Old Window Caulking

How to Locate & Seal a Window Draft

When it comes to keeping your windows in good repair, one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner is ensure that the system is properly installed & maintained. One of the most common issues that arises with older windows is drafts. As they can quickly reduce the energy efficiency of your home, it is important to promptly find and seal window drafts when they occur. If you’re wondering how you can discover window drafts and easily seal them this winter, take a look at our blog to get started!

How To Find A Draft

The first thing you’ll need to learn is how to find a window leak or draft. While major drafts are easy to notice, as they are oftentimes visible, for smaller window leaks, spotting the issue is often the major challenge, but there are a few tricks that can make the process easier!

One of the tried and true methods of locating a window draft is to take a candle and run it along the edges of a window. If there is any leak around the frame of your window, it will flicker in the wind. This means that you can pinpoint exactly where a window is leaking from, even if already know that a particular unit is leaking.

Sealing A Draft

Now, you’ve located your window leak, but you need to seal the unit in order to keep your home energy efficient! Depending on how severe the leak is, it can be handled in a couple of different ways. The first is simply using a bit of weather stripping. If the leak is minor and you can pinpoint it to one particular section of the window, you can easily fix the leak with a bit of weather stripping which can be bought at the hardware store.

For leaks that are a bit larger and more severe, you may need to re-caulk the window in order to make it airtight. This can be performed either at home by picking up caulking at the hardware store, or with the help of a trained technician!

Finally, for homeowners who don’t want to fully replace the unit but are trying to keep the window airtight throughout the winter, you can also have a film installed over your windows in order to keep the unit in good repair, helping to keep your home energy efficient no matter how many points of failure the window sill has.

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If you’re interested in replacing your home’s windows this winter, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your remodeling needs!

Large Picture Windows

Common Window Issues & How To Address Them

Your windows are one of the most important, and oftentimes overlooked, portions of your home’s exterior. They provide your home with so many benefits, including most importantly providing natural light & ventilation, but also protection from the elements, curb appeal & resale value, and even insulation! Considering how important your windows are to the health of your home, it is important to ensure that the systems are kept in good repair. If you’re interested in learning more about a few of the most common issues that damage your windows, and how you can remedy them, keep reading below for more information!

Drafts

When it comes to window issues, the first one that comes to most homeowner’s minds are drafts. Window drafts are commonplace, and they will occur in most homeowners over time, as the elements wear away at your window frames and deteriorate the material.

If you’re looking to address a drafty window frame, you have a couple of options to choose from. The first is to add weather stripping around the window frames. This is a low-cost, easy to add solution that will immediately reduce the energy loss from your windows.

However, the more permanent, and reliable, solution to drafty windows is to repair the frames. Since the source of the draft is almost certainly a leaky window frame, addressing the source of the issue will clear everything up! If you’re trying to make your home more energy-efficient this winter, simply repair your frames!

Condensation

Another common window issue that homeowners tend to face in older home’s is condensation between the glass panels. Modern windows are constructed with multiple panes of glass, and insulating gas in between the panes. However, the sealants tend to wear away over time, and many homeowners find that in their older windows, condensation pops up in between the frames.

If you see condensation in between your window panes, you will want to have a professional come to examine your windows. Condensation is an indication that the seal is failing and water is finding its way into the system. Rather than exposing your home to moisture damage, if you see condensation in your windows, reach out to a window technician immediately. If the damage is relatively minor, they will be able to repair the window and eliminate the condensation. If the damage to the seal is severe, there is no solution besides repairing the unit, but the cost of the replacement will be significantly lower than the cost of allowing water damage to occur to your home.

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Interested in replacing your home’s windows this fall? Our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your window replacement needs!

Gutters full of leaves

Fall Home Maintenance

With fall just around the corner in Massachusett’s, it’s almost time to begin preparing your home’s exterior for the months ahead. Fall home maintenance is important to ensure that your home is properly protected all winter long, which is why our team at Quality Interior Finishing put together this blog to help inform you about the home maintenance that should be performing for your home this fall!

Clean Your Gutters

When it comes to exterior home maintenance, there’s perhaps nothing more important than cleaning out your gutter system. Your gutters are one of the most aspects of your home’s exterior, helping to direct water away from your home, and ensuring that your foundation, roof, and siding are well-protected. However, your gutters often become clogged with debris, which can cause the system to overflow and potentially cause damage to your home. If you want to ensure that your gutter system is properly protecting your home, be sure to clean it out of debris during the fall!

