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Door, Window and Screen Installation and Repair – Do it Yourself, Hire a Handyman or Hire a Pro?

In most cases installing exterior doors, windows and screen enclosures is best left to the professionals.   And the answer is…Yes, to the question, “Do I need a permit?” 

For repairs the biggest challenge is finding the right part.

New windows can greatly enhance the look of your home.

However, if you do have the skill and experience these are jobs that can be tackled by a highly skilled do it yourselfer, who possesses advanced carpentry skills and possesses the proper tools.  Before taking on such jobs yourself, another factor to keep in mind is the time it will take to complete the job and is it worth it. 

In regards to hiring a handyman or independent contractor for such jobs, you should check how long they have been in business, check references and see if they have the necessary experience and  certifications.  Improper installation will cause you to not pass inspection or void the product warranty.   Be sure to research the product warranty requirements.   

GM – Door, Window & Screen not only does residential and commercial installations and repairs, but has established itself as a leading distributor and supplier of high-quality products and parts for the do-it-yourselfer, handyman or independent contractor.  We work with a wide variety of well-known manufacturers to give you plenty of options from which to choose.  If you are a contractor, handyman or do-it-yourselfer we can supply Impact and Non-Impact rated Windows, Impact and Non-Impact rated Sliding Glass Doors, Impact and Non-Impact rated Entrance Doors, Impact and Non-Impact Rated Garage Access Doors, and Impact and Non- Impact rated Exterior French Doors.  GM also carries everything needed for Patio / Pool Screen Enclosures, Insulated Roof Screen Enclosures, and Screen Doors.  

We can source most all replacement parts for windows and doors specializing in old, hard to find and in some cases discontinued parts.  GM is also your go to resource for glass and mirror replacement.  We can cut while you wait for immediate repairs of broken glass on your non-impact windows.  

As part of our service, we also manufacture window screens for all types of windows as well as sliding screen doors.

Located in the heart of Broward County in Plantation you can pick- up products and parts in our store.   We are family owned and operated and have been in business since 1968.  Our bilingual staff is ready to assist with your projects.  Give us a call at (954) 797-0797.   

By |2021-03-30T19:02:26+00:00March 30, 2021|Door Category, Impact Windows, Screen Enclosures|

Condensation on your New Impact Windows and Doors

When you upgrade your windows and doors with high efficiency, impact products you may experience condensation issues.   This has nothing to do with improper installation, but just the opposite is true.  Now that your home is properly sealed the temperature differential between the interior and exterior of the home coupled with high humidity can cause condensation.  

Let’s take a look at some common causes and some recommended solutions to reduce condensation. 

Exterior Condensation

Exterior condensation, also known as dew, is the result of the window or door being cooled from the indoor temperature as compared to the temperature outside, which is a common scenario in South Florida.  Exterior condensation on a properly sealed home is perfectly normal.   An air conditioning vent blowing directly on an exterior window can also cause exterior condensation.   

Potential Solutions

  • Sunshine and the daily heat of the day typically takes care of exterior condensation. 
  • Position air conditioning vents from directly blowing on windows.
  • If it really bothers you take the time to wipe down the outside of your windows or doors. 

Interior Condensation

This is a result of high indoor humidity that can be caused by the following reasons:

  • Air conditioner is not working properly and removing indoor humidity.
  • Poor ventilation.
  • Showering & Bathing.
  • Cooking.
  • Laundry.

Potential Solutions

  • Reduce Moisture
    • Have your HVAC system checked to make sure it is properly dehumidifying your home.
    • Purchase a dehumidifier or employ a moister eliminator, such as Damp/Rid. 
  • Circulate the Air
    • Install bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans and utilize them during and for 15 minutes after cooking, bathing and doing laundry.
  • Improve Ventilation
    • Open window and door coverings during the day.
    • Install ducting that will take air to the outside of your home when washing or drying clothes.
  • Raise the temperature in your home. 

Condensation between the Glass Panes

Condensation buildup between glass panes is abnormal and is indicative of a faulty window or door seal.   First try to wipe the interior and exterior panes to determine if the condensation is indeed between the glass panes.  If there is still moisture then you will want to contact the manufacturer or dealer to determine how to handle the faulty window or door. 

