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Preventing Condensation on Your Windows

Condensation on Your WindowsDo you see condensation on your windows of your home, especially early in the morning? Now the weather starts to cool down, it is not uncommon to see or feel water on your windows.  There are 3 areas you can experience condensation: at the outside of the window, at the inside of the window, and between the glass panes of double glazing.  Let us explain every situation.

Condensation at the outside of a window.

Condensation on the outside of double-glazed window occurs often with high efficiency windows: due to the great insulation, the inside of this window stays warm and the outside remains cold, and consequently condensation will form at the outside. This condensation is virtually impossible to avoid. However this is fortunately enough NOT a problem because it is a sign of good insulation. (more…)

San Antonio Window Replacement Manufacturer

Top San Antonio Window Replacement Manufacturer

Alamo Exteriors is proud to feature DYC Windows and Doors as one of our top referred window replacement manufacturers.

Established in 1978 DYC has become the most recommended replacement window manufacturers in San Antonio, and all of South Texas. This Dallas based company, with dealer locations in Houston, San Antonio, Lubbock, and Oklahoma City, has been the leader in custom made replacement windows and patio doors for over 35 years.

Success in the Replacement Windows Industry

Over the course of time their product line has come to include an entry level and replacement grade vinyl frame option for your replacement windows, however their reputation was built on their PolyPour Aluminum replacement window frame design. This commercial grade window features a complete thermal separation chamber in the center of the frame that reduces the amount of frame conductivity and yet provides the stability and strength associated with aluminum. The 8200/ 8800 single hung series offers extremely low air infiltration ratios (.03 CFM).

On comparison, a typical vinyl replacement window will range from .11 CFM to .21 CFM  making the DYC five times more airtight than the industry average! All replacement units come standard issue interlocking meeting rail, “Allerguard” weatherstripping, Duralite butyl spacer, and Phifer Better View screening and 4 color selections including bronze. Pound for pound it’s hard to find a better choice when it comes to high quality replacement windows and doors. Made in Texas for our tough Texan climate.

We are proud to offer DYC Replacement Windows and Doors

Alamo Exteriors is proud of our dealer association with DYC Windows and Doors and we look forward to offering practical solutions for our San Antonio residential and commercial clients.

For a free no hassle educational consultation call  Alamo Exteriors at 210-372-9495. We have been installing Replacement Windows San Antonio Residents can count on for over 15 years, call us today!

 

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Home Improvement Projects- A Testimonial

Where to begin….the short review: My husband and I highly recommend Alamo Exteriors! They do exceptional Replacement Home Siding, work and their entire team is very easy to work with and very professional.

The details of how we found Alamo Exteriors Home Improvement Services:

We spent a lot of time trying to analyze whether to put money into our existing home or sell it and start fresh and buy a newer home. We finally decided to remodel our home. We received about 4 or 5 quotes from various home siding companies. They all had their stories to tell about what they could do for us and what it would cost us. We decided to go with Mark Belto and Alamo Exteriors. Mark explained in great detail the process by which they would install the new replacement windows, replacement siding, and our new screened-in patio.

He wasn’t the least expensive, but he wasn’t the most either. Mark was always very polite, informative, and always accessible. He even gave us his cell number and would stay in touch with us, even over holiday weekends. He came by the house regularly to check on the progress of our home improvement projects and would call us to keep us informed of the progress. He has a keen eye for detail and always made sure our requests were dealt with, and always with a sense of urgency.
In addition, all of his workers that we met were extremely polite, responsive, and easy to talk to. I was impressed by the way Mark talked to his workers as well. They all love him. He never talked down to them, but spoke with each of them as an equal when explaining what he wanted from them. They are a great team! It seemed that even with our minds made up before they began, my husband and I kept throwing little changes at them. They handled every request with grace and were very accommodating. I’ve always heard that home remodeling projects take their toll on couples but I have to say that this was the best experience I’ve ever had. They handled our home improvement projects as if it were their own. They did a magnificent job!

I would recommend them to anyone and I would use them over and over again! I can honestly say that we did not have one single “encounter” during the entire home improvement makeover. They are THE BEST!  -Debbie, San Antonio, Texas

We appreciate the feedback on our Replacement Siding Services

Thank you Debbie for your kind comments and compliments. We greatly appreciate the testimonial on our services and are so happy that we had the opportunity to work on your Home Improvement Project.

