If you’ve got an old Seattle home and the windows or siding have reached the end of their useful life it’s a good idea to replace both at the same time Siding and window replacement done at the same time will give you the best possible end result When siding replacement and window replacement aren’t done together there are usually some sacrifices made along the way I know its not always possible monetarily to do both at the same time but if you need to do one before the other you should start with the replacement windows You can check out our window replacement blog articles and videos here http://www.synapseconstruction.com/seattle-window-replacement-window-unit-or-insert/ , http://www.synapseconstruction.com/wood-window-replacement-demonstration-video/ You will need to work with the house siding when replacing the windows but it will be much easier to replace the siding on the home when you have the resources after the replacement windows are done rather than the other way around This approach to phasing your Seattle siding and window replacement is best in terms of achieving a water tight envelope while you take a break to save up to complete the project.
By, Kyle Keever
This sounds like a really cool technology that could revolutionize the window and window replacement industry Of course before you invest in dynamic tinting replacement windows its best to go after the low hanging fruit first Seal up your air leaks and better insulation Then go out and get your NASA inspired replacement windows.
By, Kyle Keever
We’ve put together a video showing how to install a wood replacement window The video was shot while working on a siding and window replacement project in the Mount Baker neighborhood of Seattle This video looks at the removal and replacement of an old double hung wood window (circa 1915) with a new Lindal wood replacement window unit This is not the same as using a vinyl insert replacement window I will be putting a video together for that soon We’re happy to answer any questions or help when we can if the video generates more questions than answers After all we are a Seattle Siding and Window Replacement company not videographers So fee free to contact us with any questions Thanks for watching.
By, Kyle Keever
Seattle Siding? – metal flashing is an integral part of the envelope
When it comes to Seattle siding and metal flashings, most people think of the bent metal they buy at home depot While, that is metal flashing, it only scratches the surface of what is needed to do a proper Seattle siding or replacement window job In the Pacific Northwest rain can go more directions than just down Tight seals and impenetrable barriers are needed at the most vulnerable areas on a building.
Seattle siding flashing should slope away from the building
When you put flashing over a window or on any horizontal surface you want that flashing to direct water away from the home That’s why we at Seattle siding find it a little frustrating that the home improvement stores carry flashings that are bent at 90 deg With a 90 deg bend you have an equal opportunity for the piece to slope to the house, away from the house or not at all Having the flashing bent with a 100 deg angle guarantees it will slope away from the house at least 5 deg Because of this Seattle siding usually spend the extra money to have my flashings custom made by a metal shop.
The flashing shown here is a “corner boot” As you can see its fully soldered and made for an outside corner Without this custom piece of flashing the outside corner of a belly band would be very difficult to waterproof and would likely rely on sealant These flashings are always custom and require a little drafting knowledge to get them right The one shown here is quite simple and they can also get quite complicated.
If you have any questions for Seattle siding on metal flashings don’t hesitate to contact me.
By, Kyle Keever
There is still time to have Seattle Siding install replacement windows before the tax credit expires.
The $1500 Federal Tax credit for installing energy efficient Seattle replacement windows expires at the end of the year If you have a drafty house with old single pane windows and have been on the fence whether to install replacement windows;? now is the time If you don’t do it now you’ll miss out on the $1500 you can get back from uncle Sam It’s money that shouldn’t be thrown out the window along with the warm air in your house.
Replacement windows save you money and are good for the environment.
Contact us today for a free Seattle replacement windows estimate What do you have to loose besides the cold drafts?
By, Kyle Keever
I was just taking a look at the 2009-10 survey by Remodeling Magazine and was happy to see that Seattle siding replacement with fiber cement siding was one of the top remodeling projects as far as return on investment Installing Seattle replacement windows is also a high return on investment It makes sense too With new Seattle siding and replacement windows your home will have greater curb appeal, lower maintenance, less drafty, lower heating and cooling costs The benefits really add up with new Seattle siding and new energy efficient replacement windows.
New Seattle replacement windows and Seattle siding keep you comfortable and make $ence.
By, Kyle Keever
Synapse Construction – Siding and Windows Seattle
This is a short video of a open joint rain-screen siding project in Seattle.
By, Kyle Keever
Window Upgrades Help Keep You From Throwing Money Away
Most homeowners are careful when spending money improving their homes. They want to get the best return on their investment. Whether you’re working to increase the resale value of a home you want to sell or you plan to stay put in your current home indefinitely, there are a number of improvements that can be made. But how do you choose? A home is generally a person’s largest investment, so saving money in and on your home is a great first step to avoid throwing money out the window!? With the federal tax credits there hasn’t been a better time to replace your windows with new energy efficient windows Not every window has the qualities to qualify for the federal rebate so make sure your supplier knows if that is a criteria for your Seattle replacement window package.
Consider Seattle Replacement Windows
Upgrading old windows with new Seattle replacement windows is a great home improvement option. Windows are one of the most important areas in your home for energy conservation. A bad window is like having a big hole in your wall that lets the heat out and the cold in. Older Seattle windows can often be worn out, leak air, and not function or operate well. Seattle Replacement windows can solve any or all of these problems.
