Monthly Archives: February 2017

Your Modern Agoura Hills Home: Milgard Style Line Series Windows

This is Southern California. The weather is beautiful, the sun is bright, and the coastline is breathtaking. As residents of Agoura Hills, CA, we never take for granted the beauty with which we are surrounded. We truly do have it all: ocean, mountains, and unrivaled blue skies.

Does your home provide you with a view?

Ask yourself: do my windows allow me to take in all that surrounds me here in the Golden State? If the answer is “no,” the team at Quality Windows & Doors have just the answer: Milgard Style Line Series Windows. In fact, we have created this list of perks just for you in order to assist you in your decision-making process.

Perk #1: The View
As described, we live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. The landscape and the views we are blessed with can be part of your inside life too. Milgard Style Line Series Windows have slim profile frames to allow this outside-inside experience. This feature is ideal in providing you the most visible glass surface and natural light. Thus, you will see more mountains or coastline or wooden area (whichever you have) while sipping coffee from your couch.

Perk #2: The Modern Family
Because of these slim frames, you can finally embrace that modern, sleek, sophisticated look you have always wanted. This series also boasts clean lines and a contemporary style. To create this look, these windows are designed with minimally protruding hardware and neutral colors. Do you tend toward awning or casement style windows? Great! Both of these window styles in the Style Line Series have handles which fold out of view, in keeping with a modern aesthetic.

Perk #3: PureView Screen
This option allows you a screen to match the openness of this beautiful window line. PureView screens are engineered with these Agoura Hills views in mind! They are made of smaller yarns and finer mesh for the most natural light indoors. What’s more, you will hardly know you are looking through a screen!

Perk #4: Full Lifetime Warranty
With any Milgard window, the original purchaser has a full lifetime warranty. What does this mean for you and your Southern California home? Here are the details:

  • For any defect in material or workmanship, all repairs and replacements will be taken care of, including the cost of parts and labor for as long as you own your home.
  • Should you sell your home, Milgard will extend warranty coverage for 10 years from the original start date to the new homeowners. Note: In a buyers’ market, this is a huge selling-point.

Ready to love your windows and your views? We can not wait to help you achieve the look you dream of with the California backdrop you love! Milgard is top of the line in quality and design. Our team at Quality Windows & Doors knows this, which is why we choose to back their products. After all, we have Camarillo, CA home windows in our own homes for a reason. Come visit one of our showrooms and see for yourself!

Quality Windows & Doors
1430 S Oxnard Blvd.
Oxnard, California 93030
805.984.5895

WHY YOU WANT MILGARD WOODCLAD WINDOWS IN YOUR CAMARILLO HOME

Have you ever wished you could skip the planning phase of a restoration or home improvement project? You know—just bibbidi-bobbidi-boo! And ta-da! You have new, beautiful windows you can rely on for years to come!

Unfortunately, life does not quite work this way. However, you do not have to add stress to the planning stage. Let Quality Windows & Doors help you make a sound decision. If you are brainstorming about new windows Ventura for your home (or if you have found yourself in a predicament: new home, shoddy work; old home, sudden issue; DIY project “gone wrong;” etc), our team can point you in a good direction: Milgard Woodclad Series Windows.

What is WoodClad?
Milgard’s WoodClad option is for both the traditional and the sensible clients. This is a hybrid window: practical fiberglass for the exterior and rich, beautiful wood for the interior.

What is fiberglass?
Fiberglass is composed of resin and glass fibers. This material combination resists swelling, warping, and rotting due to the elements. Here in Camarillo, CA, we are exposed to a lot: salt air, high winds, and strong storms. The material you choose is important for longevity and at Quality Windows &Doors, we want our clients prepared and comfortable.

