Thermal comfort in the home is essential nowadays. With more and more families navigating a new world of working from home and kids learning from home, thermal comfort has become a priority. But what is thermal comfort, and how can homeowners achieve this in their home?
What is Thermal Comfort?
Thermal comfort is a concept that refers to a person’s satisfaction with their surrounding temperature. It’s a subjective concept that can’t be measured by a thermometer reading but is instead measured by people communicating how comfortable they are. Essentially, you've reached thermal comfort if you're not too hot and not too cold in a specific space.
Why Do We Want Thermal Comfort?
How can Homeowners Achieve Thermal Comfort in Their Homes?
If you are remodeling your home and want to achieve thermal comfort, choosing the right replacement windows can make a huge difference in the comfort of your home. Window technology has evolved quite a bit over the last few years. There is an energy-efficient window choice for everyone, from injecting insulated glass systems with inert gasses, to adding extra glass panes. You have more options to ensure a comfortable home if you are building from the ground up. Insulation, heating, and window choices will all impact the thermal comfort in your home.
Want more information on thermal comfort and which windows would be the best fit for your home? Chat with our window experts today.
Are you on the fence about replacing your windows and doors because it's hard to find the right time to go through with a project like this? It's a tricky balance to make sure all of the stars align for season, budget, and the time you have available. This is a common frustration for many homeowners. The stress of it all can make replacing windows and doors frustrating and unpleasant. Don't worry – we're here to help!
To ease those frustrations, we’ve compiled a few tips to help guide you through it all.
Replacing Your Windows and Doors Based on Seasons
When it comes to replacing windows and doors in central Arizona, the seasons can play a significant role. Most people choose to schedule the installation process during the mild seasons. However, this means that the mild seasons are usually the busiest for window companies. If you decide to replace windows or doors during the temperate seasons, be sure to schedule early because spaces fill up quickly.
Choosing the winter or summer months for your home improvement project can certainly have its perks. Window companies tend to offer better discounts and can be more flexible with project timeframes.
Tip: Beware of monsoon season from June to September. While we can replace windows during this time, we recommend replacing any old, broken, or leaky windows beforehand for your safety and security.
Replacing Your Windows and Doors Based on Budget
Windows and doors are one of those purchases you will typically only have to make once or twice in your lifetime. If you know that you will need to replace your windows in the near future, we recommend doing your research early. Give yourself plenty of time to find out which type of window frames and features you like best. Once you've done this, get 2-3 quotes and base your budget on the research you've done. More often than not, people don’t have a large enough budget for the windows they end up falling in love with and have to settle for less. So don’t forget to give yourself plenty of time to research early, set a budget, and start saving!
Tip: On the off chance that you need to replace your windows right away due to damage or security issues, most window companies offer great financing options to make it simpler and more convenient to get the work done now and pay later.
Replacing Your Windows and Doors as Part of the Home Remodeling Process
One of the biggest mistakes people make undertaking the massive task of remodeling their home room by room is not knowing when to replace the windows and doors. Windows are a structural element, so replacing them early in the remodeling process will be one factor in ensuring the integrity of your home structure.
The new window style you choose will also impact the interior design choices you make. Consider what happens if you decide to replace your current double-hung windows with a bay window or a beautiful picture window. Your view and perspective of the room will change dramatically and will therefore have a strong influence on which cabinets, flooring, light, or even décor you want.
The first essential step to the window or door replacement process is to understand your options. We hope these tips help you choose the right time to replace your windows or doors. If you have questions or would like to window shop, discuss financing options, or talk installation scheduling timeframes – stop by our office or get in touch with us today. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to work with our team of professionals.
It can be a significant investment to replace windows in your home. The good news is that not only will new windows will add value to your home, but also the energy savings you get from this upgrade will put cash back in your wallet. New windows are a necessary improvement to protect your home from the extreme temperature changes we experience here in Northern Arizona. Here are three ways you can save energy and money with your replacement windows.