Check For Drafts

Another incredibly important piece of home maintenance you should do during the fall, particularly in cool New England, is check your windows and doors for drafts. Your windows and doors play an incredibly important role in keeping your home energy efficient. They keep the elements out of your home, while ensuring that your heat and AC stay indoors. That means that when they begin to leak, it can seriously impact the energy efficiency of your home, particularly during the winter. If you find that your windows are doors have significant drafts, see if you can address the issue with a bit of weather-proof stripping first. If the leak is more substantial, you may want to think about replacing the units entirely!

Attic Ventilation

Another important piece of home maintenance that is often forgotten by homeowners is attic ventilation. If your home is particularly susceptible for ice dams, this is especially important to consider because it has a significant impact on whether or not they form.

Ice dams are created when the heat from your attic warms your roof and melts the snow, allowing it to run down and refreeze in your gutters when it is no longer being heated. Over time this causes liquid water to back up onto your roof and cause moisture damage. However, there is a way to mitigate the amount of snow that melts, and that is properly ventilating your attic. The reason ice dams form is because your attic is warner than the outside air, which melts the snow on your roof. However, if you properly ventilate your attic with a variety of ventilation options, you can keep it protected by ensuring that the snow won’t melt since it won’t be heated enough to do so.

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If you have any exterior remodeling needs to address before the snow begins to fall, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your exterior remodeling needs!

Spring Gutter Maintenance

Exterior Spring Maintenance

With spring in full swing in New England, it is important to ensure that your home’s exterior is in good repair! If you’re interested in learning about the home maintenance you should be doing this spring, take a look at our blog for a few tips & tricks you should know about!

Check Your Gutters

One of the first things you should examine in the spring is your home’s gutter system. They are likely to be full of debris that from the fall, including broken twigs and fallen leaves, which, in combination with the snowmelt that has run into your gutters all winter, has likely left your gutter system full of grime that could potentially clog the system. You will want to check your home’s gutters to ensure that the system is draining properly to keep your home protected during those spring showers!

Examine Your Shingles

While you’re looking at your roofing system, it is also a good idea to check your roofing system to ensure that everything is still in good repair! Roofing damage can often be understated, as it is hard to figure out where a shingle may be leaking unless it has completely broken off from the roof. Shingle damage can present itself in a variety of ways, including being as obvious as broken shingles that have come flying off of your roof, but it could also be as understated as small cracks or loose granules. That’s why it is best to have a roofing professional come to examine the roof in the spring if you suspect it may be leaking or have accrued other damage during the winter.

Take A Look At Your Windows

Another area you should examine is your windows. If there was water or snow resting on your window sills all winter, they may have absorbed a bit of water and accumulated some moisture damage, which can affect the window’s ability to stay sealed. If your window is leaking air, it can end up being expensive, particularly during the dog days of the summer when many homeowners have their A/C units running. Check around the windows to ensure that they are both structurally sound, and that they are not leaking air and reducing the energy efficiency of your home!

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If you’re interested in learning more about our team’s interior & exterior remodeling services, reach out today for more information! Our team can be reached over the phone by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your remodeling needs!

Different Window Styles

Different Styles of Windows

As you start new construction or consider remodeling your home, one major choice you’ll need to make is what types of windows you’ll want. There are many different styles of windows – and quite a few factors that will help determine which type is right for you and your home. Keep reading to learn more about different types of windows and their most common uses.

Double-Hung Windows

A double-hung window has two components that slide vertically up and down in the frame. This allows them to open wide from the top or the bottom, but they stay in the frame so they don’t protrude out onto the exterior or into the interior of the house. Double-hung windows are one of the most common types of windows used in homes.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are hinged windows that open with a crank. They can be hinged on either the left or the right and open outward. A lot of people use them in their kitchens. 

Awning Windows

Awning windows are hinged at the top and opened outward.  They can be installed above, below, or beside a stationary window to help increase air flow. 

Picture Windows

A picture window is a very large stationary window that allows for the maximum amount of light and views of the outdoors. These windows are great for any room in your home where you would have an incredible view. 

Transom Windows

Transom windows are the small windows you see mounted above doors or windows to allow for more light. They are usually stationary, but they can be operating to let more light in. 

Slider Windows

Slider windows glide along a track – giving them their name. They generally have one operating window that slides over or past the other windows in the arrangement. Slider windows are typically used in modern or contemporary-style houses. 

Stationary Windows

Similar to picture windows, stationary windows are smaller versions that do not open. These windows are highly customizable in various shapes and angles. These windows are often used in modern or contemporary-style homes alongside operating windows.

Bay Windows

When we’re discussing window shapes, bay windows are among the most iconic. A bay window offers more interior space and offers an architectural element to the home. Bay windows are created as a combination of windows with a stationary window in the middle, with either double-hung windows or casement windows on each side. 

