Why is There Mold on The Window Sill?

Types of Mold Found in Homes 

The mold that can be found in your home comes in a very wide range of colors and looks. According to the CDC, the most common molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus. 

Mold can be brought into your home in a variety of diverse ways such as coming through your vents, through your windows and even on your clothing after being outside. After the spores have been transferred inside your home, they look for wet spots so that they can grow and reproduce. 

While there could be a wide range of molds that could be present the most concerning is stachybotrys chartarum, or more commonly known as black mold. Black mold is notorious for being hard to get rid of and could be a clear sign of problems with the functionality of your home. 

Symptoms of Mold Exposure 

The more common symptoms of mold exposure are:  

  • Itchy red eyes 
  • Watery eyes 
  • Cough 
  • Sore throat 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Skin rashes that 
  • Sinus headaches 

Those who have asthma, or a mold allergy may have stronger effects to mold. According to the CDC, there have been recent studies that have pointed out that early exposure to mold in children could lead to the development of asthma. This is more so for children who are genetically prone to asthma as well. 

Where Does Mold Grow the Most? 

Mold does like to grow in the wet spots of your home where leaking has occurred such as your pipes, roof, walls, or any place where there may be leak and excess moisture. It will also grow on the window sill and between the panes from condensation. Mold around the windows is a clear sign that the windows have lost their efficiency and functionality and therefore should be replaced. 

Condensation Within Panes 

Especially during the winter season, Condensation can become more present around the window area. The dry warm heat from inside interacts with the cold moist air coming from outside therefore causing condensation. This condensation can then cause mold if left unchecked. We created an article on how to get rid of window condensation from inside and from the outside of the window.  

How to get rid of Mold on window Sill 

Vinegar 

Vinegar is an excellent treatment for killing that mold that is present around the window. White vinegar has an extremely high acidity that will break down the mold organism. The best way to use vinegar is to put it in a spray bottle and then spray the area that is affected. You can then take a clean cloth and wipe away any remaining mold. If you have a tough spot of mold, you may need to let the vinegar sit for a few minutes before wiping it away. Keep the window open afterward to dry the area. 

Baking Soda 

Baking soda is another wonderful way to clean off the mold that is on the window. It is known that baking soda has natural cleaning properties that will kill the mold and also help to prevent it from coming back. To use baking soda, you will want to make a paste with water and then apply it to the area that is affected. You will then want to let it sit for about an hour before wiping it away with a clean cloth. 

You can also choose to mix the baking soda with vinegar to create a more powerful cleaning solution. To do this, you will want to mix equal parts baking soda and vinegar together and then apply it to the area that is affected. You will then want to let it sit for an hour or so before wiping it away with a clean cloth. You may need to repeat this process a few times to completely remove the mold. 

Chemical Mold treatments 

If you have a spot of mold that is tough to get rid of, you may want to try a chemical treatment. There are many distinct products on the market that are designed specifically for mold removal. You will want to follow the instructions on the product label and take any necessary safety precautions. You may also want to ventilate the area well when using any chemical products. Make sure that the chemical product you use is safe to use on the window material as well as the frame.  

Safety Precautions Prior To Cleaning Mold 

No matter what method you choose to clean the mold, there are some safety precautions that you should take. First, you will want to make sure that you are wearing the proper safety gear. This includes gloves, goggles, and a mask. This will help to protect you from any toxic spores that may be released into the air when you are cleaning the mold. You will also want to make sure that the area you are working in is well ventilated. You can do this by opening a window or door to let some fresh air in. After you have cleaned the mold, make sure to wash your clothes to make you do not spread the spores to other areas of your home. If you have any respiratory problems, you may want to consider having a family member or hiring a professional to do the job for you. 

How to Prevent Black Mold on Window Sill 

The best way to prevent mold is to keep the area around the window clean and dry. You will want to wipe down the window sill and frame on a regular basis. Make sure to dry the area well after you have cleaned it. You will also want to keep an eye out for any condensation and moisture on the window. If you see any, you will want to wipe it away and dry the area well. You can also use a dehumidifier in the room to help keep the air around the window dry. Taking these steps will help to prevent mold from growing in the first place. Make sure your exhaust fans are working and your family is using them when taking baths and showers as well as in the kitchen. Open windows and doors in your home to help to bring fresh air into your home. If your home has an air conditioner, make sure it is operating efficiently and the drip pan is clean and drain pipes are clear of debris.  

Leaving windows Open During the Winter Can Promote Mold Growth.  

One of the main causes of mold is moisture. When there is excess moisture in the air, it can condense on cold surfaces, such as windows. This can happen even if the temperature outside is not that cold. When this happens, it can create the perfect environment for mold to grow. Leaving your windows or doors open during the winter, when there is cold moist air in the home, can promote mold growth in your home.  

Is Mold Dangerous & Toxic to Your Family 

Mold can cause a variety of health problems, especially in young children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems. Mold can cause coughing and wheezing, as well as aggravate asthma symptoms. In some cases, mold can even cause serious infections. If you or a family member starts to experience any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. 

Although, in general mold is not something that should be taken lightly, there are thousands of diverse types of molds that are found across the world. It is almost impossible to tell if mold is dangerous without taking it to a laboratory and having it tested. The best thing to do is to monitor your home and clean the area where mold is present as soon as possible.  

Consider Replacing Your Windows With DaBella

If your windows are getting to the point where they are getting old in age and are no longer keeping the cold out or the heat in like they used to, it may be time to replace them. Old windows can develop gaps and cracks over time that can let in drafts of air. This can not only make your home less comfortable but can also make your energy bills go up and increases the chances for mold growth around the windows. Replacing your windows with newer windows can help to seal up any cracks and gaps and can also help to improve the insulation of your home. This can help to keep the mold away and can also help to lower your energy bills. 

If you are interested in learning more about DaBella’s replacement windows and sliding glass doors, our vinyl Glasswing windows have proven to be the homeowner’s choice for the last several years. Our windows and doors are backed by a manufacturer limited lifetime warranty and are energy star rated. They are also made of durable materials that will not warp or rot. This means that they will last for many years to come and will help to keep your home comfortable and energy bills low. Contact us today at 844-DaBella to learn more about our replacement windows and doors and to schedule a free in-home consultation. 

New Construction Windows vs Replacement Windows

There are a few things to consider when choosing replacement windows over new construction windows. Replacement windows offer a quick and easy solution, they can last much longer than a new construction window and are a much better investment for your home for numerous reasons. In this article we will go over all of the differences and similarities between the two types of windows. As well as the pros and cons of each type so that you can make a more informed decision based on your specific needs. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will have a good understanding of which type of window is best for you and your home.  

What is a Replacement Window?  

Replacement windows, also known as “aftermarket” windows, are a type of window that are not typically installed during the construction of a new home. Instead, they are purchased and installed by the end-user. They come in a variety of styles, sizes, and materials. Replacement windows are an excellent choice for users who want a quality window that is not typically available in new construction, or for users who are looking to upgrade from a new construction window.  

Usually, replacement windows are a type of window that is installed after a new home has been constructed. They are typically installed in the areas where the original window was not functioning properly. This can be due to weathering and age.  

