Hidden Shores had hidden problems. This condominium complex in the Great Neck Area in Virginia Beach, two buildings in particular, suffered from a problem we see all too often. Behind the vinyl siding, the flashing around the windows failed; in fact, it actually didn’t exist. And so, the windows leaked like my wife’s Lexus in our beautiful white driveway. At first, it was just the power steering fluid, and then the oil, then the brake fluid, then the air conditioning, then the coolant, and now the exhaust is even leaking—I have named it “Jack the Dripper.” Unfortunately, she loves it. He is certainly a knockout, purring down the road like a squealing hog riding a Harley. Oh yeah, about the condo.
As they say, “You never get a second chance for a first impression;” we certainly made our mark with this customer…thank god his dad referred us to him. We installed replacement windows at this customer’s father’s home in Virginia Beach over the summer and also rebuilt two stairs systems on his back deck and welded together custom railings for them. We did a good job hence the referral. But upon our arrival to his son’s house, “BOOM,” there went the neighbor’s mailbox. I always give my father a hard time about his proficiency in his driving a car in reverse. Though it proved my point that he isn’t the best, to be polite, it made for a fantastic first impression, I must say. My father somehow acted like it was the mailbox’s fault for jumping out of nowhere—“yeah, like they always do,” I thought out loud.
Windows, Virginia Beach is what The Window Man is famous for. This house located in Kempsville near Arrowhead elementary needed new windows. This project is another piece by piece window installation. Two of the font windows were in desperate need of replacement. They were old wooden windows that were vandalized by a dog jumping and scratching at every person who walked by the home. This seemingly ferocious beast, with a Napoleon complex fought to keep his home safe from potential intruders walking their newborns in strollers on the street. Yes, he kept the home safe and sound from these disguised villains, but he ripped apart and lacerated the sashes of the old windows.
If you live near Cutty Sark Road or just enjoy a good whisky, let The Window Man install new replacement windows in your home. This house is located in Baycliff, a Virginia Beach neighborhood in Great Neck on Cutty Sark Road—the developer of this street clearly enjoyed his daily night caps. The owners of this home, two real estate agents, know the value and benefits replacement windows add to anyone’s home. They have lived in many areas in Hampton Roads and have experienced these benefits in their other homes. This couple recently moved into this house and is making it the right place for them to spend the next years of their lives. And of course, their having new windows installed in their Virginia Beach home was a no-brainer.
If you are employed by the Coastguard and need windows in Virginia Beach or replacement windows in any other Tidewater area, The Window Man is here to help. This project was for a Coastguard couple in the Kempsville area off of Capot Road. This customer was a referral from a friend of theirs we installed windows for some time back. For the friend that referred them to us—first off, thank you— we replaced windows in their Virginia Beach home over the course of two years. We replaced half of their windows, the front and one side, as well as a patio door, and then the other half when they happily called us back. This was the reason the Virginia Beach Coastguard couple gave us a call.
It is not always in one’s best financial interest to replace all of one’s windows at once. Instead replacing one’s windows over a couple to a few installations is favorable; and of course, we have no problem doing this. We hit it off well with this couple as we have Coastguard member in our family. We were able to “talk the talk” with this guy even though we obviously couldn’t walk it. The Window Man may be a super hero, but a Coasty he is not…a line of work he leaves to the real professionals. Thank you for what you do Coastguardians.
This pool house in Virginia Beach had anonymous air and water leaks. Fine grains of sand are spread throughout the area by what source? "After every cleanup, they keep coming back," said the building maintenance official," and there is a water leak no one can seem to find above the bathroom." We looked around and saw nothing blatantly visual as to where to problem's sources were. Time to turn on the camera: immediately issues started showing themselves everywhere.
The mean temperature of the pool house was 85-90 degrees Fahrenheit. And up at the top of the walls. The infrared camera showed areas that were always 20-30 degrees cooler. This is a huge difference, also known as a problem.
The Window Man now offers Thermographic Home Inspections. We purchased a very expensive Flir IR (infrared) camera in the middle of the 2013 summer. One may ask, "Why are you just now offering these services?" Getting familiar with this camera takes time. In the words of the wise Window Man, "There are too many fussy settings on the darn thing...why don't you have a go at it better Window Man"—these are conversations between me, the one writing this as you can gather, and my father. Well he was right. There are too many fussy settings.
Every object gives off or emits different infrared radiation which is termed "emissivity." And, glossy objects emit the most; these are materials such as metals. When looking through the camera a metal object shows as bright white or hot when the temperature is actually cool—one has to get used to this. Another issue involved is temperature differential. On the first expedition with the camera, we were so excited to see this "baby" in action, we quickly turned it on and off we went around the house looking for...well stuff (whatever stuff was, we didn't know).