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    Spring Cleaning: A Checklist for Your Windows

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Now that spring is here, it’s time to start your spring cleaning. One often-overlooked feature of your home that requires a bit of attention is your windows. After a long, chilly winter, it’s important that your windows are thoroughly inspected and cleaned so they’re ready to provide you with the comfort and performance you need throughout the cooling season. Here’s a look basic spring cleaning for windows.

    Clean Your Windows

    The most basic spring cleaning task for windows is making sure they’re clean from the outside. Ground-level windows can be easily cleaned by hand with some glass cleaner and a soft cloth. For windows that are higher up, you can carefully use a ladder, power washer, or the services of a professional window cleaner. Homeowners with double-hung windows can easily remove the sashes from the window frame to clean their windows from indoors.

    Scrub Your Window Screens

    Next, make sure you also thoroughly clean your window screens. Window screens can get clogged with dirt and debris over the winter. The quickest and most effective way to clean them is to remove them from the frame and spray them down with a hose or in the shower with warm water.

    Vacuum and Wipe the Frame

    Another part of your window unit that can get dirty is the inside of the frame. Clean out large particles and debris using a vacuum. Then wipe down the entire surface with a cloth and some cleaning solution to ensure smooth window operation.

    Paint Your Window Exteriors

    Finally, homeowners with wood window frames should do some touch-up work on the exteriors of their windows. This step can be skipped if you have aluminum-clad or vinyl windows, which are virtually maintenance free.

    For more window maintenance tips, contact Five Star Windows at (408) 385-9867. We provide professional window installation, sales, and replacement services throughout the San Jose area!

    Watch: How to Adjust Milgard's Sliding Window Rollers

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Keeping your windows fully operational isn’t difficult, but it takes a little bit maintenance work every once in a while. When you start to notice a change in the way your windows work, consider examining and cleaning them for better, smoother operation.

    This video will show you how to adjust and lubricate your Milgard sliding windows for easy operation. These steps will help you to better enjoy your windows, and will also encourage a longer lifespan for them.

    For a great selection of Milgard replacement windows, visit the window sales and installation experts at Five Star Windows. Call (408) 385-9867 to learn more.

    Credentials to Look for in a Window Sales and Installation Company

    Last updated 3 years ago

    When it comes to installing new windows in your home, it’s critical to find an installation company you can trust. If not properly installed, your new windows will be susceptible to damage that will cost more money to repair down the road. Here are some credentials to look for in a window sales and installation company:

    • Published Reviews and Recommendations

    When you are installing windows in your home, you have a multitude of sales and installation companies to choose from. Before taking the plunge, however, you should do as much research s you can and find out which company is the most reliable. Reliability can be measured in a variety of ways, but one of the easiest things you can do is simply seek out reviews. Reviews can be found online on sites like Yelp or Angie’s List. You can also get reviews from your friends or neighbors who have used their services before. Personal testimonial is often one of the most reliable indicators of quality.

    • Professional Affiliations

    Another way to measure the credibility of a window sales and installation company is inquire about their professional affiliations.  Professional organizations often have high standards of entry. For this reason, membership generally means that the company consistently delivers high-quality service to its customers. Another benefit of professional organization affiliation is that member companies are usually up to date on the latest technology and advances in the field. Five Stare Windows is a member of The National Association of the Remodeling industry, the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, Build It Green, and more.

    • Years of Experience

    When it comes to window sales and installation, there’s no substitute for experience. Companies that have been in the business longer than others will always have an advantage because they know the business better and have developed a reputation for good service and quality customer care.

    If you want to know more about the qualities you should look for in a window sales and installation company, call Five Star Windows at (408) 385-9867 today.

    Tips for Replacing Your Window Screens

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Window screens are a great feature to include on your windows so that you can enjoy some fresh air without having to deal with dust, dirt, and bugs. If your windows screens tear, break, or get dirty, replacing them is a breeze. Here’s a look at some of the different ways you can make your window screens look like new again.

    • Patch the Screen

    Small tears in the window screen may not be visible to you, but they’re typically big enough for flies and other bugs to get through. If the tear is small enough, you may be able to patch it up with a window screen repair kit. You can buy this kit at any hardware store, and it should only take a few minutes to install. Although the tear may not have been very visible, the patch you use to repair it will be. So while this repair is budget friendly, it’s not aesthetically pleasing.

    • Replace the Mesh

    For screens that are dirty, faded, or otherwise too damaged to be worth keeping, you may be able to replace the mesh without replacing the entire window screen frame. Determine how to remove the window screen mesh by studying your screen frames. Screen mesh is available for purchase at your local hardware store, but you’ll also have to buy rubber tubing to hold the mesh in place, as well as a couple of tools to do the installation.

    • Hire a Professional

    The easiest and most practical option is to have a window professional from Five Star Windows take a look at your old window screens. We can help you determine whether your window screen frames are worth saving, or whether replacing the entire screen assembly is your best option. If this is the case, we’ll install high-quality window screens from Milgard, Andersen, and other leading manufacturers so you can enjoy the nice spring breeze in your home without the bugs and dust.

    Call Five Star Windows today at (408) 385-9867 for more information on our window installation, sales, and replacement services.

    Taking a Look at Milgard's Quality Warranties

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Installing replacement windows in your home is a huge investment. Like any other investment, you’ll want to make sure that what you’re getting is guaranteed to last. That’s why any replacement window you buy is only as good as the warranties that cover it. Milgard is known for their high-quality windows and patio doors, which are popular in both residential and commercial applications. But what makes Milgard windows so great is the amazing warranty that comes with them! Here’s a quick look at some of the features of Milgard’s lifetime warranty.

    • You’re Protected As Long as You Own Your Home

    One of the best features of the Milgard warranty is that it never expires as long as you own your home. This makes Milgard windows a great investment for homeowners looking to really settle down since you’ll always have the protection of this warranty. For homeowners who are planning on selling their homes, the warranty can be passed on to the next owner if the home is sold within 10 years of the original installation date.

    • Parts and Labor are Included

    Some window manufacturers provide warranties that cover windows and frames, but still make you pay for installation costs and additional materials. This doesn’t make much sense, since improper installation may be the cause of window failure or damage in the first place! Your replacement windows, parts, and labor are fully covered under Milgard’s lifetime warranty, which means you won’t have to pay a dime if your windows fail.

    • Service By Factory-Trained Technicians

    Finally, you can rest assured knowing that your windows will always be installed by a factory-trained technician that is authorized to handle warranty claims. Milgard-authorized technicians will help to resolve your window problems through repair or replacement, or Milgard will refund the full purchase price of the window.

    To learn more about Milgard’s lifetime warranty, come to Five Star Windows today. Call (408) 385-9867 for replacement window sales and installation services throughout the San Jose area.

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