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Hopefully this helped provide some insight into the various types of windows you could choose for your home as well as where you might use them in your home. If you have any questions about these options or want to get a quote, contact our team at Quality Interior Finishing today! We can be reached over the phone by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your window replacement needs!

Wood Plastic Vinyl Window

Vinyl vs Wood Windows

While windows have always historically been constructed of wood, windows built with vinyl have become increasingly popular as the technology has become more available. If you’re interested in learning more about the differences between wood & vinyl windows, keep reading our blog for more information!

Aesthetics

One of the major points of competition between wood & vinyl windows is their aesthetics. When it comes to the aesthetic benefits, most homeowners will tell you that they prefer the look of traditional wooden windows. While vinyl windows don’t look bad, they are generally a solid color, with no wood grain or other eye-catching features. Wooden windows, on the other hand, provide your home with the beauty of natural wood on the interior, while still offering you the option to coat the exterior of your window in more weather-resistant vinyl. If you’re looking for a window that will boost your home’s resale value, wooden windows are the way to go.

Insulation

Another important factor in deciding which material is better is the insulation value of each material. While vinyl windows offer insulation from the elements, they are often hollow which significantly reduces their energy efficiency. With solid wood windows, it is very difficult for the heat or cold to be transmitted through the material. You can see this effect for yourself by putting your hand by your window frames on a cold day. You’ll notice that the frame of the window is just about room temperature because wood insulates so well!

Affordability

When it comes to affordability, vinyl is the cheaper, and more readily accessible option. Vinyl windows are, on average, roughly 25% cheaper than wooden windows. If you’re looking to replace your home’s windows on a budget, vinyl will be the more affordable option!

Maintenance.

If you’re looking for a window option that you can install and never need to worry about again, vinyl is the best option. While wood windows will need to periodically be painted or resealed, vinyl windows require no maintenance after insulation unless there is a significant malfunction with the material. Factory painted vinyl windows will last for decades as long as you do a bit of bare minimum maintenance like washing away mildew from the windows.

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Whether you’re interested in installing wooden or vinyl windows, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist. Reach out to our team by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your window replacement needs!

Old Window Frames

Signs You Need To Replace Your Windows

Your windows are a very important portion of your home’s exterior, but they are often overlooked in comparison to your siding and roof. However, they serve a number of benefits, including allowing light and ventilation into your home, as well as boosting your home’s curb appeal. Furthermore, because they are fitted into openings in your home’s walls, it is essential that they are energy efficient and keep your home sealed no matter what the weather is like outdoors. Therefore, it is important to keep stock of your windows and replace them when needed! If your curious to learn how you can identify whether your windows need to be replaced, take a look at our blog to learn more!

You Can Feel A Draft As You Walk By

Depending on the season, this could be a burst of warm or cold air, but if you feel a difference in temperature as you’re walking by your windows, this is a clear sign that the seal has failed and your window is leaking air. Leaking windows can significantly decrease your home’s energy efficiency and increase your energy bills which means it is important to ensure that your windows are kept in good repair!

Noise Pollution

Another sign that your windows are failing is when you can clearly hear the cars driving up and down the street and not a single window is open in your home. Old windows have poor seals which can significantly contribute to noise pollution. Furthermore, having old single-pane windows can also significantly increase the amount of noise pollution your home is exposed to.

Difficult to Open or Close

Another sign that your windows need to be replaced is when it becomes difficult to operate the windows. If you find that your windows are sticking in their tracks and it is difficult to open or close them, that is another sign that your windows need to be replaced!

The Frames Are Rotting, Cracking, or Peeling

If your window frames are beginning to deteriorate, it is important to have them replaced before they begin to damage your home or detract from the beauty of your home’s exterior. Window frames can decay in a variety of ways, including something as minor as peeling paint, or as major as the frame crumbling away from water damage. If your frames are deteriorating, have your windows replaced as soon as possible!

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If you need to replace your home’s windows, our team is ready to assist! Reach out to us today to learn more about our window replacement services! We can be contacted over the phone at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your window replacement needs!

Benefits of Window Replacement

Your windows offer a number of benefits for your home, most importantly providing light and ventilation.  However, there is so much more to gain from properly installed, high-quality windows. For homeowners who have been putting off replacing their windows, take a look at this blog to learn about all of the benefits that replacement windows can offer for your home!

