Of all the home improvement projects, windows are often the most overlooked. Sprucing up your windows can be a great way to improve the look of your home, increase energy efficiency and add lasting value. If you are a homeowner and your windows are old or underperforming, you may consider a complete window replacement. Or maybe your windows just need a thorough cleaning. Even if you are a renter and are stuck with the windows you have, whatever condition they are in, there are plenty of small, inexpensive updates you can do to make your home more beautiful.

Complete window replacement

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Since the average cost of replacing windows is between $7,000 and $20,000 for the typical home, many homeowners are reluctant to tackle this home improvement project. However, there are many benefits that can help make the decision easier. Many of the replacement windows on the market qualify for a Federal Government Tax Credit of up to $1,500 (which is directly taken off your taxes). In addition, because today’s windows are so energy-efficient, you can expect to save 10 to 25 percent each year on heating and cooling costs. And of course, an upgrade such as this increases the value of your home, allowing you to recoup much of the cost when you sell your home. If you are particularly handy, you may consider replacing the windows yourself, as long as the replacement windows will reasonably fit into the existing frames. This will keep costs down and allow you to work at your own pace. If you decide to hire someone, make sure you thoroughly research all your options before selecting the right company.

Southgate Glass and Screen
6852 Franklin Bolvd.
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 476-8396

Hours: Mon to Fri -8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat -9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun-Closed

For 50 years, Southgate glass has been serving the Greater Sacramento area’s window and glass needs. Southgate glass offers windows and doors to match any style, in a variety of materials including vinyl, fiberglass and wood.

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Window cleaning

The winter wind, rain and dirt can take its toll on windows, making them dirty and dingy. A simple way to make them sparkle and let all that spring sunshine in is a thorough cleaning inside and out. A pressure washer is great for blasting away dirt and grim, especially if you have second-floor or hard-to-reach windows. Inside, you’ll want to clean the casement, sills, and glass. You can tackle these jobs yourself, just make sure you have the right tools and supplies, such as a good cleanser, streak-free window cleaner, ladder, pressure washer, and sponges or cloths. For a reasonable fee, you can hire someone to do the job, both inside and out. As with everything, make sure you research companies thoroughly.

Streakless Window & Gutter Cleaning
3104 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 204-4692

Streakless offers pressure washing and window cleaning throughout the Sacramento area.  The company uses only professional cleaners and equipment to ensure professional results.  Streakless strives to offer its customers the utmost in quality workmanship and customer service at a fair price.

RCM Window Cleaning
1917 Marconi Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 442-8898

Hours: Mon to Fri -8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Family-owned and operated, RCM Window Cleaning offers pressure washing, window cleaning, in-home dusting, and blind cleaning. All services are provided by highly trained professionals and are available on a regular or as-needed basis.

Window repairs

If your windows are old or run down, but you don’t need or can’t afford a full replacement, making minor repairs can improve the look of your windows without breaking the budget. Replacing ripped screens, broken glass, and painting shutters can add to your home’s curb appeal. Inside, painting chipped or cracked paint on sills, restaining or painting wood trim, and replacing blinds or adding curtains can freshen up the room. Even if you are renting, most landlords will approve minor repairs and updates, but always check first. These kinds of projects are generally simple and inexpensive, but can really improve the look and feel of your home.

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Capitol Ace Hardware
1815 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 446-5246

Hours: Mon to Thurs -8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri -8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat to Sun -10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Ace Hardware is a family-owned and operated affiliate of the Ace Hardware Corporation. Located in Land Park, Capitol Ace has all the essentials you need for repairing your windows, including tools, paint and cleaning supplies.

Sierra Window Coverings
6415 Elvas Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 452-6606

Hours: Mon to Fri -8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat -9 a.m. to Noon, Sun -Closed
Monday through Friday 8:30-5:30; Saturday 9-noon; closed Sunday

Sierra Window Coverings is Sacramento’s oldest specialty window coverings dealer, with over 35 years of experience. It offers the latest in window coverings, including drapery panels, blinds and soft shades.

Karen Boruff is a freelance writer living in Sacramento. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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