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Tips on How to Clean Skylights

There are several important tasks that come with the basic care and maintenance of a skylight area in your home, and periodic cleaning is definitely on this list. Skylight windows are exposed to a variety of natural elements and may become dirty in various ways over time, and ensuring they stay clean is a key task to maintain.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re here to offer a wide range of skylight installations to clients around Utah, this in addition to our door replacements, window installation services and more. We’re also here to provide expertise and basic assistance on proper care for your skylights, including cleaning tips and recommendations. Here are some basics on why cleaning skylights is important, the materials you’ll need, and how to clean both the interior and exterior of skylights.

How to Clean Skylights

Why Skylight Window Cleaning is Important

There are a few key reasons why periodic cleaning of your skylights is important, including:

  • Variety of elements: Because of their common locations, skylights are exposed to a variety of natural elements including rain, dust, and dirt. If left uncleaned over time, these elements can build up and cause damage to the window frame or glass itself.
  • Aesthetics: Skylights are often installed for aesthetic purposes, allowing more natural light into your home. However, if they’re dirty and grimy, this defeats the purpose and can make your home look less appealing.
  • Clear view: If you have a skylight in a room with a beautiful view, keeping it clean is necessary to fully enjoy the scenery.
  • Damage prevention: Regular cleaning allows for detection of any potential issues or damage that may need to be addressed before becoming more serious problems.

Materials Needed

If you’re planning to clean both the interior and exterior of your skylight, there are a few basic materials you’ll need. These include:

  • Ladder: For taller ceilings and hard-to-reach areas, a ladder is necessary to safely access the skylight.
  • Rope harness or other safety items: For added safety, consider using a rope harness or other safety equipment when cleaning skylights.
  • Bucket of mild soapy or dish soap water: This will be used for cleaning the glass and frame.
  • Sponge or soft cloth: To apply the soapy water and gently scrub away any dirt or grime.
  • Squeegee: For a streak-free finish on the glass, use a squeegee to remove excess water after washing.
  • Vacuum with attachment: To clean any debris or dust from the interior of the skylight.
  • Glass cleaner product: For a more thorough cleaning, you may choose to use a glass cleaner product.
  • Microfiber cloth: To dry and polish the glass after cleaning.

Cleaning the Interior

To clean the interior of your skylight, first make sure to remove any furniture or other items from below. Then, follow these steps:

  1. If necessary, set up a ladder and/or safety equipment. In any such case, it’s generally prudent to have a spotter with you for safety purposes.
  2. Use a vacuum with an attachment to remove any dirt or debris from the interior of the skylight.
  3. Mix dish soap or mild soapy water in a bucket and use a sponge or soft cloth to gently clean the glass and frame, making sure to reach all corners.
  4. Rinse off the soap with clean water and wipe away excess water with a squeegee.
  5. If desired, use a glass cleaner product and microfiber cloth to give the glass a more thorough cleaning and streak-free finish.
  6. Make sure the interior is completely dry before replacing any furniture or decor beneath the skylight.

Cleaning the Exterior

To clean the exterior of your skylight, follow these steps:

  1. Set up a ladder and/or safety equipment as needed, including a spotter if necessary.
  2. Use a hose or bucket of water to wet the glass and frame.
  3. Mix dish soap or mild soapy water in a bucket and use a sponge or soft cloth to gently scrub away any dirt or grime from the glass and frame.
  4. Rinse off the soap with clean water and wipe away excess water with a squeegee.
  5. If desired, use a glass cleaner product and microfiber cloth to give the glass a more thorough cleaning and streak-free finish.
  6. Make sure the exterior is completely dry before moving on to other maintenance tasks.

Safety is of paramount importance when cleaning skylights, and it’s always a good idea to have at least one other person present for added security. If you’re not comfortable with heights or using ladders, consider hiring a professional window cleaner for the job.

Removing Moss From Skylights

As we noted above, one of the unique challenges of skylight maintenance is the variety of natural elements they’re exposed to. One common issue that may arise over time is moss growth on the exterior of your skylights.

Moss is problematic for a few reasons: Firstly, it’s unsightly and can damage the aesthetic appeal of your skylight. Secondly, it can trap moisture and cause additional issues over time if left unaddressed.

To remove this, simply follow these steps:

    1. Mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.
    2. Spray the mixture directly onto the moss.
    3. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
    4. Scrub the area with a soft brush or sponge.
    5. Rinse with water and wipe away any excess with a cloth or squeegee.
    6. Repeat if necessary until all moss is removed.

In some cases, you may need to use a specific moss removal compound for stubborn moss growth. It’s important to regularly check your skylights for any signs of moss and address it promptly to prevent further issues.

Proper care and maintenance of your skylight windows is essential in not only preserving their appearance, but also ensuring their longevity. By following these tips on why cleaning is important, the necessary materials, and step-by-step instructions for both interior and exterior cleaning, you can keep your skylights looking their best. Remember to always prioritize safety and don’t hesitate to seek professional help if needed.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we offer high-quality skylights and other window and door solutions for your Utah home or business. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services!

Do Sliding Barn Doors Lock Effectively?

Locking is an important capability that we often prioritize in various exterior doors for our homes or buildings, but certain door types may raise a few questions in this area. A common query that arises from some clients looking into this door type: Do barn doors lock, and are these locks effective?

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re here to offer a wide range of high-end doors for clients around Utah, including sliding barn doors made from the highest-quality materials available. Barn doors definitely do lock – there are actually a few different forms of lock that can be utilized for a sliding barn door depending on your preferences and security needs. Here are some of the basics on how to think about locks for sliding barn doors, how they compare in security to other door types, and some of the top options at your disposal. 