Energy Efficiency

One of the most important benefits of replacing your windows is the energy efficiency that new windows can provide. One of the biggest problems homeowners have with older windows is that they begin to leak. Old frames loosen, crack, and break, which creates small openings which interrupt the seal of your home. Installing replacement windows can also improve your home’s energy efficiency by using Low-E glass, which is designed with a microscopic layer that helps to increase your home’s solar heat gain in the winter and reduce it during the summer.

Noise Reduction

On the topic of leaks in your windows due to improper seals, there is another drawback that can occur from these leaks beyond decreased energy efficiency. A leak in your windows also allows in sound, which if you live near a busy road or downtown area, can allow in unwelcome noise pollution. If you find that when you’re in your home, it feels as though your standing right next to the road, your windows are likely the culprit.  Replace your home’s windows in order to reduce noise pollution.

UV Reduction

Another benefit of replacing your windows is increasing your home’s UV protection.  The sun’s UV rays have the ability to fade your fabrics, such as furniture, carpets, drapes, and more. If you’ve ever moved the furniture around a particularly sunny room, you’ve likely noticed that your carpet, rugs, or even your hardwood floors have been washed out and the area’s that the furniture was covering maintained a fuller color. Replacing your windows can reduce this effect! Newer replacement windows with Low-E coating also offer protection against UV rays!

Curb Appeal/Resale Value

Finally, one of the greatest benefits of replacing your home’s windows is an increase in both curb appeal, and subsequently, resale value. Old windows begin to look bad after being constantly exposed to the elements for years. Whether your frames are decaying, your glass is dealing with condensation, or the glass is cracked or chipped, installing new replacement windows will help to boost your home’s curb appeal! Furthermore, increasing your home’s curb appeal will also increase your home’s resale value when its time to sell your home!

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With so many benefits to gain from replacing your home’s windows, now is a great time to have them replaced! If you’re interested in installing replacement windows on your home this spring, reach out to our team at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your window replacement needs!

Common mistakes homeowners make when diying drapes.

Have you ever looked at your windows and thought “it needs some decoration like drapes or something”? Like most homeowners who are looking to add some privacy from neighbors or block out the sun, finding the right type of drapes could be the answer for your windows. But before you go running off to your local home depot or clicking away online, there are many factors you should consider before diying your drapes. Here are some of the common mistakes we’ve encountered from homeowners.

  1. Buying drapes at a local store.

Drapes are a delicate piece of material that can instantly change the mood and feel to the room. Instead of buying drapes from a local store that does not specialize primarily on drapes, research online for a custom window design treatment store near you. You will immediately see the difference in terms of quality and detail that will compliment your windows the way you had envisioned.

  1. Not measuring the window correctly.

There is nothing more frustrating when diying in general than measuring something and in the result came out inaccurate. When it comes to windows, you want to make sure you are not only using an appropriate tape measure but also keep in mind where exactly you want your drapes to set and if your windows can support it.

  1. Choosing the wrong color.

Drapes need attention and choosing the wrong color could drastically set the wrong mood to the room. A helpful tip is seeing what other colors and pattern are around the room, pillows, rugs, and wall color can help you understand what color is needed that does not clash with everything. If you are unsure what color works best, we have a highly detailed design team that can provide multiple options that can make your drapes stand out like it’s meant to.

Finding the perfect drapes is not an easy task. Let Quality Interior Finishing be the ones to help de-stress your interior worries and call now at (781) 344-2433!

Window Maintenance Tips to Prepare for Summer

The weather here in Massachusetts is already teasing us with the humidity and significant invasions. Now is a great time to get your windows prepared before Summer hits, here are some helpful tips to get yourself started.

1. Check Weather Stripping. Commonly used to cover small holes and insulate space between the window sash and window pane. However, no matter how durable the material is, it will eventually deteriorate therefore can cause a leak and will decrease your home’s energy efficiency.

2. Check Window Caulking. Like weather stripping, window caulking helps build a barrier between your windows and exterior, which helps improves the indoor air comfort, but it also deteriorates in the long run which can ultimately cost you more if not replaced right away.

3. Clean the Windows. In time, dirt and debris can wear down the surface of your windows and decreases its lifespan from weakened glass that becomes fragile and can easily shatter. Start your spring cleaning today to prevent any further damages.

4. Check for Drafts and Leaks. Do you feel any draft as you walk past your windows? Or even worse see water dripping down the windows from the rain? If so, you will need to replace them right away! Excess moisture can lead to more damages to the wood and cause it to rot and develop mold around it. Have your local replacement window contractor to inspect any further damages

5. Check for Window Hardware. It’s relatively simple to know, but not many homeowners pay much attention to. Safety is vital in case of an emergency like fire so make sure your windows opens and closes properly, and any loose handles should be replaced.