Get The Answers BEFORE You Puchase New Windows

New windows is an investment in your home.  Before you make a new window purchase get the answers to some important questions and avoid making the wrong or costly decision.

 

How do I know what new windows should cost?

Every different window type has a different cost level. Typically vinyl windows cost less than wood or fiberglass but all of that is subject to what you are buying, where you are buying them and who is installing them for you. The type of window installation will affect the cost.


Any kind of cost analysis for window replacement should be free. "Free Estimates" is right on our brochure. Make sure you get a thorough, detailed comparison of the products you are considering. Numbers on the back of a business card does not constitute a professional cost proposal.


Ask questions:

  • How many years in business?
  • Do you provide copies of your insurance?
  • Are you licensed, bonded, insured, do you carry work-mans comp insurance?
  • Can I get a list of clients you have worked with?
  • Can we come to your showroom to look at the window products?
Can my new windows pay for themselves?

Cost vs Savings

 

New high efficiency windows certainly should help to reduce energy costs. This savings will be dictated by the type of window, the installation of the window and the overall condition of your home. Most people buying existing homes are very conscious about the existing windows, energy consumption, and the amount of exterior maintenance. New windows should help with re-sale pricing.


It may take a long time to re-coup the initial cost with energy savings, but a big portion of the cost should be recovered when the home is sold.

 

What is the difference between vinyl, wood or fiberglass windows?

The initial eye appeal of these types of windows will make the difference for many people. Many if not most people have grown up with a wood interior window. Many have switched to vinyl, some to even fiberglass. The look of each of these windows can be very different.   Simulated wood-grains, welded corners, exposed screws and nails, night latches and interlocks are all things to look for.

 

Cost, again, depends on quality. Generally vinyl windows are less expensive than wood or fiberglass. We have found the warranties to vary greatly from one product to another. Many of the vinyl products will offer life time warranties. Be careful, warranties are only as good as the company behind them.

 

Typically wood windows will need to be painted or stained on the interior.  Vinyl and fiberglass generally come with factory applied interior finish options.

 

Things to watch for are:

  • Pro-ration of the warranty and transferability
  • If the warranty can be transferred upon sale
  • Find out if there is a glass breakage clause
How do windows get replaced?

There are basically two different methods for replacing windows.

 

The first method is to do a complete replacement, complete tear out, removing the old window down to the studs. This new construction type of installation should insure that the new windows will get insulated, shimmed correctly, and sealed properly. Low expansion foam is the insulation of choice. Nailing flange and nailing flange tape should be used whenever possible. Typically a full replacement window should fit the existing opening correctly and give you the most glass and ventilation possible. Most complete replacements will include new interior casing and some type of exterior window trim to finish off next to the existing siding or brick. This type of trim can be aluminum, can be wood, or one of the many composite materials on the market.

 

The second method of window replacement is called an insert or pocket window. These windows are designed to be installed within the existing window frame, normally leaving all of the interior woodwork intact as is. On the exterior, typical trim methods involve aluminum over the existing wood frame, thus giving you a maintenance free exterior. Being that these windows are set inside of the existing frame you can expect to lose some glass and ventilation on the existing opening.

 

Which type of windows are the easiest to clean?

Easy clean windows: Tilt-in or Spin

 

Will my new windows be easy to clean? Will they tilt in? How on earth do I clean my casement (crank out) windows?

 

These are several of the questions we get asked on a daily basis. Most double hung windows will have the ability to have both sash tilted in to the interior. You should be able to stand in front of the window, easily tilt them and clean them. Casements (crank out) windows normally will open 90 degrees giving you a space to slide your arm through to wash both sides. Marvin offers a casement window where the sash literally spins around.

Can I change how my windows operate?

Many people exchange casement (crank out) style for double hung style, or vice versa as long as we stay within sizing limitations.

 

Remember different style windows could give your home an entirely different exterior look. New windows can add more ventilation, could add more privacy, or bring more light in. We can put a new window just about anywhere, as long as we make the correct opening.

 

Many times people take a solid wall and add a new patio door or window where there wasn't one before.