How to prevent window condensation

How to Prevent Condensation From Collecting on Your Windows

How to Prevent Condensation From Collecting on Your Windows

Finding condensation on the glass surfaces inside your home is a common issue, especially in the winter when warm air in the home meets the cold surfaces of your windows. Unfortunately, the windows themselves get the blame. Windows don’t create the moisture but instead they collect it from other sources nearby.

Causes of condensation

The most common issue is that the humidity in an area of your home is just a little too high. Like the condensation produced on the mirror when you take a shower, when there’s a significant difference in temperature between the inside and outside of your home and the air is heavy with moisture, water releases from the air and condensation is produced on the inside surfaces of your windows. The larger the difference in temperature from the inside to the outside of your home, the more condensation you’re likely to experience.

Here are a few reasons why you might experience condensation on the inside of your windows:

  • Fireplace: We know that gas and propane can release a lot of moisture in the air when they burn. If you use your fireplace often, large amounts of moisture will be released into the air. Your windows will end up collecting the excess water as a dehumidifier would.
  • Humid summer: Condensation may occur when you first heat your home after a long, humid summer. Your house may still be trying to dry out from the high levels of humidity it absorbed during the summer.
  • Inadequate ventilation: Some household appliances like washers and dryers can create high levels of humidity. Without proper ventilation, the water in the air will become too heavy and will need to drop somewhere, which usually ends up on the sills and glass surfaces in your home.

How to prevent condensation

To reduce the amount of condensation produced on the inside of your windows, we suggest:

  • Reducing the moisture sources in your home by:
    • Limiting the use of humidifiers, but consider using a dehumidifier
    • Having the gas appliances and plumbing checked for leaks
    • Reducing the number of plants in the home or moving them to a room that receives great amounts of sunlight
    • Storing firewood outside the home
  • Increasing the ventilation in your home by:
    • Opening the windows after steam-producing activities such as showering
    • Running the kitchen, bath or ceiling fans more often and for longer periods of time
    • Opening the window coverings, especially during the day

All homes will experience condensation on their windows at one point or another, but this temporary condensation should not be a cause for concern. Expect this condensation to occur during new construction or remodeling, humid summers or during seasonal temperature changes.

At Nex-Gen Home Exteriors, we offer a selection of windows that will withstand the harsh elements of the outside weather conditions. We personally stand by our products and installation. If you’re thinking about remodeling or replacing your existing windows, contact us for more information.

DIY vs. Professional Window Installation

Is A DIY Project Really Worth It?

Is A DIY Project Really Worth It?

A do-it-yourself project is a great way to save money when remodeling different parts of your home. Each year, more and more people make the trek to their local home improvement store to purchase items and the tools to install them. Kitchen cabinetry, home appliances, and windows seem to be popular DIY projects.

While we’re not against DIY projects, we believe that there are some areas that cutting corners may not be such a good idea. Windows are one them. For windows to be effective and maintain their durability over time, the proper techniques need to be implemented when fitting it into your home. Having your windows professionally installed would be the best choice.

Saving money in the short-term is appealing to those budget-minded people, but is it worth it in the long run? According to independent market studies, 65% of service-related issues for windows are due to improper installation involving shortcuts, faulty sealants and improper flashing methods.

Why Proper Installation is Important

Improper installation leads to more damages than just the window. There are other underlying issues that can arise causing more dents in your wallet that you weren’t expecting. Some of these issues can be:

  • Air Leakage: Air can leak through the window, causing your heating/cooling system to work harder at maintaining the set temperature.
  • Water leakage: Rain pelting the window can come in through cracks and gaps that weren’t properly sealed. The wooden framing will start to rot and could invite other pests, like carpenter ants, who are attracted to moist, wooded areas. They can cause a great deal of damage if they’re left unchecked.
  • Mold and Mildew: Water seeping in where you can’t see it will ultimately lead to mold and mildew. This is not only harmful to the window’s structure, but also to your health.

DIY vs. Professional Installation of Windows

Installing your windows by yourself only saves money on the installation. If you’re not an expert, you run the risk of improperly hanging the window, which will cause damage in the future. To repair the damage, it will cost you more money out of your pocket. So although DIY projects seem like an appealing way to save money, it can turn into a larger expense than doing it professionally in the first place.

A professional installer knows how to install windows with precision. At Nex-Gen Home Exteriors, we stand behind our service and will make sure your window installation is done right the first time. We take a great deal of pride in our workmanship, so we offer our Peace of Mind Protection Warranty to fix any problems that may arise due to the installation of our products. Whether you’re remodeling or in need of a few replacement windows, contact us today to experience our exceptional customer service and learn more about our window products.

Cold Weather Doors and Windows

Cold Weather Doors and Windows: Why Choose Them?

Cold Weather Doors and Windows: Why Choose Them?

There are a ton of choices available for windows and doors of all types. When choosing what you want for your home, there are some factors you usually keep in mind, such as size, shape, and energy efficiency. Those that live in states with particularly cold winters, you also need to consider how well these windows and doors stand up in the wintry weather conditions as well as the other seasons. Should you consider installing ones that have cold weather benefits?

