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Why Your Windows are Making Popping Sounds

Sometimes it’s late at night and you hear a gentle pop at the window. While this sound can be startling, the root cause is usually chalked up to a tree branch tapping against the glass or some bugs looking for a way inside. However, one of the main culprits of that irritating popping sound may not be what you’d expect; something else within the home like siding or the windows that were not installed perfectly. Here is a list of a few things that may account for that sound and a few solutions so you can find peace and quiet.

Poorly installed vinyl siding 

 

Usually, the main cause of the infamous popping noise doesn’t come from the windows themselves. In many cases, the sound is coming from the vinyl siding installed on the exterior of the home. If the popping is coming from your vinyl siding, it’s because the siding was nailed too tightly — when it expands in certain weather conditions, especially in the summer, it contracts and the nails “pop” out of their place. Luckily, the solution is simple: Remove the siding and have a professional reinstall it or replace it. Now, your siding will be in perfect place and the popping sound has stopped! 

Aluminum Cladding on Your Windows

Aluminum, like most metals, is a material that heats up quickly in the sun, and aluminum-clad windows are no exception. Aluminum-clad windows after basking in the sun usually expand and contract faster than windows made from alternate materials. Since aluminum heats and cools so quickly, these rapid expansions and contractions are what cause the popping sound. Considering that the aluminum is integral to the window, the only sustainable solution that will keep the popping sound at bay is to replace these windows with something more heat and weather resistant, such as impact windows

Low-E Glass Windows 

 

If the mysterious popping noise started after replacing windows or moving into a newly updated home, Low-E glass may be the cause. This razor-thin, colorless, and non-toxic coated glass may improve your home’s energy efficiency, but is not a nice pairing for homes with aluminum siding. Since Low-E glass reflects heat away from your home to keep the interior home temperature consistent, this deflected energy can be absorbed by the surrounding siding. This absorbed heat can release itself quickly, and the dropping temperature can account for the popping sound you’re hearing.  The most permanent solution is to replace your aluminum siding with vinyl siding or concrete fiber siding. A more budget-friendly solution is to shade your affected windows, but this will not make your Low-E windows as effective in regulating your home’s interior temperature. 

Inadequate Window Installation

If you are sure none of these other problems are the cause of the popping sound, the noise may be really coming from your windows. Pressure can release on the jamb of windows that were inaccurately installed out of square, plumb, or plane. The jamb bends inwards and puts pressure on the window sashes which can cause that popping or cracking sound you’re hearing. If you discover that the windows are the cause of the popping sound, the windows will most likely need to be removed and reinstalled correctly. 

 

The last thing anyone should worry about is window troubles. Luckily, the experts at FHIA and our reputation for great service have you covered. New windows will help you save on energy costs, protect your home, and in this case, get rid of pesky popping noises! Give us a call to set up a no-obligation consultation orfill out our online form to speak with a representative about a free quote.

High Summer Electric Bill? This Is Why.

If you’ve lived in Florida, even if just for a couple of months, you know that our summers can be HOT. Most of us crank up the AC and try to spend as much time as possible either inside, or out by the pool. That means our energy bill is through the roof expensive from as early as April to as late as September – that’s a lot of money. Want to lower your electric bill? Keep reading!

Is It Your Roof?

Your AC is running all day long, so why is it still 78 degrees inside? You could have an insulation problem. Your siding, walls, attic, and roof, all play a part in insulating your home. Insulation helps keep the inside temperature, hot or cold, INSIDE where it belongs, reducing the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling.

If it’s hot in your home no matter what you do, it might be time to replace your roof. Getting an inspection is the easiest way to find out. Premium roofing material can improve thermal performance, keeping your home cool in summer.

A roof should let in as little heat as possible. If the summer heat is making your electric bill skyrocket, you need to think about upgrading. We only use premium roofing products that will help your home feel more comfortable AND boost your curb appeal. Get a free quote.