Alamo Exteriors has been servicing San Antonio and surrounding areas with their home improvement projects for years. We provide detailed and thorough services in Replacement Home Siding, Replacement Windows and Patios. If you are preparing for your next home improvement project call Alamo Exteriors for a free no hassle, no obligation quote. Call 210-372-9495!

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Choosing a Replacement Siding Contractor

How do Replacement Home Siding Companies determine what they are quoting me?

When considering a renovation project that includes upgrading your house to more energy efficient replacement windows or if you’re considering replacing the siding on your home, the process can be stressful. You’ve probably done some initial research and may already have received some quotes from various company’s. Here is some additional information that will benefit you to consider when considering who to hire when looking into replacement windows and replacement siding.

Lets assume that your list of possible replacement siding and window contractors includes companies that have been verified through the BBB, Angie’s List, and have been established in your area for at least 5 years. You’ve received bids and the price has varied from low to high and you’re wondering what accounts for the difference?

Materials used, workmanship, labor costs, and overhead all factor in to the bottom line costs of replacing your home siding and windows. The best bet is to stay with someone who specializes in your own particular project, rather than a general contractor that lists that they can build you a home and perform maintenance on it. Those who claim that they can do it all probably can not do it all as well as you would like.

You should be able to narrow your list of options by choosing to consider only those who specialize in replacement siding and replacement windows services. It is best to stay away from “Off Brand Products”. If you have never heard of a siding or window product being offered before by anyone, you do not want your house to be the test run.

Some companies will keep their bottom line price by using inexperienced, unqualified workers on your home improvement project who could care less about what it looks like when the job is complete. The truth is that great installers get paid well, and they care about the finished look and appeal of the product that is installed. Low bid contractors will usually cut dollars by cutting out the qualified.

Compare equivalent services when receiving replacement siding quotes

Make sure your comparing apples to apples. Your contractor should be able to go into great detail regarding what products are used, manufacture warrantees and what they entail, and provide you with a thorough understanding of how the project will unfold. Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy. If it sounds like they’re making it up as they go, they probably are.

On the other side of the price spectrum you may have those who spend a lot of time (and your money) claiming to be the best. Do you really want to spend your money financing their next marketing campaign? Stay clear of companies that claim they are offering “exclusive products”, as this gives the contractor the ability to charge what they want, which is not necessarily what the product is truly worth. You should be presented with multiple options including an explanation of the benefits and risks of each product offered.

What a homeowner needs to make sure of is that they are getting the most value for their investment. Consider all factors before making the big decision to replace home siding or windows on your home. Call Alamo Exteriors at 210-372-9495 for a free no hassle educational consultation.

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Home Siding Renovation Projects

When considering what home siding products to purchase for your home exterior renovation project keep in mind James Hardie now offers a pre finished home siding product called Color Plus. This product was first introduced several years ago primarily to compete the vinyl siding home exteriors market and has now become a popular choice for homeowners.

The Benefit of Home Siding- James Hardie Color Plus

Although it comes with a somewhat limited color selection, the advantages of James Hardie Home Siding product make up for the color selection limit. Color Plus offers home owners a high quality multi layered baked on finish that ensures long term color retention with their Color Plus technology. Many contractors are moving in this direction primarily to keep costs down since you skip the finish process thus reducing labor costs. Keep in mind the downside is your working with a finished product in a construction environment. Also, as you take on a home exteriors project with James Hardie’s Color Plus, consider the fact that with any home renovation there will usually be items not completely replaced with new siding material that need to be painted.

Primed Plus

The old fashion way when renovating with fiber cement home siding is to use the Primed Plus products then add the finish. When renovating with Primed Plus, you are able to caulk first and then add your finish. Generally the entire house including renovated areas will be coated in this process.

Home Exteriors Paint Options

It’s recommended that a latex paint be used. Alamo Exteriors recommends a Sherwin Williams Duration finish. Color options are limitless and the manufacture will warranty against chipping flaking or peeling. Fading becomes be concern when using low grade coatings since paint is comprised of essentially solids and water. The more solids the better off you will be, but keep in mind that no paint will be 100% fade proof. Darker colors tend to show fading faster than lighter colors.

Price will generally reflect quality. Elastomeric coatings are not recommended since they tend to work better on products with a high expansion contraction ratio and tend to attract dust and dirt. When you are considering your next home exteriors renovation project make sure you contact a qualified contractor that is willing to discuss all your options and what process works best for your home. Contact Alamo Exteriors at 210-372-9495 for a free no hassle educational consultation.