Windows can be one of the biggest challenges homeowners faces when maintaining a modern and up-to-date home. In addition to improving the aesthetics of home, windows also serve as an important component of a home’s overall functioning and residents well-being. In recent years, window installation in Alameda CA has been an extremely popular home remodeling project here in Cali, as windows are essential to a home’s appearance, comfort, energy efficiency, and value.
This guide will provide you with all the necessary information about replacement windows, so you can make an informed decision when moving on with your project.
A replacement window can be a mysterious thing to a homeowner, especially for something so common and universal. A replacement window replaces your current window, but it’s not a replacement window exactly. It is important to remember that when you remove an old window, you are not removing the entire window that the builder originally installed. Instead, you are removing only the sash and a few related parts. It is difficult to remove every single bit of material from the old window, so some of it remains attached to your house.
Replacement window functions exactly the same way as the original window even though it is not the same as it was. In most cases, replacement windows perform better than their original counterparts, regardless of the fact they are smaller than original windows.
Signs That You Need Replacement Windows
If you are not sure whether it’s time to replace your windows, look for the following signs:
High energy bill: There is an abnormally high amount of energy being consumed, yet you have already made other window-related repairs to save money (chiefly, insulation in the walls and attic).
Drafts: Even the tiniest cracks in window glass or window framing can cause cold breezes in your house during the winter.
Window glass is cold to the touch: Regardless of the condition of your windows, single-paned windows will feel cold to the touch; however, double-paned windows should feel only moderately cold when it’s very cold outside.
Difficulty opening or closing windows: A settling foundation can cause frames to twist, restricting the movement of the window sash. Rusted hinges and latches on casement windows might indicate a need for a full replacement rather than a repair.
Window painting and repair are impossible: The decision to replace windows rather than to repair them becomes more cost-effective when the paint has alligatored, cracked, peeled, and the wood has rotted and fallen apart.
You get a financial windfall: Replacement windows are a great investment if you have extra money to spend on home improvement (a work bonus, inheritance, home equity loan, etc.).
Do-it-yourself window replacement is not possible: The majority of people do not replace their windows or are not able to do so.
Finding a Window Company
Generally, replacement window companies fall into two categories. In the first category, you have purely local businesses. It is not uncommon for these companies to favor a particular manufacturer, but generally they have the option of selecting from a variety of manufacturers. Secondly, you have franchises or corporations like Home Depot, Pella, Andersen, or Empire. Many of these larger operations will offer you a choice of manufacturers, but they will most likely install their own brand of windows (e.g., Pella will only install Pella windows) or a favored house brand.
You need to remember that when shopping for replacement windows, you also have to shop for a company that will install your windows, even though they are two separate entities.
You can find quality and performance ratings on windows in Consumer Reports. Visit the National Fenestration Rating Council’s website (an industry-supported lobby) to learn more about window energy ratings. For contact information and ratings on local window companies and installers, consult Angie’s List or similar contractor rating and referral sites.
Tips for Buying Replacement Windows
There is a lot of competition in the replacement window industry, so any major city will likely have a number of window companies to choose from. It is common for salespeople to mislead you about how much money you can save by replacing your windows (through energy savings), and not every company offers an accurate estimate. You need to do your homework and shop around. Here are a few tips to help you get started with window installation in Alameda CA:
A minimum of five estimates
Estimates are not something anyone likes, but now is the time to get them. Get five or more quotes to put yourself in the driver’s seat. The good news is you can easily get replacement window estimates. There are few companies that charge for estimates, and salespeople generally try to accommodate your schedule as much as possible.
Know your target
You shouldn’t rely on a salesperson to tell you which windows need replacement. Even a truthful salesperson may try to upsell you on a few more windows.
Find off-brand windows
Make sure you talk to the salesperson about all the window manufacturers available-not just the expensive brands.
Sit on the estimate
The estimate should not be acted upon immediately. It may be possible to negotiate a lower price if you hold off for a while. This is an industry in which negotiations are built into the process.
Consider inexpensive windows
Replacement windows can be found at cheap prices thanks to fierce competition between manufacturers.
It is important to choose window materials carefully. In fact, vinyl windows will remain in good condition for decades to come, unlike wood windows that will wear and rot over time. However, that isn’t always the case. Since vinyl is a plastic material, it is prone to fading and damage when exposed to sunlight. Aluminum windows are durable, but they are usually less energy efficient than wood or vinyl windows. The bottom line is to determine what is most important to you and choose a window that meets both your needs and your budget.
Window Installation Alameda CA
The process of replacing your windows can be fairly simple if you hire the right team of professionals. Our belief at Best Exteriors is that a window is more than just a window and certainly more than just a commodity. Our window systems are tailored to meet the needs of each individual client as well as incorporate all the elements required for a thorough, long-lasting job. Call (866)-314-6701 to learn more about windows we offer or to get a free quote on professional window installation in Alameda CA.