It’s Probably Your Windows!

Builder-grade windows can account for up to 50 percent of a home’s heating and cooling loss. Without the right windows, this energy loss can be a problem when it comes time to pay your electric bill. 

Thin frames can put your home’s safety and energy efficiency at risk. If you think your windows are the culprit of your higher-than-usual energy bills: stand in front of the window, do you feel the heat coming through? If it’s significant enough for you to feel, it’s time to change your windows!

Read more about how our windows can help you save money!

Our Energy Efficient windows were specifically designed and manufactured to withstand the Florida heat! We worked really hard to develop a glass that lets through less heat than an outside-facing wall. Our SolarMax insulated impact windows are manufactured exclusively for FHIA, and  prevent up to 95% of all UV rays. Our low-E product qualifies for all four climate zones throughout the country, so these windows can help your home stay cool all summer long. 

Upgrading your home to energy-efficient roofing and window options can save you a lot of money in the long run. Get started with a free quote today and claim our special offer!

The Ins and Outs of Window Warranties

Installing new windows in your home is an easy process with the right contracting company. But, understanding the documentation that comes with those windows isn’t so simple. Turns out window warranties can be quite complicated. Let’s clear things up a bit.

Who Offers the Warranty Coverage?

This is an important distinction to make as it can impact who you work with when repairing a damaged or defective window. There are two types of warranties that are typically covered:

Manufacturer’s Warranties

Most manufacturers will offer a replacement or repair warranty with their products. These warranties usually cover defects or damage to the product itself, such as window hardware breaking within 1 to 2 years. Depending on the manufacturer, you might be required to work with a contractor who is certified to repair their products.

Contractor Warranties

The contractor you hire to install windows may also offer a workmanship warranty. If the product was installed improperly your contractor will cover the costs of replacing it. Workmanship warranties can also provide coverage on the labor costs for repairs to a defective product. Most last one year but may be available for longer.

Elements of a Window Warranty

It’s also important to know the ins and outs of what a window warranty may cover. Here are some common things to be aware of when you review your new window’s warranty coverage:

  • Labor Coverage: As mentioned above, many manufacturer’s warranties cover replacement windows, but might not offer to pay for the labor involved. There are also a lot of “lifetime” warranties, but they only offer labor coverage for a limited period.

  • Transferable Warranties: Some window contractors and manufacturers will also offer a transferable lifetime warranty that provides warranty coverage to the next homeowner too. This is great for property flippers or homeowners who are fixing up their homes to put on the market.

  • Glass Breakage Coverage: Window companies may also offer additional warranty coverage for window breakage. This can be especially helpful if you live in an area prone to storms as it can cost a couple hundred dollars minimum just to replace the broken glass in an insulated glass window.

  • Hardware & Moving Parts: Check the warranty closely for hardware and moving parts coverage if you like to open your windows often. Certain brands will cover the hardware, balances, and all moving parts for as long as you own the home, while some limit that coverage to just a few years. The longer you own your home, the more likely it is the hardware will wear out, so it’s an important distinction to make.

  • Screen Replacement Coverage: Many window warranties exclude the window screens. It may not be expensive to replace the window screen, but the frames tend to be proprietary so you might have trouble getting one that fits later on.

  • Coastal Coverage: Last, but not least, if you live near a body of water, your window warranty might not provide full coverage. Some window manufacturer’s will only provide full coverage for a limited period or partial coverage that excludes the finish if you live within one to two miles of a coastline.

Learn More About Our Window Warranties at FHIA

Still searching for a ‘good window company near me?’ If you are interested in replacing your windows and want to know more about our warranty coverage, reach out to FHIA. We can set up a free consultation with an expert to discuss our lifetime transferable warranties and preferred window brands. 

Give us a call or fill out our online form right away. We’ll also be happy to provide a free quote for window replacement anytime.

