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Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

Buying new windows for your home is a major purchase. Luckily though, it isn't something that needs to be done often. However, few people realize that there are a few tips and tricks that can help you extend the lifespan of your new windows. My husband and I recently bought new windows and I wanted to make sure I got the most out of them, which is how I came across these tricks. I spent a lot of time researching and learning about them, so I decided to create a website to help others who may be looking for the same information. I hope this helps you.

Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

How To Keep The Sun's Glare Out Of Your House

by Bradley Castillo

You want your house to be a comfortable, pleasant place to relax. Depending on the placement of your windows, you may have to contend with unpleasant glare from the sun. This may not be a problem on weekdays if you typically get home after the sun has already set, but it can put a big damper on your weekend relaxation. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the glare from the afternoon sun. Here are four things you can try:

1. Rearrange your furniture.

If the problem is sunlight shining in your face or reflecting off your television screen, rearranging the furniture can make you more comfortable. Move your sofa and TV to positions that don't allow the sun to get directly in your eyes. Placing the furniture perpendicular to the window can help. If your living room is large enough, moving the furniture away from the windows may also solve your problem.

2. Plant trees or shrubbery outside your window.

If you live on the ground floor, you can alter your yard to provide additional shade. Trees and shrubs make excellent sunscreens. Purchase an adolescent tree or a fast-growing bush if you want quick results. Just make sure you don't plant anything too close to your house, especially if you expect the tree to grow large when it reaches maturity. Trees planted too close to houses can cause structural damage in the future, so you may want to consult with a professional landscaper if you're unsure.

3. Invest in quality shades.

During the hottest part of the day, the best thing you can do is draw the blinds to block out the worst of the sun's rays. Make sure you have high-quality window treatments that don't let the sun in. Curtains can be attractive window dressings, but most fabric is too thin to sufficiently block sunlight. Look for shades for better sun protection. You can find shades made out of many different materials to match any decor. Vertical blinds are another option if you don't prefer horizontal window treatments.

4. Use your air conditioning.

If you enjoy the natural breeze through the window, you may be hesitant to close the windows so you can lower your shades. Air conditioning can keep your house cool, even when your windows are shut. If you're concerned about running a high electricity bill, purchase an energy-efficient AC unit that draws as little power as possible.

Get in touch with a company like Shades West to get started.