3 ways to boost your homes curb appeal

The importance of the exterior of your home cannot be emphasized enough. Your home’s appearance from the outside is the first impression made upon visitors. From landscaping to exterior lighting, great curb appeal can add thousands of dollars in value while poor curb appeal can lower the value of your home and neighborhood.

Giving the exterior of your home a new look is an easy way to add equity without investing time, effort, or money into a full interior remodel. Whether you are updating to highlight your personal tastes or you are planning to put your home on the market, here are three simple improvements that will have a significant impact on your outdoor aesthetic and sales price.

1: Replace Your Garage Door

Curb AppealRevamping your garage door can take your curb appeal from drab to fab.  Modern garage doors have moved well beyond plain white roller doors. There is an amazing range of styles, colors, and materials available to suit any taste and custom options that blend seamlessly with the look of your home. Even better: swapping out an old style for a more fashionable model will not just transform the face of your house. Homeowners can expect to recoup up to 91.5 percent of their investment at resale.

2: Give The Front Door a Face lift

Boost Curb AppealTo help your home be a standout on the block, kick your bland front door to the curb. Start with a style that fits with your tastes and the style of your home. Consider unique features like double doors or sidelights. Then customize the look by adding decorative details using hinges, bells, and door knockers.

3: Update Old Windows

506x392_fake_styleline_013c_0If your windows are ugly, old, drafty, and inefficient, it’s time to trade up. Modern windows don’t just give a fresh appearance to the facade, they can provide significant savings; homeowners  can save up to $340 per year on heating costs by installing windows with the Energy Star label.

For more information about simple changes to boost your home’s curb appeal, contact us today.

Window Maintenance Tips

Here at Moule’s glass we want our customers to get the most out of there money. Inspecting your windows and doors at least annually is an important measure that will keep your windows in good condition and extend their longevity.  Good window maintenance enhance the security and appearance of your home, and can prolong the life of your homes windows. We are happy to share some tips on caring for your homes windows.With an investment of time today, you can protect the look of your home and windows against the ravages of the elements.

Checks for gaps around windows

Gaps allow air to come in and encourage loss of warm air from within. This reduces the energy efficiency of your home. Check for any gaps between the window casing and wall, use spray-form insulation or caulk to help with any gaps.

Check for moisture around windows

Look for signs of moisture such as warped window sills, bubbling paint, and mildew or mold.  These issues should be addressed immediately. Also check for signs of moisture in double or triple-pane windows. This may indicate that the seal has failed and has to be replaced.

Inspect wooden and metal window frames

Maintaining a good exterior paint seal is important window maintenance. Especially on older wooden windows. Check with Moule’s Glass or your windows manufacturer for recommended care procedures.

Weather stripping  window maintenance

Clean weather stripping from time to time to help prevent damage.Replace stripping if it comes loose, breaks, or bends.

Keep your windows clean

Wash vinyl- and aluminum-framed windows with a mild detergent and soft scrubbing brush. Moule’s Glass Cleaner helps leave your windows streak free and sparkling clean.

Protect your investment

Performing these window maintenance tips will help preserve your home’s beauty and function while saving you money at the same time. It is essential that you protect your home’s infrastructure by making sure your windows are in good shape. You will also enhance the energy efficiency of your home. If your current windows are beyond repair, investing in replacement vinyl windows today will insure many years of good performance. Like most things in life, regular window maintenance will go a long way. We care about our customers, and are here to help you enjoy long lasting windows!

Tips for streak free glass & window cleaning

Cleaning your windows is a task most people don’t look forward to. All that product, time and elbow grease, to have a finished window covered in streaks can be so frustrating. With the end results often disappointing, it is easy for us to consider this chore not rewarding enough to bother with. However it really makes it hard to enjoy the sun shining, and vivid nature outside your home through the grime that builds up. Ideally, windows should be washed at least twice a year. You will enjoy your home and investment in windows vastly more. Clean windows can also benefit your everyday life by letting the sun shine in.

Top Window Cleaning Tips

Here are some great tips to help maintain a gorgeous crisp window you can barley tell is there.Cleaning glass, whether it’s a window or a mirror or a coffee table, is more about the tools than the elbow grease. With the right stuff in your bucket, you can get your glass streak-free.

Use the right window cleaning tools

  • Keep all your window cleaning tools in one plastic or metal bucket (and use a second bucket to mix cleaning solutions).
  • A flat-weave microfiber cloth – any other cloth will not give you the same results, and remember, it’s your time spent cleaning, so the right tools saves you a lot of that time. You want flat-weave so that no debris can cling to the cloth, and further, they promote fast drying and lint-free finishing.
  • Try washing windows with a squeegee and I bet you’ll never go back to a spray bottle and paper towels. Squeegees get your glass clear and streak free in a fraction of the time it takes with paper towels.
  • Window scrubber or large sponge.
  • 4″ Razor scraper with a fresh blade
  • Moule’s Glass Cleaner – We  highly recommend it, but you can use your favorite brand or recipe.