There are a few diverse types of replacement windows including retrofit windows, flush fin windows, insert windows or block frame windows. We will be going through each type below.  

Retrofit Replacement Window 

Another term that is commonly used for replacement windows is retrofit windows. These are types of windows that are made to cause the least amount of disruption possible to the home.  

Flush Fin Replacement Window 

A flush fin replacement window is one that is usually installed in homes that have stucco siding although they can also be installed with other types of siding. A flush fin window is one that is installed directly into the pre-existing window frame with the exterior fins extended out to create a flush fit with your exterior siding. The fin extends out to the point where it will hide the window frame.  

Insert Replacement Window 

Sometimes referred to as pocket windows, insert windows are fully assembled windows that are positioned to fit into the existing frame of the window. This is most commonly installed into wood frames that are still in good condition and a homeowner that wants to keep the wood style in place.  

Block Frame Replacement Windows 

Block frame windows are a type of replacement window that is made of wood, vinyl, or fiberglass. The main difference between block frame windows and other types of windows is that block frame windows have a nailing flange that is attached to the perimeter of the window and do not have a nail fin. This nailing flange is used to secure the window in place. Block frame windows are an excellent choice for homeowners who want a window that is easy to install and that will last for many years. 

What is a New Construction Window?  

New construction windows are typically installed during the construction of a new home. The installation process is different than that of replacement windows. New construction windows are installed before the exterior walls are finished, and they are usually installed from the outside of the house. The main difference between new construction windows and replacement windows is that new construction windows have a nail fin that is used to secure the window in place. The nail fin is a strip of metal that is attached to the perimeter of the window. The nail fin is used to secure the window in place by being nailed into the studs of the house. The windows are held in place by nails or screws that are driven into the studs around the window opening. The windows are then sealed with caulk or expanding foam to create an airtight seal. 

The Difference between new construction and Replacement Windows 

New construction windows are made to be installed during the building process of a new home. The biggest difference between new construction windows and replacement windows is the nail fin. Nail fins are the small, plastic strips that run along the outer edge of a window and are used to secure the window in place. New construction windows have these nail fins attached to them already, making them ready to be installed during the building process of a new home. Replacement windows, on the other hand, do not have these nail fins attached. Instead, they have what is called a flange. 

New Construction vs Replacement Windows, what is the Best Window for Your Next Window Project?  

So, which window is right for your next window project? If you are building a new home and the exterior walls are exposed, you will need to install new construction windows with a nail fin. If you are replacing existing windows, you will need to install replacement windows without the nail fin. The type of window that you choose will depend on the project that you are working on.  

Here are the situations of a remodel and what type of window would be the best for the job: 

Creating a new Opening for a window 

For implementing a new opening for a window, you may want to use a new construction window as this type of window will come with the nail fin already attached so that it can be installed and attached to the wall studs.  

For a Remodel & Replacing an Existing Window 

If you are remodeling your home and need to replace an existing window, you will want to use a replacement window. Replacement windows do not come with a nail fin attached, so they can be installed without having to attach them to the wall studs. This makes them a desirable choice for remodels because they can be installed without damaging the exterior of your home. We at DaBella will do an exact measurement of your existing window and will send that to the manufacturer so that you will have an airtight seal to protect your home from water leaks, drafts, etc.  

Expanding or Scaling down the Opening of a Window  

If you are looking to either expand or shrink the size of an existing window, it may be best to use a new construction window. Your contractor will need to reframe the wall cavity in order to create the necessary opening and have the nail fins attached to the studs.  

Cost Differences Between Replacement and New Construction Windows 

The cost of new construction windows can vary depending on the size, style, and material of the window. Also keep in mind that new construction windows also do not last as long and usually only have a lifespan of 10 years. The cost of replacement windows can also vary depending on the size, style, and material of the window. They are generally more expensive than new construction windows for the fact that they last much longer and are much more energy efficient than a new construction window.  

New construction windows or also known as builder grade windows have been notorious for failing in a significant percentage of cases in as little as 10 years. This is due to the fact that new construction windows are made with lower quality materials and are not as energy efficient as replacement windows. Replacement windows are made with higher quality materials and are much more energy efficient. So, when deciding which window is best for your home, keep in mind the quality of the window and how long you want it to last. 

DaBella is the Top Window Replacement Company in the United States for a Reason 

DaBella is the Top Window Replacement Company in the United States for a Reason. We are a family-owned and operated business and our commitment to quality is unmatched. DaBella and our Glasswing windows offer our windows in a wide range of window styles and other options. We use only the best materials, and our team of experts are always on standby to help you choose the perfect window for your home. We understand that replacement windows can be a big investment, so we offer a wide variety of financing options to make the process as easy as possible. 

If you are ready to take the next steps toward your window replacement project, contact DaBella today for a free no obligation estimate. Our window experts are here to help you with the transformation of your home. 

Double Hung Windows vs. Single Hung

If you are shopping around for replacement windows and are wondering what the difference is between single and double hung windows. Here we will explain the main differences including the benefits of both, price differences, where they should be placed in your home, which type of window provides the best ventilation as well as maintenance and cleaning.

Difference Between Single and Double Hung Windows

The biggest difference between the two is how they mechanically operate.

Single Hung Window made of vinyl
Single-Hung Window

What are Single-Hung Window?

With a single hung window, the bottom sash moves up and down while the top sash is stationary. This is the most common type of window, especially in older homes. The bottom sash is usually larger, providing more space to let in air than the top sash.

What are Double-Hung Windows?

If you are looking for a window that will provide both aesthetic and functional benefits, then a double-hung window is the perfect option for you. Double hung windows use two sets of movable
Double-Hung Window with vinyl frame
Double-Hung Windows
 sashes, one on the bottom and one on the top. This allows more light and air into the room, as well as making it easier to keep the window clean. Some people are uncomfortable with the idea of double hung windows because they believe they cannot be cleaned well. This is not always the case. In fact, many double hung windows can be cleaned just as well as single hung windows.

Which Type of Window Provides the Best Ventilation

The best way to get ventilation in your home is to open the windows. This will allow fresh air to circulate throughout the room and help to keep the air inside your home clean and free of pollutants. The best type of window for circulation is a double-hung window as cool fresh air will flow in from the bottom and the hot stale air will flow out from the top.

Cleaning & Maintenance

One of the reasons that many homeowners choose a double-hung window is for their ease of maintenance and cleaning. Double-hung windows come with a tilted sash that makes the sashes come out inward and allows you to clean the inside and outside of your window. Making these types of windows the perfect choice for windows located on the second or third floor of a home. Single-hung windows on the other hand do not usually have this feature and may require you to take off the screen on the outside of window to clean the outer portion of the window.

Single hung vs double hung windows, Cost Differences

The cost for replacement windows can be significant and choosing a window that is cost effective can be a critical decision for your home. Double-hung windows are slightly more expensive than single hung windows. This is because Double-hung windows have more mechanisms than single-hung windows because they have two sashes that open instead of one.

Where in your home will this window be installed?

