You live in your house for many years. You like your place and do not even think about moving. But in life never say never. You may get better job offer, your family gets bigger or the price of the house skyrocketed so much, that you decided to cash in and retire. Whatever your situation is, before putting your nest for sale, you should make it shining again and be ready for a home inspection.
The most important step to make it ready for sale is to do the preliminary inspection. You should do the inspection of the windows, roofing, siding.
What the home inspector is looking at? He is gonna check the roof of the house and see if any roofing shingles are missing. If this is so, then you are gonna have to repair it. He looks at the siding and makes sure that all the siding panels are attached to the house and there are no damaged panels. Both roofing and siding usually is easy to repair, because all that material is available in store. The biggest problem is with the wood, vinyl or aluminum windows of the house.
Now is the question how the home inspector is gonna check the vinyl or wood windows of the house? Well first of all he is going to get to each window in a house and open it. He opens the window to make sure that both sashes of the window stay open and do not fall down. If the sash of the window does not stay open, it means that the balance system of the vinyl or wood window is broken.
Many people call us and ask to repair their balance systems. The problem is, most of the time the windows of the house are very old and nobody knows who is the manufacturer of the window. It is not always possible to find the proper balance system for the vinyl window. Then the only option is to replace the whole window. All the windows are custom made and usually it takes about 2 weeks to get them in from the date of order. Sometimes people have the closing sale in five days and cannot do it, because of the problems with the windows.
If you have old wood windows in the house and the inspector can’t open some of them, make sure that you cleaned the dry paint where the two window sashes meet each other. We always recommend to our customers to inspect each window personally before the inspection.
The inspector is gonna go outside as well and check the wood frame of your windows. If there are any rotten spots, you are gonna have to take care about it. All the rotten frame must be replaced and repainted or capped with aluminum casing.
So when you are thinking about selling your house, make sure that your roof, siding and windows are in good condition. Do not procrastinate in replacing your old wood, vinyl, or aluminum windows. When you do that right now, you are gonna be able to enjoy them for several years and when you sell the house, still you can get the value back.
We get a lot of questions about the these two windows. Harvey Slimline and Classic replacement windows are the most affordable high quality windows on the market. So we would like to show what is the difference between these two windows
Let’s have these windows side by side and have a closer look at them.
You can see from that comparison chart, that Harvey Classic replacement window is slightly more energy efficient than Slimline window.
The main difference is the style of cam lock and the locking half screen in Classic window, while it is not in Slimline.
The frame of the Classic replacement window is thicker by 1/4 than Slimline.
When you get Harvey vinyl replacement windows, you get Limited Lifetime Warranty. We all love that word Lifetime warranty, but some people are worried about the other word “Limited”. So what does it mean to have Limited Lifetime Warranty? It means that warranty covers some specified parts of the window for the original purchaser of the windows. As long as you own the house, you have the windows covered. If you sell the house, the warranty is transferable for the next homeowner for 20 years from the date of manufacture.
When the windows were installed for the commercial application the warranty is 10 years only from the date of manufacture. Bay and Bow windows are covered under the same warranty, but any wood components are covered for 10 years only. If you purchased Garden window, then this warranty does not apply to them. There is a separate warranty for Garden windows.
How to locate the window warranty sticker?
With Harvey vinyl windows it is easy to find the warranty sticker. It is located inside the channel of the frame of the top window sash. You can see on the picture where to look for it.
Under the Harvey Lifetime window warranty is covered :
— Tilt Latches
— Sash Locks
If anything happens all these parts are gonna be repaired or replaced with new ones for free
The glass of the Harvey Replacement window is covered for 20 years only. If the glass fades or moisture accumulates inside the two glass panes, the glass is gonna be replaced for free as well.
If you have further questions, you can always post comments below or read the Harvey Vinyl Warranty on their website.
Classic Double Hung Replacement Window
People say all windows are the same. We can tell this is not so. We would like to chit-chat about Classic Double Hung window. The manufacturer of the window is Harvey Building Products. The company is in business from 1961, it is one of the top 100 window and door manufacturers in the United Sates. Harvey Building Products has in-house vinyl recycling facilities and design lab. The company is involved into charitable home building for injured veterans. So we can see that the manufacturer is well established business and will honor window warranties.
Now let’s have a look at the Classic Double Hung replacement window
Specifications of Harvey Classic Double Hung Window
The U-Factor is 0.27, SHGC rating is 0.25. It means the window is Energy Star qualified in North Eastern States of U.S. The window comes with Low-E and Argon Gas filled glass. The design pressure rating is 50, which means the window withstands the wind blows of up to 85-90 mph.
Interior of the Classic Double Hung Window
The frame and the sashes of the window are fusion welded. No screws are used to hold them together. The thickness of the frame and sash combined is 3’’. If you have smaller windows in your house you may loose some of the glass area.