By |2021-02-11T23:19:38+00:00February 10, 2021|Door Category, Impact Windows|

Window and Sliding Glass Door Maintenance and Care Tips

Most people take their windows and sliding glass doors for granted, but they require some regular maintenance to make sure they operate properly.   In South Florida with the exception of a few short months your windows remain closed and that can be an issue when you finally do go to open them and find they are stuck.  So aside from just cleaning the glass, at least once a year you should give all your windows a thorough inspection.      

  1. To ensure smooth operation you should routinely clean out the tracks of windows and sliding glass doors.  Use a dry brush to remove dirt and debris, a shop vacuum or vacuum also comes in handy to clear out the tracks.  You may have to do this more often if a tree or a bush is near the window and is constantly dropping debris onto the track.     
  2. After clearing the tracks you should wash the tracks and frames using a mild soap using a soft cloth or sponge.  Then dry then using a clean dry cloth.  Do not use scouring pads, steel wool or a scrubbing pad which can damage the window frame surface.    
  3. Exercise or open and close all windows and sliding glass doors to make sure they operate properly.  A window sliding glass door that has been left shut for some time will likely be difficult to operate.  
  4. As a word of warning do not use petroleum based products to lubricate your windows or sliding glass doors.   Not only can this ruin the finish, but oil will attract dirt, dust and debris.  Instead choose an oil free silicone based lubricant available at your local home improvement store.  Spray the track evenly with a light coat and open and close the window or sliding glass door several times to evenly distribute the lubricant. When applied this will help with the smooth operation of your window or sliding glass door.  
  5. If you live close to the ocean salt air is extra tough on windows and sliding glass doors.  We recommend you thoroughly clean your windows and sliding glass doors quarterly.  
  6. While cleaning your windows and sliding glass door you should give them a thorough inspection.    Over time a house can settle and changes in temperature will cause a natural expansion and contraction of your home.   This can cause the seal on your widows to fail and your home will no longer be weather tight.  These gaps can cause air leaks and that will increase your energy bills and these gaps will also allow water intrusion.  You will need to replace any caulk at the joints if you see it beginning to fail and repair any windows that have become misaligned.  Even a small leak can cause significant damage over time.   If you see discoloration on the walls or window sills or paint bubbling that is a sign of a leak and that should be addressed immediately.   Use touch up paint to cover any paint chips that you find on the frames. 

Regular window and sliding glass door maintenance will extend the life of your investment and give you years of trouble free operation.    

GM – Door, Window & Screen is a family run business that has been around since 1968.  If you need service or window replacement please gives us a call at (954) 797-0797.      

It is important to regularly maintain your windows and sliding glass doors.
By |2021-01-15T16:32:54+00:00January 15, 2021|Impact Windows|

Proper Installation of Impact Windows and Impact Doors

In storm prone South Florida just as important as selecting quality impact windows and exterior doors is making sure they are properly installed.  All work should be done by an experienced professional.  Be wary of purchasing windows and doors from companies that use subcontractors to do the installation or using a handyman.  Improper installation can be a very expensive mistake.    In order to qualify for insurance discounts you need to make sure your windows and doors are installed according to the manufacturers’ specifications.  And the answer is yes to the question; do I need a permit for installing impact windows and impact exterior doors?   

Here are the top 10 things to look for when installing impact windows and doors. 

  1. Double Check the Measurements – A proper fit is needed to make sure impact windows and doors will function properly and will protect your home in the event of a storm.     
  2. Careful Removal of the Old Existing Window – In most cases the old windows can be removed without issues.  With that said at times there is prexisting damage to the structure, facing, sills or molding or unavoidable damage from removing old windows.   Often the installer will repair typical damage and do minor stucco work.  Established with the installer what repairs they will handle and when you might need to bring in other professionals.    
  3. Replace or Repair Old Framing – Because of previous water damage, wood rot or termite damage framing might need to be repaired or replaced.  Extensive damage of this type might involve additional cost or bringing in an outside professional to make repairs, so make sure to always address leaks and termite issues as soon as they become apparent. 
  4. Positioning of the New Windows and Doors – Your new windows and doors need to be installed so they are square, level and plumb, meaning they are 90 degrees at the corners.   This is necessary to make sure the windows and doors will operate properly.  
  5. Insulation – At times spray foam insulation is used to reduce unwanted air infiltration and spray foam insulation is very good at resisting heat infiltration. 
  6. Exterior Caulking – A thick bead of quality outdoor caulking is needed to insure a waterproof seal. 
  7. Interior Finishing – Make sure to review with the installer the finish work that will need to be done on the inside of the home. 
  8. Worksite Clean – Up – Professional installers will clean up after their work daily, and that should include disposing of the old windows. 
  9. Painting – Invariably you should be prepared to do paint touch up work on the interior and exterior around a new door or window installation. 
  10. Walk Through with your Installer – Once everything is installed you should go around with your installer to make sure all the windows and doors open, close and lock properly. 

