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Five Benefits of Metal Roofing

Jun 30, 2016 3:44:35 PM

Are you designing and building a new home? Is your old roof on its last legs?

Whatever your situation, choosing a roof is incredibly important. As the ultimate shelter to your home, you want your roof to stand up to the weather elements for as long as possible. If you’re shopping for a new roof, it’s important to know that the industry is also changing and more people are looking at metal roofing materials than ever before. If you are shopping for a new roof, here are five great reasons to consider metal.

One: Aesthetics

Chances are you’ve driven down a street or through a neighborhood and took a second look at a metal roof because it caught your eye. Metal roofs are sleek and they also come in a variety of colors and finishes. In fact, you can customize your metal roof to look like asphalt, granite, and or clay.

Two: Protection

Looks are important, but they are not everything, especially when it comes to roofing. Metal roofing materials provide excellent protection to your home. Metallic coating, typically zinc or aluminum, prevents the underlying steel from corrosion. Plus, adding a layer of paint on top of the coating provides another barrier of protection against harsh Pittsburgh weather elements.

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Four Questions to Ask When Buying New Windows

May 25, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Buying new windows can be an overwhelming experience.

Most homeowners have a lot of questions, but it’s easy to forget to ask those questions in the midst of the process, even if you keep a list of things you want to know. If you are looking for new windows for your Pittsburgh home, here are four questions you should always remember to ask.

Which Energy Efficiency Features Do I Really Need?

Replacement windows have many energy efficient options like double or triple panes, Low-E glazing, and gas fills. Depending on the position of your home, the amount of sunlight you are exposed to, your budget and other factors, certain energy efficient features are more important than others. A good window professional will take those factors into consideration when making recommendations, and should explain why they are making those specific proposals for your home.

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Why You Should Choose Legacy Remodeling for Your Windows

May 18, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Pittsburgh homeowners have many options when it comes to replacing windows, and the selection process can be overwhelming.

However, the company you choose to work with will play a significant role in your ultimate satisfaction at the end of the job. If you are in the market for new windows in Pittsburgh, here are some reasons to choose Legacy Remodeling.

Qualified and Celebrated

We have been in the business for over 25 years, and in that time we have earned recognition and awards across all of our remodeling focus areas. When it comes to windows, Legacy has achieved the Sunrise Windows Platinum Level Dealership designation, and has received multiple awards from the Better Business Bureau. Our team has also been recognized by industry-specific organizations like Remodelers Council. Other awards include:

  • Remodeling Big 50
  • Remodeling 550
  • Better Business Bureau Torch Award
  • Better Business Bureau Community Service Award
  • Owens Corning Outstanding Dealer Award
  • Top 500 Remodelers
  • Alcoa Building Products President Award
  • Angie’s List Super Service Award
  • Remodeler’s Council
  • ProVia Platinum Club
  • Replacement Contractor Magazine Top 100
  • Guide master Award for Service Excellence
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Replacement Windows – 4 Reasons They’re Worth It

May 11, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Most Pittsburgh homeowners know cost-saving benefits of modern, energy efficient. However, those same homeowners can put off installing new windows in favor of avoiding the up-front costs. Here are some reasons why, regardless of the sticker shock, you should move ahead and replace your old windows sooner, rather than later.

Window Repairs = Tripping Over Dollars To Save Pennies

A quick repair may seem far more attractive – and far less expensive – than replacing your windows. However, window repairs rarely stop at just one. Old windows only get older, which means gaps only get wider, rot only gets worse, drafts only get colder, and you’ll be stuck in a never-ending cycle of “quick fixes” that never really “fix” anything. The costs of constant window repairs add up over time, and the money you spend could be going towards a much more productive investment in your home’s value and energy efficiency.

The most common window repairs are: difficulty opening or closing the window, failing window seals, broken locks, outside noises coming indoors, rot and condensation. These issues are signs of inefficient and outdated windows, draining money out of your bank account each day. By replacing your old windows with new energy efficient replacement windows, you will have to put out more money up front, but you will save money over time, not to mention the freedom from frustration that comes along with fixing a window every couple of months or more.

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5 Qualities to Look for in a Pittsburgh Window Remodeler

May 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

New windows are a significant investment. You put out a lot of money to achieve better energy efficiency and curb appeal.

If you chose the wrong company, your experience and the way you feel about your windows will be a disaster. Take the time to look for these qualities in your Pittsburgh window remodeler to ensure that the process, and the final result, are a smooth success.