Double hung windows are great for installation on the second or third story of your home because they are incredibly easy to clean from the comfort of inside of your home. While single-hung windows are better suited for the first floor for cleaning.

Energy Efficiency Comparison

Both types of windows are extremely energy efficient, what energy efficiency comes down to is the type of material you choose for your windows. Vinyl windows tend to be one of the most energy efficient window options and the most cost-effective option as well. Vinyl windows are made with thermal resistance in mind and have a higher R-value. The R-value is a measure of a material’s ability to resist heat flow and is the window industry’s standard for measuring a window’s energy efficiency. The higher the R-value, the better the window is at resisting heat flow and the more energy efficient it is. Our vinyl replacement windows are Energy Star rated, making them significantly more energy efficient than your older out of date windows.

What is The Best Style of Window for Your Home?

The best style of window for your home will depend on your personal preferences, your geographic location, as well as the needs of your home and where it will be placed.
If you are looking for a window that provides the most ventilation, then a double-hung window is the best option. If you are looking for a window that is easy to clean and maintain, both types of windows are incredibly easy to clean but double-hung do have their advantages. But, If you are looking for a window that is cost effective, then a double-hung window or single-hung windows are both excellent options.

Contact DaBella, The Professional Replacement Window Contractor

Whichever window you choose, make sure to consult with a professional at DaBella who can help you make the best decision for your home. Updating your windows is a big decision and should be done with care. DaBella is here to help you through these tough decisions, and we can make suggestions so that you are happy with your investment in your home.
DaBella offers single-hung and double-hung windows as well as many other vinyl window styles that are perfect for your home. We have experts who can help you choose the perfect windows for your home, no matter what your home’s needs may be. Contact us today at 844-DaBella to get started.

How to Get Rid of Condensation Inside Windows? | 6 Tips 

If you live in a warm climate, you may have noticed that windows can get quite moist inside during the winter. This is due to the warm air and moisture coming in from the outside. This can cause condensation to form on the inside of the window, which can be a pain to deal with. Condensation in windows should not necessarily set off a warning sign that your windows are bad or broken. It could be because your windows are doing exactly what they were designed to do.  

Windows allow warm air and moisture to come in, and the freezing air and moisture on the outside to escape. This balances out the indoor humidity and helps to keep your home comfortable. If you are noticing a lot of condensation on your windows, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the problem.  

How to Stop Condensation on Windows on the Interior?

1. Dehumidifiers Work Great to Stop Unneeded Moisture in your home.

A dehumidifier is an ideal solution for condensation in windows. By removing the excess moisture, you can help to reduce the risk of future damage and improve the air quality in your home. If you live in a warm climate and experience a lot of condensation on your windows, a dehumidifier may be your best solution.  

2. Moisture Eliminators are Also a Great Way to Help Reduce Condensation.

There are a few distinct types of moisture eliminators on the market, and they all work to help reduce the amount of moisture in the air. These products can be placed on the windowsill, or anywhere else in the room, and will help to absorb excess moisture. If you are looking for a more natural solution, you can try using a moisture eliminator made of silica gel. These products are available at most hardware stores and are very cheap and can be a wonderful way to help reduce condensation in your windows. 

3. Use Your Exhaust Fan When Bathing or Showering.

Using your exhaust fan when bathing or showering is a terrific way to help reduce the amount of moisture in the air. By blowing the air out of the room, you can help to remove the excess moisture from the air. This will help to reduce the risk of condensation on windows, improve the air quality in your home, and reduce the risk of mold growth.

4. Air Dry Your Clothes outside instead of Indoors.

Air Drying your clothes indoors does work for those soft fabrics but the moisture does not magically disappear from within your home. Eventually you will find that your windows will be coated in a layer of condensation. Air dry your clothes outside to avoid the unnecessary moisture buildup.  

5. Your House Plants Could be Causing Excess Moisture

If you have plants in your home, you may be wondering if they are causing your windows to get wet and congested. Plants can be a big part of your home, and it is important to remember that they need certain things to live and thrive. One of these things is humidity, which is why plants can cause your windows to become wet and condensation to form. If you notice that your windows are constantly getting wet, it might be worth moving your plants outside or to a more humid environment, at least during the wintertime.  

6. Keep Your Dryer Vent Clear

Your dryer vent can get clogged with material from your clothing and while the clothes are drying there is nowhere for that moisture to go but inside your home. By keeping your dryer vent clear, you can help to reduce the amount of moisture that is drawn into your home from the outside. This will help to reduce the risk of condensation on your windows, improve the air quality in your home, and reduce the risk of mold growth. 

How Does Condensation on Windows Happen?  

Condensation on windows occurs when your cold windows are exposed to the warm moist air inside of your home. The water vapor in the air will condense on the cold surface of the window and this is what causes the water droplets that you see.  

In order to prevent condensation, you need to control the amount of moisture in the air. This can be done by using a dehumidifier, or by reducing the number of moisture-producing activities in your home.  

Exterior Window Condensation 

Exterior window condensation is a frequent problem that homeowners face during the winter. When the weather starts to get cold and the wind starts to pick up, the moisture in the air can coalesce on the exterior of your windows. This moisture can then cause the windows to become wet and sticky, leading to problems like water droplets or frosting on the glass. There are a few things that you can do to prevent exterior window condensation from happening.  

Getting Rid of Condensation on the Outside of the Window  

Because condensation on the outside of your windows is seasonal and is the cause of cold weather in the mornings, you can wait for the sun to come out and dry out the windows. If you do not like waiting for the sun to dry the windows, you can also try to use a water repellant solution that you may already use on your motor vehicle can help to keep the water from forming.  

Condensation In Between Panes of Glass 

Having window condensation in between the panes of glass in your window is a less common but more severe problem. It happens when there is a breach in the seal between the panes of glass in your window letting out the argon gas and letting in moist warm air. This can be caused by a manufacturing defect, or it can be caused by damage to the window. If you have condensation in between panes of glass, you will need to replace the window. 

When Should You Worry About Moisture on Windows 

If not taken care of, window condensation can lead to a number of problems including mold growth, water damage, and reduced air quality. In order to prevent these problems, it is important to take steps to control the amount of moisture in your home. This can be done by using a dehumidifier, reducing the number of moisture-producing activities or objects such as house plants in your home, or by opening the windows to allow for ventilation. 

In even worse circumstances the water can seep through the gaps, damage your window frames, and cause blistering, cracking, and peeling of paint, and warping. Also, if you have water on your windows, chances are that you also have water on other aspects of your home. This includes your walls, floors, inside your insulation, and could eventually cause staining and can even lead to structural damage.  

Need to Replace Your Windows? Call the Professionals at DaBella.  

No matter what the problem is with your windows, the professionals at DaBella are here to help. We offer a wide variety of window styles from our own signature brand of Glasswing windows. Our installers are experienced and factory-trained to install them perfectly. With over twenty years of experience, we can help you get the windows that you need to improve your home’s energy efficiency and keep your family comfortable in the winter. Contact us today at (844) DABELLA to find out more about our signature brand of windows and how we can help you get the windows that you need. We also offer a number of financing options to make replacing your windows more affordable than ever.  

