Improving Your Home with the New Year

Winter Window Installation - Happy New Year

With the new year comes new hope and goals for a better year going forward. Many of us use this time to reflect on the things that we may have overlooked during the last few months of the year such as our health, opting for New Year goals of weight loss and increased activity. You may also be reflecting on your home’s state and wondering how you could improve your home during this time of renewal.

If your New Year resolution included home renovations and repairs, we suggest starting by looking at your home’s windows and doors– two areas often overlooked until there’s a large problem. Your home’s windows and doors play a major role in the security and comfort of your home and family, therefore they should not be overlooked.

Why Focus on Windows & Doors?

Heating and cooling account for more than half of your home’s energy consumption. That means that the majority of your monthly energy bills are a result of how you heat and cool your home. Old, damaged or inadequate windows and doors on your home leave you exposed and vulnerable to the outside elements, home intruders and unwanted pests.

If your windows are in poor condition, you’re throwing money out the window.

When windows get old or damaged, they allow warm air from your heater to escape while allowing cold air from the outside to enter. Because windows account for a sizable portion of your home’s exterior, a large amount of warm air may be lost. This, in addition to making your home cold and uncomfortable, causes your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit to work more than it should.

Winter Window Installations

Although window replacement may not be the first thing that occurs to you when thinking of winter home improvement projects, now is the ideal time to repair the energy loss caused by your old and damaged windows. Winter is an excellent season to install new windows, despite the fact that many homeowners think doing so is more of a warm-weather project. Drafty windows and doors can actually become more obvious during the wintertime. The right time of year to replace them is now.

Window Installation in The Off-Season

Winter window and door installation allows you to make the most of a window installation company’s more sluggish season, which may allow you to receive new windows at a lower cost. Winter is an excellent season to take advantage of the special discounts and promotions that some window manufacturers allow installation businesses to provide to their clients.

Because spring and summer are peak seasons for window installation, there are fewer advantages and incentives during those times.

Window Installation Schedule Flexibility

During the winter, while demand is down, window companies also have more scheduling flexibility. This often means that your new windows can be installed much sooner than during the busier installation times. The combination of available installation appointments and smaller workload make the winter time an ideal time to have your new windows and doors installed on your home.

Immediate Energy Benefits of New Windows

In the majority of homes, old windows are the main cause of air leakage. So, one of the biggest advantages of installing new windows is that it will suddenly be much easier to keep the proper temperature inside your home, in addition to enhancing your property’s curb appeal. This translates into increased comfort and a substantial improvement in energy efficiency.

If your windows are leaking air and increasing your utility costs, there’s no reason to put off window replacement until the spring. Your energy efficiency and comfort will immediately and noticeably improve with winter window replacement. You’re likely to see a sizable improvement on your very next electricity statement.

New window and door installations help to increase the insulation of your home. In the winter, this can help to reduce heat loss, easing the process for central heating to keep up with demand. In the summer this can help to reduce cooling loss, making it easier to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home, using less energy to do so.

Winter Window Installations Can Create a Better Seal

Summertime in our region of the country means hot, moist, muggy weather. Because of the high humidity, it can be difficult to get a good seal and have the caulk cure quickly enough while replacing windows in the height of the summer season. Additionally, the caulk could even crack if the temperature is 80 degrees or above during installation, in some cases.

Instead, you can have your windows and doors installed while experiencing more comfortable temperatures, which our region experiences in the winter (above freezing but below 80). We have the experience and tools needed to professionally install your new windows, in any season, all year long!

New Windows Increase A Home’s Value

The value of a house can also be increased by replacing outdated, inefficient windows and doors with new, modern ones. This is due to the fact that purchasers are frequently ready to pay extra for homes with efficient features like updated windows and doors and well-maintained structures. New windows and doors also increase a home’s curb appeal which plays a large role in what a potential buyer is willing to pay for a home.

The majority of home improvement projects take some time for the homeowners to see a return on their investment costs. When installing energy-efficient windows, the median return on investment is around 72%. With this in mind, property owners can individually assess whether spending money to replace windows before reselling their home is the wisest investment and if it will provide a high enough return on their initial investment.

Each homeowner must weigh the cost versus their return on investment depending on the kind of window they choose, how many windows need to be replaced, and the installation fees involved in installing their new windows and/or doors. You might decide it’s best and easiest to replace all of your windows and doors at once, because of the return on investment and the coordination of the installations.

