A window box is a wonderful way to add color and beauty to the exterior of a home. A window box planter can be made from many materials, but I prefer waterproof ones. Metal window boxes can be used, but be sure to use ones that will never rust or need maintenance. Because window boxes are heavy and can fall, the installation methods and fasteners used to connect them to a house are very critical.
Replacement windows are a common home remodeling project. Vinyl replacement windows are popular, because they are maintenance-free. How to install replacement windows is a common question, since people want to try to save money on the job.
Knowing how to spot quality construction is vital to buying vinyl windows that will last for years. Quality materials and construction can be spotted with these tips on vinyl replacement windows. Look also for labels designating AAMA certification on the window frame.
Buying new vinyl windows is an investment - affecting looks, comfort, value, and resale of your home. These tips will show you what to watch for in vinyl clad window quality, as well as in sales personnel!
Aluminum and vinyl windows were certified under ANSI-AAMA standards into the 90's, at which time, standards were changed. An additional quality factor was added, which narrowed certified manufacturers considerably. Standards of quality are now upheld by AAMA/NWWDA certification.
Wood windows need special handling or damage can result. Ventilate the storage area of your wood replacement windows and keep them covered to stay clean and dry. Avoid handling the windows without gloves to keep stains from botching the paint job later. These tips will detail some important wood window installation requirements.
If purchasing wood windows, sort through all the confusion with ease by buying only NWWDA certified windows. Look for the NWWDA labels certifying that your wood replacement windows meet those high standards...or keep shopping A list is included here for manufacturers who also provide an NWWDA certified water repellant wood preservative for their windows.