All About The Window Blind

Window blinds are coverings for windows, normally
attached to the interior side. Window blinds refer
to some device to hide from sight or to help
reduce sunlight. There are several kinds of blinds,
which are covered below.

Venetian blinds
Venetian is a large category in blinds. The original
types were made with wide curved metal slats,
similar to a mini slat. The shapes can be curved,
flat, or even elliptical.

Faux or PVC
These types of mini blinds are made from a solid
or foamed poly vinyl chloride plastic. PVC is one
of the newer materials being used for blind slats.
The slat’s surface can be smooth or embossed with
a wood grain. Although color selection is limited
mostly to whites, there are a few wod tone colors
available as well.

PVC or faux are very durable, UV resistant,
waterproof, and simple to clean. The main drawback
with faux blinds is the weight of the slats. PVC
slats are heavier than both wood and composite
slats and when used with large windows, they can
make raising the window a difficult task.

Composite blinds
Composite type blinds are made from a combination
of wood products and polymers. Composite is a
newer material that’s being used for the window
covering. The slat surface with composite is a
smooth poly coating or even a solid composite
material.

Similiar to PVC, the color selection is normally
limited mostly to whites although there are a
few wood tone and stain colors available. The
composite blinds are priced in the low to mid
range. They have qualities similar to PVC and
faux, and are some of the best available.

Wood blinds
Both value and premium wood blinds are made
from real wood. The value wood blind slats are
made from assorted Oriental hardwood, and the
premium slats are made from American hardwood,
which is normally Basswood.

If you plan to match a cabinet or trim stain,
wood blinds will be your best choice. Wood blinds
are among the best, although they are also among
the most expensive. All wooden slats can warp
and may fade in color over time. They are also
the lightest material available and work really
good with large windows.

Since they were first introduced to the home,
window blinds have proven to add style and peace
of mind. They offer you a lot for your windows,
and they don’t cost a lot of money. You have
several different types to choose from, all you
have to do is select the best types for your
home and your needs.

How Much Will a Custom Stained Glass Window Cost?

When you go to a stained glass artisan, don’t expect to walk in and tell him/her you want a window put in your front door and then ask, “How much will it cost?” The stained glass artisan cannot give you a quote off the top of his/her head. There is a process to arriving at a price for a stained glass window.

When you know that you want a custom stained glass window, you should arrive at the stained glass studio with some facts and ideas before you ask a stained glass artisan for a price quote. The first thing you need to know is the exact measurement of the opening. The base price of a custom built stained glass piece begins with pricing based on square footage, and then per piece. Therefore, the more intricate the piece is, the more costly.

Each stained glass artisan has his/her own pricing scale. An example of just the basis of the quote would be: $125 per square foot plus $1.50 per piece in the pattern for a stained glass window constructed with lead came. A lower charge of $110 per square foot plus $1.50 per piece might be given for a stained glass window constructed with copper foil. But that’s just the beginning.

If you don’t know what design to settle on and you request full-size cartoons (patterns) to look at on your opening, the stained glass artisan might charge $50 or more per cartoon to cover his/her extra time – especially if you decide not to have the stained glass window made.

The type of glass used in a stained glass window has bearing on the cost. For instance, red glass is more expensive than some other colors because gold is a metal used in making red glass. The brand Kokomo glass is generally more expensive than Spectrum glass. Some of the “art” glass is more expensive than other glass.

Beveled glass and bevel clusters (especially if they have to be custom made) are often far more expensive than stained glass. For an individual stained glass artisan to custom make bevel clusters, it requires a lengthy process. This would increase the quoted price for your custom stained glass window.

If you decide to have gems, glass globs or faceted jewels or rondels added to the design, these will increase the price of your custom stained glass window. Some gems are more expensive than others, and these add to the intricacy of the work to be done.

Other considerations in the overall cost of your stained glass window are installation and how it will be framed and whether or not the artisan will be responsible for framing and installation. The stained glass artisan may refer you to a framer or a carpenter if the artisan does not do the installation. Other costs include things like whether or not a storm window is included or if the stained glass piece will be sandwiched and weather-sealed between two pieces of glass.

It will help the stained glass artisan to know what type of glass to choose if you know whether or not you need glass that will provide total privacy. Is there anything that you would like to bring into the stained glass design like nature or flowers? Do you want colors or just clear textures? Do you like Prairie style or Art Nouvea?

When you have a design and the glass chosen and the finished size, your stained glass artisan will be able to give you a price on your beautiful custom stained glass window.

How To Find And Install The Best Hurricane Windows

Hurricane windows were first developed in response to the disaster of Hurricane Andrew in South Florida in August of 1992. They are effective for protecting your home from high winds and flying debris. They can be installed during construction or added later as a home improvement project. The cost of these windows is comparable with other high quality windows.

Benefits of Hurricane Windows

Obviously, the biggest benefit is protecting your home form the wind and water during a powerful storm. Most damage done to homes during hurricanes occurs as a result of broken windows. Flying debris breaks the window and high pressure air enters the home. This high pressure air can either blow out the window on the opposite side of the home, or blow the roof right off your house.

Shutters are often used to protect windows. Other people board up the windows with plywood year after year. These are both expensive and labor intensive. Windows designed for hurricanes are always in place, ready to protect your home. These storms change course quickly and it will benefit you to be ready all the time. Some people can’t take shutters on or off the house, due to physical limitations. These windows eliminate the need for this extra work.