Replacing windows in the winter has advantages!

Winter is the perfect season for homeowners to make certain home improvements– like installing new windows and doors– due to decreased expenses, increased comfort, decreased demand and a higher house value. Get peace of mind with East Coast Windows! Call us today at (954) 946-3697 to receive more information about our replacement doors, energy efficient impact windows, and professional installation services-or you can get a free quote by filling out our online form.

Preventing Theft This Holiday Season

Holiday Theft Prevention

The holiday season centers around excellent food, good spirits, and, of course, gifts. The rush and bustle, on the other hand, may distract us from the possible hazards that may surround us this time of year. Holiday thefts and break-ins often increase during this season because burglars are aware that many families vacation during the holidays, potentially leaving their houses unattended or packed with expensive gifts.

Consider the following measures to secure your possessions & home from holiday theft this season:

Keep the Lights On

Many individuals look forward to visiting relatives or taking a trip during the holidays, but criminals may be looking forward to your trip as well. Unoccupied homes can be tempting targets for burglars, but concealing indicators of vacancy can trick robbers into thinking you’re still at home. According to experts, leaving lights on, asking a neighbor to fetch your mail, and placing automated timers on holiday lights and decorations might give the appearance of being home. Before you depart, you should also do a home security check and consider making any necessary modifications to help prevent the occurrence of theft.

Keep Valuables Hidden

Shopping is often associated with the holidays, which is why theft increases during the holiday season. It can be tempting to leave luggage and packages in the back seat of your automobile as you move from store to store-and in plain sight of potential thieves. Keep your holiday purchases hidden or in the trunk, park in well-lit places, and lock your doors to help protect yourself and prevent holiday theft this season.

Never leave goods packaging on the curb for the trash collector to pick up. Leaving your new TV’s box outside for everyone to see sends a message to burglars, letting them know exactly what’s inside your home for stealing. When you receive your products and remove the contents, take a few moments to break down the shipping boxes into smaller pieces so they can be thrown in a more discreet manner.

Secure Your Windows & Doors

If you’ve been researching impact windows and doors, you’ve probably read about how they can protect your home from natural disasters like hurricanes. But did you know that impact windows and doors can also defend your home from intruders and theft?

Numerous studies on the behavior of burglars and intruders have been undertaken over the years in order to obtain more information on some of the largest deterrents for breaking into homes, as well as some of the most prevalent ways thieves found entrance into these homes. Gathering and learning from this information about previous thefts is critical for leading security firms as well as leading window and door providers to assist you in better safeguarding for your house and goods.

The most typical technique for burglars to gain entrance to your home, second only to coming in through an unlocked front door, is by smashing the glass of a first-floor window, reaching in, unlocking the window, pulling it open, and climbing inside. So, aside from making sure all of your doors are secure, the greatest thing you can do to avoid becoming a victim of a house burglary is to make sure your windows are secure.  Instead of shattering like regular glass does, hurricane impact windows and doors will splinter, but not break.

Protect Your Delivered Holiday Packages

There will likely be more online shopping this holiday season than any previous holiday season, which means lots of packages will be being delivered to homes between now and the holidays, opening the door to potential holiday theft. There are some ways that you can better protect your deliveries from holiday theft this year.

Signed-for services give an added layer of security to shipments. In addition, package receiving services can protect your gifts from theft by receiving house deliveries and storing them until you are ready to pick them up. These package receiving services also protect items from weather damage, which is especially crucial during the wet and cold winter months. In general, a PO Box has more convenient hours for you to pick up your property. However, before purchasing or using one, check with your shipping company or the company you are placing an order with, as some won’t deliver to a PO box and would instead require a physical address.

If you are unable to locate a package acceptance service that is convenient or close enough to you, your best choice may be to ask a friend to receive your holiday packages on your behalf. This can be the most convenient way to get packages if you know a person who works remotely from home or has a more flexible schedule to handle house deliveries. If all else fails, see whether the packages can be delivered to your job. If you spend the day at work, this might be a really simple alternative that saves you from having to make a special trip and protect you from theft. Of course, this is dependent on the employer, as not every company allows its employees to receive goods at the office due to space and safety considerations.