Why use different materials for indoor and outdoor?
Good question, with more than one answer. For starters, it is tough to beat the look of wood frames inside a home. Natural wood adds a special touch; one of luxury and nostalgia that is impossible to match with other materials. With Milgard, these windows feature furniture-grade natural wood without holes from nails or staples! For the exterior, we know the importance of using a product which has nearly no thermal expansion rate: fiberglass. In fact, fiberglass will only expand and contract with the glass it holds, which means a tight seal against the elements. Don’t worry—if you are the traditionalist in the family, there are options to obtain that wood look for your home’s exterior as well, while still maintaining the strength and durability of fiberglass.

Why is fiberglass a preferred material for the exterior?
To answer this plainly, fiberglass is extremely strong. Should you have large picture windows, fiberglass can hold the weight of the glass. Unlike some other window materials, fiberglass can be painted to change looks as you grow into your home—though paint is unnecessary for upkeep. Further, it’s low maintenance! Should we have lead with this point? Who doesn’t love a low-maintenance window!

Fast facts about fiberglass:

  • Strong: eight times stronger than vinyl; more than three times stronger than wood; twice as strong as aluminum.
  • Long-lasting and durable: Milgard WoodClad windows are air-tight. The fiberglass exterior can withstand up to 200mph winds; it will not warp, rust, corrode, discolor, or dent. And because it is not porous, it will not absorb moisture.
  • Energy efficient: fiberglass has roughly 500 times lessthermal conductibility than aluminum.
  • Environmentally friendly: made partially from recycled products!
  • Low maintenance: no need for staining, painting (unless you want to!), or sanding.

More questions about Milgard WoodClad windows for your Camarillo home?  Don’t hesitate to call us!

Quality Windows & Doors
1430 S Oxnard Blvd.
Oxnard, California 93030
805.984.5895

Product Care Videos – QR Code Sticker on All Products

 

Have you noticed the QR codes?

Recently, Milgard has added QR code stickers to all of our products that link to our Product Care Videos.

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Why is this helpful?

It provides easy access to a wide range of “How-To” videos for both windows and doors including:

  • Adjustments
  • Hardware replacement
  • And screen removal, just to name a few

Please be sure to leave the sticker in place to assist your service technicians on installation day, as well as the homeowner for future maintenance. When you do the final walkthrough with your customer, let them know about the QR code so they can retain the sticker for an easy reference.We are adding new videos regularly, so, check back often.

If you have any questions, please contact your Milgard Representative.

TO CHOOSE OR NOT TO CHOOSE ALUMINUM WINDOWS—THAT IS THE QUESTION!

Has the time come for you to choose new replacement windows for you home? Who knew there were so many options out there! At Quality Windows & Doors, our team strives to educate our clients and the residents in and around the Agoura Hills area about our products because we want you to make confident, informed decisions.

Have you considered aluminum window frames? Before you pull the trigger on your home windows Malibu project, check out the features and benefits of choosing one of our aluminum window options through Milgard: Standard Aluminum and Thermally Improved Aluminum.

Air-tight Manufacturing
Quality Windows & Doors offers Milgard, a premium window brand. Choosing the “standard” aluminum option will still provide you with features you would expect only from a premium window line. Such as, you ask? Their unbeatable craftsmanship! Ask us about Milgard’s mechanically joined corners which are airtight and will maintain shape and seal over the years. Milgard combines luxury looks with practicality you can count on.

SunCoat Low-E Insulating Glass
Milgard windows has the SunCoat Low-E high-performance insulating glass as standard in all their windows and it comes in four color finishes to match your aesthetic. Unfamiliar with this option? Low-E insulated glass has a microscopic coating which reflects infrared energy back toward its source. Translation: it blocks the sun’s rays from altering the temperature indoors and bounces the furnace heat back toward the interior of your home rather than allowing it to escape outdoors.

Corrosion Protection
Here in Agoura Hills, CA, we know to be mindful of the salt air. We offer options with stainless steel hardware systems to minimize potential corrosion. Live near the coast? Quality Windows & Doors has you covered.

“Light” Commercial Rating
Windows of all types are classified for residences, light commercial use, heavy, and architectural. Here at Quality, we proudly offer windows for the homeowner and the businessperson! Light commercial rating—offered through Milgard’s Thermally Improved Aluminum Windows—is not only perfect in residences, these windows are to standard for restaurants, government buildings, schools, etc.

