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Stay Cool!

  We’re in the middle of a long hot New Mexico summer and it’s hard not to keep that AC going full blast.  The ongoing debate is whether or not to shut your windows and blinds when you’re not home to keep hot air out, or to have them open.  What achieves a cooler house? 

Vinyl Windows and VOC’s

  VOC’s, (Volatile Organic Compounds), are invisible products that result from the off-gassing of a variety of materials in your home from paint to carpet to plastics. In most cases products that have high VOC’s also have strong smells. New carpet, linoleum, and fresh paint are good examples of this. Occasionally we get questions about

Testing for Lead Paint: It’s the Law!

In April of 2010 The Environmental Protection Agency issued new regulations that require any contractor that disrupts more than 6 square feet of surface on a home built before 1978 be licensed and trained to comply with the new lead paint regulations that minimize dust. To learn more specifics about these regulations go to EPA.gov

What is SHGC?

What is SHGC and why do I care? Before buying new windows for your home you should check out the NFRC label. The NFRC, or National Fenestration Registration Council, is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide uniform, accurate information about the energy performance of windows. The easiest way to compare windows on a

Modifying and Creating New Openings for Windows

Let it shine on in…or not When a home is built, the contractor and architect choose the window location and size for a room based on a variety of factors like symmetry from the exterior, and the purpose a room is being used for. Preferences change though; I like having light from more than one

How to replace a balance

Replacing a channel balance or “block & tackle” balance on a single-hung window Our new Energy Quest vinyl windows use a constant force steel coil balance that never needs replacement.  But what if you’ve already replaced your windows a few years ago? Sometimes they just need a little TLC to get them working like new

Spring is here! And so is the wind…

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Shelter from the storm, isn’t that what we are all looking for? March and April in New Mexico is the wind season. Our gusty winds blow last year’s tumbleweeds down the street and also blow a lot of dust and pollen into our

The Scoop on Fiberglass Windows

When shopping for new windows for your home people quickly find out that it isn’t a simple choice.  There are lots of products out there, and modern windows are made out of a variety of materials.  One of the newly popular types is a fiberglass window, and here’s Glass-Rite’s advice when it comes to fiberglass

Vinyl windows Vs Fiberglass windows

Investing in replacement windows for a home is something that homeowners should not take lightly.  Windows and doors do affect the feel and design of your home, but they also are a functional element. The greatest contributors to heat loss in your home are usually your doors and windows, so the insulating factors of new replacements

An overview of different window styles

When you are looking at replacing the windows in your home, there are many options to consider. Things like the opening size, architectural style of your home and personal preferences, all impact what you’ll end up with. In this article, we wanted to provide a general overview of the options that are out there so