Let’s explore what these cold weather windows and doors can do for you and your home.

Benefits of Cold Weather Doors and Windows

Better insulation: Double and triple pane windows offer more protection and insulation against the harsh winter winds and cold temperatures. When you are able keep the heat inside of your home, your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, saving you money.

Reducing drafts: Properly installed windows and doors will seal out any drafts. Winter, in some states, can bring some of the coldest air outside. You want to keep the cold air out and seal in the warm air so you stay toasty and warm on those cold blustery days. Some windows and doors provide durable sealing for such occasions.

Locking windows: Having the ability to lock your double-hung windows, from the inside, keeps the two sashes tightly together preventing cold air from coming through.

Storm doors: Storm doors not only keep out the rain, but they also keep the snow from seeping through. They offer an extra line of insulating protection from the cold, outside air and a bottom sweep to help prevent drafts.

Are They Worth It?

For those living in cold winter states, choosing doors and windows that offer benefits for winter weather conditions will make it worth your while. Bottom line is that you will save money in the long run, because their durability enables them to last longer and reduces the wear and tear on your heating system by improving the insulation to your home.

At Nex-Gen, we offer high-quality windows and doors that can withstand any season of the year. We want you to be comfortable and cozy during the winter months, so check out our selection of cold weather doors and windows and see what we can do for you.

Project Portfolio

The Nelson Job

Project Brief

Each project Nex-Gen works on has its own unique story. We value building a genuine relationship with our clients, and more often than not we stay in contact with those clients long after the project is complete. Located in Lyons, Colorado, the Nelson home is the largest job Nex-Gen has sold and installed. This means we got to spend a lot of time getting to know the family and developing a lasting relationship over the course of the project.

The Nelson family window and door replacement project started in June of 2017. Jason, a Nex-Gen design consultant, had visited their home for an initial consultation. These consultations are a standard first step in the installation process. During these meetings items like, window dimensions, style of window, and  the type of finish and hardware are discussed.

The problem that the Nelson family was most concerned with addressing was having a window that was low maintenance, but had a wood appearance, since much of their home had custom wood stained features. They were interested in learning more about Fiberglass window replacement since they had heard about its benefits. Jason had the perfect solution for the Nelsons.

Our Everwood fiberglass window from our Infinity from Marvin product line. This window provided the family with a wood appearance and stainable finish, but without the maintenance. Beyond the product, Jason discussed the benefits of choosing Nex-Gen. We always say that a product is only as good as the installation. At Nex-Gen our expert installation and staining team can truly make a project one-of-a-kind, and provide that superior service and installation that is required to ensure quality window and door replacement that will improve your home for life.

The Nelsons chose to move forward with Nex-Gen, and the project began with replacing a window in the cottage, a guest house located on the property. But, there was a catch…only if the window turned out great, would the family have Nex-Gen continue on to replace the rest of the windows on the property.

After the completion of the cottage window, the Nelsons were pleased with Nex-Gen’s work and made the decision to move forward with the entire house! The entire project consisted of 104 windows and a patio door. Each window and door was from our Infinity from Marvin product line, and finished with Bahama Brown exterior and our patented Everwood interior finish that was custom stained to perfection.

The Nelson family and the team here at Nex-Gen have been extremely satisfied with this project. We firmly believe that projects like this, although rare, require only the best of materials and installation to achieve superior window performance and appearance. The team at Nex-Gen is confident in our ability to deliver both on product and installation whether it is a single patio door or a 104 window project.

Why the Infinity Product Line was the Best Solution for this Project

A very crucial part of the decision to go with the Infinity product is the location of the Nelson’s home. It is located on top of an extreme weather area in Lyons. This means that the windows had to seal extremely well in order to eliminate cold air leaking, and ensure the home was sealed tight from the elements.

Another key component was the exterior finish, and making sure that it will maintain its appearance and performance over time. This meant that the dark Bahama Brown color must perform with longevity and color retention as the windows will be exposed to extreme UV every day. In order to combat this, the Infinity windows have a triple coated acrylic finish, which is the highest rated exterior finish by AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association).

A Word from the Design Consultant

What Jason, the design consultant on this project, most enjoyed about working on this job with the Nelsons:

“I enjoyed working on this project because it had a lot of moving parts. There was a high project cost that required detailed management and communication in order to deliver the customers exactly what they wanted. Additionally, their two young children always made it entertaining when I would visit the home to talk with the family about the project progress. Myself, and Nex-Gen ultimately developed a solid relationship with the Nelson family that we wish to continue. Not to mention, we are excited to continue on improving their home by adding windows to their new barn addition next spring. Nex-Gen has always enjoyed the projects that allow us to extend our capabilities of what can be done for replacement windows and doors.”

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3 Most Practical Reasons to go with New Windows

Purchasing replacement windows can seem like a daunting task. Of course you want a home that looks nice, is comfortable, safe, and performs well, but are new windows really necessary, and worth the investment? I mean, how much of a difference can they really make, right?