This Harvey Classic DH window has block and tackle balance system. It is one of the best balance systems, does not need any lubrication or maintenance. It is one of the most important part of the window. So you want to have it the best.
The window comes with balance covers. It adds beauty to the window and prevents any dust to get into the window channel. Night latches are standard as well. You can vent a room with the window opened just a couple of inches at the bottom or the top. The window has low profile cam lock, which enhances the interior look of the window.
Exterior of the Harvey Classic DH window
The exterior of this replacement window has pretty much slick look. The screen channel looks like part of the window and blends in well with overall window design. Classic DH window comes with standard half screen or can be upgraded to full screen. The frame of the screen is made from extruded aluminum, which makes it more durable. The fiber glass screen has a locking mechanism. That feature adds to the safety of the window, if you have small children in the house.
Energy Efficiency of the Window
Harvey Classic Double Hung Window is an Energy Star qualified window. Both sashes of the window have double weather stripping and heavy duty bulb at the bottom sash of the window. Air infiltration is about 0.07, one of the best in the window industry.
Harvey Classic Double Hung window key points
— Energy Star qualified
— the frame and sashes are fusion welded
— Well built extruded aluminum fiber glass locking screen
—balance covers are standard
— maintenance free block and tackle balance system
— lifetime warranty on all hardware and 20 years glass warranty
— the window has beveled sill, no weep holes
— the window is available in 28 exterior colors and 4 interior colors
— the thickness of the frame and sash combined is 3’’ a bit too much for the smaller windows.
There are different types of Windows on the market with different price levels. The price of a vinyl replacement window depends a lot on a color of the window.
If you pick white color then the price is the most reasonable, but by changing the color to brown or bronze, the replacement window price zooms up by $100-$150. So let us see why brown windows are more expensive.
Brown color absorbs heat
The sun's radiation contributes to the majority of heat build up, which can increase the chance of window frame failure. Dark colors absorb sun's radiant energy at a higher rate and vinyl begins to deform or warp, if the temperature goes above 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Reflective Pigment Technology
Until fairly recently, most of the vinyl replacement windows came in two colors white or tan. However, when the reflective pigment technology was invented, it changed the vinyl window industry. RPT uses colors that reflect the infrared spectrum of the sun. This technology prevents the dark color frame of the window to reach high temperatures.
So to make the vinyl replacement window in brown color the manufacturer has to use more pigments in a frame of the window. The reflective pigment technology is more labour and capital intensive. All the manufacturers guarantee the dark colors for the life of the vinyl window. That's why when buying brown colors you have to pay extra just for the color. At the same time you can be sure that brown windows will stay brown for many years to come.
Most of the vinyl windows come in white color. That's the most popular color and the cheapest one to get. Today replacement windows are available in many other different colors. Let us see what is the most durable color of vinyl replacement window.
Color is achieved by added pigments to the window profiles. Vinyl windows made this way are not painted, but they have the true color of vinyl. Most of white, tan and bronze windows are made this way. The replacement windows with solid vinyl colors are not subject to peeling, chirping or warping. That's the most durable colors of the windows.
When the window has to have double color, let's say bronze outside and white inside, then the outside part of the window has to be painted. The downside of this color is that it is more labor extensive and more expensive. If the paint applied improperly, it can peel off after twenty years or so.
These colors are hot glued to the profiles of the vinyl window after extrusion. In other words the color is added by gluing the special film to the frame of the window. This technic is mostly used to the interior of the window frame. If done properly it adds shiny and durable look to the window.
Aluminum cladding color
Usually the color is added to finished windows to achieve superior coating performance. This technic is usually used when the window has wood exterior. So the exterior of the window is made from aluminum for extra durability and beauty. Usually windows with aluminum cladding can be painted into more than 28 colors. Aluminum cladding colors are durable and stay unchanged for the life of the window.
When you buy new windows you look at the overall window design and beauty. Very often you do not look at the small details of the replacement window. One of the smallest parts of the window are weep holes. Let us see why are they important.
Window weep holes are located on the exterior of the replacement window in the bottom of the window sill as you can see in the pictures.
The most important job weep holes do is draining all the water that gets into the frame of the window. When it is heavy rain, some of the water gets trapped in the bottom of the window and then it comes out from these weep holes.
Problems with window weep holes
When you buy your windows, make sure that weep holes are one inch higher from the lowest point of the window. This way you can be sure that they are not gonna be accidentally caulked or clogged with dust. If the weep holes get clogged with dirt or spider web, then the water is not properly drained from the window. After some time water is gonna start leaking into the house and destroy two by fours and eventually cause mould build up in the house.
Weep holes maintenance
So you bought vinyl maintenance free windows, but here we go I have just used this nasty word Maintenance. Yep, if your Windows have weep holes, you will have to clean them from time to time. If you have in your house twenty windows, it doesn't mean that you will have to clean weep holes in each one window. Clean the weep holes that you can visually see are dirty. May be on the side of the house where you have a lot of trees and spider nets.