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Barn Door Locks Vs. Other Door Types

Firstly, let’s address the question of whether barn doors can provide effective security when locked – and they certainly can, though sometimes to levels slightly below other door types. The primary factor here is the lack of a traditional door frame, which is not present for most barn doors. On many other doors, this frame serves as a barrier between the door and the frame when locked. Without it, some small amounts of play can be possible even when locked, which may present a slight security concern for some homeowners.

However, this does not mean that barn doors are inherently insecure – they can still provide excellent protection against intruders with the right lock mechanism in place. In fact, many modern options for barn door locks are designed specifically to address this potential issue and ensure that the door remains securely locked.

Now, let’s get into some specific types of barn door locks that clients often consider.

Various Latch Types

One of the more common approaches to locking a barn door involves the use of a latch. Latches allow for simple, manual locking of the door by sliding a bolt into place, and many options here will also include an added layer of security such as a key-locking mechanism. The primary benefit of latches is their ease of use – they are simple, straightforward, and can often be installed without professional assistance.

However, some drawbacks do exist in terms of security when compared to other options. Latches can be relatively easy to pick or manipulate, and they may not provide as tight of a seal as other options. For some homeowners, this is fine – but for those seeking the highest levels of security, a latch may not be the best choice.

Here are a few of the notable latch types you might think about for a barn door:

  • Tear drop latch: Named due to its shape, which resembles a tear drop. These latches come with a piece of metal mounted onto the door or wall, which is able to rotate out into a catch plate that’s placed on the opposing door or wall surface. 
  • Hook and eye latches: This is another latch method where a hook is mounted to one surface, then pivots into a slot on the other surface to secure the door.
  • Slide bolt latch: This type of latch resembles a sliding lock on a bathroom stall. It’s a simple, inexpensive option for locking barn doors. 

Hasp Lock

If you’re looking for a bit more security, a hasp lock is a style that might work for you. It involves a hinged plate that pivots over a fixed knob, where turning the knob secures the lock – or, for even more security, you can add a physical padlock as well. 

This design is not only effective but also simple to set up and easy to use. The downside, however, is that it can be a bit more expensive than the other options we’ve discussed so far.

This type can also be a bit complex during installation, as it requires a 90-degree bend in the door jamb to secure it properly. Keep this in mind when considering hasp locks for your barn doors.

Cane Floor Bolt

Did you know that there are also locking options that sit at the bottom of barn doors? One great example is the cane floor bolt, which involves a sliding rod mounted to the bottom of the door. Once this is installed, the rod can pivot and lower into a hole that’s drilled into the floor, effectively locking the door in place.

This type of lock is great for those looking to keep their barn doors tightly shut and secure during extended periods of time. However, it’s not as convenient for daily or frequent use compared to other options, so consider this when deciding on a lock mechanism.

Advanced Modern Locks

While some of these products are still in their infancy, more and more advanced door locks are being developed every day. Some of these options include touchscreen keypads, fingerprint scanners, and smartphone-controlled locks that can add an extra layer of security to your barn doors.

Of course, these modern options will likely come at a higher cost compared to the other types mentioned. But for homeowners looking for the ultimate in security and convenience, they may be worth considering.

Factors in Making Your Choice

If you’re still unsure about which type of lock is best for your sliding barn door, here are a few factors to consider when making your decision:

  • Budget: As mentioned, some locks will come at a higher cost than others. Consider how much you’re willing to spend on a lock and factor that into your decision-making process.
  • Frequency of use: Will the door be opened and closed frequently or will it remain shut for extended periods of time? This will impact the type of lock you choose.
  • Level of security: How important is security to you and your home? If you live in a low-risk area, a simple latch may suffice. However, if security is a top priority, consider investing in more advanced options.

Overall, barn doors can offer an excellent combination of style and function, but choosing the right lock is crucial for ensuring both. Consider your needs and preferences, and don’t be afraid to consult with a professional if you’re unsure about which type will work best for you.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we offer a range of high-quality barn door locks to choose from. Our team is also happy to provide expert advice and installation services for your convenience. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services for clients around Utah!

How to Measure for a New Exterior Door

There are a few concepts that will naturally be vital when installing any kind of new exterior door on your property, and proper measurement of the door and door space will definitely be on any such list. How should exterior door measurements be taken, and why is this an important area for any kind of door replacement or installation?

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re here to help clients around Utah with a huge range of exterior doors and door services, including front doors, entry doors, and various other custom doors for you to choose from. Here are some basics on why the proper measurements for any door installation are vital, the risks present if improper measurements are taken, and the basic process for measuring a door – whether on your own or with help from our professionals wherever necessary.

Measure for a New Exterior Door

Why Proper Measurements Are Key

Firstly, let’s start with the simple fact that every home is unique. Even if your home may look similar to others on the street, houses are built with slight differences in shape, size and even terrain.

This is why proper measurements are crucial for any new exterior door installation. You cannot simply grab a standard-sized door from the store and expect it to fit perfectly – you need to take precise measurements in order to get an accurate fit.

Risks of Improper Measurements

If improper measurements are taken, this can lead to various issues with your exterior door. These include:

  • Oversized door: Doors that are too big for the space will not open or close properly, and may even get stuck. This can also cause damage to other parts of your home, such as walls or flooring.
  • Undersized door: On the other hand, a door that is too small for the space will leave gaps around the edges and compromise insulation. It may also be easier for intruders to break in through these gaps.
  • Uneven door: If measurements are not taken evenly, this can result in a crooked door that does not sit properly within the frame and is difficult to open or close.
  • Possible cost and liability issues: Improperly sized doors may need to be replaced, which can result in added costs and wasted time. It could also lead to potential legal issues if the improper door is a safety hazard.

Our next several sections will go over the basic process for measuring for a new exterior door – and our team is happy to help with any of these areas if needed.

Old Door Measurements

In cases where you’ll be replacing an existing door, start by measuring the old door itself. If the original door was properly installed and fits well, it can be a helpful guide for finding the right size for your new one.

