This is the blog of Heart House Windows and Siding of Colorado Springs. This blog is dedicated to providing tips and ideas to home owners about replacement windows, home improvement suggestions and tips, as well as care and tips for HardiePlank cement siding.
Buying new siding isn't something that most homeowners do very often. In fact, people who buy a new home with the right building materials are never in need of new siding. But aside from curb appeal, what other criteria is used to choose a siding material? Better Homes and Gardens asked this same question in a recent article on BHG.com, "Siding Options for Your Home." Will your choice be wood, vinyl, or another siding option? Read the summaries below and learn more.
As a homeowner with dozens of projects to tackle, it's hard to decide on just one; but there are some improvements that are more noticeable than others. Aside from keeping up with basic maintenance of your home - which should never be skipped - replacing existing windows with new vinyl windows can have a positive impact on energy efficiency. But perhaps even more importantly, new windows will increase your home's resale value and give it "curb appeal," both of which are prerequisites if you are thinking of selling soon.
If you live in one of Colorado's higher-elevation areas, it may be hard to think about spring home improvement projects just yet, but it won't be long before all the snow is melted and your home is in need of attention. One of the nice things about spring home improvements is how they coincide with tax refund season, so if you're planning an improvement it won't hit your wallet quite as hard.
1st - slide window up, do you see this?
- IF YOU SEE THE ABOVE
1) begin by inserting a flathead screwdriver into balance system
2) Rotate 45 degrees so that the 'horseshoe' is parallel to the floor (be careful, as once you have rotated the balance system it will release the tension and the coil will begin to pull the 'horseshoe' up towards the top of the window)
3) once you have rotated the 'horseshoe' slide the balance system up a few inches
4) then rotate it back 45 degrees so that it is perpendicular to the floor
5) Now, slide the window down so that it is even w/ the balance system
6) Tilt the window in 45 degrees so that it is parallel with the floor - this will allow the sash to re-engage with your balance system
7) Once you think the sash is engaged, tilt the window back up into the frame and slide the sash UP towards the top of the window
8) If you see the image below, then you have fixed the problem!
9) If you see the image below, then repeat steps 5-8 again
10) If problem persists, please feel free to call (719)599-9660 for assistance
- IF YOU DONT SEE THE BALANCE SYSTEM LOOSE IN THE SIDE
- If you are having issues locking your window and the instructions above do not help, please call (719)599-9660 for assistance.
Whether it's the middle of winter or the hottest month of summer, there is no doubt that energy is moving through the cracks and crevices of your home. It even moves through the walls, doors and windows. If you've never done a home energy efficiency "audit," now is a great time to consider it. Before you go out and get new windows and doors, it helps to know where you are currently leaking heat. It could be that the insulation near a window needs to be upgraded, or the weather-stripping near a door should be replaced. So how does one find the spots where their home is losing heat?
As we approach the coldest part of winter, many homeowners are preparing for the highest energy bills of the year. Unless you heat your home with a wood-burning stove, chances are that insulation may be on your mind. But regardless of how important a well-insulated home is to heating costs, it is equally as important in protecting the home from high cooling bills during the summer months. And as if that isn't enough, properly insulated homes are protected against rot, decay and mold.
Anxious homeowners in Colorado Springs have been patiently waiting the end of the housing crisis before selling their homes, but many have taken a different approach. Rather than "waiting it out" and making small home improvements, some would-be sellers have decided to remodel and stay. Remodeling can take the form of additions, enlarged kitchens, new bathrooms and more, and they give homeowners a reason to stay in their current home for a while longer.
In this season of political positioning, it seems like all we hear about it the need for American energy "independence;" otherwise known as being free from the need to import foreign oil and the political concessions that may require. But the discussion of energy independence isn't limited to the presidential debates; homeowners are also interested in freeing themselves from high energy bills, especially as winter approaches.
Every year, as soon as the kids head back to school and the pumpkins are on display at your local supermarket, homeowners’ thoughts turn to home improvements, especially if the holiday season means entertaining family and friends. Whether you host a big Thanksgiving dinner or entertain houseguests over winter break, your idea of “holiday stress” may include finding time to spruce up your home. With family budgets tight and weekend calendars filling up, now is a good time to start thinking about making budget-conscious home improvements.
It may be several months away, but people in the home remodeling industry are already abuzz about the projected remodeling trends for 2013. In fact, many contractors and remodelers are refreshing their marketing messages so they speak to the changing needs of American homeowners. What could have changed in just the past few years, you might ask? According to a poll by the National Association for the Remodeling Industry (NARI), most people are delaying major renovations due to economic worries. Instead, they are focusing on smaller “must do” projects and saving their pennies to pay for larger renovations with cash instead of credit.