These burglary and holiday theft prevention tips will assist you in keeping your home and its belongings safe this holiday season and beyond. Remember, when it comes to social media, silence is golden! According to reports, four out of every five burglars utilized social media last year to determine when people were not at home to commit theft. So, keep this information a secret so you can enjoy opening your gifts and focusing on all the holiday enchantment this year.

With impact windows and doors from East Coast Windows, you can discourage holiday theft while also protecting your home and belongings. East Coast Windows & Doors (ECW) is a PGT® Custom Windows & Doors (PGT®) authorized dealer. PGT®, based in Florida, offers customizable items that reflect your individual style. PGT®, which was designed with a clear purpose in mind, protects your loved ones from flying debris during hurricanes as well as would-be holiday thieves. Give us a call at (954) 946-3697 or Click here to receive a free quote and learn more more about securing your house from holiday theft with impact windows and doors!

How Do Impact Windows Work?

Impact Windows Work

Living in Florida, hurricanes are an expected and accepted part of life. Having experienced the aftermath of a hurricane first hand, you probably already realize the importance of taking precautions against the storm’s damage. While boarding up your house each time there’s news of any impending storm may be an option, it’s not practical and takes up too much time and effort, especially when the storm predictions are off and the storm misses you completely.

What are Impact Windows?

Impact windows are windows that have been specifically designed to withstand high winds and debris. These impact-resistant windows combine heavy-duty frames with impact-resistant laminated glass and a special silicone glazing process that keeps the glass from breaking away from it’s frame. Impact-resistant glass is created by bonding two panes of glass together with a special inner layer of clear polyvinyl butyral.

The laminated glass is made by applying a shatter resistant film to the glass. This shatter resistant film seals the glass inside so that even if a window is struck by flying debris or is subject to extreme atmospheric changes, the glass will stay contained in one place.

Although flying debris or an attempted intruder may break the glass on initial impact, the inner layer keeps the overall window intact which prevents destructive wind, debris and intruders from entering your home. Replacing your traditional windows with impact-resistant windows will protect your home in a way that traditional windows simply cannot.

Impact windows are designed specifically to take impact and form a sort of “spider” pattern in the glass instead of shattering, preventing shards of glass from flying into your home. This makes sure that the inside of your home is safe from debris, glass and even would-be intruders.

What are the benefits of impact windows?

Aside from resisting high pressure winds and flying debris, there are additional benefits to installing impact-resistant windows onto your home.

Unbreakable: The shatterproof glass keeps intruders from being able to break into your home easily. It also keeps flying debris from compromising your home’s stability in a storm.

Sound-Proof: The heavy-duty design of impact windows helps them to insulate your home from outside noises. Even in high traffic areas and near airports, impact windows greatly reduce the sounds that can be heard within the home.  

Energy Saving: Combining the heavy-duty frame, tight seals and the insulated glass creates energy friendly windows that seal the outside temperatures out. This makes cooling your home more efficient and saves you money by lowering your energy consumption.

UV Protection: Florida is in the prime location for severe UV damage. Sun protection impact windows can block up to 99% of damaging UV radiation.

Insurance Discounts: Many insurance companies offer special discounts on insurance premiums due to the known merits of impact windows and their ability to protect the home during storms and home invasions.

Added Home Value: Installing impact windows on your home can not only add more appeal to your home’s appearance, it can also add financial value to your home for the reasons listed above.

Can Impact Windows Replace Hurricane Shutters?

Yes, impact windows protect your home from wind and flying debris so there is no need for hurricane shutters once your impact windows and doors are installed. The glass may crack on direct contact but the inner layer of the window keeps the overall window or door intact, preventing further damage and preventing intruders that may attempt to enter your residence.

Who Should Consider Installing Impact Windows?

Impact-resistant windows can benefit anyone, due to their added level of security and home insulation. People living in areas affected by high winds and hurricanes will find that installing impact windows and doors can offer them peace of mind, and protect their home and loved ones throughout a storm. Investing in impact windows and doors for your home is a smart move, wherever you are.

Installing impact windows and doors that are hurricane-safe and with a high DP rating protects your home, belongings and loved ones from the flying debris and heavy winds of the storm. Have peace of mind with East Coast Windows! Call us today at (954) 946-3697 to receive more information about our impact doors, windows, and services, or get a free quote by filling out our online form!

