Why Are My Windows Molding?

Did you recently spot mold growing on your windows? Sometimes moldy windows are simply an eyesore requiring a minor cleaning project, but extensive growth that spreads throughout your home could easily cause health problems, including allergies and asthma.

By understanding why your windows are moldy, you can prevent the problem from recurring. In the meantime, you should either attempt to remove the mold or pursue a window replacement if the damage is too extensive.

Humidity and Condensation: Major Causes of Window Mold

High humidity, or excess moisture in the air, allows water droplets to condense on cold surfaces. This makes glass a susceptible surface for condensation. Winter is the time of year when window condensation is most likely to occur because cold conditions outside cool indoor air near the window. Cold air can’t hold as much water, so condensation forms as a result.

However, it’s not likely for mold to grow on the glass itself. Instead, water droplets roll down the window and settle on the sill. If you have unprotected wood windows, the water may not only encourage mold growth on the surface, but it can rot the wood as well.

Prevent Window Mold

The best way to prevent condensation on your windows and the resulting mold growth is to:

  • Keep indoor humidity lower in the winter.
  • Run kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans when cooking and showering to prevent excess moisture from condensing on the glass and potentially damaging your windows.

Remove Window Mold

If your windows are made of aluminum, fiberglass or vinyl, these non-porous materials are easy to clean. Simply apply a solution of bleach and water to remove mold from the surface. Make sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your skin.

If have wood windows, purchase a professional biocide to penetrate the porous surface and remove mold without damaging the wood. This technique also helps prevent mold from recurring. Apply a protective finish to the wood as an added precaution to protect it from rot if mold shows up again in the future.

Replace Your Windows

Sometimes mold can penetrate your windows deeply, making it difficult to clean them properly. If you discover your efforts to remove window mold aren’t enough to restore your windows to their former glory, contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie today. We have a wide selection of high quality window replacement options for your consideration!

Window & Insulation Tax Credits

Planning to replace your home’s windows and/or insulation this year—or have already done so? You may be eligible for a tax credit!

Many federal tax credits for home energy efficiency have been renewed. These tax credits are available for purchases made in 2016 and are also retroactive to purchases made in 2015.

Tax Credit Details

If you install new windows or insulation by December 31, 2016, you may be eligible for a tax credit—10% of the cost up to $500 or a specific amount from $50 – $300. It must be a retrofit/replacement project—new construction jobs do not apply.

Windows & Doors

There is no limit when it comes to style or material, but the windows and doors you install must be ENERGY STAR® qualified.

Insulation

Typical bulk insulation products can qualify, such as:

  • Batts and rolls
  • Blown-in fiberglass
  • Rigid board
  • Expanding spray
  • Pour-in-place

Air sealing products can also qualify, as long as they come with a Manufacturers Certification Statement.

Read more about these federal tax credits on the ENERGY STAR® website »

Are you planning to install new insulation or replacement windows? You apply for a tax credit, but another important thing to remember is that ENERGY STAR® qualified products can help you lower energy costs and save money all year round!

Contact Us Today

Interested in learning more about the 2016 tax credit? Contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie today. We offer window replacement and home insulation services you can count on. Our team looks forward to helping you save money and live comfortably—this summer and all year long!

Fixing Rotting Windows

You probably don’t think about your windows much—until they start rotting. Unfortunately, after years of exposure to the elements, windows can get damaged and even start to rot. Here are some window rot repair ideas and tips to prevent the problem from reoccurring.

Options for Fixing Rotting Windows

We always recommend high-quality vinyl windows, which aren’t prone to rotting the way wood windows are! But if you’re set on your current windows, you’ll be pleased to learn that replacement isn’t the only option. Depending on the extent of the damage, here are two window rot repair options you can try:

  • Apply epoxy: Special products are made specifically for filling cavities created by rotting windows. Look for “restoration epoxy” at your local home improvement store. This repair strengthens the remaining material and helps your windows look much better. Just remember that epoxy is only recommended if the rot is confined to 10% or less of the window.
  • Replace damaged sections of the frame: Because of issues with standing water, window sills are the most likely spots to start rotting. If the damage is severe enough, you should plan to replace it. We always recommend professional, rather than DIY, replacement.