Pricey Power Bills? Caulk it Up to Your Old Windows

How much is your power bill every month? Do you ever feel like your power use remains unchanged but your bill continues to get more and more expensive?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are struggling financially. Luckily, there are changes you can make around your home to save you money and relieve some of the financial stress on you and your family. The first step to becoming a cost-conscious homeowner is taking a look at your old windows.

The Problem with Your Old Windows

If you live in an older home, chances are your old windows are contributing to your increased power bill. Old windows can be drafty and will allow the outside temperature to affect the temperature inside the home. This results in your air conditioning unit and your heater working overtime to heat and cool your home, when they could be doing so at a much lower cost to the household.

Why Your Old Windows Are Costing You Money

There are many reasons why your old windows might be costing you more in energy bills. Below are some of the most common reasons.

●     Old window frames lack insulating properties, which means they can’t keep heat out during the summer or in during the winter

●     Even if they seem completely functional, old windows may have small cracks or breaks that leave your home vulnerage to leakage, drafts, allergens and insects

●     Untreated glass lets in ultraviolet light that can discolor carpet and fade furniture

When to Replace Your Old Windows

There are clear signs to look for when it’s time to replace your old windows. Consider a window replacement if you notice any of the following issues.

●     Damaged or rotting window frames

●     Decreased temperature control inside the house

●     Cracked or broken glass panes in the windows

●     Drafty rooms and temperature changes near the windows

●     Difficulty when opening or closing windows

If you notice any of these signs, there’s a good change that your increased power bills are due to your old, outdated windows.

Choosing the Right Window Replacement

There are many different kinds of windows and frames to choose from when remodeling your outdated windows. Make sure to consider all options to be sure you’ve made the best choice for your home. Below, you can find a breakdown of the most popular types of windows.

Bay Windows:

Although expensive to maintain and repair, bay windows are designed to make any room appear larger and airier.

Casement Windows: 

These windows are perfect for difficult to reach places, such as the area above a kitchen sink.

Bow Windows: 

Made with four or more panes of glass, bow windows are fully customizable and will increase light and ventilation in your home.

Impact Windows: 

Perfect for storm-prone areas, impact windows are designed not to shatter when hit with flying debris.

Picture Windows:

Aesthetically pleasing and available in energy saving models, picture windows are guaranteed to decrease your power bill!

Insulated Glass & Energy Efficient Windows: 

These windows not only protect you and your family during hurricane season, but they’re specifically designed to save you money on energy bills.

Now that you’ve learned the dangers of old windows, it’s time to inspect your own. Carefully look over all the old windows in your home and inspect them for cracks, rot and drafty spots. If you detect any problem areas, it’s time to replace your old windows and save on your power bills.

Is It Time For New Windows?

Windows Can’t Be Repaired

If your home’s windows have been discontinued since installation, it might be difficult to find replacement parts that are necessary to make repairs. 

If this is the case, you may have to settle with a replacement instead. This usually happens when windows are old and phased out, so take the opportunity to upgrade with energy-efficient windows that modernize the look and functionality of your home.

They’re Ugly

Finally, take a look at your home and notice whether its windows add or detract from its overall aesthetic appearance. Windows are an important component to the overall look of your property, and can dramatically impact the way it shows from the street and from the interior, too. 

If your windows are old and outdated, or simply ugly, consider replacing them with gorgeous, brand-new picture replacement windows. The right windows can add considerable beauty and curb appeal to boost your home’s aesthetic look and overall value. 

Affordable, No-Hassle Window Replacement from FHIA

At FHIA, you can expect to receive nothing less than the outstanding quality products, reliable installations, and award-winning customer service we’re known for throughout Florida. Whether you need kitchen cabinet refacing, replacement windows, and doorsroofing installation and repairs, or other home remodeling services—our expert team of professionals is here to help you find the best and most affordable solutions to make your home remodeling experience easy and hassle-free. 

For more information about FHIA and our comprehensive menu of home remodeling solutions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team now. Pick up the phone to speak with one of our agents or fill out our online form to request a free, no-obligation, in-home pricing estimate, and consultation.