Composite Windows vs. Vinyl. Which is the Better Window Material for Your Home?

In the past, we have discussed that vinyl has been shown to be a superior window material than many other types of materials including wood and fiberglass windows. In this article we will compare composite windows vs vinyl and discuss the differences and similarities between composite windows and vinyl and tell you which is the better window material for your home.   

Differences in  Durability

Vinyl windows are made to last. In fact, they are made to last so long that the average lifespan of a vinyl window is around 30 years. Vinyl windows are known to withstand any elements. They also have the ability to resist scratching, denting and corrosion. Vinyl windows are made with a PVC vinyl that is extruded and then cooled. This process gives the vinyl windows a much higher level of durability when compared to other window materials. The vinyl windows will not warp, rot, or corrode like other materials. The color of the vinyl windows will also not fade over time.  

Composite windows, on the other hand, have an average lifespan of around 15 years. This means that you will likely have to replace your composite windows more than twice in the time that you would have to replace your vinyl windows. Composite windows are not as durable as vinyl windows and will need to be replaced more often. The durability of composite windows is also affected by the type of composite used. There are many diverse types of composite materials which vary in durability. The most durable type of composite is called thermoplastics. These are made up of plastic fibers that are woven together. This type of composite is extraordinarily strong, but it also has a low thermal conductivity which means that it takes a long time for heat to transfer through the composite. Of course, this premium type of composite window comes at a luxury price.  

What is the More Energy Efficient Option? 

One of the most crucial factors to consider when choosing windows is energy efficiency. Vinyl windows are some of the most energy-efficient windows on the market. In fact, they are so energy-efficient that they can help to lower your energy bills by up to 30%. The energy efficiency of vinyl windows is due to the fact that they are made with a PVC vinyl that is extruded and then cooled. Vinyl windows are much more energy-efficient than composite windows. In fact, they are so energy-efficient that they are often used in commercial buildings. The reason that vinyl windows are so energy-efficient is that they have a low thermal conductivity. This means that they do not allow heat to transfer through the window. At DaBella our Glasswing vinyl windows are energy star rated and are tested and well known for their energy efficiency.  

Composite windows on the other hand are not as energy efficient as vinyl windows. In fact, they are only about half as energy efficient as vinyl windows. The reason for this is that composite windows are made with a material that has high thermal conductivity. This means that heat is able to transfer through the composite material easily. have an average R-value of 2. They are not as energy efficient as vinyl windows, but they are still more energy efficient than other types of windows. The R-value is a measure of how well a material resists heat flow. The higher the R-value, the more the material resists heat flow and the more energy efficient the window is. 

Maintenance Concerns for Vinyl & Composite Windows 

While vinyl windows are exceptionally durable and can last around 30 years, they do require regular maintenance. This includes things like cleaning and replacing the window sealant. You should also keep an eye on the window frames and seals to make sure that they are in good condition. Vinyl windows do require some maintenance, but they are much easier to take care of than composite windows. For example, you will not have to worry about painting or staining them. You also will not have to worry about rot or warping like you would with composite windows. 

Composite windows, on the other hand, do not require as much maintenance. They are made with a material that has a high thermal conductivity and this means that they do not require as much cleaning and replacement of sealant. The frames and seals of the composite windows are also in good condition and do not require as much maintenance. You should still keep an eye on the window to make sure that they are in good condition and to make sure that they are not causing any harm to your home. 

Composite vs. Vinyl, Which has the Better Appearance

The appearance of vinyl windows is a hit with many homeowners. They are often seen as being more stylish than other types of windows. Vinyl windows are available in many different colors and styles, and they can be either double or triple paned windows. They also have a high degree of privacy due to the fact that they are not as transparent as other types of windows. Our vinyl windows come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, styles of windows, and colors so you can be assured we will find the right window style for the aesthetic of your home.  

Composite windows come in a wide variety of styles and colors, but they can also be seen as being less stylish than other types of windows. They are often seen as being less of a priority for homeowners. While composite windows are more affordable than other types of windows, the excessive cost can be a deciding factor for some homeowners.  

Which Material Will Give Me the Highest Return on Investment?  

The return on investment (ROI) for windows is an important consideration for any homeowner. The average ROI for windows is around 70%. This means that for every $100 you spend on windows, you will get back $70 in increased home value. This is a higher ROI than most home improvement projects. Now which material will give me the highest return on investment?  

Vinyl windows offer a higher ROI than composite windows. The average ROI for vinyl windows is around 80%. This means that for every $100 you spend on windows, you will get back $80 in increased home value. This is because vinyl windows are more energy efficient, require less maintenance and they last significantly longer than other materials.  

Which is the More Affordable Option?  

Vinyl windows are a highly desirable choice for homeowners as they will save you money on your electricity bill and provide superior protection from the elements. Vinyl windows tend to be more affordable compared to those made of composite materials. They also tend to be more energy efficient and durable, making them a good option for homeowners who are looking for a cost-effective replacement window. Composite windows, on the other hand, can be expensive to buy, install and maintain. 

Composite Windows vs Vinyl Windows. Which is the best Window Material for Your Home?  

In Conclusion, vinyl windows are a great investment for homeowners and are the obvious choice for homeowners looking for a window that is exceptionally durable, energy efficient, receive a high ROI (return on investment), more customization options, and is cost-effective. They are a great option for all types of homes and should be considered by homeowners who are looking for a window that will last an extended period of time. 

Are you windows looking outdated, are letting in drafts, mechanics are no longer functional, or your experiencing some water damage from poorly sealed windows? It could be time for a window replacement. DaBella has been recognized as an industry leader in home improvement industry for the last 11 years for roofing, siding, gutters, bath and showers and windows as well. We have 37 locations across 15 states helping homeowners add value and beauty to their home all at an affordable price and financing for all that qualify. Our vinyl replacement windows are great for homeowners who want an energy efficient, durable and style that will give their home a great look and protection. If you are interested in looking at what DaBella can do for your home, contact us at 844-322-3552 and let us show you how we can transform your home and the DaBella difference.

Home Preparation for Winter

Winter and Fall are looming as well as all of the weather and home preparations that come along with it. It is time to start thinking about ways to get your home and yard ready for the colder months. If you are like most people, you probably don’t think about the winter months until it is too late. Do not let that happen this year! Winterizing your home can be a daunting task, but if you take the time to do it now, you will be glad you did it when the freezing weather hits. Home preparation starts with getting your home in order. This means cleaning and preparing all of the surfaces that will be touched by the elements. Here are some helpful tips for preparing your home for the winter and fall months so that you can be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. 

Winter Home Preparation Checklist:  

Preventing Ice Dams on Your Roof 

An ice dam is a buildup of ice on the edge of your roof. This frozen piece of Ice melts much slower than the rest of the snow on your roof. After the snow melts the water does not have anywhere to go because of the ice dam. This can cause standing water on your roof and could lead to a massive leak in your roof. The best way to prevent the occurrence of an ice dam is to make sure that your roof is in good repair. This means that there are no cracks or holes in your roof. If there are any, they need to be repaired as soon as possible. Another way to prevent ice dams is to make sure that your gutters are clean and free of debris. 

