Nov

07

Why Full-Frame Window Replacement Makes Sense for Wisconsin Homes

IMG_1332Full window replacement, also known as full-frame replacement, is Callen’s preferred method of replacing windows. Full-frame replacement involves removing every component of the existing window, including the casing, frame, sash and any surrounding trim. Because many existing windows in the Milwaukee area are wood and have suffered varying degrees of water damage, this method ensures that we do not install a new window into a frame that has been damaged by moisture or insects.

Here are more benefits of the full-frame replacement system.

  • Full-frame replacement can be done on any home, for almost any type of window.
  • The entire window is removed, so that the size and shape of the opening can be changed if desired.
  • Full-frame replacements will not reduce viewing area like inserts.
  • We install new interior and exterior trim.
  • The window is replaced from the outside of your home for less mess.

While full-frame Brookfield window replacement involves a slightly higher cost, it gives our installers the opportunity to closely inspect the structural integrity of the window opening. We can also better insulate around the window frame to stop energy leaks.

Get the Best Features of Wood and Fiberglass

With our Infinity® from Marvin fiberglass replacement windows, you can get the look of wood plus the exceptional strength, durability and low maintenance of fiberglass. Infinity Windows made from Ultrex® fiberglass are eight times stronger than vinyl and are not subject to a constant expansion and contraction cycle. Plus, they are guaranteed not to pit, rust, corrode, chip, peel or blister.

No matter which installation method you choose, you will receive superior service and energy-efficient performance when you select Callen for your window replacement project. Let us evaluate your existing windows and give you the information you need to make the best decision for your home. Call (414) 529-5509 or click here to schedule a no-obligation consultation for window replacement in Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee or surrounding communities!

Nov

04

When a Door is More Than a Door

When a Door is More Than a Door

Entry doors are often the focal point of your home, plus they offer an excellent return on investment.  When visitors approach, it’s typically what draws their eye, and you want the first impression to be distinctive.  As a homeowner, you want it to say your home is welcoming and well cared for.

There are many design elements that allow your front door to make a personal statement. For example, there are many different glass packages and door styles, plus multiple staining options and paint colors, all of which can be mixed and matched.

There are the three types of entry door materials to consider: wood, fiberglass, and steel.

Wood doors offer a very traditional look and provide a sense of warmth and richness.  Homeowners can choose from a variety of styles and most wood species you can imagine.  Wood doors, which can be custom made, need to be carefully finished (stained or painted) according to manufacturer specifications and periodic maintenance is required.

Fiberglass doors come with an environmentally friendly polyurethane core that provides insulation properties that are at least four times greater than wood doors.  Low maintenance fiberglass doors come factory painted or stained for years of lasting beauty.  Fiberglass entry doors come with a high-impact compression molded skin that will not splinter, warp, or rot.  Wood grains that replicate the look of cherry, fir, mahogany, and oak are available.

Steel doors provide performance, safety, and beauty.  They come prepainted or prestained in a smooth or textured finish.  Steel doors also are durable, resist splitting and cracking, and are energy efficient.

Doors can be flat panel or have high definition panel profiles.  Glass options include clear double insulated glass or a variety of triple glazed designer glass styles.  Homeowners have the option of choosing privacy ratings as well as choosing options in any size, shape, texture, pattern, or designer glass.  The glass can be etched, patterned, textured, beveled, and designed with simulated divided lite and grilles between the glass.  Homeowners can also choose from brass or lead caning.  These decorative glass designs are sealed between two panes of tempered “safety” glass, providing the energy efficiency of triple glazing.

Just like glass packages, door hardware comes in many colors and shapes.  Handles and hinges can be ornate or simple and finishes run the gamut: nickel, satin nickel, bright brass, antique brass, oil-rubbed bronze, matte black, and satin stainless steel.

Other door options to take into consideration are whether you want to have a kick panel, peep hole, mail slot, and depending on the size of your opening, sidelights and transoms.

With all the customization options available, homeowners may become overwhelmed.  That is where a trained product specialist from Callen with an eye for design can help by explaining and offering ideas of what will look and work best with the architecture and performance standards required.

Oct

27

Are Your Old Windows Howling? Infinity from Marvin® Windows are Sealed Like a Coffin

callen-blog-picAre Your Old Windows Howling? Infinity from Marvin® Windows are Sealed Like a Coffin

Energy prices continue to rise across the nation, and as a result, heating costs consume an increasingly large portion of the average household budget. Callen offers beautiful, exceptionally strong replacement windows to help energy-conscious homeowners keep costs down.

With winter just around the corner, now is the time to evaluate your home’s energy efficiency to ensure your valuable heating dollars aren’t wasted again this season. If your existing windows are no longer keeping warm air inside and cold air outside, consider replacing them with highly efficient Infinity from Marvin® windows.