Is It Time For New Windows?

Windows Can’t Be Repaired

If your home’s windows have been discontinued since installation, it might be difficult to find replacement parts that are necessary to make repairs. 

If this is the case, you may have to settle with a replacement instead. This usually happens when windows are old and phased out, so take the opportunity to upgrade with energy-efficient windows that modernize the look and functionality of your home.

They’re Ugly

Finally, take a look at your home and notice whether its windows add or detract from its overall aesthetic appearance. Windows are an important component to the overall look of your property, and can dramatically impact the way it shows from the street and from the interior, too. 

If your windows are old and outdated, or simply ugly, consider replacing them with gorgeous, brand-new picture replacement windows. The right windows can add considerable beauty and curb appeal to boost your home’s aesthetic look and overall value. 

Affordable, No-Hassle Window Replacement from FHIA

At FHIA, you can expect to receive nothing less than the outstanding quality products, reliable installations, and award-winning customer service we’re known for throughout Florida. Whether you need kitchen cabinet refacing, replacement windows, and doors, roofing installation and repairs, or other home remodeling services—our expert team of professionals is here to help you find the best and most affordable solutions to make your home remodeling experience easy and hassle-free. 

 

For more information about FHIA and our comprehensive menu of home remodeling solutions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team now. Pick up the phone to speak with one of our agents or fill out our online form to request a free, no-obligation, in-home pricing estimate, and consultation.

Picking Out the Functional Features of Your Replacement Windows

Thinking about replacing your home windows? It is a lot of fun dreaming about the design options you’ll have available, from frame colors and materials to window shapes. Of course, you’ll also want to think about the more functional features of your replacement windows too.

Functional Features of Replacement Windows

Windows are surprisingly complex products with several functioning features that impact your enjoyment of them. Whether you are looking for new windows that are easy to use or just want to maximize efficiency, the results you get will be the result of the window features you pick out.

Window Operation

There are three basic window operating styles to consider when shopping for replacement windows. When looking at design options, you’ll need to choose between:

 

Hinge Placement

The placement of the hinges on your windows also affect how these windows open and close, which can be important depending on your needs. For instance, some people want a little extra ventilation in the bathroom, while maintaining privacy. They may choose an awning window installed up high on the wall because it has a top-opening hinge that swings outward. Window contractors can install these basic options and the corresponding window types:

  • Side-Opening Hinge: Casement Windows

  • Top-Opening Hinge: Awning Windows

  • Bottom-Opening Hinge: Hopper Windows

You may prefer sliding windows which are available in a horizontal slider or a vertical double-hung window style.

Glass Textures and Opacity

Homeowners can also use different textures, films, and frosted effects on window glass to increase privacy in the home. If you are installing windows in a prominent area, such as the front entryway, you might want to check out some of these options:

  • Textures: Manufacturers can add a surface texture to window glass to distort images from a distance, such as water ripples or pebbling.

  • Frosted Glass: Different levels of opacity can be achieved with frosted glass, such as a very light effect that you can still see through or completely white glass that blocks the view.

Window Efficiency

Energy efficiency is also an important function in your home windows. You’ll have the option to select from products specifically designed for efficiency before installation. These can include components, such as fiberglass frames and thicker seals and weather stripping. You’ll also be able to add energy saving features to any window design, such as:

  • Double- or Triple-Pane Glass

  • Argon or Krypton Gas Fill

  • Protective UV-Resistant Coatings

Glass Type

A subset of window efficiency would also be the type of glass used on your replacement windows. Living in an area that is prone to storms or along a coastal area, you’ll want to pick out impact glass or hurricane glass. These glasses are resistant to breaking and shattering to ensure safety and comfort during bad weather.

Get a Free Quote for Replacement Window Installation

If you are ready to install replacement windows in your Florida home, reach out to a leading “window company near me.” FHIA can set up a complimentary consultation with you right away. Just give us a call or fill out our online form to begin.