Your Guide to Wind Speed and Windows

Hurricane Impact Windows - Guide to Windspeed

We are all familiar with the routine hurricane preparations we must go through every year during storm season. However, dangerous winds have the potential to occur at any point, making it even more important to have the correct impact windows and doors installed on your property. But when exactly should we be worried about wind speeds? At what point do standard windows fail us, and at what wind speed are hurricane impact windows essential? Here is a guide that can help clear up some of these important questions.

What Risks Do High Speed Winds Pose to Windows?   

Most window breakage during a storm is a result of debris hitting the glass due to high wind speeds, though it is possible for windows to break from extreme winds and high pressures, which can also cause walls or roofs to collapse. Since blown-over trees and signs quickly become projectiles in hurricane-force winds, installing hurricane impact windows is ultimately your only option if you want to be safe in the midst of a serious storm.

When windows are broken due to any one of these events, sharp and dangerous glass shards are then propelled throughout your residence, having the potential to seriously injure those inside. If a projectile was the reason for the breakage, this object could also fly through your window and injure a person (or pet) that it comes across. In addition, the newly exposed window opening is then an easy access point for rain, high speed winds and other projectiles to get inside. If those things do not damage you or your family members, they could certainly damage your residence. All-in-all, this is a situation that is scary, unsafe, and is best to be avoided at all costs.

How Strong Does Wind Have To Be To Break Windows?   

High wind speeds are possible even when we are not in the midst of a hurricane, so even if you are not in a major storm, there is still an element of risk when it comes to your windows and doors.

Hurricane wind speeds start at 74 mph, but here’s the damage that winds can do before and up to that point, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory:

  • 19 mph: Small trees begin to sway
  • 25 mph: Umbrella use becomes difficult, whistling can be heard through wires and branches
  • 32 mph: Whole trees sway and walking into the wind becomes difficult
  • 39 mph: Branches can be broken from trees, cars can veer on the road
  • 47 mph: Light structural damage
  • 55 mph: Trees can be uprooted, considerable structural damage is possible
  • 64 mph and up: Widespread structural damage is possible

In the case of a hurricane, here is a breakdown of the different categories that the storm could be, and the wind speeds/estimated damage associated with each category:

Category 1: 74-95 mph

Winds at this speed will mostly cause damage to mobile homes and trees, but stronger homes may see minor damage to the roof or gutters. Trees with shallow roots may topple, and damage to power lines can cause power outages that last for days. A storm surge of 4-5 feet above normal can cause coastal road flooding.

Category 2: 96-110 mph

These winds are extremely dangerous, and homes may sustain roof, siding, window and door damage. Trees will sustain considerable damage and some will be uprooted, blocking roads. The storm surge is usually 6-8 feet above normal. Coastal and low-lying areas are evacuated.

Category 3: 111-129 mph

Mobile homes and poorly constructed buildings are destroyed. The storm surge is typically 9-12 feet higher than normal. Electricity and water may be unavailable for days to weeks after the storm passes. Major trees are snapped or uprooted, and homes may incur major damage.

Category 4: 130-156 mph

Catastrophic damage occurs; homes can suffer severe damage including the loss of the roof structure, windows, doors and/or some exterior walls. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months. The storm surge is generally 13-18 feet above normal levels. Land that is less than 10 feet above sea level may be flooded.

Category 5: 157 mph or higher

These storms destroy most homes, causing roof failure and wall collapse. The storm surge is usually more than 18 feet higher than normal. Fallen trees and power lines will isolate areas, with many shrubs, trees, and signs blown down. Lower levels of all structures sustain major damage and there are massive evacuations of residential areas. Power outages can last for weeks or months, and most of the area will be uninhabitable.

A 50 mph wind will apply 5 to 7 pounds of force per square foot, but this increases exponentially as winds get stronger. At 100 mph, that figure jumps from 20 to 28 pounds of pressure per square foot, and at 130 mph, 34 to 47 pounds per square foot of pressure are applied. To figure out how much wind your windows can be expected to withstand before they shatter, you will need to look for the design pressure rating (or DP) for your windows. This information can be found on window packaging, manufacturer product data sheets or by contacting the manufacturer directly.