Measure across the top of your old door from one end to the other, then measure down one side from top to bottom. Generally speaking, you can feel comfortable rounding up to full inches for these measurements – if a measurement is 35.75 inches, for instance, round up to 36.

Rough Opening Measurements

In cases where you do not have an existing door or are replacing the entire frame, you’ll need to measure the rough opening (RO). This means measuring from stud to stud as well as from top to bottom of the intended doorway.

Start by measuring horizontally across the top of the RO from one stud to another, then vertically from the bottom of this measurement up to the bottom side of the header. Again, you can round up if necessary.

Jamb Width

When we talk about jamb width, we’re referring to the width of the door frame. This is one area where we recommend consulting with our professionals, as there are several factors that can go into the jamb width determination.

Generally, however, these measurements will be taken from the backside of the interior trim to the backside of the exterior trim. This will allow you to specify a door with the proper jamb width for your space.

Threshold Measurements

Threshold measurements will refer to the bottom section of the exterior door frame. This should be measured from one side to another, just like when measuring the top or sides of the door itself.

Like with other door measurements, it’s generally best to round up if needed.

Exterior Opening

Finally, you’ll need to measure to the outsides of the exterior casing, then from the bottom of the sill to the top of the trim. From here, these numbers can be compared to the door you’re interested in to determine if it will be a good fit.

If the door is too small for your opening, you have some options. You could add a piece of decorative molding that’s roughly the size of the gap, allowing you to fit a smaller door in the space. In other cases, you could fill gaps with additional strips of wood (with professional help if needed). However, in many cases it’s simpler to just find a new door – which will also always be the proper approach if it turns out that your door is too large for the opening.

Utilize Professionals if You’re Uncertain

We recognize that certain elements of the process we’ve gone over here might be intimidating for some homeowners. It’s vital not to let your pride or ego get in the way of a proper exterior door installation, however – and our team is here to help.

We’re happy to offer full assistance with any or all of these measurements, plus any other areas you might be uncertain about during the process. Call today to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment for your project!

Proper measurement is key for any exterior door installation. It ensures that the door fits properly and functions effectively. As discussed, there are several risks associated with improper measurements, such as damage to your home or potential legal issues. That’s why it’s important to follow the proper process for measuring a door – whether on your own or with help from professionals.

And at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, our team is always happy to assist with any step of the door installation process, including taking accurate measurements. Contact us today for all your exterior door, interior door and window needs around Utah!

On Color Options for a Front Entry Door

There are several elements you may be thinking about if you’re replacing or upgrading your front entry door, and one that’s often prominent in the aesthetics realm is that of color. There are a wide range of colors available to consider for any front door these days, and also several factors to be thinking about as you go over your options.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re happy to offer a wide range of high-end interior and exterior doors for clients around Utah, including numerous front door options to choose from. Here are some basics on color psychology and some of the approaches clients take when they choose a color for their front door, plus some words on several of the most popular and common front door colors seen today.

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Color Psychology and Front Doors

The concept of color psychology is one that’s been studied for decades. Simply put, it posits that certain colors evoke different emotional responses in viewers – this can be influenced by things like culture and personal experiences, but there are also some universal themes to consider.

And because the front door is one of the most visible features of any home and the main entry point, it’s often one of the first impressions visitors have. So, choosing a color for your front door is not only about aesthetics, but also about making a statement or setting a certain tone for your home.

For instance, maybe you’re looking to create a welcoming atmosphere – in that case, consider warm and inviting colors like red or yellow. Or perhaps you want to give off a more sophisticated or elegant vibe – then navy blue or deep purple might be more your style. The options are endless and the psychology behind each color is fascinating.

Matching, Contrasting or Other?

Another key concept when thinking about front door color is how it relates to the rest of the home’s exterior. Some homeowners prefer a door that blends in with the overall color scheme, while others like a door that stands out and makes a statement on its own.

In general, if you want your front door to match or blend with the exterior, go for colors within the same shade family. This creates a sense of cohesion and harmony. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more bold and striking look, opt for contrasting colors to really make your front door pop. Either way, be sure to take into account any existing exterior color schemes or architectural features that may impact the final look.

Our next several sections will go over some of the most popular and well-known front door colors you might be thinking about, plus some of their pros and cons and other factors to be considering.

Blue

One of the more popular front door colors in recent years is blue. This color is associated with calmness, serenity and stability, making it a great choice for someone looking to create a tranquil and inviting atmosphere. Blue also pairs well with many different exterior colors, so it’s versatile and easy to incorporate into any home’s design.

One potential downside of blue is that there are so many shades available – from light pastels to bold and bright cobalt – that it can be overwhelming to find the right one. Of course, some people actually view this as a positive, as it allows for more personalization.

If you’re thinking about blue for your front door, be sure to consider the rest of your home’s color scheme and choose a shade that complements it well.

White or Off-White

Both for classic and timeless look, white and off-white front doors are a popular choice. They bring a sense of cleanliness and fresh simplicity to the home’s exterior, making them perfect for those seeking an uncluttered and pristine appearance.

On the flip side, one potential drawback is maintenance – white tends to show dirt and grime more easily than darker colors, so you might need to clean it more frequently. However, if you’re willing to put in the effort for regular upkeep, a white front door can be truly stunning.

Gray

Down similar but slightly different lines, gray front doors are another popular choice for homeowners looking to achieve a modern and chic look. Gray is an extremely versatile color that can be paired with many different exterior materials, styles and colors. It also stands out without being too flashy, making it a great option for those seeking a subdued but still stylish entrance.

Something to keep in mind if you’re choosing gray is how it pairs with other exterior features like roof and window colors. Depending on the shade of gray, certain pairings may work better than others.

Black

Black front doors have become increasingly popular in recent years for their sleek and sophisticated look. Black is a bold color choice that exudes a sense of power and elegance, making it perfect for those wanting to make a statement with their front entryway.