How to Detect Drafty Windows

Drafty windows can put an unnecessary strain on your wallet. Summer is almost here! This brings higher energy costs with increased usage. Don’t let your money leak through drafty windows, check to see if any of your windows are compromised!

Candle test

You’ll want to first turn off any fans, AC, and furnace that may cause any sort of airflow in the room. Next, you’ll take a candle or incense stick and light it. Hold your candle near the seams of the window and watch for movement in the flame/smoke (you’ll want to move slowly as you do this to ensure you aren’t causing any air movement yourself). Be sure to write down which windows show signs of a draft.

Check for loose windows

When checking for loose windows you can use a simple piece of paper! You’ll open your window, then place your piece of paper on the sill and close the window. Next, try to pull the paper out, if you can remove it easily without it tearing, there’s a chance that air is able to pass through as well.

High-tech tools

Infrared thermometers are great for detecting air leaks around doors and windows. If you have access to one, this will be the most scientific way to detect drafts. When using one of these devices you’ll measure the temperature of air around the window and door, if there’s a cloud of cool air surrounding your window, you’ve found a drafty window. 

Visual check

Examine the caulking between the frame and your window, if there is noticeable weathering this may be a potential place for air leakage. Another way to visually examine your window is to dim the room that you are checking and look to see any light that may be coming in around your window frame.

If you believe you have a drafty window, the best thing to do is schedule an inspection/free quote with a professional, like FHIA. Trusting your home with experienced professionals is no easy task, with hundreds of happy customers, we provide the care and quality work homeowners expect. Ready to take the next step? You can find more educational information, like strengthening your home with new windows and how to stop condensation from forming on your windows, throughout our website!

How Can I Stop Condensation From Forming on My Windows?

Winter is coming, and that means one thing: that annoying hazy fog on your windows is coming back as well. That foggy haze is none other than condensation forming on your windows. So you might be asking yourself what does that means, and how can I stop it from happening? Continue reading to find out!

What is Window Condensation?

Condensation is a natural phenomenon that occurs due to humidity and temperature. As the temperature of an object becomes cooler than the air around it, the air’s humidity starts to form back into a liquid. This is what causes the wet, foggy haze on your window or the droplets of water along with an ice-cold beverage.

How to Stop Window Condensation from Forming

Here are some steps to follow to prevent window condensation:

 

  1. Turn on your fans. Yes, even in the winter. The fan’s rotation helps circulate airflow, moving warm air off your ceiling and back down to the floor. It’s especially important to turn fans on whenever you cook or shower. Both activities release a lot of humidity into the air, so it’s a smart move to turn on those exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom for about 20 minutes after you cook or shower.

  2. Use a dryer to dry clothes instead of air drying. While air-drying your clothes on a clothing line is an environmentally conscious option to do in the summer, it is a big no-no in the winter. Every load of laundry releases about 5 pints of water into the air. So to prevent the air in your home from getting more humid, it’s best to use an electric dryer.

  3. Be careful with the humidifier. While humidifiers can help with things like sinus problems, dry skin, and chapped lips they also release humidity into the air. If window condensation is an issue in your homes and you have a humidifier, try turning it down.

  4. Use curtains and drapes to increase the temperature of your windows. Remember, condensation is caused by an object being colder than the air around it. To prevent condensation from forming on your window, try and raise its temperature with some curtains or drapes.

  5. Move house plants away from windows. Plants can release moisture into your homes air through their leaves. So keeping plants away from windows can help prevent adding additional water to the air around the window.

  6. Install better-insulated windows. Windows with better insulation are designed to handle humidity better and can significantly help with condensation reduction. 

Here at FHIA, we offer energy-efficient window products that dramatically improve your home’s thermal insulation and indoor comfort. If you’re interested in learning more about our window installations, visit our website or call us today at (813) 548-5993.

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