Some of the most important areas in your home for energy conservation are your windows. Evaluating what you have in place will help as you decide how and when to install Seattle replacement windows. Older windows are often single paned which doesn’t help contain energy in your home. They leak air and don’t provide a good protective barrier to the heat and cold that’s outside your home. They let in the cold and out the heat in the winter and the other way around in the warmer months. Replacing single pane windows will make your home more energy efficient because new windows are more energy efficient. They prevent air leaks and are more durable than older single pane windows. They are also low maintenance, and are easier to operate than the windows installed in the home when it was new.
Choosing the Right Seattle Replacement Windows
A wide array of window materials is available for your home. Here are some of the more common window materials and feature choices.
- Vinyl Windows
Vinyl windows are low maintenance and low cost. They are very common but don’t come in a huge range of colors.
- Composite Windows
Composite Seattle replacement windows are stronger than vinyl as well as being lighter and more stable. Composite materials aren’t as vulnerable to heat and cold as vinyl and won’t twist or warp. They also retain their shape and color, resisting denting and fading, offering long-term durability.
- Aluminum Frames
New aluminum frames are “thermally broken” Unlike the older frames that are not thermally broken new aluminum sash windows do not “sweat” and are a good Seattle replacement window choice Although aluminum is not as energy efficient of a frame it offers great durability, low maintenance and can lend itself to a more modern look.
- Wood Frames
Wood is thought to be the most beautiful window frame material. They do, however, require more maintenance in that they need to be painted or stained periodically. They are also more expensive than vinyl, composite or aluminum. Some manufacturers will encase the wood in a composite material that maintains the look and feel of the wood while reducing the maintenance.
Know Your Glass!
Buying new windows can be confusing enough without having to worry about the technicalities of the glass and how it works. There is some basic information you should know, however, about the types of glass available for your Seattle replacement windows that will give you the most for your money when trying to conserve energy.
U-value measures how insulating windows are. The more insulating the window is the lower the U-Value, making it more effective at keeping out the cold and heat and therefore making it more energy efficient.
Low-E, or Low Emissivity, is glass that is coated with a glaze that reduces the heat transfer back through the glass. This helps keep warm air in during cold weather and hot air out during the warmer seasons. This will improve the thermal performance of the Seattle replacement windows you choose.
- Gas Fills
Energy efficient replacement windows are generally either double or triple paned, meaning two or three pieces of glass sandwiched together. These windows have gas between the panes to increase thermal performance, making them more energy efficient. There are two types of gases used for this, argon and krypton. Krypton is more expensive than argon but is more effective at resisting heat flow than argon.
- Performance Ratings
One performance rating for Seattle replacement windows is called the U-Factor. This indicates how much non-solar heat can pass through the glass. The lower the U-Factor is, the more energy efficient the window.
Finally, air leakage is another way of measuring the energy efficiency of Seattle replacement windows. This is a measurement of how much air can leak through a window. The lower the air leakage rating the more efficient the replacement window is.
Once you decide to install replacement windows in your home, it’s time to hire a good Seattle area window contractor. They can take you through the process from pricing to installation. And they can show you a variety of choices that will work for your project Seattle Replacement windows are available in a huge assortment of materials and styles. From a small bathroom window to a beautiful bay window, there is a Seattle replacement window for any room.
Replacement windows can improve the overall appearance of your home and will make your home more energy efficient. So stop throwing money out the window! Invest in replacement windows for your home.
By, Kyle Keever
Rain-screen Seattle Siding.
This 1929 4 story concrete building in Seattle, was being rehabilitated and converted to a mixed use apartment building Three of the exterior walls were concrete with the South elevation being concrete post and beam construction infilled with brick and no siding The problems posed by the differing construction on the south elevation:
- What to do about a giant wow in the concrete structure on the south elevation.
- What exterior Seattle siding and window treatment to use that would not look out of place compared to the rest of the building.
- What Seattle siding and window products could be used that would provide the same low maintenance as the original concrete walls.
A? rotary laser level capable of shooting vertically was used to map the wow on the south elevation of the building After determining the furthest out points it was decided to use 2×8 framing so the infilled framed sections of walls could be hung out past the concrete frame at varying depths to? making up for the wow This also allowed us to get 2″ of rigid foam insulation on the concrete posts and beams before cdx plywood sheathing was applied and we ended up with a smooth flat surface ready for Seattle siding and window replacement.
The owner chose a rain-screen siding product made in Japan called Ceraclad Ceraclad rain-screen siding offers both vertical and horizontal siding that is mounted to clips that hold the siding away from the wall 5/8″ The nice thing about Ceraclad is it is a complete rainscreen sidingsystem The owner liked the Seattle siding profile that was made to look like stucco as it blended in well with the existing concrete walls on the other three sides of the building.
Aesthetically the Ceraclad rain-screen siding system worked with the rest of the building and did not look out of place Maintenance was the other big factor for the owner. The rain-screen siding panels were pre-finished and very durable Once the rain-screen siding was on there was no painting necessary and should be maintenance free for 15 years With the rain-screen siding design the structure is protected as it can dry out if water were to work its way in.
With a little time spent researching Seattle siding and window replacement products and methods for dealing with the differing wall the results speak for themselves The owner has a building with a consistent look, low maintenance and durable protection What was done here won’t work for every project but illustrates that taking the time to learn about different Seattle siding and window products and methods can make the difference when confronted with a difficult building situation.
By, Kyle Keever