Full Lifetime Warranty
For your peace of mind—and because we know Milgard is the best on the market—your window project is backed by a lifetime warranty. This includes:

  • Workmanship by a Quality Windows & Doors Technician
  • Service requests made easy, should you ever need it
  • If you decide to sell your home, our warranty will be auto-extended for 10 years from the start date of the original warranty to the buyers (talk about a strong selling point!)
  • All repairs and replacements for (rare) defects in materials or workmanship are to be covered—including parts and labor as long as the purchaser owns the home

Do you still have questions regarding aluminum windows? Call us and allow us to put your mind at ease. We offer the best, you deserve the best, and Quality Windows & Doors is just around the corner! We look forward to helping you with your next window project!

Quality Windows & Doors
1430 S Oxnard Blvd.
Oxnard, California 93030
805.984.5895

Installing Replacement Windows in Your California Home: Not a DIY Project

DIY projects have become a way of life here in Agoura Hills, CA. We love to repurpose wine bottles into flowerpots and crates or pallets into hanging porch gardens. As a culture, we are obsessed with HGTV, Pinterest, Joanna and Chip Gaines and Magnolia Farms, DIY Network, Etsy… the list could go on and on. It makes sense. When the economy drops, people get creative! We are resilient and we should take pride in this resourcefulness. Why? DIY projects are often cost-saving, environmentally friendly, and fun.  Cheers, fellow DIY-ers!

When do we acknowledge the need for a professional, though? Here at Quality Windows & Doors, we want to provide you the realities of choosing your replacement windows project as the next DIY endeavor. This is not to say there is never a time to replace windows yourself, but as a team, we have seen too many replacement windows DIY projects gone wrong. We do not want this to happen to you!

So before you take the risk—exhilarating as it may feel, pre-project—consider the following deterrents regarding DIY replacement windows projects.

SHOULD YOU DO IT YOURSELF?

Skill set:
Be honest; do you have the skills required to replace your home’s windows? Have you held power tools at all before? Are you prepared for the amount of work this will undoubtedly require? Installing full replacement windows is very complex; much more so than installing insert replacement windows. If your heart is set on full replacement windows, call the professionals at Quality Windows & Doors.

Time/Money:
Replacement windows are an enormous project. Consider the cost of materials: pry bar, waterproof shims, caulk gun, safety glass, power drill, screwdriver, ladder, etc. It adds up. Further, do you remember your first “DIY Project Gone Wrong?” They can be costly and take up a lot of time! The takeaway, from one DIY-er to another: choose projects which are doable, quick, and without the potential for financial upheaval. For example, you would not want to discover after a heavy California rain, that your replacement window project had “gone wrong,” correct? Obviously, this would be a costly problem. DIY projects are not insured. With Quality Windows & Doors, our work and products are insured. Your Agoura Hills home in safe with us.

Realistic Timeline
Do you work full time? Are you a stay-at-home parent? Are you in school? We are all busy with something. Evaluate your schedule. On average, a window replacement—for a professional—requires four to five hours of work per window on the ground level (potentially more per window upstairs). Do the math; do you have the time?

Our team here at Quality Windows & Doors wants to encourage our fellow DIY-ers—when it makes the best sense for them. When it comes to quality Agoura Hills, CA replacement windows project, please leave it to the professionals. We can’t wait to work with you!

Quality Windows & Doors
1430 S Oxnard Blvd.
Oxnard, California 93030
805.984.5895

Vinyl Windows Maintenance Requirements

When you decide to invest in vinyl windows for your home in Thousand Oaks, CA, you have made a great choice. Vinyl windows have the lowest level of maintenance of any window option on the market. That being said, if you want your vinyl windows to remain as good as new, there are a few easy maintenance items to put on your to-do list every once in a while. Here they are.