A standard/basic residential window often has a design pressure of about 15 pounds per square feet. A window that can be expected to withstand up to 15 pounds of pressure translates into a window that can withstand wind speeds of about 77 mph. Since even a category 1 hurricane can easily bypass this wind speed, it is highly recommended that you install hurricane impact doors and windows with a much stronger DP rating in order to be the most prepared for whatever comes your way. Keep in mind, even if your glass is strong enough to withstand the literal wind speeds of the storm at hand, it takes extra protection to also fight against heavy pieces of debris that can often come your way.

Why Choose East Coast Hurricane Windows and Doors 

Whether flying debris hits your windows or doors during high speed winds is out of your control, but preparing ahead of time by making sure your windows and doors are strong is well within your control, and can make the difference between keeping your home and family safe or not. By installing impact windows and doors that are hurricane-safe and with a high DP rating, you are doing the very best for you, your property, and your loved ones.

Be on the safe side, with East Coast Windows! Call us today at (954) 946-3697 to get more information about our doors, windows, and services, or get a free quote by filling out our online form!

Qualities to Look for in Impact Windows and Doors in 2022

Qualities to Look for in Impact Windows and Doors in 2022

If you are looking to install or replace the windows in your home, we have a few helpful tips that will help you protect your home from intruders and natural hazards. Some people may focus solely on appearance. However, if you are looking for something to last longer, then you need to look beyond appearance. Using our 26 years of experience, we would like to share with you some qualities to look for when installing impact doors and windows.

1. Safety 

It’s one of the crucial qualities to look at before installing impact windows and doors. One of the primary reasons anyone installs windows and doors is to protect themselves, their family, and property not only from storms but also from robbery or any unwanted intrusion. A strong door and window should have the necessary security including the latest lock mechanism or tempered glass to resist breakage.

2. Quality Hardware 

Another thing to consider while choosing a new impact window or door is to look at the materials and hardware used to manufacture the door or window. A high-quality door should have top-notch steel or bronze or wood, door handles, glass panels, and handlers. Furthermore, well-built windows should also be made up of strong wood, aluminum, fiberglass, or vinyl. Don’t ever compromise on the quality of material when installing a new window or door. 

3. Hurricane Resistant

If you live in an area where hurricanes are common, it’s vital for you to install windows and doors that are hurricane resistant. Solid impact windows and doors should protect you and your family members from fast-moving hurricanes and flying debris. East Coast Windows specializes in installing hurricane-resistant windows and doors.

 4. Energy Efficient

When it comes to doors and windows, energy efficiency should be a major factor when making your decision. The higher the energy efficiency of your windows and doors, the less your energy bill will be. Not only will you save money in the long term, but you will also notice a more pleasant interior temperature right away. Steel and fiberglass doors and windows are commonly regarded to be the finest insulators.

5. Aesthetically Pleasing 

Although security and efficiency are important considerations, no one should purchase a door or window that lacks visual appeal. Your home is most certainly your most precious possession, and it would be silly to depreciate it by putting an unsightly front door. The front entrance of your house is the first impression you make on guests, and most of our clients take this very seriously. We advise choosing a door and windows that look as beautiful as it performs.

 6.  Easy to Install

It may be absurd to contemplate installation as a component of purchasing a new door or window, but it is critical to operation. It’s not just about the doors and windows you purchase; it should be about who you buy them from and who will replace/maintain them for you. East Coast Windows’ crew has years of knowledge and experience in windows and door replacement.

It’s crucial for homeowners to think twice before installing a new impact window or door. In order to find the best solution, you have to partner with the best. Our team at East Coast Windows is dedicated to providing exceptional impact windows and door replacement and installation solutions for homeowners and businesses. You can contact us via our online form or simply call us at 954-545-0997.

 5 Visual Clues that Your Windows Should be Replaced

 5 Visual Clues that Your Windows Should be Replaced

Windows and doors are a great protection to yourself, your family, your property, and your business. Windows protect you from strong wind, burglars, loud noises, and irritation. However, if your windows are not being replaced or cleaned after a certain period of installation, you might face some severe problems. As your windows get older, you tend to face issues like noise pollution, mold, and dirt. If you are experiencing these issues, it is time for you to replace your windows. We would like to share with you some amazing visual clues that will help you understand when you should replace windows. 

