Shattering window and door myths

By Joanne Loos Posted in: ImproveThe Fix is In

You may have heard the phrase, “Lightning never strikes the same place twice.” However, this is actually the opposite of the truth. According to Britannica, because of the levels of attraction between the bolts and those places, lightning strikes may be more likely to hit the same areas multiple times.

Here is another myth you can consider busted: Bulls do not see red. Although the matador in a bullfight waves a red cape, the bull charges based more on the taunts and teasing. According to Live Science, bulls and other cattle are actually color-blind to red.

Maybe it is the nerd in me, but I have always enjoyed learning the truth about common myths and misperceptions. There are general myths, like the ones above, but there are many that apply to the home as well. I recently caught up with Mark McKinstry of Diamond Head Windows and Doors, for his insight on facts and fiction when it comes to windows and doors.

MYTH: YOU MUST INSTALL ALL OR NOTHING

Truth: Companies can certainly install all windows of a home at once, but it is possible to break it up.

“Our minimum, which is the case for many companies, is three windows,” said McKinstry. “Some of the setup is the same whether we do three windows or 33, so it’s just not cost-effective to do less than that.”

McKinstry points out that often, the more windows you can install at a time, the lower the cost will be per window. If you have a broken window, he advises calling a glazer for repair. He also recognizes that some homeowners associations (HOAs) require that all windows be done at once for consistency.

MYTH: YOU MUST USE LOUVERS TO KEEP YOUR HOME COOL

Truth: While louvers can help to increase the open areas of your windows, they are not the only option.

“A dual-pane casement window can provide more airflow than a louver window,” McKinstry said. “Also, airflow is more about having openings on either side of a room to allow cross ventilation instead of the size of the opening.”

MYTH: REPLACING WINDOWS AND DOORS TAKES A LONG TIME

Truth: The installation period is usually around two to three days, according to McKinstry. However, he notes that manufacturing custom windows usually takes about four to six weeks, depending on the manufacturer. Shipping will also add some time.

MYTH: NEW WINDOWS AND DOORS ARE EXPENSIVE

Truth: They may seem like a high cost up front, but if you incorporate sales and discounts, you can bring that cost down. You should also look at them as an investment. McKinstry recommends paying attention to warranties, future costs for replacement or service, and considerations for screens and hardware.

“A $30,000 car after 10 years is not worth much,” McKinstry said. “But your home will be worth much more in 10 years than it is now. If you protect that asset, you will make money and not lose it with quality windows.”

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