Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Windows

By Great Lakes Window

It’s not always obvious to know when it is time to replace your windows. While some signs are practically impossible to miss, like drafts or leaks, others are elusive. From performance issues to added comfort, there are many reasons to replace your windows and doors.   Performance Issues Having a draft or leaking from windows and doors is a significant indicator of failing window performance. You can test this out by just standing near your window on a colder day. If it feels like the…

 

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What to Know About Energy Efficient Windows and ENERGY STAR

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Highly efficient windows with high standards. Having energy efficient windows is one of the most common reasons people replace their old windows and doors. If you are looking for the most efficient windows then you will want to use ENERGY STAR qualified windows. ENERGY STAR independently tests and certifies energy performance for a number of consumer products, and sets the standard for energy efficient windows across different regions of the United States.   All of the Great Lakes Windows and Doors are manufactured to the strict performance…

 

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Customizing Your Home with Exterior Window Colors

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Gone are the days of boring window colors! With our top of the line co-extruded colors, Great Lakes Window products are customizable to give you a different color on the exterior than what you see on the interior. Even if you want a white or neutral shade inside, you can opt for something bold, light, earthy, or fresh for the exterior. Choosing Exterior Window Colors We have many color options for all of our window styles. Our Signature palette offers beautiful colors built to last,…

 

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Choosing Window Hardware Finishes in Your Home

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Window hardware is a small part of a room's overall design and feel, but it can make a large impact. Choosing the finish for your home’s hardware, including window and patio door hardware, might feel like a daunting task, but when done right it can transform a look from blah to beautiful. Think of it as the jewelry that completes an outfit — without it, things look bare.  Selecting Window and Patio Door Hardware Finishes Great Lakes Window offers a variety of hardware finishes for…

 

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Upgrading Builder Grade Doors and Windows to Add Value and Style

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Whether you live in a new construction with builder grade finishes, or an older home that is stuck in the builder basic past, you could benefit from an upgrade to your doors and windows. Basic doors and windows do the trick for something that is ‘good enough.’ They are simple, sometimes outdated, and generic. While builder grade is better than nothing at all, upgrading to high quality window and door products adds to the value and personality of your home. According to the 2017 National…

 

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Window Condensation: What Causes It and How To Reduce It In Cold and Warm Weather

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Don’t let the fog set in. Have you noticed that the windows in your home are continually fogging up? Does it seem like they are collecting moisture? This isn’t necessarily your windows’ fault. In fact, window condensation may be an indicator of something entirely different. Your foggy or icy windows may be an indicator that you need to reduce indoor humidity before it causes hidden, costly problems elsewhere in your home. This article will help you understand the relationship between windows and condensation, and how…

 

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How to Prepare Your Family and Your Home for an Emergency

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Are you and your family prepared for an emergency? Is your home?  If the recent weather report has shown us nothing else, it’s that emergency preparedness should be at the forefront of every homeowner’s mind, especially in the Midwest, where tornadoes and mudslides are a real possibility. Below are three steps you can take to ensure you, your family, and your house are prepared in case of an emergency. 1. Create a family emergency plan. Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family and…

 

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The Differences Between Bay and Bow Window Styles

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If you’re in the market for new windows, you might be thinking beyond the standard double hung or sliding options. Perhaps something that lets in a lot more sunlight or really opens up your views to the outside. When it comes to choosing windows for your home, you can branch out past the type of window that was already in your space. Try a whole new style if that’s what you’re interested in, you’ll be surprised just how much the windows you select can completely…

 

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Ways to Save on Cooling Costs this Summer

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We wait patiently - or in some cases, not so patiently - for summer to finally arrive, only to immediately shut our windows and pump on the air conditioning as soon as it gets too warm outside. Suddenly, our cooling bills are going through the roof and we’re stuck with the choice of staying cool and handing over the cash, or dealing with the heat of turning off the AC. Here are a few ways that you can save on cooling costs without having to…

 

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Choosing CORE Technologies for your Windows

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If you’ve been researching replacement windows from Great Lakes Window, you’ve probably noticed we talk about the CORE technologies in our window insulation. These CORE options, inserted inside our windows, offer increased insulation, strength at the meeting rails, durability in window shape and an overall increase in thermal properties. Depending on which product line you purchase, ecoSmart or ComfortSmart, you can select different CORE options for optimal energy efficiency. The CORE options from Great Lakes Window offer additional insulation to your home replacement windows. They…

 

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