1. Damaged Frames 

If a wooden window frame is cracked, it should be inspected further. Water has likely seeped into the wood and destroyed the frame. A water-damaged frame undermines the structure and can extend to other structural components. It can also cause slumping. A broken frame indicates that it is time to replace the window. Likewise, an aluminum frame may deteriorate with time, posing a serious danger to the foundation and insulation of your home or building.

2. Excessive Noise 

No one likes to live in a noisy home or property. You do not want to hear excessive sounds coming from vehicles, people, and businesses. If you hear too many sounds coming from your windows, it is time for you to replace them at your earliest convenience. The worst part about noise is it not only affects your ear but also disrupts your sleep and has a negative impact on your mental health.

If you are looking for a replacement, we would recommend soundproof windows. East Coast Windows soundproof windows are sound resistant which will not only give you peace of mind but also quietness.

3. Dirt 

Dirt comes with drafts. If air is coming in around your windows, it is bringing filth and grime with it. Not only does this filth need to be tidied up, but it may also lead to poor indoor air quality. If you are experiencing extra dirt, dust, and other environmental contaminants in your house, it’s possible that your windows are to blame. East Coast Windows reduce dirt that enters via your existing ineffective windows.

4. Damaged Seals 

Other, more precise signals that it’s necessary to update a window exist. Of course, cracked glass necessitates either maintenance or a replacement. However, it also compromises the seal in a multi-pane window. A damaged seal lowers the efficiency of your window and could lead to higher energy costs for you.

The area between those panes is meant to be filled with argon gas, which acts as an insulator. When the seal breaches and the gas escapes, the window’s insulating capabilities are lost. As a result, there will be greater air cooling and heat loss.

 5. Ruptured Locks 

Broken locks are yet another reason to replace a window. You should feel completely safe in your house, which is difficult if you cannot lock your windows. Sometimes a lock may be fixed; other times, it is one of several indicators that a window has to be replaced.

Along with doors, windows are one of the most important aspects of your home. They protect you from rain, dust, strong wind, and debris. If you see the above indications in your windows, it is better for you to replace your windows. If you are in need of top-notch windows for your house, you should not look beyond East Coast Windows. You can get in touch with us via our online form or simply call us at 954-545-0997.

5 Things to Consider Before Buying Windows in 2022

5 Things to Consider Before Buying Windows in 2022

Buying new windows can be a daunting task. Not only will you have to worry about security but also if it fits your interior design and lighting. You would want an amazing-looking window that protects you, offers great functionality, and is budget-friendly. Instead of getting lost in a maze of details, here are a few things you need to consider before buying windows in 2022.

Let us get the ball rolling.

1. Budget

Of course, the budget comes first. It’s critical to decide how much money you’re prepared to invest early on in the process. The ultimate bill is determined by many factors; do not become too committed to a certain design or material unless you are certain that your wallet can support it. If you are performing a significant job, you will probably meet with a window contractor straight away, and one of the first questions they will ask is about your budget.

You do not want to be shocked when the final bill comes. Ensure you have an open conversation before starting your project.

2. Protection 

It’s easy to overlook that windows may represent a range of safety hazards. If you are expecting a baby or you already have children, you should choose windows that do not open easily and only open from the top. Consider the level of protection provided by lower-floor windows against break-ins, whether through their own locking systems or the installation of security bars. On top of that, you want your window to protect you and your family members from physical security threats like robbery.

If you live in an area where hurricanes are common you should insert hurricane-resistant windows that protect your home from strong wind and debris.

3.  The Ambiance of Your Residence

The design of your home, as well as the environment surrounding it, has a significant impact on how your windows appear and operate once installed. In areas that receive more direct sunlight, you may wish to invest in extra UV protection or choose a smaller window. It really does not sound right to pay for an expensive large window in regions that have less-than-ideal views or do not receive any light at all.

4. Installation and Replacement 

If you are planning to buy windows for your house, you would need to understand how easy the installation process is. When putting new windows in your house, this is one of the most significant considerations you will have to make. If you intend to replace your windows as part of your home improvement project, understanding what to look for when purchasing a replacement window can help you select one that meets your needs.

Additionally, you would want to purchase windows that you can easily replace and do not have to waste your time in a complicated replacement process.