Flip Your Ceiling Fans 

Ceiling fans are one of the most underrated tools in home preparation. Most people do not think of using them in the winter, but they can actually be immensely helpful. All you have to do is flip the switch on the side of the fan so that the blades rotate in the opposite direction. This will push the warm air that rises to the ceiling back down into the room. This is especially helpful with rooms with high ceilings. Always Remember that stifling air rises and reversing your fans will disperse the heat throughout the room making it easier for your home to warm itself.  

Have a Professional Furnace Inspection Done Prior to when Everyone Else Does.  

Furnace technicians, like any other trade job, are dwindling quickly and makes the current technicians remarkably busy during the winter and fall months. With that being said, it is always a clever idea to have a technician come out to your home just to make sure that your furnace is performing at its top efficiency. If something were to happen in the winter, it could be months before a professional will be able to come out and fix or replace your furnace. Do not take the chance of having a cold home and call a technician prior to the winter. Usually, these check-ups only cost around $100 and could save you money in the long run.  

Complete a Thorough Check of Your Roof 

One of the most important things you can do to prepare your home for winter is to complete a thorough check of your roof. This means checking for any cracks, holes, or other damage that could allow water or snow to enter your home. Also check for flashing around your chimney and roof vents to see if there is any loose flashing or flashing that has holes. We have created an article on how to find a leak in your roof. If you do find a hole or leak it is extremely important to get it fixed as soon as possible so that no major water damage is done.  

Re-caulk around Windows & Doors 

One of the places that heat escapes from your home is through cracks and gaps around your windows and doors. The best way to prevent this from happening is to re-caulk any cracks or gaps that you may have. You can purchase caulking at any hardware store. You will also need a caulking gun which can be rented at most hardware stores. This will help to seal any gaps that might allow freezing air to enter your home. You should also check the weather stripping around your doors to make sure that it is in good condition and is sealing properly. If you have any windows that are cracked or broken, you should replace them as soon as possible.  If your windows are beyond a simple repair or if they are no longer at their optimal performance, contact us and let us show you the what the benefits are of installing new replacement windows into your home. 

Clean Out Your Gutters Throughout the Fall Months 

One of the most important home preparations for winter is to make sure that your gutters are clean. This is important because leaves and other debris can cause your gutters to clog. When your gutters clog, it can cause water to back up and enter your home and will also increase the weight of your gutters making it possible for your gutters to completely fall off. This can cause major damage to your home and be awfully expensive to repair. This is especially important if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow. Snow can accumulate in your gutters and cause them to collapse. This can cause severe damage to your home. If you are not able to clean your gutters yourself, a professional gutter cleaner can do this for around $150 depending on the size of your home.  

Also, make sure that your downspouts are clear and that they are clearing water at least 3 feet away from your home’s foundation.  

Cover Exterior Faucets During Wintertime. 

If you live in a climate where the temperature drops below freezing, it is important to take extra precautions when it comes to the exterior faucets in your home. If you are using a private water line, it is important to make sure that the water is turned off at the main shut off valve. This is because if the water line is frozen, it can burst and cause major damage to your home. If you are using city water, make sure that all of the faucets on your property are shut off and that the faucets get covered by a cover during the winter.  

Clean Out Attic Vents

Having adequate attic ventilation is important to ensure that your home is comfortable and healthy for those living inside. The easiest way to clean out these vents is by using either a air compressor, vacuum cleaner, or a leaf blower. Adequate attic ventilation also helps to extend the life of your roof by reducing the amount of heat and moisture that can build up in the attic during the summer months. But by doing so in the winter your roof will be able to When cleaning out your attic vents, be sure to wear gloves and a dust mask to avoid getting any dust or debris in your eyes or mouth. The most important step is to make sure that the area around the vent is clear of any debris. This means removing any leaves, dust, or other particles that might be blocking the airflow. Once the area is clear, you can begin cleaning the vents themselves for maximum efficiency.

Clean Out Your Chimney 

Chimney fires are a severe problem in the United States. Each year, thousands of homes are damaged by chimney fires. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), chimney fires are the leading cause of property damage and loss in the United States. Most chimney fires start when smoke particles and debris build up in the flue of the chimney. One of the ways that you can help prevent these fires is to make sure that you clean your chimney regularly. You should have your chimney cleaned at least once a year by a professional chimney sweeper. If you have a wood burning fireplace, you should also have your chimney inspected for cracks and other damage.  

Replace Your Homes Air Filter 

If you are like most Americans, you spend a lot of time indoors. This can mean that the air that you breathe is not as clean as it could be. One of the ways that you can improve the air quality in your home is to replace your home’s air filter. This is a relatively simple task that can be done by just about everyone. In order to keep your home healthy and safe, it is important to replace your home’s air filter on a regular basis. Air filters are designed to trap larger particles and dirt that can be harmful to your family. By replacing your air filter on a regular basis, you will help to improve the air quality in your home and reduce the chance of allergies and other respiratory problems. Air filters can be purchased at about any local hardware store.  

Winterize Your Pool or Spa 

When winter arrives, it is important to make sure that your pool or spa is ready for the chilly weather. This means that you need to make sure that the pool is clean and that all of the equipment is in good condition. Follow the manufacturers guidance on how to winterize your pool or spa or call a professional pool service for help.

Clear Your Sprinkler System Prior to Winter 

The best way to clear your sprinkler system is to use a blowout adapter. You screw the adapter to an air compressor, open all of your system’s valves, and turn on the compressor. The compressed air will push all the water out of your pipes. You should then turn off your valves and open your bleeder screws to release any remaining water. If you do not own a compressor that is powerful enough to push the water out of your sprinkler system completely you can rent a compressor from a local home improvement store that supplies rentals. It’s important to make sure your sprinkler system is turned off and all the water is drained from the pipes before winter sets in. If you don’t, you run the risk of the pipes freezing and bursting, which can cause extensive damage to your home.

Protect Your Patio Furniture 

We all know how expensive patio furniture is and keeping it nice is of the upmost importance for it to be long lasting and looking its best. Protecting your patio furniture is important during the winter. Make sure that you cover your patio furniture with a tarp or a heavy blanket if it is not in use. This will help to protect the furniture from the snow and ice that can accumulate on it. Additionally, make sure that your patio furniture is placed in a sheltered area when not in use. 

Home Prepping for the Inevitable Winter 

Winter is inevitable. No matter how much we may dislike it, every year it comes without fail. As a result, it is important to make sure that your home prepping for the colder months is thought through and planned. Plan a day with your family or the help of a friend and knock out the tasks. There are several things that you can do to make sure that your home is ready for winter. Winterizing your home may come at a cost but that cost outweighs the cost of fixing your home because you did not prepare your home correctly.  

Contact DaBella If Your Home Signs of Aging 

DaBella is the leading home improvement company in the industry. We offer architectural asphalt roofs, James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding, energy efficient vinyl windows, and transformative bath remodels to homeowners across 13 states and 36 locations across the US (United States). If your home is showing its age and it is time for a replacement project to prepare for the winter, DaBella is the answer for all your home improvement replacement needs.  Contact us today at 844-DaBella today for a free no-obligation estimate on your next home improvement project. 

