How to Choose the Right Type of Windows for Your Home

Whether you are looking to upgrade your windows or you are interested in replacing them with more energy efficient solutions, selecting the right windows for your home can be quite a daunting process. Updating the windows in your home is a major investment. Doing research about your options now will definitely save you from headaches and problems down the road. Follow these simple steps to help you choose the correct windows for your home. Step 1: Choose Your Window Materials The most popular … [Read more...]

Make Your Home Stand out with a Makeover

Editor’s Note: From time to time we entertain guest articles. Today’s guest article was written by Alexa McClain. ++++++++++ A Makeover for Your Home Can Make a Difference Whether you are looking to sell your home or just looking to enhance the decorative layout, a simple makeover can make a big difference. Your main goal is to complete your home's makeover while saving a little money in the process. You can do the job yourself or hire someone else to do the job for you. Here are a few … [Read more...]

How To Repair Holes in Window Frames

Holes and Paint Overlap on Window Frame

A little more than a week ago I wrote a few articles about the new Kenney Truly Cordless Roman Shades which I installed on the window frames in one of our bedrooms. As you will have seen if you read that short series of product review articles, I decided to use the hybrid mounting options which saw me: remove the anchor or mounting brackets of the existing window coverings from the outside of the top vertical portion of window frame, and install the anchor or mounting brackets for the … [Read more...]

Kenney Truly CordFree Roman Window Shades – Hypbrid Mount

Placement of the Mounting Brackets for the Hybrid Installation Approach

In our previous article reviewing the Kenney Truly CordFree Roman Shades,  we showed our efforts and results for what Kenney calls an outside mount; that being where the anchoring or mounting hardware and the curtain assembly is placed on the outside of the top horizontal part of the window frame. There are two other alternative installation positions for this new window covering product from Kenney; inside and hybrid. The hybrid installation is similar to the inside alternative in that … [Read more...]

Product Review – Kenney Truly CordFree Window Shades Review

Pilot Holes Drilled for Window Shade Anchoring Hardware

In the prior article in this product review series, we began our review of the new Truly CordFree window shades product line from Kenney focusing on its product features and benefits. Today, I wanted to focus on the installation and appearance. For me, the first step of course was to remove the existing window shades and associated hardware. Notice that the old window shade anchors are on the top of the window frame. As you will see this will leave a pair of oles each as I will be … [Read more...]

Safety and Saving Energy With Cordless Window Curtains

Old Window Curtains

A few weeks ago we were asked if we would like to receive some interior window curtains from Kenney. The focus of these interior curtains was on three areas: First, these curtains help reduce heating costs in the winter and air conditioning costs in the summer when covering the entire window, certain models more than others. I like saving money. Second, these cloth Roman type of window coverings can easily be removed and washed by the use of velcro as part of the assembly. I like easy and … [Read more...]

ENERGY STAR Rated Replacement Windows – Air Leaks – 5

Applying Sealant to Window Insert

Yesterday we wrote about the initial attempt to install the replacement ENERGY STAR replacement windows in our home (due to a broken seal resulting in an air leak within two of the windows). The attempt failed because the window inserts were not the correct size within the frame. A few weeks later Yarmer and his assistant returned with the correctly sized window inserts, for both the window in our bedroom as well as the large window in our family room. After about 20 minutes or so, they … [Read more...]

ENERGY STAR Rated Replacement Windows – Air Leaks 4

Several weeks ago we wrote three articles on the air leaks which had occurred in two of our ENERGY STAR rated replacement windows, even though they were merely one year old.Several weeks went by between the time we notified the sales representative of the company from whom we purchased the windows and when the installers arrived at our home. Why? The reason is simple. The manufacturer needed time to, well, manufacturer the replacement ENERGY STAR rated windows and we wanted to wait until … [Read more...]

ENERGY STAR Rated Replacement Windows – Window Handles

Casement Window Handle

Yesterday we wrote about the three interior yet only one handle for the locking mechanism use on our casement style ENERGY STAR rated replacement windows. Today we wanted to write about a very minor yet non-insignificant feature of newer windows, that being the window handle itself. Now, if you have windows which are slider types to open and close, you of course have no need for such handles. However if you have the type we wrote about yesterday which swing out from the window frame you … [Read more...]

ENERGY STAR Rated Replacement Windows – Locks

ENERGY STAR Window Lock Handle

Yesterday we wrote about the overlapping screens for our ENERGY STAR rated windows. Today we write about the locks, or more specifically the locking mechanism. Now, I know, I know ... another boring topic .... unless you happen to be in the market for replacement windows and are trying to gather information from an independent source (like ;) ) before you commit several thousands of dollars replacing your own home's windows. Now, in some of the windows from our … [Read more...]

ENERGY STAR Rated Replacement Windows – Screens

Overlapping Window Screen 1

We have had an increasing number of visitors to our site,, in the past month who have arrived from Internet searches on windows. It seems with the Spring comes window replacement activity as well. Which, of course stands to reason; who would want to voluntarily replace windows in their home in the middle of winter; unless of course the window manufacturer / reseller provided a financial incentive to do so? ;) So, to accommodate those guests, and everyone else who … [Read more...]

Interior Window Plastic Insulation – 3

Double Window

In Part 2 we finished installing the plastic insulating film over one of the 5 foot high windows in our walkout basement. Once this was done we proceeded to install the plastic film in the same manner on the other two windows in the basement, including the 5 foot b y 8 foot wide double window. Here's a picture of that double window once the see through pastic insulation had been installed but before the excess plastic (seen on the left) had been removed and the hand held blow dryer applied … [Read more...]

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