You may be surprised to find out that homeowners in Loveland, Fort Collins, and across Northern Colorado invest in home maintenance and improvement projects, like replacing old windows with newer, more efficient models. In fact, replacing your home windows may be the best investment you can make, here are the 3 most practical reasons to go with new windows. Our customers tell us that these are the main reasons that led them to make the decision to invest in new Infinity from Marvin replacement windows that are professionally installed by your local retailer, Nex-Gen Home Exteriors.

  1. Improving Comfort – You’ll stay comfortably warm all winter, and refreshingly cool during the summer’s heat because our windows are made to withstand the ever changing Colorado weather. Nex-Gen installation is air and watertight, elaborately tested to meet all existing structural and thermal performance standards as well as Energy Star standardization marks in every conceivable region. Infinity Windows use Low E glass, which increases UV blockage and reduces solar heat gain. These windows will easily reduce your annual energy consumption by about 35%. Who says you “can’t have your cake and eat it too?” You are saving money on your energy bill, while living comfortably in your home.
  2. Reducing Maintenance –The Marvin Infinity by Nex-Gen range incorporates Ultrex® Fiberglass, which is long lasting, requires almost zero maintenance and looks good even years after installation. Ultrex® lasts 8 times more than vinyl, which is the preferred material for regular windows. The material’s strong and durable nature means it will not fade, warp, rot or even dent. And, it comes with a mechanically-bonded acrylic finish so you will not need to spend a dime on maintenance. Just take a look at the image below that shows how Ultrex fiberglass compares to vinyl.
  3. Augmenting Safety – Stronger materials and more secure locking mechanisms make our replacement windows a good “first line” of defense against intruders.

Which of these three reasons will be the one you choose as the one that helps you make the decision to replace your old, drafty windows with new, high performance Infinity® Windows by Nex-Gen Home Exteriors? Homeowners in Loveland, Fort Collins, and across northern Colorado and southern Wyoming trust Nex-Gen with their investment because they know that we provide Better Product, Better Service, and Better Warranty. Let’s give your home a fresh look with new replacement windows that will provide comfort, reduce maintenance, and increase safety. Give us a call at (970) 744-6762 and we’ll schedule a time to give you a free full demonstration of what goes into making our windows the best choice for your home.

We Value a Genuine Approach

We like to do things a little different at Nex-Gen. Unlike most window and home improvement companies that you come across in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming, we value a genuine approach when it comes to working with our customers. We understand that replacing your windows, doors, and/or siding is a huge undertaking for yourself and your family. This is an investment for a lifetime to not only improve your home’s energy efficiency, but also it’s safety and enhance your home’s style. From the first time you meet your design consultant to the very end of your project, Nex-Gen strives to provide you with the best personalized experience and exceptional customer service. For this reason, Nex-Gen prides ourselves on our NO PRESSURE consultative sales approach. We are here to help you not to sell you. That is where our genuinity shines through. Here it from one of our customer’s personal experiences:

“I called Nex-Gen for a quote for a new storm/security door. The sales consultant, Ted arrived in a timely manner. After looking at our current door, he said we really didn’t need a new door. Our door does need to be serviced. Nice to have an honest company to call on. Thanks Ted.”
-Rhonda Perry

We are thrilled when we are able to hear stories like Rhonda’s because this is what we aim for. We are able to be a consultant and trusted advisor. We share our experiences with you, but at the end of the day we want our customers to make the decision that’s best for their family. Not to mention, Ted is a great design consultant, and we are glad that he was able to help Rhonda and her family with a much easier and simpler solution.

We enjoy when we see positive reviews coming in that reaffirm our company culture and ethics. However, we learn just as much when we receive a negative review and see them as an opportunity to grow. Here is one instance that we felt that our genuinity of character was tested:

“I initially gave this company a good review for the work they did on our replacement windows- both the product and the workmanship. However, a couple of years later we asked them to add a new window to one room. They delayed for a couple of months after we send in our deposit. When I called, they said that one of their installers had been injured. While they send back our deposit with the understanding that we’d stay on their job list, they never called. Three months later, after many un-returned calls, they said that they were too busy for our job. I consider this a breach of contract and quite unethical. They may have bigger, better-paying customers, but that is a horrible way to treat a returning, loyal customer.”
– Alison McCormack

Initially we took on the project of altering a load bearing wall to install a window on the back side of the home that overlooks the Flatirons. At the time, we had an individual that would be a part of this project to perform the structural framing. Unfortunately, that individual was no longer able to provide us with the service to do so. After several weeks of trying to line out a crew to frame the opening, we decided that it would just be best to return the deposit and cancel the contract. We would agree that Nex-Gen also had a great experience working with the McCormacks several years ago when we originally replaced all the windows and doors in their home. Ultimately, the main reason why we were not able to complete the project was because they were requesting structural improvements, which requires cutting an opening in the home. We are not licensed in the city of Boulder to pull a structural permit. We are a window replacement company and are not required to carry the type of license that it would take to frame a house. We were upset that we tried to get them what they wanted, but in the end could not deliver.

Each experience that we have encountered, good or bad, has been an opportunity for growth. We welcome challenges and are excited when we are able to exceed our customer expectations with our genuine character, superior service, and quality product. If you are in the market for improving your home with a company that you can trust don’t hesitate to give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you and helping many more of our local community members with their window, door, and siding projects.