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Vinyl vs Wood Windows. What is the Better Window for Your Home?

Vinyl vs. wood windows: which is the better option for your home? Vinyl windows and wood windows are two of the most common windows in homes today. They both have their advantages and disadvantages, which have a lot to do with the way they look and the way they perform. If you are thinking of upgrading your windows, or if you are simply curious about the differences between vinyl and wood windows, keep reading. This article will help you better understand the benefits and drawbacks of each window material.  

Vinyl Versus Wood Windows 

Vinyl Windows:  

Vinyl windows are made from a polyvinyl chloride film, which is also commonly known as plastic. Replacement vinyl windows offer a lot of great benefits, such as being easy to keep clean, being lightweight, and being resistant to moisture, which makes them a desirable choice for homes. They also come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, which allow you to customize your windows to match the style of your home.  

Wood Windows:  

Wood windows are made from a variety of several types of wood. Each type of wood has its own unique color, grain, and texture, which gives your windows a unique look. They also come in a wide variety of styles and shapes, which allow you to customize the look of your windows to match the style of your home. Some wood windows are even stained or painted, which gives them a more refined look. Most people choose to stain their wood windows to give them a richer color and to protect them from the elements, which helps to keep them looking good longer. Most people prefer to stain their wood windows because they look better and are easier to keep clean. Staining also protects the natural look of the wood, which prevents it from fading over time. 

Colors & Finishes 

Vinyl windows come in a variety of colors, including white, tan, black, and brown. They are also available in a variety of finishes, such as textured, embossed, and clear. Most vinyl windows have a matte finish, which helps them to resist moisture. At Dabella, our vinyl windows are available in a variety of styles including a wood-like look if you were wanting a more traditional look to your home.  

When it comes to colors and finishes, wood has a lot of variety. Many homeowners choose to stain their wood windows so that they do not have to worry about keeping them clean. Staining allows you to choose a color or finish that will match the style of your home and that will help your windows to look their best. You can also paint your wood windows to give them a distinctive look and to protect the wood for longevity. 

Maintenance & Care  

Vinyl windows are easy to clean, which makes them an excellent choice for homes with small children or pets. All you must do is wipe your vinyl windows clean with a damp cloth. You can also use a window cleaner to clean your vinyl windows but be sure to use mild soap or soap free window cleaners to avoid staining your windows. If you notice that your vinyl windows have become discolored or stained, you can use a window cleaner with a stain removing agent to get the stain out. Vinyl windows are easier to keep clean than wood windows, which helps to keep your home looking nice.  

You can clean your vinyl windows using a soft cloth and window cleaner. Some people prefer to use a vinyl window cleaning kit, which is a special cleaning solution that is designed to clean vinyl windows without harming them. You can also use a solution of vinegar and water to clean your vinyl windows but be sure to rinse them thoroughly after cleaning. Vinyl windows are known for their extraordinarily little maintenance, which makes them a great choice for homeowners.  

Wood windows do tend to require more maintenance than vinyl windows. You will need to clean your wood windows using a soft cloth and window cleaner. You should also once in a while sand your wood windows to remove dirt and debris that has built up on the surface of your window. This will help your windows to look their best and will also keep them from fading over time. If you notice that your wood windows have become discolored or stained, you will need to clean them using a window cleaning kit or a solution of vinegar and water. The wood itself and the mechanisms on wood windows due tend to go bad and will need regular maintenance to ensure they are functioning properly.  

Which Window Material Has the Best Insulation? 

Vinyl windows are known for their great energy efficiency. This means that vinyl windows can help to lower your energy bills. Vinyl windows are also great at blocking out noise as these windows come in double pane and triple pane options. This means that vinyl windows are a smart choice for homeowners who are looking for a quieter and more energy efficient home. At DaBella, our Preservation windows are energy star rated and come in double pane and triple pane options for optimal sound proofing and added energy efficiency. 

Wood windows are also great insulators. This means that wood windows can help to keep your home cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Some homeowners choose to add additional insulation to their existing windows, which helps to lower their energy bills even more. You can also add insulation to your existing windows to help to lower your energy bills even more. Some homeowners choose to add additional insulation to their existing windows, which helps to lower their energy bills even more. 

Supply & Demand of Wood & Vinyl Windows.  

Vinyl windows do tend to be quite easy to find. About every manufacturer offers their own version of vinyl windows. This makes these windows remarkably high in supply and a demand that is also exceedingly high. There is a high turnaround for these windows, and you should not face any delays with your windows. 

Wood windows on the other hand are extremely high in demand but there are very few manufacturers that are still producing these types of windows. These types of windows are exceedingly difficult to produce and do take a lot of artisanship to create a high-quality window. This, combined with the low supply of these windows, has caused them to become exceedingly high in demand but low in supply. This has caused homeowners to face a high amount of wait time for their wood windows. This is something that you should consider before choosing a wood window for your home.  

Return on Investment & Resale Value 

Vinyl windows do tend to have a higher return on investment than wood windows. You could see as much as a 67% return on your new vinyl windows when you decide to sell your home.  

New wood windows have a slightly lower return on investment than vinyl windows when it comes time to sell the home.  

Are Vinyl Windows Better than Wood? 

As discussed in other articles on our site such as vinyl windows vs. fiberglass windows vinyl is the obvious choice for homeowners looking to add functionality and value in their home. Vinyl windows are better than wood windows when it comes to energy efficiency, soundproofing, initial cost and insulating. This means that vinyl windows are a better choice if you are looking for an energy efficient home, want the benefits of a quieter home, or are interested in saving money on your energy bills. If you are looking for a home that offers the greatest amount of soundproofing and energy efficiency, then vinyl windows are a great option for you. You should also consider the resale value of your windows when you are choosing which type of windows to have installed in your home. When it comes down to it, vinyl windows are better than wood windows in almost every way. Vinyl windows are much easier to install than wood windows. They are also much quieter than wood windows. This means that vinyl windows are a wonderful choice for homeowners who are looking for a quieter home.  

The only advantage to wood windows is having more of that traditional look as well as having slightly more customizable options. Wood windows are hard to come by and because of that manufacturers have the opportunity to charge a bit more for them. 

Choose the Professionals at DaBella for Your Next Window Installation. 

DaBella has a wide range of window types and styles, and you can be assured that we can find the right windows for you and your home. Our installers are some of the best in the industry and we take immense pride in ensuring that your windows are installed correctly the first time. Preservation offers a lifetime limited warranty on all our windows. No matter what type of windows you are looking to install, we will find a way to make it happen for you. Our team is ready to help you with your next window installation. 

If you are interested in taking the next steps towards the transformation of your home, contact DaBella today at 844-DaBella and let us show you the possibilities for your home. Our team will work with you to find the windows that will best fit your needs and style. We will also work with you to find the windows that will best preserve the character of your home, regardless of whether you want to keep the traditional look or are looking for more customizable options. We will work with you to find the windows that are the best fit for your budget and will work hard to get them installed as quickly as possible so that you can begin to enjoy the benefits. 