One potential downside is that black tends to absorb heat, so it may not be the best choice for homes in warmer climates. Additionally, black can show dirt and fingerprints more easily than other colors, so you may need to clean it more frequently to maintain its polished appearance.

Red

If you’re looking to make a bold and eye-catching statement, red is definitely the way to go. This color is associated with passion, excitement and energy, so it’s perfect for those wanting a front door that stands out from the crowd.

However, red can also be seen as aggressive or even intimidating by some, so it’s not always the best option for everyone. Additionally, finding the right shade of red that complements your home’s exterior can be tricky – too bright and it may clash with other colors, but too dark and it could blend in too much.

Yellow

Finally, yellow is a warm and welcoming color that exudes cheerfulness and positivity. It’s perfect for those seeking an inviting front door color that adds a touch of brightness and energy to their home’s exterior. And with a wide range of shades available, you can go for something subtle and muted or bold and vibrant depending on your personal style.

However, like red, yellow can also be seen as overly bright or loud by some people. It’s important to consider the overall color scheme of your home before choosing a yellow front door aesthetic.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we offer a wide range of front entry door options in various colors and styles to suit any homeowner’s needs. Our team is dedicated to helping you find the perfect front door that not only looks great, but also enhances your home’s overall aesthetic. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation for any need around Utah!

How to Manage Window or Door Hail Damage

There are just a few kinds of extreme weather events that may cause physical risks to your property, and one of the most well-known examples here is hail. In particular, property components like doors and especially windows can be at some level of risk during or after particularly heavy hail, and knowing how to respond is important. 

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re thrilled to assist clients around Utah with all their door and window installation, replacement and care needs, including for instances like these where Mother Nature plays a role. Here are some basics on the main risks hail can create for doors and especially windows, how to assess your doors and windows following a hailstorm, and some of the basic options you’ll likely have for covering any repair or replacement costs that arise here. 

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Risks Hail Poses to Doors and Windows

Firstly, let’s discuss the specific ways in which hail can create issues for doors and windows. There are several such risks:

  • Direct impact: In some cases, heavy hail may directly strike and damage windows or doors. This is typically most common with smaller hailstones. It may create cracks or fractures in the glass or other materials, or it could even damage the frame itself.
  • Wind-driven impact: In other cases, hail is moved by high winds and may contact windows at a greater speed and with more force than would otherwise be seen. This can increase the risk of direct impacts, but also adds another factor into these risks.
  • Indirect damage: Finally, in some cases hail may not directly strike windows or doors but could still cause problems for them. For instance, if the hail caused significant damage to the roof and allowed water to seep into the structure and weaken it, this could create risks for both doors and windows nearby.

Assessing Doors and Windows After Hail

If a hailstorm has recently passed through your area, here are some basic tips for checking on any potential damage to windows and doors:

  • Start with a visual inspection: Begin by inspecting all parts of each window or door that you can see, such as the panes of glass and the frame. Look for any visible signs of cracking, chipping or other damages.
  • Check for drafts: If you can access the inside of your home, close all doors and windows and run your hand along the edges. If air is getting in through any cracks or gaps, this could indicate that some weather damage has occurred.
  • Listen for unusual noises: Even if no visible damage exists, listen for any odd sounds when opening or closing doors or windows. This could be an indication of damage that may need repair.
  • Look for leaks or signs of water damage: Another key issue to watch for is signs of water damage, which could indicate that hail or other extreme weather has caused issues with your windows or doors.

It’s vital to note that if you’re looking to utilize insurance to cover the costs of window or door replacement or repair following a hailstorm (more on this in a moment), an inspection from a professional may be required. This inspection will allow you to document any damage that has occurred and provide proper documentation for your insurance claim.

Possible Warranty Coverage

In some cases, the windows or doors in question may still be under warranty and eligible for coverage of all or some of the costs associated with hail damage. This is rare, but worth checking into if you know you have a warranty on your windows or doors.

Part of the reason for this rarity is that most door and especially window manufacturers do not include hail damage in their warranty coverage. However, some may have specific exclusions to this rule or may offer limited coverage for certain types of hail damage.

Insurance Options

More commonly, your best route for covering hail damage to your doors and windows is through homeowner’s insurance. In many cases, this should be included in a basic policy, but it’s always worth double-checking with your provider.

Generally speaking, there are two parts of an insurance claim for window or door repair or replacement:

  • Deductible: Like any insurance claim, you’ll need to cover the deductible portion of the repair costs on your own. This will vary based on your specific policy and provider, but typically ranges from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
  • Actual coverage: Once you’ve paid the deductible, your insurance should cover the remaining costs associated with repairing or replacing damaged windows or doors. It’s important to document all these costs accurately for proper coverage.

For those who will be going the insurance route, here are some of the basic steps that need to be covered:

  • Damage inspection: As we noted above, you’ll need an inspection from a professional to document the damage and provide proper documentation for your insurance claim. Without this, your claim may be denied.
  • Filing the claim: Once you have the necessary documentation, it’s time to file the claim with your insurance provider. This can usually be done online or over the phone. It may involve providing additional information, depending on your policy.
  • Repair or replacement: Finally, you’ll work with your insurance provider and a professional contractor to complete the necessary repairs or replacements. This should be covered through your policy as long as you have all proper documentation in order.

While dealing with an insurance company, it’s vital to remember that they are businesses and may try to minimize their payout or deny claims altogether. This is why it’s important to have all necessary documentation and potentially seek legal assistance if needed. Additionally, being proactive about addressing any window or door hail damage can help prevent larger issues down the line and save you money in the long run. 

Overall, understanding the potential risks of hail and how to respond can help protect your doors and windows, as well as your property as a whole. By knowing what to look for in terms of damage and utilizing the available options for repair or replacement, you can better prepare yourself for any future hailstorms that may come your way. So stay informed and take proactive steps to safeguard against potential damages caused by severe weather events like hail. 