Window Placement Affects Your Home's Energy Efficiency
Before you head out for some window shopping, take note of the different directions your windows are facing. Are they north, south, east or west-facing? You can increase your home's energy efficiency by selecting specific Low-e (low-emissivity) glass coatings for each window placement in the different areas of your home. You can choose Low-e glass that:
Window Energy Star Rating Matters
Did you know that if you replace your single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR® certified windows and doors, you could shrink your energy bill by an average of 12 percent nationwide compared to non-certified products? Over an extended period of time, that's a big difference! When finding the best window choice for your home, don't forget to look for the energy-efficient window labels that indicate their efficiency benefits. Plus, you'll have the added comfort of knowing that windows with ENERGY STAR® and NFRC labels have been thoroughly tested and meet the energy performance standards for your state.
How Window Treatments Save You Money
Replacement windows will take you a long way in saving energy. Don't overlook the significant additional benefits of window treatments!
Whether you are shopping for window replacements or just looking for ways to increase your existing windows' energy efficiency, these window options can help increase your home's energy efficiency and save you money. Want more information on which windows would be the best fit for your home? Chat with our window experts today.
Winter has finally decided to show its face here in Northern Arizona, and with it comes the gusty wind and drafty windows. We put together a window and door winter preparation checklist for you to keep your windows and doors in prime condition and prevent damage from occurring. This will ensure your home is ready for whatever winter storms come our way this year.
Leak and Draft Inspection
First, start with a detailed inspection of the window area to check for leaks. Do you see any signs of rot, decay? These are clear indications of leaks. The next things you want to look for are small gaps or old damaged caulking. Schedule an appointment for immediate repair with your local window and door company if this check reveals anything worrying. Don't wait to make repairs! If moisture leaks in, it can cause extensive damage to not only the window or door but the walls surrounding it as well.
Take a minute to inspect your window and door frames both inside and out. For fiberglass and vinyl, check for warped areas. If your window frames are made of wood, be sure to inspect the frame and the sash for damage or warping. You want window frames that are up to par to withstand the extreme temperature changes Northern Arizona experiences during the winter months.
Weatherstripping often gets left to the wayside but is a big contender when it comes to drafty windows. Weatherstripping is used to keep your windows and doors seal uptight. Inspect the weather stripping and if it's torn or dry rotted, scrap the old away and install new stripping. You can find new stripping at any home improvement store for next-to-nothing. Make sure to follow this step and you can significantly reduce your energy consumption during the winter.
If you have a storm door, we recommend you use it as much as you can. It will act as an extra layer of protection from the elements and guard from any potential damage.
Repair or Replace
If you see any signs of rot, warping, or mold growth, get repairs done as soon as possible or consider replacing your windows or doors if they are old and inefficient. If you don't wait to make repairs, you'll save yourself money and stress in the long run.
Once you have these items checked off your list, you and your home are ready for a comfortable winter. If you're in need of new windows and doors, check-in here. Our team brings excellence, experience, and ethics to every project and will make sure your home is ready for whatever winter may bring.
Want a Pro to inspect your windows for you? We now offer Contactless Window & Door Consultations. This means we inspect your windows and doors entirely from the outside, to minimize contact and help keep you safe. Call 928-778-3056 to schedule yours today.
When updating your home, new windows may not be the first thing that comes to mind. It may surprise you to hear that upgrading your windows will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the curb appeal and value of your home. Whether you plan to sell your home, want to enjoy your forever-home more, or simply want to save money on energy costs, here are three major ways new windows increase your comfort and help you enjoy the time you spend at home more.
Transform the Look of Your Home With New Windows
Out with the old windows and in with the new. It's incredible how new windows can transform a home inside and out. Match your window style, shape, size, and hardware to your home's personality. Add a personal touch and customize a painted frame to make it stand out. Whether it's material, color, or grille pattern, every little change is sure to make a big impact!
Window Upgrades Complement The Character of Your Home
Although energy-efficiency is a definite bonus with new windows, they do so much more than that. New windows and doors can define your home's architectural style whether you want your home to fit seamlessly in with the neighborhood or stand out on the block. Upgrading your windows can restore your home to its historical roots, fix it with a more modern feel, or blend contemporary and traditional styles to help you achieve the wow factor you're after.