Casement vs. Sliding Windows. What Are The Similarities & Differences?

Vinyl replacement windows are a great upgrade if you are looking to improve not just the look of your home, but also the energy efficiency. Vinyl windows are well known for having extraordinarily little maintenance, they are resistant to scratching, and they will never need to be repainted. At DaBella, our energy star rated vinyl windows come in a wide range of window styles including garden windows, awning windows, bay and bow windows, double hung, end vent, hopper, as well as sliding and casement windows. 

Here we will talk about the similarities and differences between casement and sliding windows and share how both can be a fantastic addition to your home. 

What is a casement window?  

A casement window is a window that opens either outward or inward. They have hinges or pivots at the upper area of the window that allow it to open and close. It is remarkably similar to any door in your home as it opens and closes similarly. Usually, these windows will come with a crank and are sometimes known as crank windows because they use a crank handle that goes in a circular motion that cranks the bottom arm of the window. These types of windows are great if you want a window that allows for a lot of natural light and fresh air to flow into your home.  

What is a Sliding Window?  

Sliding windows are windows that open and close using a track or rail that slides side to side. Most people are familiar with the sliding glass doors that are on their homes and sliding windows essentially use the same mechanisms and open and close the same. Sliding windows are a great upgrade if you are looking for a window that allows for a lot of light and air to flow into your home. They are a little easier to open and close than casement windows and some sliding windows will come with a lever that allows you to open and close the window with a simple push. 

Ventilation Differences between Casement and Sliding Windows 

There are some ventilation differences between casement and sliding windows based on the way they are built. Casement windows are able to open and close like a door and allow for a lot of air flow. Sliding windows, however, only open halfway as one pane of glass slides while the other remains stationary and reduces the maximum amount of air flow for the size of the window.  

Energy Efficiency Differences

While DaBella’s casement and sliding windows are both extremely energy efficient, sliding windows have a seal that needs to be more flexible to open and close. Casement windows on the other hand are not flexible. The seal on casement windows is not as flexible and therefore is slightly more energy efficient than a sliding window.  

Where do these windows fit in your Home? 

Both types of windows are great for your home but they both depend on the size of the window portal in your home. The space that you have available is just a minor factor in determining which type of window that should be installed. The main thing that should be considered when deciding which type of window to install is the amount of ventilation that you are looking to have. Sliding windows will not be the best option if you are looking to have a lot of ventilation into your home. Both types of windows are great for your home and will offer a lot of benefits. The main reason that homeowners decide to upgrade their windows to vinyl is to improve energy efficiency and reduce the amount of money that is spent on energy bills. 

Pros and Cons of Sliding Windows 

Pros of sliding windows includes they are quite easy to clean and maintain if they have a tilt-in sash. Does not require any exterior space. These windows are known to be very budget friendly and will not break the bank to install. Because these windows do not require a mechanism to open and takes a mild pull of the arm there is far less maintenance.  

The cons of a sliding window are that they are not as energy efficient compared to a casement window. There is also not as much ventilation that is available when compared to a casement window.  

Pros and Cons of Casement Windows 

The pros of a casement window are that it provides great ventilation since the window can open at a 180-degree angle. Casement windows are known for being very energy efficient for their tight seal to the sash. They also offer a splendid view while not being obstructed by a frame. They are easy to clean and maintain.  

The cons of a casement window are that they do require maintenance. The crank, locking mechanisms, operator arms all need to be lubricated and maintained for a long-lasting window that functions as it originally would.  

DaBella is the Preferred Casement and Sliding Window Contractor 

When looking to upgrade your windows, DaBella is the preferred contractor for casement and sliding windows. We offer a wide selection of options for you to choose from, including a wide range of options and styles. Our vinyl replacement windows either come in double pane or triple pane options. Triple pane windows are great for extra energy efficiency and will also help keep out a lot of noise pollution. We also offer a limited lifetime transferable warranty on all of our windows so you can rest assured that your windows are installed correctly and are functioning as they should. If you have any questions or concerns, our experts are available to help. 

When you choose DaBella for your next window replacement project, you get outstanding customer service that is with you every step of the way, and factory-trained installers that make sure the job is done the right way and to not only to our ambitious standards but also yours as well. Our Fairfield & Glasswing windows are energy star rated and are sure to keep your home cool in the summer and toasty in the winter without the high energy bill. We have the largest selection of options in town, so if you have any questions or are looking for a certain style of window, do not hesitate to contact us. We will go out of our way to help you find the perfect option for your home. 

Our vinyl windows are great for being both durable and affordable, making them a great option for replacing your old windows. We also offer a wide range of options for you to choose from, so you can find the style that best suits your home and your budget. 

If you are ready to take the next steps toward your next window replacement project, contact us today at 844-DaBella. Our talented window experts are waiting and ready to help you transform your home into your dream home. Whether you are looking to do a roof replacement, siding replacement, window replacement, or bath or shower remodel, DaBella is here to help you. 

Bay Windows Vs. Bow Windows. What is the Difference?

There are really only very small differences between bay and bow windows. They both light up your home with a lot of natural light. They both provide beautiful views of your surroundings, and they both add character to your home. The real difference is in the style of window you choose for your home. If you want to add a modern touch to your home but don’t want to completely change the feel, then bay windows are the way to go. Bow and bay windows are a great way to add a lot of light and space to a small space without taking up a lot of room. If you want to add a little more character to your home while still getting a lot of natural light, then you should consider bow windows.

The Main Differences Between a Bay & Bow Window

Here are some of the differences between a bay and a bow window.

Bay Windows

A bay window usually consists of only 3 windows. The most popular style is most of the time a fixed picture window with a smaller windows on each side that are able to open and let in air. A bay window is a great addition to any room that allows you to enjoy the outdoors without having to open your blinds or curtains. They are also a great place to add a little extra light and space to a room without taking up a lot of space. The only downfall to a bay window is that they don’t provide as much privacy as other types of windows. This type of window is usually found on Contemporary homes.

Bow Window

A bow window is a window that has 4 or more windows. It is almost like a bay window with a center window that is fixed and the other windows can be opened. They are a great option if you want to add a lot of light but want to keep your curtains or blinds closed. A bow window is shaped actually shaped like a bow and are usually extended out from the wall of your home. While bow windows look great on any home, this type of window is usually found on traditional and Victorian style homes.

What Type of Materials Are Used For Bay & Bow Windows.

The most common materials used for bay and bow windows are wood, vinyl, aluminum or fiberglass. The type of material that is used will depend on the style of window that is being purchased. Fiberglass is the most energy efficient material used for bay and bow windows. It is also the strongest material and has a long lifespan. Wood windows are great if you’re looking for more of a rustic look but they are hard to maintain their pristine qualities. If your wood windows are untreated than they will begin to either rot, swell with moisture and will inevitably will be unusable. Aluminum windows are also a common choice and are lightweight, but they do tend to corrode over time especially so if they are not kept in good condition. Aluminum windows do not last as long as most other types of materials. Vinyl is the most common material used for bay and bow windows and is only slightly less energy efficient than fiberglass, not as expensive and very easy to maintain. Our DaBella Glasswing & Fairfield vinyl windows are very easy to maintain, energy star rated and we offer a load of customizations and options for your brand new windows. We offer our windows in almost every style of window you can think of.