Item#1: Frame Cleaning

Vinyl windows have sturdy, durable frames and they are very low maintenance. You don’t have to worry about painting, scraping, or staining the frames. They come in the color of your choosing and they remain that color for the duration of their existence on your house. But window frames go through a lot in terms of weather elements. It will rain plenty in Thousands Oaks, CA and the frames will have to endure dirt and mud on occasion. In order to keep them looking as nice as they did when they were first installed, simply wash they with a non-abrasive, mild soap and rinse them with water. Then you can wipe them clean and let them air dry. The frames will look as good as new and you can move on to your next task.

Item#2: Glass Cleaning

The glass on your vinyl windows will be the part you notice the most. If you have children, there might be frequent smudges and fingerprints. If you have pets, it might be more like nose prints. Even if you have neither, the windows will get dirty after awhile. No matter what type of windows you get, the glass will need to be cleaned and vinyl windows are no difference in that manner. Clean and rinse the windows when you notice they need it either on the inside, outside, or both.

Item#3: Screen Cleaning

Screens are nice to have on vinyl windows for your home in Thousand Oaks, CA. They allow the fresh breezes in and keep the bugs out. IF you have screens on any of your vinyl windows, you will want to maintain them as well. Clean the screens with a soft brush and mild soap and water. Rinse it clean and wipe them dry. This will prevent the dust and debris that collects on the screen from working its way into your home.

Care and maintenance for vinyl windows in Thousand Oaks, CA is easier than any other type. If you are thinking of changing your current windows and replacing them with vinyl windows, you only have to make one call. Quality Windows is located at 1430 S Oxnard Blvd. Oxnard, California 93030. Stop by anytime and take a look at the vinyl windows we have to offer. Give us a call today at 805-984-5895 and set up an appointment. We’ll go over your needs and customize the right windows for your home. There are a lot of decisions to make and we’ll help guide you through the process so you can cut down on maintenance and gather all the benefits that vinyl windows bring with them!

Replacement Windows and Home Value Links

There are a number of things you can do to your home in Thousand Oaks, CA to raise its overall value. One of the items near the top of the list is to install replacement windows. Home improvements vary in terms of the return on the investment you put into the project. You want to get a return that is as close to 100% as possible. That would mean that every dollar you spend on the project, you will get a one-dollar increase in your home value. So how do replacement windows rate?

There are no guarantees when it comes to home improvement projects. You know remodeling your kitchen or bathroom is going to increase the value of your home, but there is no way to say you will increase its value for the exact amount you spend. The same can be true about replacement windows. You know the value of your home will rise significantly, but a lot of the value depends on the market and when you decide to sell.

So how do replacement windows in Thousand Oaks, CA affect the value of your home? Here are a few ways.

-Perception

Replacement windows have a large effect on the perception people have of your home. If you are to put your home on the market, people will be looking at it from it with a trained eye. Curb appeal makes a big difference in how valuable your home appears. When people see replacement windows installed, they will believe the inside of the home will be valuable as well. Replacement windows can make an older home look modern and stylish in no time at all. Perception goes a long way to making your home appear desirable when it is on the market.

-Cost Savings

When potential buyers see replacement windows on the home, they know your home is more energy efficient than other options. That means they will save money on utilities and they like that. People are more willing to spend money to get upgraded items like replacement windows so they can keep their monthly bills down.

Research shows that you can expect an 80-90% return on your investment in replacement windows when you sell your Thousand Oaks, CA home. If you install the windows soon and don’t move until later, you can recuperate the rest of the money easily in utility savings.

If you are interested in replacement windows, come to the Quality Windows showroom at 1430 S Oxnard Blvd. Oxnard, California 93030 and start looking at the options we have available. Our professionals have decades of experience in the industry and know just what recommendations to make for each individual home. Spend a little time finding the right windows for your home in Thousand Oaks, CA and you will raise its value for when you sell and save money on utilities in the meantime. Give us a call today at 805-984-5895 and set up an appointment. We’ll go over your needs and customize the right windows for your home.