Finally, it is time for the final inspection by your municipality to confirm your impact windows and impact doors have been properly installed.  The inspection will confirm your impact windows and exterior impact doors meet local building code requirements.   There are stickers affixed to the windows and doors that must remain in place for the inspection.  This sticker shows the inspector the manufacturer, impact rating, wind pressure rating, and energy efficiency.

GM Doors, Windows and Screen employs  its own professional, in-housed installation team.   We make sure the job is done right and on time.   Give us a call for a free estimate (945) 797- 0797.     

By |2021-01-12T19:07:47+00:00January 12, 2021|Door Category, Impact Windows|

Top 10 Reasons to replace your old windows with Impact Windows.

  1. Impact Windows, also known as Hurricane Windows, provide turnkey protection against major storms.

Hurricane or Impact Windows main function is to provide protection from wind, water and wind born debris in the event of a storm. Impact-resistant glazing, also known as hurricane windows, are windows that have been tested for wind loads and wind-borne debris. Broward, Coastal Palm Beach and Miami-Dade are located in a High Velocity Wind Zone and Impact Windows must meet the most stringent testing requirements. Impact windows are laminated glass consisting of two or more clear panes of glass bonded together with a clear plastic-like film (usually polyvinyl butyral) sandwich between the two panes. If cracked or broken the glass fragments will adhere to the plastic interlayer preventing water, wind or debris from entering the home. Impact windows generally have heavier frames than regular residential windows. If a storm does threaten, your home is hurricane ready with no worry about hanging up plywood or putting up hurricane shutters.

2. Impact Windows provide a tremendous return on investment.

Are impact windows and doors worth the cost? In South Florida there is no doubt you will instantly receive a nice return on your investment. When it comes time to sell your home having new impact windows will return on average 70 to 77 percent of the cost. Replacing older windows is always listed in the top 10 for the best ROI by real estate and remodeling websites.

3. You may save money on your homeowners insurance

South Florida has the highest homeowners insurance rates in the state. Windstorm coverage is a special type of property-casualty insurance that protects policyholders from property damage caused by hurricanes and tornados.  Adding impact windows and impact doors, along with an impact garage door can provide a substantial discount on the wind mitigation portion of your policy.

4. Adding impact windows will be a great selling point when you decide to leave your home.

A common real estate adage says “kitchens sell houses”, however a mid-range kitchen remodel will have an ROI of only 59 percent. In hurricane prone South Florida, outdated windows and doors that require you to hang up shutters when a storm approaches will often deter buyers who are looking for safety and security. Buyers will most certainly request a credit for new windows. Moreover, before you sell your home you will get to enjoy turnkey storm protection, energy efficiency, better sound proofing and tremendous curb appeal. Having impact windows is a great selling point and can help you get top dollar when it comes time to sell your home.

5. Additional security.

Not only do you get protection from storms, but thieves know that it is virtually impossible to break through hurricane windows. Breaking and entering through a window is one of the primary ways thieves gain entrance to your home.  Once a thief sees that you have impact widows they will often move on to find a home that is an easier target. 

6. Adding Impact Windows will give your home amazing curb appeal.

Windows making up on average 35 percent of the exterior of any home.  Replacing your tired looking and non-functioning windows with new impact windows will give your home an updated and fresh look. 