Prevent the Problem from Reoccurring

Once you perform window rot repair, you don’t want to deal with this problem ever again. Help your windows last longer with these tips:

  • Paint the frame with high-quality exterior window paint to seal and protect the wood.
  • As time goes by and the paint begins to peel, sand the windows and reapply a fresh coat.
  • Remove fungus, mold or mildew from the window surface as soon as it develops. Letting it sit there can lead to different problems.
  • Replace damaged weatherstripping to help keep water out and cause moisture issues in your home.
  • Remove cracked caulk with a putty knife and apply new caulk in its place to seal the window.
  • Only install storm windows with weep holes, which are designed to direct water away from the sill.
  • Avoid using window air conditioners that could drip condensation on the sill, or make sure to properly maintain your units to prevent this problem.

If you discover your window rot repair efforts aren’t enough to restore your windows to their former glory, contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie. We offer a wide selection of vinyl windows that are not likely to rot. Excellent durability and a long life are just two of the benefits you can expect after you replace your rotting windows with vinyl ones. Come check out our selection today!

Why Are My Windows Drafty?

If your home has drafty windows, you could be paying more to heat and cool your home than necessary. Bitter breezes and hot air can also make some rooms very uncomfortable. The first step to getting rid of drafty windows is to figure out the cause. Here are some possibilities as well as viable fixes.

Factors that Cause Drafty Windows

  • Warping: Windows lose their shape over time, especially those made of wood. Warping weakens the connection between the window and its frame, allowing air to seep through and create the drafts you feel.
  • Single-pane glass: Advanced window technology today includes double- and even triple-pane windows filled with insulating gases and coated with special films. Insulated frames and expert installation all contribute to today’s high-efficiency windows. Unfortunately, older single-pane windows lack these features and are very poor insulators, causing air to transfer more readily through the glass and frame.
  • Incorrect installation: Getting new windows in place is a delicate process you should leave to a professional. Attempting a DIY installation could result in drafty windows from day one.

How to Fix Drafty Windows

  • Caulk and weatherstripping: These quick fixes are great for sealing gaps and cracks around warping windows. Caulk fills stationary cracks while weatherstripping helps the window close more tightly. You can install these inexpensive solutions without help from a professional.
  • Storm windows or plastic films: To help keep out drafts in the winter, you have the option to install storm windows. This adds an extra pane of glass to help insulate against drafts. A less expensive alternative is to apply a plastic film to the inside of your window. The problem with this option is that you can’t operate the window until the film is removed in the spring.
  • Replacement windows: Quick fixes and temporary solutions only work for so long. When you’re ready to do away with drafty windows once and for all, look into replacing them with energy-efficient windows! The upgrade pays for itself over time through lower energy bills and increased home value. New windows also make your home more comfortable, secure and soundproof.

To learn more about replacing your old, drafty windows in your central Indiana home, contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie today. We have a wide selection of multi-pane vinyl windows for you to choose from.

2016 Window Trends

We’re not even a quarter of the way through 2016—there’s plenty of time to enhance your home. Remodeling is a big undertaking you may not be ready for, but smaller updates like replacing your windows can be a great solution.

If you want to install new windows to improve the interior and exterior of your home, read about a few of the latest trends here!

Make a BIG statement.

We’ve all heard of the phrase “the bigger, the better” and when it comes to windows, this statement is becoming truer. Large windows are one of the trends for 2016. They are a great way to let in natural light and highlight beautiful outdoor views but also help lower electric bills (you can keep the lights off longer!).

Window Trends

Dress up your windows.

Window treatments are making a comeback! In past years, naked windows have been in—but if you’re installing new windows this year, consider simple and sleek curtains and other treatments. Let them blend in with your home and complement the room without standing out too much. Sustainability is also in—and there are plenty of eco-friendly window treatment options.

Go smart with the shades.

Motorized window shades are another trend for this year. The smart home is here and it’s here to stay! Motorized shades bring window treatments to a whole new level—and can make your life a lot easier.

Window Replacement in Indianapolis

If you’re ready to replace your old, drafty windows with new, beautiful, energy-efficient ones, look no further than Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie. We offer a variety of window styles and can help you choose the right one for your home. Contact us today!

Preventing Ice Buildup on Windows

Window technology has come a long way in the past 100 years. Double- and even triple-pane windows filled with insulating gas improve home efficiency and help prevent condensation and ice from forming on the glass. However, if you live in an older home and still have single-pane windows, you could still experience ice on windows following a particularly bitter cold night.

Why Does Ice Form on Windows?

Glass is a cold surface that makes the air around it chilly. During the winter, warm indoor air has more moisture in it than cold outdoor air. Since cold air can’t hold as much water vapor, droplets condense on the window pane as the air around it cools. This is the same reason water droplets form on the outside of your lemonade glass on a hot summer day.

