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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|

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|

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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