One: a Strong Reputation

A window remodeler’s reputation is extremely important. It’s easy to hop online and search review websites, but remember to take those with a healthy grain of salt. Online reviews are notoriously inaccurate. Some companies pay for good reviews, while others actually pay people to post bad reviews for competitors. Check all online reviews against their score at the Better Business Bureau to determine how accurate those “reviews” really are.

An effective method is to ask neighbors, friends, family and colleagues if there are any companies they recommend. You can get a good feel for a company by talking at length to people whose opinions you trust. If one or two names pop up over and over again, that company is likely worth investigating.

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Single, Double, or Triple Casement Windows?

Apr 27, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Shopping for replacement windows can be extremely overwhelming, as the options on the market are nearly endless.

If you are building a home or addition, or if you are shopping for replacements, casement windows can be an ideal option. They are attractive, efficient, and offer many benefits for homeowners.

What is a Casement Window?

A casement window is a rectangular window hinged at the side and opens outward. Using a crank system, they are very easy to open and can be the perfect solution to a window located in a hard-to-reach spot like above a sink. The screens on casement windows are placed on the inside of the window, protecting them from the elements, which makes for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Other benefits of casement windows include:

  • Ventilation – Because they open outward, casement windows provide the most ventilation of any window type. When open, standard casements are open 100% to the outside.
  • Energy efficiency – When closed, casements offer second-to-none energy efficiency. Because it has a movable sash, weather-stripping fits snugly and securely.
  • Easy maintenance and cleaning - Casement windows are easier to open and close, which also makes them easier to clean.
  • Brand quality – There are many high-quality brands in the casement window business, and there are many options for homeowners. An expert window professional can help you choose the casements that are right for your home.
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Everything You Need to Know About Energy Star Designation

Apr 20, 2016 7:00:00 AM

As you probably know, Energy Star designation is a symbol of energy efficiency in electronics and home appliances. But just what does it mean when a window carries the Energy Star label, and should you be influenced by the certification as you shop for replacement windows in Pittsburgh?

What is the Energy Star Program?

The Energy Star program was developed in 1992 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help reduce greenhouse gasses while educating the population about energy efficient products, practices and services. It is a government-backed symbol that indicates a product will offer energy savings without sacrificing performance or features.

Energy Star Designation for Products

In order to ensure neutrality in Energy Star designations, the EPA uses a third-party certification process for many product categories, including windows. In order to carry the label windows must:

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What’s the Deal with Pittsburgh Window Film?

Apr 13, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Solar window film, also called solar control film or window tint, can be used to improve the comfort of your home and protect interior furnishings from sun damage.

However, even though technology has come a long way in the last several years, window film is not without its drawbacks. If your Pittsburgh home is subject to a lot of natural light, you might be considering this option. Here are the pros and cons that you should consider before choosing a window film solution.

Pittsburgh Window Film: The Pros

There are the benefits you can get from choosing window film including:

  • Improved energy efficiency – Window film reduces heat transfer into the home during summer months and out of the home in cold months.
  • Return on investment – Window film is a relatively inexpensive retrofit for existing windows, and even slight energy savings can provide a return.
  • Protect furniture, art and carpet – High-quality film can reduce UV light by up to 99%, saving expensive furnishings from fading in direct sunlight, without having to close window shades.
  • Unrestricted view – Once applied, modern window film appears just as clear as the original window.
  • Security – If a window coated in retrofit film breaks, it prevents shards of glass from spilling into your home.
  • Budget-conscious- For homeowners with very tight budgets, or those who purchased new windows without added efficiency features, window film can provide extra efficiency.
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What You Need to Know About Window Frame Types

Apr 6, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Shopping for replacement windows usually means shopping for new window frames, as well.

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5 Window Replacement DIY Pitfalls

Mar 30, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Home improvements can be expensive and DIY remodeling projects are attractive to homeowners who want to save a buck.

While there are plenty of projects that can be done by yourself on the cheap, there are some that should be left to a professional. Replacement windows can require a significant monetary investment, tempting many homeowners to try to install new windows on their own. However, there are some important DIY pitfalls you should know about before you attempt to install windows yourself.

DIY Pitfall #1: Installation

The biggest piece of the DIY window replacement project is the actual installation. When installing new windows, accurate measurements are essential. A fraction of a millimeter off can leave a new window vulnerable to water penetration and air leaks. Sealing the window is also part science and part art form. An OK caulk job just won’t cut it. If the windows aren’t aligned and sealed properly, you won’t have energy efficient windows anymore - even though you just paid big bucks for them.

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