If outdoor temperatures get low enough and your windows allow enough of that cold air to pass through them, the condensation can freeze. This is how ice can form on the inside of your windows.

What’s the Problem with Ice on Windows?

Frosty glass is beautiful, but you shouldn’t welcome it. After all, when the ice melts as temperatures warms up outside, it drips down the glass and onto the sill. Water can rot wood windowsills or seep down into the wall, promoting mold and mildew that can rot away the structural integrity of your home.

How to Help Prevent Ice Buildup on Windows

Clearly, you don’t want ice on your windows. Here’s how to help prevent it:

  • Weatherize your windows: Every fall, install storm windows to give your home an extra buffer against freezing outside air. Caulk any leaks that could allow cold air to enter.
  • Run exhaust fans: Additional moisture in indoor air increases the likelihood of condensation and ice on windows. To remove excess moisture, run the kitchen and bathroom exhaust fan when you cook and shower.
  • Keep the interior warm enough: Air near the windows won’t get cold enough for ice to form if you keep the thermostat turned up. If one room has a particular problem with ice forming on windows, run a space heater on cold nights to hopefully solve the problem.
  • Replace your windows: If your efforts don’t pan out, or you simply want to improve your home’s energy efficiency, consider upgrading to double-pane windows.

To learn more about quality window replacement, please contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie! We offer a variety of double-pane windows from top manufacturers.

Do Your Casement Windows Need to Be Repaired?

Casement windows (windows that are attached to the frame by one or more hinges, specifically on the sides) are a gorgeous and history-laden part of any home that houses them. They’re considered highly energy-efficient, even older models, and they provide excellent security while allowing for unobstructed viewing.

But, like any portion of your home, they have a few weaknesses. Some of these they share with other window types, but others are unique to casement windows. To keep your windows in top-shape, it’s important to understand when you might need casement window repair and how to recognize the signs. Allow the experts at Overhead Door of Indianapolis & Muncie to help you in knowing what to look for!

Casement Window Repair: The Signs

Your windows are in need of repair if:

  • You’re experiencing air-bleed. This is a shared weakness of all windows. If you notice a draft, the seals may be compromised. Time will only exacerbate this issue, and it should be handled right away.
  • The hinges of your window are damaged. The hinges on your casement window are a unique feature, which at times, may require unique repair! Over time, the hinges may begin to corrode, grow weak or begin to wear. These are all visible issues and should be addressed immediately. A damaged hinge will eventually give out, and at that point repair may no longer be possible.
  • You hear “rattling”. It gets pretty windy here in central Indiana, and you may at some point notice a rattle from your window in these times. This can mean your panel of glass has become loose. Don’t lose a good pane, have it checked out.
  • Your crank or stay is sticking or not working. If you can’t seem to get your casement window to open smoothly and reliably, the problem often lies with the crank or the stay (depending on which your casement window uses). This could be corrosion, build-up or simple wear.

Casement Window Repair in Central Indiana

If you notice any of these signs, contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie right away! No matter your window repair needs, our experts carry all of the experience, skill and knowledge needed to meet them. Our goal is always complete satisfaction, and we won’t rest until we’ve given you the service you deserve!

2016 Remodeling Trends

Home renovations are a popular way to turn your current home into your dream home without having to move. Whether your goal is to improve energy efficiency, make your home feel more luxurious, or increase home value before you sell, pursue one or more of these home remodeling trends in 2016.

Window Replacement

Window Replacement

As more and more homeowners become concerned about energy efficiency, the idea of replacing old windows with efficient models has soared in popularity. The return on investment is about 75% of the total cost if you seek window replacement prior to selling your home. If the goal is to reduce your heating and cooling bills, your savings will vary depending on the quality you choose.

In the end, higher-quality replacement windows deliver the greatest long-term savings. In addition to helping you save money, installing new windows can also help:

  • Improve your home’s curb appeal
  • Increase interior comfort all year round
  • Reduce maintenance and prevent headaches

Entry Door Replacement

The high value of replacing your front door is surprising to many people. Many homeowners recoup more than 100% of their investment, which is incredibly rare among home improvement projects. Even if your goal isn’t to recoup your investment in a sale, a new front door can do wonders for improving your home’s curb appeal and making a good impression on guests who visit.