Add Curb Appeal on a Budget
Whether you plan to keep or sell your home, there are a few main areas that will get you the biggest bang for your buck. Windows are a natural focal point – inside and out. An upgrade in windows can vastly improve the look and add real value, like energy savings. In fact, replacing your windows can return up to 72% of the project cost upon resale. (1)
Keep in mind that quality craftsmanship and installation may cost you a bit more in the short term, but it'll save you money in the long run. How so, you ask? When your windows are installed to the manufacturers' specs by professionals, you are more likely to reap the benefits and enjoy your window's energy efficiency for its full lifespan. You can rest assured knowing the job was done right and you won't have to get repairs done sooner than you'd like. Make sure you work with a team of professionals who know what they're doing, and you'll get quality windows and quality service while still staying within your budget.
So there you have it – three major ways new windows help increase your home's value and curb appeal! Take your home from drab to fab and amaze your guests, neighbors, or potential buyers by ramping up your curb appeal to the next level. If you want to upgrade your windows or you have questions, contact us here.
(1) According to the 2020 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling Magazine.
When it's time to upgrade your windows, there are endless design options to choose from. It's an exciting process! While not every decision in the window-buying process will affect your home’s curb appeal, there are many things you can do to make your home the best-looking one on the block.
Switch Up The Color Scheme
Just like every other design trend out there, color trends change. Pick a contrasting color to make your windows stand out, or give the look of your home a seamless, minimal look by matching the colors that are already there.
Upgrade Your Exterior Window Trim
All windows have exterior trim which helps protect your home from the elements and gives a nice finished look to your home. Exterior window trim styles change just as they do on the interior. Styles can range from minimalist and subtle to extravagant and showy. Change up your window trim and color for a fresh new look and instant curb appeal!
Add (Or Get Rid Of) Window Grilles
Grilles add extra detail and a quaint, classical to your windows. You can change up the grid pattern, color, thickness, or get rid of your grilles entirely for a modern, clean look.
Change The Actual Style of Your Windows
While different window types do function differently, they also have much different looks. Sashes on sliding, single-hung and double-hung windows can add some color. Awning and casement windows provide a seamless view, or are divided only by grilles. Bay and bow windows draw the eye to them as a more dramatic focal point.
Add a Decorative Touch With Accessories
Draw attention to your home with design elements like window shutters that complement your home beautifully. Window boxes for flowers or plants are another great decorative option.
Achieving the curb appeal you’re after is all about getting creative and being attentive to detail. To learn more about the current window trends and financing options available, get in touch with our experts today!
When it comes time to update your windows and patio doors, you can find a wealth of information on the many different types and styles of windows on the market. But what’s not so easy to find is the type of windows and doors that work best in your local climate. Before you give yourself a headache diving into the world of windows, take a look at this guide on Northern Arizona’s most popular windows and patio doors. It'll cut down your research time and set you on the right path to finding the right windows or doors for you, minus the headaches and stress that usually come with that process.
Pella’s wood window and patio doors are a top performer in Northern Arizona. They offer low-maintenance and durable, aluminum-clad protection via their exclusive EnduraGuard® Wood Protection. Energy efficiency and sound control are second to none. The benefits only get better when paired with triple-pane glass: 71% more efficiency and 52% noise reduction. Pella’s wood products provide the most design options. You can select from an array of beautiful paints and stains and hardware so you never have to compromise with style.
Pella’s Patented Fiberglass windows and doors are another series that's widely used and loved by Northern Arizona residents. The robust and durable material of this series resists warping, dents, and rot. Perhaps best of all is the fact that maintenance and upkeep on these windows in minimal. Now who wouldn't love that? With the unique ability to withstand extreme weather and damaging UV rays due to low thermal expansion, your windows or patio doors will last longer than the typical vinyl frames. Impervia windows and patio doors are presented with a stylish, smooth, powder-coat finish. Entry doors are also available in several realistic wood-grain options or the same smooth, powder-coat finish for unmatched consistency.
Ever wonder what type of windows and doors your very pleased neighbors are using? Now you know! Head on over to our Window & Door Buying Guide to make selecting the right window or door for your home a breeze. You’ll learn more about the different screen options, hardware, and innovative security options Pella offers.
