are cleaning window sills, rub the whole surface with a damp cloth sprayed with alcohol so that all the spots will clear off for a beautiful shine.

4) Windows are very sensitive to dirt. You should therefore apply only clean water in cleaning windows and in cases where you use damp cloth, use only clean cloths.

5) If the glass is greasy or smoky, apply some vinegar to the water before you clean the window. Vinegar removes grease without leaving streaks or stains.

6) When cleaning windows which are beyond the reach of your hand, use a step ladder if the height is medium or use a regular ladder if quite high. Always ensure that the safety clip is on and if possible, get someone to hold the base of the ladder for safety reasons.

7) Sprays are convenient to use than buckets of water. In cleaning windows of considerable heights, try to use sprays instead of buckets of water as they can spill and you will have to do everything again. The sheer weight and burden will get you tired easily.

Getting a window to shine is an easy task. All you need is the above window cleaning tips.

Sometimes, though, just having clean windows isn’t enough. If your windows are drafty and don’t keep the weather outside where it belongs, it may be time to call us. CLICK HERE to get a free copy of our Windows Information Kit, and see how Lifestyle Lifetime Replacement Windows can improve the look, comfort, and efficiency of your home.
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Energy-Efficient Windows: It’s About Home Comfort

Energy-efficient windows are one of the most important investments you can make in the long-term value of your home. If any of the windows in your home are leaking air and you are thinking about replacing them, a little bit of planning will cut your energy bill and guarantee you a more comfortable, draft-free home for years to come.

When buying new windows, it’s worthwhile to select the best high-performance models available. They’ll pay you back in increased comfort, better draft and moisture control, improved health and lower heating and cooling costs. The difference is because of the use of insulated spacers, low-E film on the glass and an inert gas, such as argon or krypton, to fill the space between the two panes of glass. Because the inert gas stops heat transfer between the two panes, the inside pane stays much warmer and comfortable to the touch. Energy-efficient windows will increase the resale value of your home by making it more comfortable, and they also help block outside noise.

Energy-efficient windows should be installed properly by a qualified contractor. That’s why Lifestyle Home Products trains and certifies our own team in the proper manufacture and installation of every custom window we build.

To find out just how efficient our Canadian climate windows are, talk to one of our product specialists today. Getting your windows up to the highest standard now, before the weather gets colder, can save you a lot of money on your energy costs over the winter while greatly enhancing the indoor comfort of your home year-round. Call 1-800-465-0593 for more information, and book your free consultation today!

 

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Drafty House? Six Home Energy Saving Tips

Want to put more money in your pocket? A drafty house may be standing in your way. You can save up to 10% or more on your energy bill by eliminating as many the air leaks in your home as possible. During the summer warm air leaks into your home and during the winter leaks out of your home, wasting a good portion of your energy dollars. One of the fastest and highest payback dollar-saving jobs you can do around the house is to caulk, seal, and weather-strip all seams, cracks, and openings to the outside air.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

1. Check your drafty house for air tightness.

On a windy day, hold a lit incense stick next to locations of potential air paths to the outside, like windows, doors, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, and ceiling fixtures. If the smoke blows horizontally, you have found an air leak that can use weatherstripping, sealing, or caulking.

2. Caulk and seal gaps

Sealing gaps where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrate through exterior walls, floors and ceilings can save you a bunch on heat loss.

3. Don’t forget the outlets

Electrical outlets and switches are literally holes in your wall. Install rubber gaskets in back of exterior wall outlets and switch plates.

4. Look for visible signs

Dirty, grimy spots on your insulation can indicate holes where air leaks into and out of your house. Look underneath the insulation batting for holes and gaps and seal them by stapling sheets of plastic over the holes, then caulk the edges of the plastic.

5. Check the fireplace

In winter, when the fireplace is not being used, keep the flue damper closed tightly. Chimneys are created to allow smoky air to escape, so unless the flue is closed, warm air escapes, and with it, your heating budget.

6. Storm windows

Installing storm windows over single-pane windows or replacing them with double-pane windows is a major savings not to be overlooked. Windows can make up 10% to 25% of your heating bill. Adding storm windows can cut the heat loss in half.

While all of these tips will help you save money, nothing solves a drafty house like the energy efficiency of new windows. For a free window inspection, along with our suggestions on cost-saving options to help you reduce those drafts, give us a call at 1-800-465-0593. We’ll be glad to stop by and let you know how your windows are doing, what you need to do to get them sealed up before winter, and how we can save you money over the long term with our high-efficiency custom window systems.