New Windows Can Make Cleaning Easier

There aren’t many people who actually enjoy cleaning. In fact, many homeowners complain that they have trouble keeping up with the cleaning tasks their home requires. There is always something to do and once you finish it all and turn around, you have to start all over again. There are only so many hours in a day and anything you can do to simplify the home cleaning process, you are likely to do. One thing you likely haven’t tried yet is to install new windows into your Ventura, CA home.

New windows on your home in Ventura, CA allow you a long list of benefits. You will gain energy efficiency, save on your utility bills, and have windows that look great and operate well. New windows also have design elements that allow for easy cleaning. You will save time and save effort on your home cleaning chores because of your new windows. Here are just three ways new windows make cleaning easier.

  1. No More Climbing Around Outside

Older windows require climbing ladders and hanging around outside your house in order to properly clean the windows. You can try to reach outside to clean the exterior of the windows, but it never works quite right. If you get the right new windows, you can swing them in and out or pop them into the house in order to give them a good, fast cleaning. You don’t have to get ladders or other tools out and you don’t even have to go outside.

  1. Cut Down on Dust

New windows will save you time on other chores in the house too. Because your new windows have a tight seal with no air leakage, they will help you maintain cleaner air in your home. That means you will have less dust to contend with. You won’t have to dust as often and when you do dust, you’ll sneeze less often. Instead of dusting every week, you can have a little bit of your free time back for other activities.

  1. Lower Maintenance

New windows made from vinyl materials require no maintenance at all. Every so often you can wash the frames down with soap and water, but otherwise, you have no additional chores on your list. The relief is easy to justify when you think about scraping, painting, and staining your own window frames just to try to make them look decent every year.

If you want to make cleaning easier, it’s simple enough to do. Just stop into the Quality Windows showroom at 1430 S Oxnard Blvd. Oxnard, California 93030 and start looking at the options we have available. Spend a little time finding the right windows in Ventura, CA and you can spend a lot less time on cleaning as soon as the installation process is complete. Give us a call today at 805-984-5895 and set up an appointment. We’ll go over your needs and customize the right windows for your home.

Customizing Your Vinyl Windows

If you want to put new windows on your home in Ventura, CA and you choose vinyl windows, you might think you are done making decisions. The truth is, you’ve just started! You have a number of different ways to customize your vinyl windows to make them the perfect fit for your home. You are not limited to plain windows you have a variety of choices with vinyl windows. Here are just a few of the options you have to customize your vinyl windows.

Customization Option 1: Color

When you think of vinyl windows, stark white probably comes to mind. White frames are the norm, but they don’t have to be your choice. Vinyl windows can be customized in any color you have in mind. Whether you want off-white, gray, or even red or blue, you can get the color you want in vinyl windows. Just be sure to find the exact right color because once the vinyl windows are installed on your home, you can’t paint them or change the color.

Customization Option 2: Grids

Another thing you can do to your vinyl windows in Ventura, CA is add what the industry calls grids. Grids are like tic tac toe boards on the windowpane, but there are several different styles and varieties and they can really add character to you home. Some grid lines split the window into four small squares while others add far more squares. If you want to add visual variety to your vinyl windows, grids are a great option to consider, especially on the front of a house where they show more.

Customization Option 3: Size

You might assume that you will be the same size window in place of an old window of a like size, but you don’t have to. You are not limited when it comes to the size of your new vinyl windows. When you replace your windows, it is your chance to change the size of the window. You can also consider something to give your home more flair like a bay or bow window.

There are many more options available for vinyl windows that each homeowner can customize to the specific look they want. Just because many houses have vinyl windows does not mean any two homes have to be identical. New vinyl windows can add value to a home and the extra customizing options can give you additional appeal as well.

If you are ready to look into vinyl windows and want to know more about the customizing options available for your home in Ventura, CA, stop by the Quality Windows show room at 1430 S Oxnard Blvd. Oxnard, California 93030 and see the choices for yourself. Give us a call anytime at 805-984-5895 and set up an appointment. We can talk through the needs and style of your home and help you find the right customizing options for your individual project.