How to Prep Your Home’s Exterior for Fall

It’s that time of year again! Beautiful changing foliage and cool, crisp breezes mean the perfect sweater weather is upon us. Just as you change your wardrobe when the leaves begin to fall, your home needs seasonal updates too! Here are some helpful tips on how to get your home ready!

5 Quick Seasonal Tips for Your Colorado Home

Trim Back Overgrown Foliage

A good seasonal trim is always a great idea when preparing your yard for the winter months! The vibrant foliage that thrived in the summer sun can quickly get out of control if left unattended from year to year. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and trim back any unnecessary growth and prune plants that are beginning to err on the side of unruly. Not only will this keep your yard pristine, but it will give you an unobstructed view of the beautiful landscape around you.

Wash Your Windows and Exterior Walls

While your annual spring cleaning may focus on your home’s interior, there is no better time than fall to brighten up the exterior! Giving your house a bath not only gives your home that fresh face-lift it deserves but also helps remove unwanted buildup and maintains the longevity of your siding. It can be as simple as using a garden hose with good water pressure or a pressure washer for more dramatic results.

Eliminate Unwanted Draft Ways

Draft points, such as windows and doors, are a common cause of moisture exposure — one of the silent and slow potential sources of damage to your home. Moisture damage can cause everything from peeling paint or electrical issues to compromised air quality and mold. Be sure that the tracks, frames, and seals of your windows and doors are clean, properly sealed, and free of any dirt or debris.

Bring Warmth to Your Outdoors

With spectacular Colorado views, it is easy to find reasons to enjoy spending time in the beautiful outdoors. A chill in the air simply means you can add a warm beverage and your favorite throw blanket while basking in the fresh fall mountain air. If you want to make the experience even more spectacular, consider adding a soothing heat feature, such as a warming lamp or fireplace, to your home’s exterior. Not only will it elevate your outdoor space, but it also adds value to your home!

Reinforce the Sealed Edges of Windows & Siding

It is always a good idea to think ahead whenever doing seasonal maintenance to your home. The frigid months of winter can have detrimental effects on old, worn-out seals and other thermal barriers throughout your home. These seals are designed to keep unwanted drafts and moisture outside, where they belong. Protect your home’s interior and check the seals around your windows, exterior siding, and doors. If you notice any cracks, hardening, or breakage, it may be time to fortify the seals by re-caulking these areas before the winter freezing cycles begin. Old, dilapidated windows and doors that simply aren’t keeping your home cozy and dry anymore may warrant a replacement.

Contact Nex-Gen Windows and Doors for Your Window Needs

When it comes to replacements for your windows and doors, you want a company that has experience with high-altitude homes. Nex-Gen Windows and Doors has products that provide both form and function, maintaining the beautiful curb appeal that you have worked so hard for with the strength and durability you can count on.

Contact us today at 970-744-6508 to speak with a representative about your Colorado home!

Nex-Gen team member performing window replacement in Fort Collins.

How to Measure Your Windows for Replacement

Installing new energy-efficient windows is an excellent way to both increase your resale value and improve your home’s insulation. The process to measure for replacement windows isn’t complicated, it just requires precise attention to detail.

To learn more about the window replacement process, call Nex-Gen at 970-744-6508 or contact us online today.

Are Your Window Frames in Shape for Replacement?

Before you measure for replacement windows, you should verify that the wooden frames surrounding your existing windows are in good condition. If the frames have water damage or rot, they will not be structurally sound enough to support replacement windows, and you’ll need to have windows that include frames installed instead.

Measuring Your Windows

Measuring Width:

Starting at the window jams, measure between the top, middle, and bottom of the window openings. Start on the surface of the jambs, rather than at the trim strips or parting beads in the old window openings. Write down the measurements for reference later.

Measuring Height:

Begin your measurement at the sill, which is the surface closest to the inside, all the way to the top of the window openings. Measure the left side, the center, and right side of the window. Don’t forget to record your measurements!

Measuring Depth:

You can ignore any pulleys and parting strips while you measure the depth of your windows, since they’ll be removed during your replacement window installation. Ensure that there is at least 3 1/4 inches of opening depth between the inside window trim and the outside blind stop strip – that’s the minimum amount of space needed to accept a replacement window.

Once you have all your measurements, contact Nex-Gen at 970-744-6508 for a free window replacement estimate.

Schedule Your Window Replacement with Nex-Gen Today

Family-owned and -operated, Nex-Gen has been providing full-service window solutions to the community in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming for more than 20 years. Our customers are our neighbors – we consider them to be part of our extended family and we treat them as such. We’re proud to provide honest service and quality products to our clients, and we never use high-pressure sales techniques or try to push anyone toward a decision that isn’t in their best interest just to make a sale. Our unwavering commitment to better service and better products is visible in our numerous positive reviews from our satisfied clients. We promise to deliver a seamless window replacement process that won’t disturb your life. We’re so sure that you’ll love our products and workmanship, we offer a Peace of Mind Protection Warranty on all fiberglass window replacements.

Are you ready for a no-hassle window replacement that improves your home’s energy efficiency and comfort? Call Nex-Gen at 970-744-6508 or conveniently contact us online for a free estimate.