There are other benefits to these windows. They add a degree of security to your home. Because they are constructed to withstand enormous pressure, they are difficult to break into. The construction of the window and the method of attachment to the home make it hard for someone to enter your home. Many insurance companies offer a discount for this extra measure of security. Contact your agent to determine if a discount is available.

The film in the inner layer helps protect your home from ultraviolet rays. The UV rays of the sun can fade your carpets, curtains or furniture. In addition, the material helps reduce sound entering the home as well as sunlight.

Construction of Hurricane Windows

The windows are constructed of two layers of laminated glass. The glass has a strong, plastic film between the layers. In the event the window shatters, the film layer stays in place, protecting your home from wind damage and your carpet from the driving rain. The inner layer of the window varies according to the size and style of the window.

These products must go through rigorous testing to ensure their effectiveness. Impact test are conducted to simulate both small and large impacts that may occur during a storm. These tests simulate the flying debris that is typical in hurricanes.

These windows can generally withstand wind speeds of up to 130 miles per hour. They can withstand debris flying at these speeds as well. In addition to windows, the glass is available for sky lights and patio doors to protect the whole house.

Installation Procedures

Proper installation is essential for these windows. The best window in the world will not protect your home, if it isn’t installed correctly. The method of installation depends on the window and the materials used in the exterior of the home. In most cases, professional installation is required. Your warranty may be voided if an inexperienced person installs them incorrectly.

Home Buying Checklist – Windows

If you are in the market to purchase a home, it can be easy to fall in love at first sight. Do so at your own risk. While the overall appearance of a home is important, the quality is in the details. In this article, I provide a checklist of window issues you should consider when viewing a home.

Windows

If you are considering buying a home, you should have a checklist of things to review for the property. There is an old cliché that eyes are the window to a person’ soul. In the case of a home, they can be a clue to the quality of the home building if you check the following:

1. The first item to check is whether the windows open and close properly. Quality windows should slide easily and with little noise. Cheap windows tend to stick and make grinding noises. If any window will not open or close at all, careful attention needs to be paid to why. Is it the quality of the window or has the house started moving because of foundation problems? Make sure you know the cause.

2. The second item to check is soft or mushy sills at the base of the window. Often you can identify a soft sill by a “rotted” look, but make sure to run your hand across the sills with light pressure to see if there are any soft spots. If you find a problem, warning lights should be going off in your mind. A mushy sill means there is a water penetration problem. More importantly, it also means the problem has existed for some time. Long-term water problems can mean the existence of mold and mold can be an expensive problem to fix. If you are really interested in the home, demand an inspection paid for by the seller. If the seller refuses, walk away from the home.

3. Water stains are the final window item to check for during your viewing. Just because the sills are not soft, doesn’t mean there isn’t a leakage problem. Stains around a window frame are sure signs of water problems. If a room has been painted, try to find one that hasn’t. If the entire interior has been painted, ask the seller to state in the sales agreement there were no water stains before the house was repainted.

Windows are almost always an indicator of the quality of workmanship for a home. Giving them a good “once over” should tell you a lot about the house you are considering.

Successfully Installing Soundproof Windows

When you think of soundproofing, you may think of a home studio. More people are choosing to soundproof for other reasons. People living in the city may be kept awake by the noise coming from the street and traffic sounds. You may need to block out the noise from the amateur band playing in the garage next door. Ultimate home theater experience

How to Install Soundproof Windows

Single pane windows are the worst for keeping out sounds. If you have single pane windows, you will want to upgrade to double. You need to choose double pane windows carefully, or they may be worthless. To be effective, the assembly needs to be at least one inch thick. The glass should be at least an eighth of an inch thick and spaced far enough apart to keep out sound effectively.

A soundproof window is a second one installed behind the existing, like a storm window. These aren’t replacement windows, but are made to work with your existing ones. Another benefit is more protection against all weather, both hot and cold. They insulate and stop the drafts, resulting in energy saving benefits in both summer and winter. When the weather is cool enough, they open and close like any other window.

A professional is the best choice for installing your new windows. The installation process is fast, taking just a couple of hours for each window. Since wood can transmit sound, vinyl is often used for the frames. During installation, any rotted wood will be removed and replaced. A variety of custom colors are available to match the interior of your room. You will have two different looks, the existing window from the outside and the soundproof one wall side.

A layer of transparent plastic is used to laminate the windows and reduce sound waves from penetrating the glass. This plastic stops the vibrations against the glass. An added benefit of the lamination process is protection from ultraviolet light. In addition, they are shatter resistant, for safety and home security.

You will get about an 85% reduction in sound with this method. For more complete sound reduction, a second window can be installed behind the first, giving an added layer of protection.

Do it Yourself Soundproofing Windows

The easiest way to keep out unwanted sounds would be to fill the window space with acoustical foam and drywall the window closed. Unfortunately, this would also block out any sunlight from entering the room. This may work for a home studio, but would definitely not be suitable for the bedroom.

A removable wall plug is a good way to do the job yourself. The plug will block out light, but you can remove it when you want to let in the sun. If light keeps you awake, this may be a benefit. To be effective, the plug needs to fit snug inside the window.

A wooden frame should be made to fit the size of your window space. Soundproofing material such as mats, blankets or floor insulation can be cut to the size of the plug and attached to the frame. Use any material you would normally use on the floors or the wall. Sound proof mats and blankets can be cut to size with scissors. When the plug is finished, use sealing tape to help hold it firmly in place.