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re here to help with all your window and door needs around Utah. Contact us today to learn more about our services!

Basement Window Options to Consider

There are several areas of your home where you may be thinking about window replacement or new window installation, and one that may require some different thinking than certain other home areas is your basement. There are a few priorities you may have when it comes to basement windows, and a few different window types you might be considering based on your needs here. 

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re happy to help clients around Utah with all their window needs, from selection of ideal products to full window replacement or window installation as needed. Here are some basics on what makes window selection and installation different for some basements compared to other rooms in the home, plus some of the priorities homeowners have for their basement windows and the window types that might be ideal for meeting them. 

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Why Basement Windows Can Be Unique

There are a few factors that make basement windows different from others in the home:

  • Sizes: For starters, basements are often either partially or fully underground, meaning their windows tend to be smaller and placed higher than regular ones. This means a few things for your window selections, which we’ll go over.
  • Lighting considerations: Since basement windows can’t let light directly into the room as they do with other windows, there are certain lighting considerations to make. This includes the type of lights you install in the rest of the room, plus how natural light from above will enter.
  • Potential privacy concerns: Because basement windows are lower and sometimes more exposed than others, some homeowners have concerns about privacy. Many don’t want people peeking into their basements or have other concerns about their windows being easily seen through, and this can affect the types of windows they select.
  • Security needs: Down related lines, some basement windows are also more susceptible to security risks than others. You’ll want to consider this factor in making your selection.
  • Air circulation: Finally, since basements have limited airflow compared to other rooms in the home, ventilation is a common consideration when selecting basement windows and how they will function within the room.

Our next few sections will go over some of the top factors homeowners are often looking for in their basement windows, plus the window types that are ideal for these needs. 

Emergencies and Safety

One major priority some homeowners have for basement windows is their potential use in emergencies or as safety features – specifically, allowing people to escape the basement in case of a fire, flood or other dangerous situation. There are a few good options here, but perhaps the most well-known is the egress window. 

Egress windows refer to those that are large enough for people to climb through if needed. They’re specifically designed to be easy-to-open and quick escapes, and are often required by building codes in basements that double as living spaces or bedrooms. They often come with steps or a ladder that leads up to ground level. In addition, egress windows can also serve as emergency exits for those living above the basement, should they become trapped due to a fire or other issue.

Natural Lighting

As we noted earlier, natural lighting is not a primary function of basement windows compared to other rooms in the home. However, it can still be an important consideration depending on the specific needs of your basement space. If you have a finished basement that functions as a living area, natural light can be crucial for creating an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. In this case, you may want to consider larger windows or alternative window types that allow more natural light to enter. 

Certain window types, such as awning windows, can be a great choice for basements because they provide ample sunlight while still allowing for privacy and security. Another option is installing a light well, which is essentially a small reflective shaft that channels outside light into the basement through an opening in the ground level above.

Privacy Considerations

Another common concern for basement window selection is privacy. As we mentioned earlier, basement windows are often lower and more exposed than other windows in the home, making it easier for people to see inside. If this is a concern for you, there are several options to consider:

  • Frosted or tinted glass: Adding frosting or a tint to your basement windows can obscure the view from outside while still allowing natural light to enter.
  • Planting trees or shrubs: You can also plant tall plants or shrubs around your basement windows to create an additional barrier between the window and potential onlookers.
  • Window treatments: Traditional window treatments such as curtains, blinds, or shades can also be installed for added privacy. 

Ventilation

As mentioned earlier, ventilation is an important consideration for basement windows due to limited air flow in these areas. For this purpose, sliding windows or hopper windows are often great choices as they allow for easy opening and closing. Additionally, casement windows that open outward can also provide good air circulation in basements. And if you want a window with both natural lighting and ventilation capabilities, a bay or bow window may be the way to go. These larger windows provide plenty of natural light and can also open up for ventilation when needed. 

For Basements on Slopes

If your home is located on a slope, meaning your basement actually opens up to the outside at ground level, you’ll want to consider the type of window that will be most functional for your space. In this case, a casement or hopper window might not work as well since they open outward and would hit the ground when opened. Instead, look for windows that can slide up and down or side to side.

Large picture windows, for instance, can be a great option for basements on slopes. They offer expansive views and plenty of natural light, while still functioning as a window that can open up if needed. Another option is the sliding door, which not only provides ventilation but also serves as a secondary entrance or exit for the basement. 

As you can see, there are several factors to consider when it comes to selecting basement windows. From safety and privacy concerns to ventilation and natural lighting, each homeowner will have their own unique priorities. By understanding these needs and researching the best window types for your specific basement space, you can make an informed decision that will benefit both the functionality and aesthetic of your home. 

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we offer a variety of window options suitable for basements and other areas of the home. From egress windows to sliding doors, our team can help you find the perfect fit for your needs. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation for any of our services around Utah!

Understanding Window Soundproofing Qualities

There are a few themes that may be important to you as you’re considering new windows for any part of your home, and blocking sound is a big one for many people. For those looking for sound muffling or even more comprehensive soundproofing qualities from their windows, there are a few things to be aware of. 

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re here to provide clients around Utah with the very best door and window products and services available, from new construction windows to window replacements, window frame services and more. Let’s look into the concept of soundproofing windows – whether full soundproofing is possible, how noise reduction works with windows, and some of the top elements to keep in mind if sound suppression is a priority for your window selection. 

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Can Windows Be Fully Soundproofed?

At least in a residential setting, the simple answer here is no. While there are several methods that can help reduce noise that makes it through a given window, which we’ll go over further in a minute, full soundproofing is not really possible with traditional windows.

