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    Different Types of Doors and Windows for Your Home

    Last updated 5 years ago

    If you’re planning on updating your home’s doors and windows, you will need to consider both function and appearance before choosing the perfect replacement options. The most important thing to look for in an exterior door is its ability to keep your home safe from the elements, including moisture and wind. For an inside door, look for a design that complements your interior décor.

    Replacement windows can be made from vinyl, aluminum, or wood. If you enjoy the look of wood but worry about its vulnerability to decay due to moisture in the air, ask your window supplier about aluminum-clad options. For more information, take a look at this video.

    If you’re ready to shop for the perfect style, call California Glass & Window at (714) 434-8650. We offer the best selection of windows and doors in the Costa Mesa area.

    Understanding Replacement Window Performance Ratings

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Your windows help to stop unwanted solar heat and ultraviolet rays from entering your home. Some windows, like Milgard vinyl windows, can even improve the energy performance of your home. Learn about your own home’s energy efficiency by taking a look at this guide to window performance ratings:

    • Efficiency Ratings
    U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient are the two most common numbers used to measure a window’s efficiency. U-factor reflects the amount of solar heat that is allowed to pass through window materials—a window with a low U-factor is extremely resistant to unwanted heat transfer. The solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) represents the amount of solar radiation blocked or absorbed by the window. Choose a window with a low SHGC to keep your home interior cool during the summer.

    • Visible Performance
    The best windows allow in tons of natural light without the heat and radiation. A window’s ability to let in visible light is measured by its visible transmittance (VT). VT measures the amount of visible sunlight that passes through a window. A high VT rating would be great for homes in need of efficient lighting solutions. Alternatively, homes that already have complex lighting or skylights may want to minimize extra sunlight in their homes with low VT windows.

    • Performance Information
    Great window performance is measured by more than just energy transfer—you should also check out your window’s air leakage (AL) and condensation resistance (CR). Windows with a good AL rating will help you to eliminate wasteful drafts and cooling costs. Similarly, you can use CR to determine if a window will suffer from condensation problems.

    The huge selection at California Glass & Window is sure to include replacement windows and doors that fit your needs. Visit us today, and compare your current window’s efficiency ratings against our new models. You can contact us to schedule a visit at (714) 434-8650.

    Check Out What's Going On in Orange County This Month

    Last updated 5 years ago

    At California Glass & Window, we offer speedy repairs and fantastic customer service. You can learn more about us by visiting us online or contacting us at (714) 434-8650. For additional replacement window information, check out these online resources:

    Celebrating Oktoberfest in Orange County

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Oktoberfest originally began as a festival to celebrate a united Germany.  Today, the two-week festivities are enjoyed worldwide as a celebration of German culture. Orange County residents have tons of options for Oktoberfest 2012. Plan how you want to celebrate Oktoberfest with this helpful event guide:

    • Traditional Sounds
    Oktoberfest is a great opportunity to enjoy traditional German music. The Huntington Beach Oktoberfest Celebration at Old World Restaurant and Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club are two big events where you can enjoy traditional Oktoberfest music.

    • Brewery Options
    Beer is an important part of any Oktoberfest celebration and the Orange County area is full of popular bars and microbreweries. Take some time to explore local options like the Anaheim Brewery and Noble Ale Works, both of which feature unique brews that make for memorable Oktoberfest experiences. Large celebrations, like the Huntington Beach Oktoberfest Celebration, are sure to carry several types of imported beers as well.

    • Family Events
    Oktoberfest in Orange County also offers plenty of kid-friendly events. Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club offers train rides and a bounce house on Sundays. If you’re looking for a fun day out, take the family to Old World Village, which offers shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Stop by Old World Restaurant to enjoy live bands, carnival games, dancing, and traditional food to celebrate Oktoberfest.

    Oktoberfest is an excellent fall event that can help remind people that winter is just around the corner! Make sure your home is protected from drafts and air leaks by installing replacement windows and doors today. Contact California Glass & Window at (714) 434-8650 to find out why fall is the best time to upgrade your home’s exterior.

    Cleaning Tips to Help Prolong Your Home's Windows

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Routine cleanings can help you to extend the life of your exterior windows. Watch this video for tips on the best window-cleaning methods. 

    In the video, a professional window cleaner explains how insufficient window cleaning can cause your windows to slowly wear away. If you live in a rural or windy area, you should have cleanings performed more often.

    Don’t waste your time cleaning worn, aging windows that are beyond repair—instead, invest in eye-catching vinyl replacement windows. These high-quality and efficient windows are sure to boost the curb appeal of your home. Call California Glass & Window at (714) 434-8650 to learn more.

     

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