Where Bay & Bow Windows Are Usually Put on a Home.

The best place to put a bay or bow window is in a room where you want to add a lot of natural light but don’t want to completely change the look of the room. They are great in bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Bay & Bow windows are also a great addition to any room that doesn’t have a lot of windows but could use a little more light. They can be placed almost anywhere in your home. These types of windows are great for those looking to make their rooms feel larger by adding more depth into the room. These types of windows are pushed out on the exterior of the house and can be made for a reading nook, a indoor garden.

Installation of Bay & Bow Windows.

These windows are customarily installed in new construction buildings. Although it is possible to install these windows in an existing homes in a spot with existing windows or no windows at all. It does cost a pretty penny and will require someone with a background in structural building to make sure that it is a safe and proper installation. If you have already existing bay or bow windows, DaBella’s bow and bay windows are excellent at keeping the cold air in during the summer and the warm air in during the winter. Our dedicated window specialists are great at making recommendations and factory-trained installers will make sure that your windows are installed properly and to our high standards as well as yours.

Comparing the Cost Between a Bow Window & Bay Window.

The cost of buying and installing these windows will depend greatly on the size of the window as well as the material that you choose. Another factor that you will need to consider if you don’t already have these types of windows is the structural costs of installing them. As said before it can be difficult and will take a structural engineer to decide if this type of project is safe and plausible for your home. If you’re looking for an updated modern look for your already existing bay or bow window, look for DaBella. DaBella is the window experts that will help you find the bay or bow window of your dreams. Generally, bow windows cost more than bay windows because they do have more windows and take a longer time to manufacture. But they also add unique character and design to your home. Whether you prefer a rustic look or a classic one, you can find a bow window that will complement your home and your preferences.

The Go To Replacement Window Contractor For Bay & Bow Windows.

DaBella is the window experts that will help you find the bay or bow windows that will give your room an updated modern look. Our windows are energy star rated and offer a fleet of styles and options that’ll upgrade your home with more natural light and a fresh new revamp. Also, DaBella provides factory trained installers that will make sure that your new  windows are installed properly to your standards and will keep your home comfortable and toasty during the winter and cool and comfortable during the summer. We are the go to replacement window contractor for all of your replacement window projects. When it comes to finding the right windows for your home, DaBella is the place to go. We have the widest range of styles of windows to choose from and the most expert window specialists to help you find the perfect window. Contact us today at 844-DaBella and we will provide you with a free no obligation quote.

Fiberglass VS Vinyl Windows: Which is Best?

Differences Between Vinyl & Fiberglass Windows

There are several types of window materials to choose from when deciding what windows are best on a new construction home or looking for replacement windows in previously built home. The most common types of window material frames that homeowners see as being the best  are either vinyl or fiberglass. These two are the most common for their affordability, durability, and energy efficiency. In this article we will show you the differences between vinyl and fiber glass including the strengths and weaknesses of both.  

What is The Cost Difference 

Comparing the cost, vinyl is significantly less expensive than fiberglass. Vinyl windows are around 10-30% less expensive than fiberglass including installation. The reason why installation is cheaper for vinyl is because it is much easier to install, and manufacture compared to fiberglass and wood.  

Vinyl windows are much more flexible and there is more give and take with measurements. Whereas fiberglass is much more rigid and needs to be much more exact with measurements. The installation of fiberglass windows is a little more difficult and you will need an installer that really knows what they are doing. This results in a premium cost for installation.  

Options and Styles 

Vinyl windows come in a wide range of styles, colors, finishes and decorative options and are sometimes available in a wood look choice without the maintenance of wood. At DaBella our vinyl windows come in almost every style of windows you could think of including sliding glass doors, double-hung, casement, garden window, picture windows, bay & bow windows, etc.  

Fiberglass windows also come in a wide array of styles and finishes as well. Most fiberglass window manufacturers offer the same type of styles that most other materials can fit. Something that also is great about fiberglass is that the frame is a lot thinner and not as visible as other materials. If you are looking for the maximum amount of light to come through fiberglass might be a desirable choice for you if you are willing to pay the premium.  

Energy Efficiency Differences 

Vinyl windows are made of polyvinyl chloride and are equipped with ultraviolet light stabilizers that make the vinyl resistant to breaking down under significant heat. Vinyl has proved to be very energy efficient and will have their max efficiency for many years to come. The insulated frames make vinyl windows an excellent choice for those looking for their windows to pay themselves off. Vinyl windows come in either double pane or with even added energy efficiency and cut the amount of noise pollution.  

While vinyl windows are environmentally friendly, the R and U value of fiberglass is slightly better and more energy efficient. Fiberglass itself has been used for over 100 years as an insulator in homes. Fiberglass windows also come in either double pane or triple pane options.  

Durability  

The durability of DaBella’s vinyl windows is exceptionally good and should last in your home for a lifetime. The mechanisms of our vinyl windows should last the lifetime of your home as well. The wonderful thing about our windows is that they come with a limited lifetime manufacture warranty so you can be assured that your windows will be protected for the lifetime of your home.  

Fiberglass windows are slightly more durable because the material does not tend to warp or bend under extreme heat. They can also last the lifetime of your home if you do take proper care of them. They do tend to require quite a bit of maintenance.  

Maintenance 

The remarkable thing about vinyl windows is that they do not require maintenance ever depending on the area you live in. If you live in an elevated temperature area and you notice that the insulation around your window starts to crack, you may need to caulk your windows to restore their full energy capabilities.  

If you do not like the original color of your fiberglass windows, the wonderful thing is that you can paint fiberglass. But if you do paint them, at some point the paint will begin to crack and peel and will require to be repainted if you live in a high heat area.  

Are Vinyl or Fiberglass Windows Better for My Home? 

Vinyl and fiberglass are both great options for your next window replacement project. But since DaBella has industry-leading manufacture warranties for vinyl windows you will stay protected for a lifetime. DaBella has options and styles for vinyl windows for any kind of budget and our installation process is much quicker, easier on your home and cheaper than a fiberglass windows installation. While being virtually maintenance free, strong durability and energy star rated energy efficiency. Vinyl windows are the obvious choice for those looking for a high-quality product at a reasonable price.  

Come To DaBella for Your Next Window Replacement 

DaBella has been transforming the home improvement experience for homeowners for the last 11 years. We believe that the home improvements experience should be easy to understand, knowledgeable and make you feel comfortable with your final decision. With over 20,000 projects completed last year, DaBella is the go-to home improvement contractor you can trust with an outstanding track record of completed projects. We provide lifetime limited manufacture warranties that will keep you protected so that you can keep your peace of mind.  

DaBella offers roofing, siding, windows, gutters and bathtub and shower replacements to homeowners in our 35 offices across 13 states. If your home is showing signs of age or distress and you are looking to add curb appeal and lasting value, contact us today at 844-DaBella and get a complimentary quote. Our home improvement specialists are standing by and are ready to show you the possibilities for your home.