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The Benefits of a Summer Window Installation

Are You Looking into Window Installation this Summer?

Do you often wonder when is the best time to replace your old, worn-out windows? Are you sick of the all-pervading frosty drafts infiltrating your home during winter? Or, are you a recent homeowner who wants to make sure your home is weathertight as possible for energy-efficiency?

Whether you undergo new construction, remodeling, or the replacement of windows in your home – summer is the best time for your window installation.

Longer Days

Often times, summer is the busiest time of year for window installation. To get ahead of the competition, you should schedule with plenty of time in advance so that you can have your windows constructed, remodeled, or replaced.

Although the installers’ availability is scarce, you can have your windows up and running in just a few days depending on your proposed scope of work, since summer tends to have longer duration of good weather and natural sunlight. Longer days mean less labor and installation costs, resulting to more efficient savings for you.

Less Climatic Elements

Winter puts a halt on labor productivity when the cold, chilly breeze hits your installers. This is especially true during snowfall and icy winter rains, which cannot be avoided.

During the dog days of summer, swatting bugs out and keeping the allergens from penetrating your home could be the drawback. Make your home bug-proof by fortifying the temporary open fenestration with boards, tape, plastic, and insect screens to shut the elements out.

Caulk Adhering

Depending on what type of caulk will be used for your window installation, sealant typically acclimatizes in warmer temperature. Caulking is one of the critical benchmarks of energy-efficient windows, and certainly, requires a rigorous expertise from your installers to detect air leaks and clear the gaps.

Sealant often expands when heated and contracts when cooled. Consider this at hand and seal your windows shut with latex-based sealant when the temperature is between 40-80°F, since faulty caulking could lead to adhesive or cohesive failure. Silicone-based sealant is more advisable for cooler climates, but should be initially warmed up before set in place.

Substrate Movement

Like sealants, your choice of framing material for your window installation responds accordingly to the temperature. Whether you use wood, steel or aluminum, substrate expands and contracts under hot and cold climates, respectively.

Be aware that installing in such extreme temperatures could lead to adverse effects; thus, find the middle ground for optimum equilibrium. Too hot of temperatures mitigate proper curing of caulk, while too cold results in cracking when the inevitable temperature drop happens.

Decreased Energy Bills

When you conduct your window installation during winter, your exposed home will surely receive more cold drafts – leading to your HVAC system exerting more energy and pumping more heat than necessary.

To avoid the skyrocketing of your energy bills, it’s wise to install during summer. Plan ahead of time with your installers to keep an ideal indoor temperature quality for your home. Isolate the area where the work is to be done, board up bare window openings, and move from space to space while maintaining your home’s comfortable temperature range.

Get the most out of these exceptional benefits by having your first-rated windows installed during the summer months. Browse our website or take a tour at Bright Window Specialists showroom located at 135 East 57th St 18-106, New York.

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Ways to Incorporate a Skylight Window in Your Home

The Placement of Skylight Windows in Your Home Can Make a Huge Difference

Scenic views, energy efficiency, sound reduction, wind resistance, natural light, and ventilation — there are limitless reasons on why your newly constructed or renovated home could benefit from a skylight.

Selection

Your needs should be carefully assessed when you select a skylight for your home. At Bright Window Specialists, in partnership with Solar Innovations, we deliver custom-fit skylight solutions of all shapes, sizes, and styles more than the three general types available — fixed, ventilating, and tubular.

Fixed

Fixed windows are your go-to if you only want an additional light from a fixated opening. They are relatively the most common, easiest to install, and usually remain shut and sealed with no water leakage if furnished perfectly. You can adorn your dimly-lit attic, hallways, or living room with a classic, curvy statement of dome or barrel vault skylights. For snow run-off, pyramid or double-pitched skylight windows with multiple angles works perfectly.

Ventilating

If you want daylight with increased airflow, choose ventilating skylight windows. Rather than fixed, you can open and control them manually or mechanically with motorized components. Embed them with automation options like temperature sensor, remote control, and actuator for your easier operability.

Ventilating skylights are ideal for your kitchen and bathroom to reduce condensation and mitigate moisture build-up from humidity. For an emergency exit with copious amounts of daylight, Solar Innovations 90° operable skylight fully expands 100%. You can also utilize Solar Innovations retractable skylights for their improved thermal performance.

Tubular

Tubular skylights, or sun tunnels, are circular-shaped solar collectors that bring daylight to your relatively compact, interior spaces. Use walkable skylights with non-slip material in high-traffic zones where you need visibility above or below like basements and patio decking.

Placement

One of the critical factors that you have to consider with skylight installation is its proper placement. You can minimize or maximize your daylight levels and passive solar heating by properly positioning your skylight windows. When flawlessly executed based on sun-path orientation, this leads to your decreased energy bills.

North-facing skylights receive fair and constant illumination levels with indirect sunlight, while south-facing skylights are ideal for winter solar heat gain with a drawback on unwanted solar heat gain during summer. You can get the most out of your morning light with east-facing skylights, and afternoon light oppositely with west-facing skylights.

Glazing

Your skylight windows can either be glazed with plastics or glass. Plastics like acrylics and polycarbonates usually become brittle and discolor over time, leaving you with high-maintenance costs. Although more expensive upfront, safety glass like tempered and laminated glass can provide you greater structural integrity and high-impact resistance due to the polyvinylbutyral (PVB) layer sandwiched in-between the low-E, insulated glass panes.

Installation

Good or faulty installation can make or break the optimum performance of your skylight windows. Other than the selection, placement, and glazing, consider also the slope, moisture control, and other issues that could arise out of the skylight installation.

Slope greatly affects how your skylight windows can optimize winter or minimize summer solar heat gain. Low-slope skylight means more heat during summer and less warmth during winter. To avoid this, the general rule of thumb is to add five to fifteen more degrees to your slope’s geographical latitude. Moisture leakage can be effectively mitigated if your skylight windows are mounted above the roof, installed with waterproofing layer over flashing, and the joints are sealed tight.

If you would like your skylight windows to operate at a maximum efficiency, choose Bright Window Specialists for high-quality installation. Browse our website or visit our showroom at 135 East 57th St 18-106, New York.

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