Are you considering replacement windows or doors, but unsure if you budgeted enough? Or maybe you want to reap the energy efficiency benefits of new windows and doors now rather than wait and lose money in the long run. We listed out 4 common situations which indicate that financing your new Pella® windows and doors with Triple E Construction is a good option for you.
Multiple Home Improvement Projects
Sometimes you can find yourself in a pinch, and it feels like all the home improvement projects need to be done simultaneously. The roof is leaking, the water heater went out, and your old, inefficient windows and doors are causing your energy bill to skyrocket. The stress and financial strain is causing your hair to fall out and new wrinkles to appear. Financing can give you a bit of breathing room in a situation where you have multiple home projects going on at once. Use financing so you don't have to hold off and end up costing yourself more money in the long run because of energy inefficiency or water leaks.
The Convenience of 2 in 1 – Remodel and Finance Through the Same Company
When it comes to financing a remodeling project, most people go the conventional way – through a bank. But the convenience of using your contractor’s financial program takes away the hassle of going back and forth between the bank and your contractor. We become your one-stop-shop for windows, doors, remodeling, and financing.
Financing Gives You the Freedom of Choice
Even when you save and plan for replacing your windows and doors, you can sometimes find yourself in a situation where you have to choose windows and doors that are within your budget instead of the ones you really want. The option of financing gives you the freedom to select the windows and doors you love, no matter the cost.
Save on Time
There are many practical reasons to finance your new windows and doors. One important aspect to take into consideration is time. With winter around the corner, its crunch time to get replacement windows. You don’t want to wait too long to replace malfunctioning windows and doors, because you could end up having to fix more issues down the road as a result. Financing allows you to enjoy the benefits of new windows and doors now. Not years down the road after you’ve stowed enough money away for the ones you want. Years that you could spend enjoying your new windows and doors if you choose to finance.
Replacing your windows and doors can have substantial long term returns on your quality of life, resale value, and lower energy costs. Ready to learn more about the different financing programs we have available for you? Call us at 928-778-3056 today.
When it comes time to add or replace a patio door in your home, trying to go through the entire process on your own is no small feat. You wouldn't think a simple patio door could cause so much trouble, but it can spring a headache on you before you even start. That's why we gathered all the information you need to know about the patio door replacement process from start to finish and compiled it neatly for you here.
Starting the Patio Door Replacement Process
Whether you are looking to boost your home’s value, make your home more energy-efficient or want to make your house feel like home – investing in a new or replacement patio door comes with many decisions. It helps to smoothly navigate these decisions if you know ahead of time what your main goal with this process is. Get that determined first, and you'll be ready to start.
Patio Door Terminology
While most of these terms are self-explanatory and may not seem important, knowing the specific terminology will help you and our experts find the perfect patio door for your home.
Selecting Your Replacement Windows
As you begin shopping for your new or replacement patio door, here are some questions to consider. They help keep the selection process simple and stress-free by narrowing down the right options for you right away.
The material type is also essential an important factor as it plays a significant role in the maintenance, durability and efficiency of the door. Pella offers patio doors in three kinds of material.
Wood: Wood windows tend to be low-maintenance and durable. Besides exceptional energy efficiency, Pella’s wood products provide the most design options to ensure your home looks exactly the way you intend.
Fiberglass: Pella’s Patented Fiberglass windows and doors resist warping, dents and rot. With the ability to withstand extreme weather and damaging UV rays, fiberglass is our most popular material preference in Northern Arizona. The maintenance and upkeep on fiberglass doors are minimal, while performance is reliable year-round.
Vinyl: Pella’s unique vinyl formula is tried and tested to withstand the effects of weathering. The unique Pella-specific design lends strength and durability that prevents sagging, warping, buckling, and bowing. Vinyl doors from Pella are energy-efficient, easy to care for, and low-maintenance.
Our Window & Door Shopping Made Simple has more information on each of these options and can help you find the right material type.