The primary reason for this is that in reality, the window space itself is not the only route for sound to enter a given room. Sounds may also come from above or around the window, and beyond that, sound can come through walls and even other windows. 

Now, this doesn’t mean that those who want to reduce or even block certain noises using windows are out of luck. Rather, they just need to understand a couple nuances – which we’ll go over in our subsequent sections. 

Noise Measurement Methods

Before we dig specifically into some ways of reducing noise using windows, it’s important to know about the two common ways noise is measured in terms of its ability to penetrate through materials. These are:

  • Sound Transmission Class (STC): The STC rating measures the sound pressure level that is blocked by a material, usually through walls or windows. This rating generally considers noises ranging from 125-4000 Hz, which encompasses most common household noise sources. This is the most common metric used for windows. 
  • Outdoor/Indoor Transmission Class (OITC): Primarily meant for exterior building facades, the OITC rating measures the sound pressure level that is blocked during an outdoor to indoor transition. This rating generally considers noises ranging from 80-5000 Hz, which includes more higher pitched sounds like those of birds or traffic. 

Most standard windows with insulation today come with STC ratings in the range of 26 or so, give or take. Our next few sections will look at the specific practices used to block sound within windows, plus what to consider for your new windows if this is a priority for you.

Slowing Sound Wave Transfer

At the core of how soundproofing works, it comes down to the idea of slowing sound wave transfer as much as possible. In other words, blocking those waves before they can enter a given room or space. 

This is accomplished in windows through several methods, which we’ll dive into now. 

More Panes

One of the more obvious ways to reduce sound that comes through a window is adding more panes. The more panes in the window, the more insulation that it provides – and ultimately, the less sound is able to get through. 

Dual-pane windows are common for blocking sound, but if you’re looking for something even further, consider triple-pane windows or beyond. These offer greater insulation, though they do come with a higher cost.

Gas Filling

Another popular method for noise reduction is the use of gas-filled panes. This gas – which is usually argon or krypton between two glass panes – helps to reduce sound transmission as well, though not to the same extent as adding more panes would.

However, you can combine these two methods for greater effect, with dual-pane windows that are gas-filled. 

Increasing Air Gaps

Down related lines, you can also look for windows that have larger air gaps between the panes, as this too can help to reduce sound transfer. 

These air gaps should be slightly pressurized with a gas like argon, krypton or xenon in order to maximize their insulation qualities. 

Consider Mixed Millimeter Glass

A newer concept that’s begun to gain traction in the window industry is using mixed millimeter glass, which involves placing two panes of different thickness side-by-side. This can help to reduce sound penetration even in a single pane window due to how the sound waves travel and bounce back off the differing surfaces. 

And when we get into double- or even triple-pane options using this method, you can achieve even greater soundproofing capabilities.

Proper Insulation

As we’ve referred to a few times here, insulation is a key element to soundproofing. Without proper insulation, you may be able to reduce noise levels somewhat – but it’s unlikely that you’ll achieve the level of sound reduction that you’re looking for.

Make sure any windows you select come with adequate insulation installed – and even further, consider having an expert inspect the window installation before finalizing as well. If done correctly, insulation can do wonders for reducing noise levels. 

Proper Installation

Finally, it cannot be overstated just how important correct installation is when it comes to soundproofing windows. Make sure whoever installs your new windows has plenty of experience, and ask them about their own installation process. The way the window fits in its frame can make a big difference in terms of how much noise enters through the window. 

It’s also important to note that proper insulation and installation are key factors in achieving the desired soundproofing benefits of the window itself. Even if you opt for a top-tier, dual- or triple-pane option with gas filling and mixed millimeter glass, poor insulation or installation could negate any soundproofing capabilities altogether. 

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re here to help with any window or door installation need around Utah. Contact us today to learn more about soundproofing windows or any related need! 

Considerations When Setting Up a Garden Window

There are numerous benefits of keeping plants indoors, from health and wellness to aesthetics, scents and more. There are also several approaches to consider if you’re going this route, and one of these that’s grown in popularity in recent years is known as the garden window.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re happy to offer a huge range of door and window options to clients around Utah, including new construction windows, replacement windows and a wide variety of different window materials. What exactly is a garden window, what are some of its common benefits and uses, and what should you be thinking about from a window material and setup standpoint if you want a garden window somewhere in your home? Here are some basics.

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What is a Garden Window?

As some readers may have already guessed, the term “garden window” refers to any window area that’s designated for one or more plants to grow inside it, receiving sunlight from the outdoors while providing a decorative and green touch to any room. Garden windows can be installed in kitchens, living rooms or bedrooms as well — whatever space can accommodate the window size and setup needed.

Garden windows can come in a variety of sizes and materials, with single-hung or double-hung windows being some of the most popular. No matter which type you choose, you should make sure there’s enough space around it for your plants to grow and breathe.

Benefits of Garden Windows

The biggest benefit of garden windows is that they bring in an additional level of natural light from the outside — something all plants need to grow and prosper. Because the windows are usually larger than regular house windows, they also provide ample space for your plants to flourish while still looking nice in any room.

Furthermore, garden windows add the benefits of indoor plant life to your space. These benefits range from simple aesthetics to more scientific advantages like added humidity in the air and improved moods.

For many people, a garden window also fosters a sense of responsibility and accomplishment, as the plants require regular watering and care. This can be especially rewarding for those looking to make their home spaces more natural, or who have an affinity for plant life in general.

Where to Place a Garden Window?

The answers to this question tend to vary heavily between those who are installing new windows (or even taking part in brand new home construction that includes windows) versus those who are simply choosing an existing window in their home to convert into a garden window.

New construction windows — or replacement windows in the case of remodeling — may be easier to install with the right materials, while an existing window may require some additional work and care to make sure it can handle the weight and weatherproofing of a typical garden window setup. It’s important to think about this before you start your project, and to consult with a professional if you need help.