Master an efficient window cleaning technique

  1. Spray Moule’s Glass (or chosen solution) generously on the glass surface.
  2. Scrub the glass with the window scrubber or sponge. Carefully cleaning the glass all the way to the edges.
  3. Tip the squeegee to wipe clean a narrow strip all the way around the edge of the glass.
  4. Starting at the top of the glass move the squeegee horizontally across the top of the glass
  5. Work your way down the window making overlapping horizontal strokes. Cleaning the wiper between strokes.
  6. Lastly run the clean microfiber cloth around the edge of the glass to finish the job.

Do you have hard water spots, paint, or stickers on your windows?

Hard water contains magnesium and calcium that leaves small hard white spots on windows. Diluted vinegar and a cloth can do the trick, and get your window looking great. If the spots are really tough to remove, your best option is to use undiluted vinegar. Put vinegar in a spray bottle, then spray a large area of the window and clean until clear.

If you have paint or other gunk on your glass you will want to use a 4″ razor scraper. Be sure to use a fresh blade to avoid scratching the glass and never use a razor tempered glass. Simply apply some Moule’s Glass Cleaning and gently use the razor to clean the surface of the glass.

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Give some of these tips a try and see if having cleaner windows literally brightens your day.

Energy Efficient Windows: Save Money and Increase Equity

Are you wondering if your home might benefit from new energy efficient windows? Windows are a key element to consider when looking to increase your home’s energy efficiency and value. The weather conditions outside your home should not appear on the inside. Inefficient windows can leak, allowing water to come into your house behind the walls, this is a leading cause of mold and mildew in homes. This is a sign that your windows need to be replaced with new energy efficient windows.

Are Your Windows Functioning Properly?

If opening and closing is a difficult task, the glass is loose, or the seal between the sash and frame have weakened, it could be time to replace your windows.

Single-pane Glass is not Energy Efficient

Many older homes still use their original windows built with single-pane glass. Simply put, single-pane glass is not energy efficient. They also have an increased chance of breakage. Replacing old single-pane windows with new energy efficient windows can provide substantial energy savings. As well as a major boost in curb appeal, equity and resale value.

What About the Cost of New Energy Efficient Windows?

Moules Tehama County Glass has Energy Efficient Windows When we look for ways to invest into our homes we have a lot of options. Not only are we considering upfront cost but also the potential return on investment. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value report The study showed that homeowners get back nearly 80% of window replacement costs when they eventually sell.

Call Moule’s Tehama County Glass Today!

Remember if the weather outside is coming inside, you’ve got a problem. With today’s highly energy-efficient windows and modern designs, there are plenty of cost-saving, aesthetic and functional advantages to replacing your home’s windows.  With studies showing that home owners recover most window replacement costs there is no reason not to call Moule’s todayMoule’s Tehama County Glass is here to help get your home looking the way you want, and keeping you warm this winter, and cool this summer.

Is it time to upgrade your patio doors

There are many ways to improve the look of your home. Some upgrades offer more benefits than others. Upgrading your patio doors offers both visual and functional benefits. Sliding patio doors and glass entry doors are important features in our homes. They provide Light, Access, and a view of the outdoors.

New patio doors can improve your home’s energy efficiency

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Scientists at the Lighting Research Center (LRC), in Troy, N.Y. have reported that daylight environments increase occupant productivity and comfort, and provide the mental and visual stimulation necessary to regulate human circadian rhythms.

There are many things that affect how energy efficient your patio doors are. If you have a poorly insulated patio door, this can be comparable to an open window, allowing a draft into your home. A sliding patio door that is in need of replacement can cause leaks into your home during the winter. Over time, the benefits from all of the natural light that Sliding patio doors bring into your home can have an effect on your light usage, and Lower your Energy Costs.

Is your patio door safe?

Patio Doors installed by Moule's Glass Red Bluff

Modern patio doors offer an increase in security and functionality. Shatterproof glass ensures they are safe even during rough encounter occurs. Moule’s Tehama County Glass offers customized glazing and frosting options providing privacy as well as security. Older sliding patio doors can be seen as a weak point in your home’s security. Older sliding patio doors can be lifted out of their tracks to allow someone access into your home. Contact Moule’s Glass to find out if your door is secure.

Try out the patio doors in our Red Bluff showroom.

Patio Doors installed by Moule's Tehama County Glass

A patio door is a lovely addition to any Home. They benefit your everyday life and positively add to any style or decor. Natural light can improve your health, your productivity, and your lifestyle. When properly installed a patio door will operate smoothly and provide security. Moule’s Glass provides quality workmanship that you can depend on. We carry a large selection industry leading door manufacturers. As well as providing a wide range of custom doorway solutions.

Call us today we can help bring the light in.

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