Patio Door Configuration
The layout of space inside and outside your home will affect which type of door you choose. Do you want a wide opening, or do you have limited wall space? To learn more about which configuration (sliding, French or bi-fold doors) fits your lifestyle best read this blog post here.
The installation method you choose to go with is vital in how long your patio door will last. You can read more in-depth about the different installation techniques the industry uses and why our installation process is different here.
Understanding Your Patio Door Warranty
If you would like to learn more about your patio door's warranty, please read here.
Now that you've got a good handle on the basics – it’s time to go shopping! We do in-home consultations, or you can stop by our showroom to browse Pella’s available options. Let’s find the perfect patio door replacement for your home.
So you’re thinking of replacing your old windows with new Pella windows, but you’re unsure where to start? Look no further. This is a helpful guide we put together so that finding the right replacement windows for your home doesn’t have to be such an overwhelming, confusing mess. Instead, you'll end up with the most beautiful windows that you LOVE, that fit the style of your home perfectly, and that fit within your budget. Best of all, you'll find the whole process to be a breeze.
Starting the Window Replacement Process
It is first helpful to do a little inspirational research to better understand what you like and don’t like. We put together some of our inspiration and design tips for window replacements here.
Learn to Speak Window Language
Before you begin window shopping, it is crucial to learn the language. Understanding the window industry definition and terms will help you when talking to professionals. Here are some standard terms you will need to know.
Selecting Your Replacement Windows
Pella offers replacement windows in three different material types.
Wood: Pella’s wood windows offer low-maintenance and durability. Besides exceptional energy efficiency, Pella’s wood products provide the most design options to ensure your home looks exactly the way you intended.
Fiberglass: Pella’s Patented Fiberglass windows and doors resist warping, dents and rot. With the ability to withstand extreme weather and damaging UV rays, it is our most popular material preference in Northern Arizona. The maintenance and upkeep are minimal, while performance is reliable year-round.
Vinyl: Pella’s unique vinyl formula is tried and tested to withstand the effects of weathering. The unique Pella-specific design lends strength and durability that prevents sagging, warping, buckling, and bowing. They are energy-efficient and easy to care for and low-maintenance.
Make your windows your own by customizing your hardware. There are many features and options to choose from: trim color, blinds, between-the-glass grilles, and smart home connectivity through Pella Insyctive Technology. Sounds a bit overwhelming, right? Don’t worry – our Window & Door Shopping Made Simple does all the work for you. Answer the questions on the form and our window experts will do the rest.
In the window and door world, most installs are done one of two ways.
Method 1 - Remove the glass and slip a new window inside the old window frame (that remains in the opening) and install sticky vinyl trim to span over the old structure to the new frame. With this method, the inefficient old frame is still in place, causing heat/cold loss and it also decreases the amount of glass to view through.
Method 2 - Remove the old window by pulling the frame towards the center of the opening to remove it without disturbing the surrounding exterior finishes. Then, slip the new finless framed window into the hole and squirt caulking around it to prevent moisture or wind from infiltrating the home. When the caulking fails, moisture will enter the wall and cause damage. Failure can happen with the smallest human error or slowly over time.
As you can see, these install methods are not without their risks; the reason for this being that “window replacement companies” are not allowed to touch/modify the surrounding structure.
Instead of replacing windows by using conventional, quick-install methods (like above) – we replace the entire window and integrate the new windows nail fin with the existing moisture barrier previously installed on the house when it was initially built. This ensures that you end up with a superior product that lasts the lifetime of the window.
Understanding Your Window Warranty
After the window installation process and clean-up is done, one of our team members will show you how to operate your new windows properly. This includes opening, closing, locking and showing you the proper way to clean your windows.
If a problem with your windows come up and they need servicing, we’re here to help. All Pella products come with the Pella Care Guarantee – warranty for the product purchased – as well as a 10-year installation and service warranty (see Pella website for more details). At Triple E, we work closely with Pella to solve the problem as quickly as possible.
As Northern Arizona’s local remodeling experts and Certified Pella Contractors, you can rely on us to give you our honest opinion and professional recommendations. Let us help revitalize your home — Call 928-778-3056 to schedule a free window consultation.