Window Styles to Consider for Garden Windows

While any type of window can technically become a garden window if you make the right adjustments to its surroundings, a few particular types are known as the most common and useful for this purpose. These include:

  • Bay windows: These are the most common type of garden window due to their large and often angled size, which gives plants plenty of area to expand.
  • Bow windows: Down related lines, bow windows consist of several window units joined together at larger angles, allowing even more room for plants to grow.
  • Casement windows: These hinged windows provide plenty of light and ventilation when opened — both of which can be beneficial for your plants.
  • Box bay windows: If you’re looking for a more modernized approach, these rectangular boxes are a great way to combine the windows and foliage of bay windows into one sleek package.
  • Deep-sill picture window: If you’re looking for a way to display your plants but don’t necessarily need the size of a bay window, these deep-sill picture windows provide plenty of space that can still fit within smaller spaces.
  • Creative options: In other cases, you might get more creative with an existing window in your home. If you have a floor-to-ceiling window already installed, for instance, you might consider adding a bench midway up it, and placing plants on either side.

Window Material Considerations

If you’re involved in a new construction project, or if you’re having new windows installed with a garden window theme in mind, there are a few material considerations to keep in mind.

Wood windows are usually the best bet for this purpose, due to their natural look and feel, as well as their ability to be customized into a variety of shapes and sizes. You also don’t have to worry about wood warping or becoming too cold during winter months — something that can happen with certain metal or plastic window materials.

If you’re looking for something more energy-efficient, there are plenty of multi-pane window options out there. These types of windows come with multiple layers of glass that can be treated or tinted to meet your efficiency needs while still giving plants the sunlight they need.

Finally, if you plan on leaving the window open for extended periods of time, you should consider something with enhanced security features — such as triple-pane windows that come with an extra layer of aluminum or steel mesh between the panes. This will keep your plants safe from any critters trying to get in while still providing plenty of ventilation.

As you can see, there are a lot of considerations to keep in mind when it comes to setting up a garden window. From choosing the right material and setup for your use case, to considering local weather conditions — making sure you get all the details taken care of can be what makes or breaks your project. Always consult with a professional if necessary, and happy gardening!

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we offer a range of high-quality windows for your home or business. Whether you’re looking to install a garden window with the perfect view of your outdoor space, or something more energy efficient — our experienced team can help you find the right solution and guide you through every step of the installation process. Contact us today to learn more about this or any of our door and window products or services around Utah.

Variables in Selecting New Construction Doors

There are a few different settings or situations in which you may be making some choices when it comes to doors, and new home or building construction is a great example. There are several factors you may need to be thinking about when choosing doors as part of any new construction project, and knowing where the main crux points are here can pay dividends.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re happy to offer a wide range of window and door options to clients around Utah, including new construction doors for any project. Here are some of the key variables that should be considered when selecting doors for new home or building construction.

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Material Considerations

In many cases, one of the first big decisions to make is what material the new construction doors should be made out of. Wood, steel, fiberglass or vinyl are all popular choices here, and each has its own benefits and drawbacks.

For example, wood may be more aesthetically pleasing but requires more maintenance over time, while steel is strong and secure but often quite costly. It’s important to weigh up all the options and decide which material is best for the project.

Any Existing Plans or Blueprints

While doors will often be among the first elements considered for a new construction project, it’s also possible that some other elements are already in place and need to be considered. A great example here is pre-existing plans or blueprints.

If these have been drawn up, then any door selections should fit into the existing plan for the building’s layout and design aesthetic. It’s important to make sure that any doors selected match up with other pieces of the puzzle to ensure a cohesive, seamless overall look.

For instance, let’s say that the plans for a new home include certain window sizes in some rooms and hallways. The doors should be chosen with these factors in mind so they fit properly without having to make major adjustments elsewhere.

Desired Entryway Style(s)

Another key consideration is the style of entryway desired for each door. This can vary wildly depending on what the building is being used for, as well as personal preferences.

For a home, this could be anything from quaint French doors to modern sliding glass doors. For a commercial facility, it might revolve around more practical concerns such as access control systems or fire doors.

It’s worth exploring all the styles available to find something that suits both the building’s purpose and the budget for each door.

Curb Appeal Factors

Especially for homeowners, but also for businesses with premises, it’s important to think about the front door or entryway primarily from a curb appeal standpoint. The entrance should clearly signal what awaits beyond, while simultaneously setting off the rest of the building nicely. This could involve selecting doors with bold colors or intricate designs that fit in perfectly with the overall desired aesthetic for the project.

In other cases, you might just be looking for a simpler, more understated approach. In any event, it’s worth taking some time to consider the way in which an entryway can either add or detract from the overall look of a building.

Neighbor or HOA Considerations

When it comes to neighbors or Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) it’s important to consider any regulations or restrictions in place that may govern what kind of doors can be installed in certain areas.

In some cases, this might translate into limitations on the size, shape, color and/or design of a door. As such, checking in with neighbors or with the HOA is a great way to make sure that any chosen door fits within the relevant guidelines and won’t be subject to potential fines later. In cases where no HOA is present, simply looking at various neighbor styles and figuring out what is most popular can be a great way to fit in with the existing look and feel.

Color Options

While it’s often not considered until a bit later in the process, color is another factor that shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to choosing doors for new construction.

It’s best to think of this as a purely aesthetic choice, since regardless of the chosen hue the door will still be performing its main job in terms of security and insulation. That being said, the right color can go a long way towards enhancing the look of a building’s entrance.

Some common entry door colors include black, white, grey, brown and wood tones like cherry or walnut. Of course, bolder colors can also be used if they fit in with the overall design scheme.

Privacy Factors

As you’re choosing doors for a new construction project, it’s also important to take into account any potential privacy issues. For example, if the building is going to be used as an office or other public space, then you may want to select heavier doors that don’t allow sound or light to pass through easily.