Get the Superior Performance of Infinity from Marvin®

Infinity from Marvin windows deliver a level of energy performance not achievable with older windows. They exceed the requirements for energy reduction established by the U.S. Department of Energy and qualify for the ENERGY STAR® rating in all U.S. climate regions. Replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR-qualified windows has been shown to lower household energy bills by 7-15%. To achieve greater efficiency and slash energy costs instantly, Infinity also offers an optional inside surface coating that reflects escaping heat back into the room. This is an excellent solution to keep out the winter’s cold for greater comfort and energy efficiency.

Call Now for Installation Before Winter

Before another cold Wisconsin winter arrives, call Callen for quality window replacement that will make your home more comfortable and keep those escalating energy bills at bay for decades to come. We proudly provide window replacement in Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee and surrounding communities.

Our windows not only exceed performance standards, they are also available in a range of styles, including double-hungs, awnings, casements, gliders, bows and bays, so you can custom-design the perfect look for every opening. Call Callen today at (414) 529-5509 or click here for scary-low prices on Infinity from Marvin replacement windows!

Oct

21

10 Ways to Extend Your Roof’s Life

by Mike Wood

At Callen, we know that a roof is one of the most important home-related investments you’ll make.  We do dozens of roofing projects each year, and we see the dramatic impact and improvement that comes from upgrading a home’s roof.

However, we have also seen that roofs are one of the most neglected parts of the home’s exterior after they have been replaced.  Just as you keep your lawn watered and trimmed, your roof requires maintenance to help prolong its life and ultimately save you money.

Caring for your roof doesn’t need to be difficult or time-consuming if done regularly and correctly.  Callen suggests following these steps to help your roof reach its anticipated life span.

1. Remove Debris
Removing debris to prevent water buildup since pine needles and tree limbs can prevent the roof from properly shedding water, plus debris adds weight to the roof that can eventually cause sagging or even failure.  Bird droppings and certain types of leaves and/or pine needles can eat away at the roof, causing premature aging.
Use a push broom to sweep debris from the roof, but avoid using a broom with hard bristles because it may remove an excessive amount of asphalt granules from the shingles.  You can also spray off the roof with a garden hose.  Avoid using a power washer because a high-pressure stream of water can damage most any type of roof, even putting dents in metal roofing.

2. Trim Back Tree Limbs
Trim tree branches that appear to be on the verge of falling on the roof.  If you notice water collecting in a particular area, or if water damage is already visible, it may be because tree limbs are blocking the sun from properly drying the roof.  Consider pruning trees to help control water drainage issues.

3. Remove Algae and Fungus
Algae, moss, and fungi can grow on virtually any type of roof, even roofs designed to prevent it.  Remove the growth by mixing equal parts bleach and water in a sprayer and applying it to the affected areas.

Once the roof is cleared, installing a zinc strip near the roof ridge can prevent future problems.  As rainwater runs over these strips, the zinc particles are absorbed in the water, which then coats the roof with a protective layer.

These strips are easy to install by sliding them about an inch under a line of shingles near the ridge and nailing them down with galvanized nails.  Apply a little sealant to each nail head to protect against leaks.

4. Snow and Ice Removal
With a roof rake, clear heavy snow and ice from the roof, as snow and ice can put stress on a roof structure, so do your best to keep the roof free and clear of ice dams, icicles, and heavy snow.

5. Clean the Gutters
Clear leaves, sticks, and shingle granules from gutters to prevent clogs.  Gutters can only handle so much weight before failing.  Trapped water in your gutters are also a popular breeding ground for pesky mosquitos.

6. Apply Roof Cement to Lifted Shingles
If you notice raised shingles, you may be able to solve the problem with roofing cement.  Just apply a little to the underside of the lifted shingle, and it should help it lay flat.  Not addressing this problem can lead to future water damage and blown off shingles with the next heavy storm.

7. Remove Standing Water
Brush or squeegee puddled water from the rooftop.  This is particularly important if you have a flat roof and/or the roof gets little direct sunlight during the day.
Once ponding water is cleared from the roof, try to determine its cause (i.e., roof pitch is incorrect, tree limbs shade the roof all day, roof is sagging, etc.).  If necessary, have a roofing contractor visit, as fixing the problem early can save money down the road.

8. Inspect Flat Roofs for Cracks, Blistering, and Seam Failure
Flat roofing products should be checked at least once a year for cracking and blistering, paying special attention to the seams where water tends to sneak under the roofing material.  For small holes or cracks, use a roofing sealant for the repair.

9. Roof Flashings
The majority of roof leaks occur because of damaged or improperly installed flashing.  Inspect the flashing around vents and chimneys to ensure a watertight seal.  If minor damage is noticed, apply polyurethane sealant to help keep the water out.

10. Inspect Seals around Skylights
The seals around skylights can wear out over time, so inspect the seals for damage.  If necessary, have a contractor re-apply sealant made specifically for skylights.