Common types of windows include double-hung, single-hung, casement, awning, slider, and bay/bow windows.
Windows can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years, depending on the type and quality of the window and the climate in which it is installed.
Signs that your windows may need to be replaced include drafts, leaks, cracks, condensation, and difficulty opening or closing.
Energy-efficient window options include low-E glass, double-pane or triple-pane glass, and insulated frames.
Use a squeegee and a cleaning solution made of water and a small amount of dish soap or vinegar to clean windows without leaving streaks.
Common window materials include vinyl, wood, fiberglass, and aluminum.
The cost of window replacement can vary widely depending on factors such as the type of window, the size of the window, and the location of the installation. Generally, the cost can range from $500 to $2,500 per window.
Install window locks, use security film, and consider installing security bars or grilles to make your windows more secure.
Double-pane windows can provide better insulation, reduce noise pollution, and increase energy efficiency.
Prevent window fogging by increasing ventilation, reducing humidity, and using a dehumidifier.
Common types of doors include hinged, sliding, French, and pocket doors.
Signs that your door may need to be replaced include difficulty opening or closing, drafts, and visible damage or wear.
Common door materials include wood, steel, fiberglass, and aluminum.
The cost of door replacement can vary widely depending on factors such as the type of door, the size of the door, and the location of the installation. Generally, the cost can range from $1000 to $3,500 per door.
Install a deadbolt lock, use a security bar or chain, and consider installing a peephole or door viewer to make your door more secure.
Prevent a sticking door by ensuring that the door is properly aligned, sanding or planning the door, and lubricating the hinges.
Fiberglass doors are durable, low-maintenance, and energy-efficient.
Soundproof your door by adding weatherstripping, installing a solid-core door, and using sound-absorbing materials like acoustic panels.
Storm doors can provide extra insulation, increase security, and protect against the elements.
Paint or stain your front door, add decorative hardware like a doorknob or knocker, and consider adding sidelights or a transom window for extra flair.
Single-hung windows have a fixed top sash and a movable bottom sash, while double-hung windows have two movable sashes that can be raised or lowered.
Vinyl windows are affordable, low-maintenance, energy-efficient, and available in a variety of colors and styles.
Protect your windows during a storm by installing storm shutters or plywood, sealing gaps and cracks around the window, and reinforcing the window with impact-resistant film.
Sliding doors are space-saving, easy to operate, and provide a large opening for natural light and fresh air.
Increase the energy efficiency of your doors by using weatherstripping, adding a door sweep, and installing a door with an Energy Star rating. Additionally, consider installing double-pane or triple-pane glass for better insulation.