Kitchen and Bath Remodel

There are two rooms that really sell a house: the kitchen and the master bathroom. As the most high-traffic rooms in the homes, and the ones with built-in appliances that make or break your experience there, it’s clearly worth remodeling an outdated kitchen or bathroom if you want to increase your home’s value. A remodel – even a minor one – could also be enough to make you fall back in love with your home and decide not to sell after all.

Garage Door Replacement

As with entry door replacement, installing a new garage door is bound to provide a great return on investment and make a big difference in your home’s curb appeal. Choosing an insulated garage door also creates the opportunity to use your garage as more than just a place to park your car. By expanding the living space into the garage, you can add more square footage to your home and broaden the possibilities of using this room to the fullest.

These remodeling trends could make a big difference for your home in 2016! If you’re interested in pursuing an entry door, garage door or window replacement, contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie today.

Why Are Double-Pane Windows Better?

Double-pane windows are the most common type installed in new homes today. What if you’re in the market for replacement windows? Dollar for dollar, double-pane windows provide the best value for your home. Do you find yourself wondering why double-pane windows are better than single-pane? Check out the benefits and you won’t wonder anymore.

Benefits of Double-Paned Windows

  • Energy savings: The only benefit of single-pane windows over double-pane versions is the lower initial cost. However, because double-pane windows are more efficient, they can pay for themselves over time. In fact, according to HomeAdvisor, double-pane windows can reduce annual heating costs in cold climates by up to 24 percent, and cooling costs by up to 18 percent in hot climates compared to single-pane windows. It clearly doesn’t take much time to recoup your investment when you choose quality double-pane windows.
  • Environmental benefits: Saving energy doesn’t just lower your utility bills; it also helps the environment by letting you stay more comfortable while using less energy for heating and cooling. This means by choosing double-pane windows, you’re taking one step in the right direction for cleaner air and a society less dependent on foreign oil.
  • Noise insulation: Energy efficiency depends on insulating against outdoor air, but noise insulation is equally important for home comfort. Reduced noise pollution makes it easier to sleep or enjoy a movie without the noise of traffic or the neighbor’s kids playing outside permeating your windows. That extra sheet of glass provided by double panes makes a big difference in how peaceful and quiet your home feels, and it makes an even bigger difference if you live in a busy urban area.
  • Home value: Whether you’re putting your home on the market soon or planning to live there for many years to come, you want any enhancements you make to increase your home’s value. Choosing double-pane windows over single-pane replacements does just that. Potential homebuyers want to enjoy the benefits outlined above, and double-pane windows deliver.

Now that you know why are double-pane windows better, you may decide they are a good investment for your central Indiana area home. If you’re looking for quality replacement double-pane windows that can save you money, reduce your carbon footprint and increase home value, contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie today!

Do You Need Double-Hung Window Repair?

Double-hung windows are among the most common type of window installed in older homes. They have a rich history and remain viable windows to this day. Double-hung windows provide the convenience of opening either the top or bottom sash, making them great for ventilating children’s bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms and other areas.

Great Lakes Window Double-Hung Windows

Unfortunately, as with any type, double-hung windows sometimes succumb to certain problems.

Experiencing one of these problems?

Here are the signs you may need window repair or replacement.

  • Broken balance springs: Because of their vertical operation, each double-hung window sash requires two balance springs to support their weight when open. A sash with a broken spring might be difficult to open, or the window may slide closed on its own. To allow the breeze back into your home without the need to prop open the window with a block of wood, seek double-hung window repair if you notice this problem.
  • Swollen wood frame: If you have wood double-hung windows, the frame can swell when the air is more humid than usual. A visually undetectable amount of swelling can make it difficult to open and close the window. Even if operation returns to normal when the humidity level drops, you want your windows to function under any condition. A repair ensures you get your wish.
  • Sticky sliding track: A double-hung window may become stuck simply because the sliding track needs lubrication. Add silicon or another lubricant to make the window open and close with greater ease. Remember to clean the sliding track before adding lubrication for the best results.
  • Fogging: Windows of all kinds with two panes of glass, including double-hung windows, may experience fogging if the seal between the window panes fails. Moisture gets in between the glass and fogs up the windows from the inside so you can’t simply wipe them dry. A repair is often adequate to de-fog the windows without needing to have them replaced.
  • Moisture problems: If a double-hung window leaks, moisture could slowly make its way inside, causing the frame to rot. Even if you have a rot-resistant window frame, the moisture could make its way to the wall and damage building materials there. If you find this happening, have the rotted sections of the frame replaced and the leaky portions of the window repaired.

If you determine you need double-hung window repair or replacement, contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie to schedule service from a professional.