How to clean weep holes
Take some piece of wire and gently insert into the weep hole and move back and forth till you pull out dirt or spider web. Then pour water on to the sill of the window and see if it is flowing out from the weep holes.
How to eliminate completely weep holes problems
When you don't want to do any kind of maintenance, then when buying your new replacement windows make sure that a window does not have weep holes. Yep all the windows we sell are without weep holes. It means the whole frame is fusion welded and the bottom sill is sloped. So all the water does not get inside the frame of the window, but diverted away from the house.
Before getting to the window let’s talk about the manufacturer. Harvey Building Products was founded in 1961 and it is among the top 15 on Windows & Doors Top 100 Manufacturers list. All of Harvey products are made and designed in America. The company has in house window testing lab and vinyl recycling facilities. Harvey Building Products has been a sponsor for Homes For Our Troops since 2009, a top performing non-profit organization that builds specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans.
In other words we can see, that Harvey is well established company and is going be able to take care about window warranties. The company is involved in charity giving, it can make you feel better about your window purchase as well.
Now let us talk about the window itself.
Specifications of Harvey Slimline Window
The U- Factor of the window is 0.30, SHGC rating is 0.27. The rating is not the highest. Still, the window is qualified for Energy Star rating in North Eastern States of U.S. The Slimline replacement window comes with an optional clear or Low-E glass, as well as argon gas fill. The design pressure rating for that window is 35, which means it can withstand the wind blows of up to 70 miles mph.
Interior of the window
The frame and sashes of the Harvey Slimline replacement window are fusion welded. No screws are used to hold them together.
The window comes with balance covers and vent stops. The thickness of the frame and the sash is 2 1/4. It means if you have smaller windows, you are not gonna loose glass area.
So all in all Harvey Slimline window has slick and clean interior, that will make your house more comfortable.
Exterior of the window
Harvey Slimline replacement window has modern exterior look as well. It has slightly beveled exterior, that becomes part of your house. The replacement window comes with half screen or full screen option. The screen frame is made from extruded aluminum, which adds strength and durability. The screen does not have the lock mechanism.
Slimline replacement window is Energy star window. Both sashes of the window have double weather stripping and heavy duty bulb at the bottom. The window has one of the highest air infiltration rating in the industry of 0.09. So the window does a good job at preventing the air from coming into the house or out of the house without your permission.
Harvey Slimline Replacement window Key points:
—Energy Star qualified
— Fusion welded frame and sashes, built like one solid piece
—Heavy extruded aluminum screen
— Balance covers are standard
—Double weather stripping with heavy duty bulb at the bottom
—Block and Tackle sash balances, never need adjustment or lubrication
— solid lifetime warranty on all the hardware and 20 year warranty on a glass
— the window has beveled sill, no weep holes
— the screen does not have locks
— the window is available in white color only
—the hardware is available in white only
When you are planning to replace your old wood windows with new vinyl replacements, you are wondering how it is done. So we are presenting to you this short video, so you can see how wood window replacement is done. Please enjoy watching and if you have any questions feel free to let us know.
When you buy new replacement windows, you want to get the best quality. But to know what is the best, you should should know how the old vinyl windows looked like. Just the same way when you buy your new car you know why is it better. In the window world believe or not, progress moves forward as well. So to give you some ideas what should you avoid in your new windows. We presented this short video about old vinyl window.
Balance System of the Window
You want to replace your existing old windows with new ones, because you want to use them. Simple as that. You want to be able to open and close them when you need . That’s is why the balance system of the replacement window is one of the important parts of the story. In this old vinyl window the balance system is spiral. This type of balance is not the best one, because it needs maintenance and adjustments. So when you buy your new replacement windows, make sure that you get something better. Like block and tackle or constant force balance systems.
Window Glass Spacer
In this old window, the spacer between the glass is aluminum. In most new windows, new technology is used which is warm edge spacer. Why is that important? Well, because aluminum is a good conductor of heat. In summer time the spacer overheats and may break the seals around the glass. If that happens, the argon gas is gonna escape. The moisture will start to accumulate between the two glass panes of the window. That will reduce energy efficiency of your windows. Fading will obstruct the viewing through the window glass.
Fusion Welded Frame and Sashes
The last point, but not the least is the frame of the window. Your new replacement windows should have fusion welded both the top and the bottom of the window. When you watch the video, you can see that the top of the window frame is fusion welded. While the bottom is connected together with screws. This makes the window shaky and not durable. When some years pass, you may have problems in operating the window. So make sure that in your new windows you are going to have fully welded the frame and sashes.
The bottom line. Be prepared to ask questions about new windows that you are considering to buy. Now you know what should be new in your replacement windows.
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