Monday, May 3, 2010

New EPA Lead Rules to Impact Replacement Industry

Effective April 22, 2010, the government will mandate that contractors completing work on pre-1978 properties be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination, according to the EPA. This includes renovation contractors, maintenance workers in mult-family housing, painters and other specialty trades. You can find out more information at

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Low E 366 Glass

At Johnson Windows we are always striving to keep pace with the ever changing window and glass market. One latest advancement in glass technology is Low-E 366. It contains 3x the properties as standard Low-E and coupled with Argon gas the energy savings are significant. Also within the Low-E family are self-cleaning glass products. These agents are built right into the glass and help to absorb moisture from the exterior glass surface and to help eliminate water streaks from appearing.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Window products for historical districts

We have several wood and commercial aluminum window products that will meet historical guidelines.  These products will blend in and maintain the appearance of the historical building within the community.  All products are covered by the manufacturer's guarantee.  Check out our manufacturer's at 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Windows 101 - Why NOT replace your windows?

Replacing your worn out windows and doors is an excellent home improvement.  Let's look....

New windows:

1. Save on energy bills

2. The government gives you up to $1,500.00 tax credit

3. They look great

4.  Improve the value of your home

5. New windows open, close and lock

6. They keep your home warm in the winter & cool in the summer

7. New windows are an investment

8. They pay for themselves 

9. There is no downside

Replacing your windows today is better than MONEY IN THE BANK.  Call for a free estimate (623) 434-1400.


Maintenance is the key when it comes to avoiding leaking windows.  Virtually every window frame, whether aluminum, vinyl or wood, has a simple water drainage or "weep" system. It is normal for water to accumulate in the track in a wind-driven rain and then drain to the outside through the weep system. To allow this drainage to occur as designed, keep the sill or track areas of all windows and patio doors free of dirt, sand, sheetrock particles, dead insects, etc. For mechanically joined (screwed together) frames, be sure corners are caulked to prevent water penetration to the interior.

Once a year before the rainy season, check the sill to insure that the sill remains clean. Vacuum to remove debris in the sill. Check the sill for good sealant adhesion. Some locations on the window to check would be the jamb corners at the head and sill or the joints between the center post and the head and sill. If necessary, re-seal these joints with an acrylic small joint sealant. This sealant is available at a local window store. Remove the screen during this cleaning process so that the screen track area in the sill is cleaned and scaled. Clean out your window and door "weep holes" using a small, soft bottlebrush. These weep holes are visible on the inside track areas (both the vent track and screen track) as well as the exterior sill surface of the frame. Be careful not to damage exterior weep hole covers or baffles. Weep holes must remain clean and clear to properly drain water to the outside.


Check weather stripping around operable window and door panels. Clean and fluff the weather strip each year before the rainy season. Make sure it is not excessively worn and seals evenly.

By taking a few minutes and following a few easy steps you can help prevent your windows from leaking and causing water damage to your home.    

Check every 6 months or sooner
 Check for condensation. 
 Check for mold. 
 Security, hinges and operation. 
 In some areas, clean the frame surfaces. 

Check once a year (before rainy season): 
 In all areas clean the frame surfaces. 
 Clean sill track and weep holes. 
 Check for sealed joints. 
 Check for properly operating hardware.
 Check for roller operation. 
 Check the weather strip.


Do clean the frame surfaces;
Don't use a razor blade, putty knife or abrasive pad.

Do use a glass cleaner or mild detergent;
Don't use any petroleum-based cleaners or solvents.

Do clean tracks and weep holes; 
Don't use oil-based lubricants or damage weep hole covers and baffles.

Do check weather strip and hardware;

Don't live with poor performing components - replace them.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Window Replacement in your home

If you are looking for a reputable window replacement company in Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Peoria, Sun Cities, give us a call at 623.434.1400. We have been servicing the Metro Phoenix area for 15 years with 1000's of satisfied customers. We are Licensed, insured and bonded with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.