5.  Preservation and Cleaning

Another important element to consider when choosing new windows is how much care you want to take on the windows once they are installed. The type of material you select might influence the amount of labor required to keep them clean and maintained. It will also aid in evaluating the prospective expenses to ensure that they remain both visually appealing and useful for years to come.

When getting new windows, you want high-quality windows that require little maintenance and are simple to clean. The good news is that there are many excellent solutions on the market that will satisfy these requirements.

Before purchasing a window for your home, make sure you are aware of its security strength, installation process, cleaning process, and more. If you keep a close eye on the above aspects before buying windows in 2022, you won’t regret it. If you’re looking to find new windows for your home, you shouldn’t look beyond Impact Windows. Just call us at 954-545-0997 or get in touch with us via our online form.

7 Fantastic Home Improvement Idea for Fall in 2021

Repainting a room is a great home improvement idea for fall.

Fall is the ideal season to start nearly any home improvement project since you are well-rested from your summer vacation, the weather is lovely, and now that the summer heatwaves have passed, you can finally get organized. More importantly, there are several home renovation tasks that should be completed during the fall season.

Check out our latest guide on home improvement ideas for fall.

1. Update Windows and Doors

Widows and doors protect your home from water, wind, and debris. Having a strong window and door protects your home from water, air, debris, and other natural hazards.

Fill any gaps along with your window and door frames with caulk. Replace outdated weather stripping as needed to provide a strong seal against the outdoors. Weatherstripping made of felt or foam should be changed every two years.

If your windows have issues that can’t be fixed with caulk and weather sealing, you should consider replacing them before the cooler season arrives.

If you’re looking to upgrade your windows or planning to add a new one, East Coast Windows is a great place to start.

2. Clean and Repair Your Downspouts 

Cleaning and repairing gutters isn’t the most elegant of home maintenance jobs, but it’s critical to do it in the fall to avoid drainage issues or avoidable roof damage.

Remove any leaves, twigs, or other debris that is obstructing proper drainage from your gutters. Then, clean your gutters with water, examine the joints, and tighten any loose brackets. Consider installing a gutter guard for a more lasting fix. They are simple to install and will prevent you from climbing a ladder.

3. Inspect Your Roof

A sturdy roof will keep your home comfortable and safe all year long. Stay ahead of potential roof problems by properly inspecting them or, better yet, hiring an expert to do it.

Check for leakage in your roof during the last year, and repair any tiles that are broken, missing or curling.

Regular roof inspections and maintenance will assist to extend its life. If your roof requires substantial repairs or replacement, get multiple bids from reliable professionals.

 4. Check the condition of your heating system and chimneys. 

We may not get very cold weather in Florida, but for those of you who do have a fireplace and plan to use it, now is the time to have it, along with your heating system serviced. Take this chance to examine any smoke and fire detectors to prevent your home from serious damage.  

If you intend to utilize your fireplace, you have to consult a specialist to examine the condition of your fireplace. You should also make certain that it is clean and in functioning order. Inadequately operating heating systems and blocked chimneys are two of the most prevalent fire dangers in US houses throughout the winter.

5. Get your deck and patio ready for perfect weather. 

While most people up north are storing their outdoor furniture in preparation for the worst weather, here in South Florida fall is the time to get that backyard or patio ready for some of the best weather of the year.

Pressure washing your patio will make it look as good as new and will remove any mold or mildew from the wet and muggy summer. Plant some new flowers that will last throughout the cooler season, including herbs and veggies.

6. Improve Your Home Security 

Don’t underestimate the benefit of knowing your house is secure. Home security systems are now more inexpensive than ever thanks to advancements in technology. Installing your own security cameras is straightforward and affordable if you’re proficient with basic household equipment. And remember, new impact windows and doors are a huge deterrent for burglars as they are nearly impossible to break.

7.  Paint Your Home

Fall is an excellent time to paint your home’s exterior in preparation for this winter and many more to come. Take advantage of the cooler weather and paint or touch up your home, patio, or outdoor furniture. This is also a great way to get ready for those extra guests coming to visit for the holidays.

Fall is a great time to improve and upgrade your home’s interior and exterior. Hope our tips and ideas help you figure out what you need to do during the fall season to improve your home.

If you’re looking to upgrade your windows and doors, contact us via our online form or call us at 954-545-0997