Alternatively, if the building is more for residential use, then you may prefer lighter doors that allow more natural light to flow through. It’s important to consider these issues and make sure the chosen door style fits with the desired level of privacy.

Security Needs

Many homeowners prioritize security when selecting doors for new construction projects, and there are a few different factors to think about in this regard.

First of all, you may want to look for doors with high strength ratings or reinforced frames that can withstand forced entry attempts. Additionally, it’s worth researching any available locks or access control systems that could further increase the security levels of the building.

Ultimately, it’s important to ensure that any chosen doors will provide a good level of protection for those inside the premises.

Budget Limitations

Last but not least, you’ll also need to consider your budget when selecting doors for new construction. It’s important to factor in all the costs associated with buying and installing the door, including any additional locks or hardware that might be necessary.

You may also want to look into some financing options if you need more leeway with your budget. In any case, it’s worth coming up with a realistic budget for each door and then shopping around until you find something that fits within the parameters.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we believe that the most successful construction projects come from careful considerations of all these factors. With decades of experience, we can help you with everything from selecting doors and windows to installing them in a timely and efficient manner. Contact us today to get started with any window or door project in Utah!

Benefits of Arched Windows for Various Homes

There are many common window shapes that move well beyond the traditional rectangle or square approach, and many of these have become very popular across various homes or buildings. One great example here is the arched window, which may provide a variety of different benefits depending on your needs and budget.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re happy to offer arched windows, radius windows and numerous other specialty types for clients around Utah. Let’s go over what we mean when referring to arched windows, plus some of the key areas where they add value to various homes.

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What Are Arched Windows?

As their name suggests, arched windows feature an arch-like shape – often covering more area than a standard rectangular window, while allowing light to come in from various angles. These windows are usually found on the exteriors of homes or businesses, though they may also be used as interior design elements in certain circumstances.

Arched windows can come with a variety of functional and operable features. For instance, they can be fixed-in-place or open in a variety of ways. In addition, you’ll have the option of selecting from numerous glass types and energy efficiency ratings, so you’re sure to find a window that meets your needs.

Our next several sections will go over some of the key reasons why many home and building owners look to arched windows for style, practicality and more.

Natural Light

One of the top reasons why architects and designers often opt for arched windows is the light they provide. Because of their curved shape, arched windows are able to let in plenty of natural light from various angles, which can create a beautiful atmosphere in any living space.

For this reason, arched windows are often used in homes with taller ceilings that allow the window to be placed higher up on the wall. In this way, they can provide plenty of natural light while maintaining privacy and other important functions.

Style

Another great benefit of arched windows is the style factor. These windows offer a unique look that stands out from traditional rectangular windows, which makes them ideal for any home or building with distinct styling.

Not only are these windows stylish, they’re also timeless in their designs. Arched window styles have been around for centuries, and they offer a timeless, classic look that can never really go out of style.

Various Ventilation Options

For those who want to make the most of their windows, arched versions also offer various types of ventilation. Depending on your needs and budget, you can select from fixed-in-place models or ones that open up in a variety of ways.

This makes them ideal for homes in climates with varying temperatures throughout the year. You can keep your window closed during the colder months, but open it up when you want to get some fresh air in the warmer seasons.

Allowing for Numerous Window Treatments

Versatility is a key benefit that comes with arched windows. Not only are they stylish and functional, but they also allow for a variety of window treatments.

Whether you’re looking to add shades, curtains or other types of treatments, arched windows provide ample space to make it possible. This is especially true given the fact that these windows usually cover more area than other window types.

Energy Efficiency

For clients who prioritize energy efficiency, arched windows also offer a range of options that are designed to help conserve energy in homes or buildings. Many of our arched window models feature high-efficiency glass and coatings, which can help with insulation and climate control.

In addition, some models may even come equipped with low-E coatings that reduce the amount of UV light that passes through the window, which can help protect your furniture and other belongings from fading over time.

Easy Maintenance

Because they have simple, smooth surfaces that are easy to clean, arched windows require less maintenance than other window types. You won’t have to worry as much about cleaning around the edges or corners, and all you’ll need is a cloth and some mild soap to keep your windows looking great.

When you do have to clean them, you can rest assured that it won’t take long to finish the job. This is a great feature for busy homeowners or building owners who don’t have much time to spend on window maintenance.

Can Fit Modern or Traditional Setups

Another example of the versatility of arched windows is the fact that they can fit with both modern and traditional home setups. While more classic designs may feature thicker frames, more contemporary styles offer thinner frames for a sleeker look.

No matter which style you choose, arched windows are sure to be the star of your home or building’s design scheme. They provide the perfect balance of style and function, making them an ideal choice for any space.

Improving Home Value

For those who plan to sell their home in the future, arched windows can be a great way to boost its value. Many buyers are attracted to homes with attractive architectural features like this, so having them installed could help make your property more desirable later on.

Much of this comes down to the concept of curb appeal, which is something that arched windows excel at providing. With their attractive shapes and timeless style, these windows can help make any home stand out from the crowd.

Useful in Residential, Commercial and More

Finally, arched windows can be used in a variety of different settings, such as residential homes, commercial buildings, churches and more. They are also often featured in historic or heritage buildings that require a certain style to adhere to the structure’s existing architecture. No matter what type of setting you’re looking for them to fill, you can rest assured that arched windows will make the perfect addition.

Overall, arched windows are a great option for anyone looking to add style and function to their home or building. With so many benefits, they are sure to be the ideal choice for any space. They provide an attractive design that is sure to draw attention, as well as numerous practical features that make them a great choice for any property.

So if you’re looking for the perfect windows to fit your needs, be sure to consider arched windows. They may just be the perfect solution for you!

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re here to help with all your door and window needs around Utah, including those looking for arched or other specialty windows. Contact our team to learn more about any of our products or services.