7. There are special financing options that can make replacement impact widows an affordable option.

GM – Doors, Window and Screen offers financing options to qualified property owners to make energy efficiency and wind resistance improvement and repairs through Ygrene’s Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program. Here is how it works – property owners can get up to 100% financing based upon available home equity, ability to pay, along with other factors. The funding is repaid through an assessment included on the annual property tax bill. Wind resistant improvements include wind-rated / hurricane resistant windows, doors and storm shutters. The PACE program is not based upon credit score, pays the contractor directly, stretches payments out over terms up to 30 years and is at a fixed interest rate.

8. New Impact Windows will help reduce your energy bills. 

Old windows often leak air causing your air conditioner to continuously run driving up your energy costs. New impact windows will keep your home air tight. Radiant energy from the sun is another way windows transfer heat.  You can opt for tinted windows that will provide greater energy efficiency by reducing radiant heat. 

9. Adding a tint to new impact windows will reduce Ultra Violet (UV) light that causes items in your home to fade.     

The inner filling of new impact windows can be ordered in various color tints to help reduce UV damage. UV light from the sun over time does plenty of damage to the contents of your home – including artwork, furniture, wood floors, carpets and home furnishing.  

10. Impact windows significantly reduce outside noise.

Because of their thickness Impact Windows provide insulation from the amount of outside sounds coming into the home. You will immediately notice the peace and quiet provided by new impact windows.  

GM – Door, Window & Screen is a family owned and operated business operating since 1968 that specializes in impact replacement windows and doors.  With our own in-house installation team we provide the finest products and will work within your budget.  Give us a call for a free estimate at (954) 797-0797.  

By |2020-12-19T16:55:19+00:00December 19, 2020|Impact Windows|

What to look for when replacing your entry door, side doors, sliding glass doors or outside garage access door?

In South Florida weather and sun over time will damage your entrance and side doors requiring them to be replaced.  This is your opportunity to dramatically update the look of your home and at the same time add some much needed security.      

What are the code requirements for replacing an exterior door?

When replacing your old front door and exterior side doors the replacement doors must comply with current Florida Building Codes.  Broward and Miami Dade and Coastal Palm Beach County are all located in what is called a High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) which has the most stringent building code requirements in the state of Florida.  For this reason it is best to work with a professional to make sure you purchase a door that is HVHZ rated and to make sure it is properly installed.  Look for doors that have been laboratory tested to resist both debris impacts and negative and positive wind pressures.  Doors, door framing and door hardware should be made of water resistant and corrosion resistant materials.  Reinforced hinges and beefed up door frames along with proper installation will ensure your door will hold up in the event of a storm.  It should be noted condominium units must also follow Florida Building Code requirements for door replacement. 

Do I need a permit to replace and exterior door?

Yes.  A permit is required to insure the door has been properly installed following the manufacture’s installation instructions and the door is in compliance with the applicable Florida Building Code.  A sticker is affixed to the door by the manufacturer showing the information needed by the building inspector to make sure the product is code complaint for impact rating and wind pressure.   

What style entry door should I choose?

Your entry door is also the first impression when people come to visit, so it should be as beautiful as it is strong.  A replacement door should reflect the architectural style of your home, be it traditional or contemporary.   A popular choice these days is selecting a contemporary door with clean lines and obscure, impact rated glass that provides absolute privacy, but still lets in a good amount of light.

Exterior Door Installation

Expert installation is key and that includes following all the manufacturer’s instructions.   An experience and skilled installer should be used when doing this type of work.  Be wary of using handymen or inexperienced sub- contractors when undertaking a door replacement project. An impact rated door that is not properly installed could fail when you need it most and will not hold up over time.  

A new impact door that is hurricane ready will provide you with peace a mind in storm prone South Florida, plus there is an additional level of security when you have an impact-resistant entry, side or garage door.   Kicking in a door is one of the main ways thieves use to gain access to a home.   Thieves know impact resistant doors are so difficult to breach they will opt to move on and choose an easier target. 

Coupled with impact rated windows, new impact doors can reduce the cost of your homeowner’s insurance. 

GM – Door, Window & Screen has a wide variety of premium doors to choose from that fit your style, budget and provide protection against hurricanes.   If you are looking to replace your doors, windows or sliding glass doors give GM a call for the highest quality products coupled with the best value.  

By |2020-12-15T19:50:13+00:00December 15, 2020|Door Category|
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