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Frequently Asked Questions

Looking to learn more about replacement windows? Look below or refer to our glossary of window terms.

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Replacement windows, especially those that are extremely energy-efficient, can have a dramatic effect on your heating and cooling bills. The actual savings depends in large measure on the size and condition of the home, but national studies have shown savings of up to 25% after replacement of a home’s windows.
Many replacement windows are energy-efficient, and these can add value to your home. You can begin to save on your energy bills, and the energy efficiency of the windows will be a good selling point. Replacement windows are considered a valuable addition in appraisals. Just how much they can add to the value of the home will depend on the overall condition of the home. However, we’ve seen instances where the addition of replacement windows has helped improve the resale value and marketability of the home significantly.
Replacement windows are much more energy-efficient than the current windows in your home, and you can save money on your new windows. Replacement windows have a double-pane design that traps air in your home, the seal around the window frame is stronger, and the windows can be customized to fit your home. All of these can save you money on bills, so in the long run, the windows can pay for themselves through your savings. Of course, the exact savings will depend on the size and condition of your home.
There are different kinds of replacements:
  • Trim around the old window is removed along with the window frame. When the replacement window is installed, the trim is also replaced.
  • Replacement windows are installed within the existing frame (if it’s in good condition).
  • Window sashes are replaced and the existing frame is used.
You do not have to replace all of your windows at once. You can decide which windows you would like to replace first, based on cost, time, and efficiency. The first priority should be safety – any windows that have defective glass, rotting, or cracks should be replaced first.
Windows aren’t made to last forever. Here are some signs your windows should be replaced:
  • Air is leaking into your home through your windows
  • You want to reduce your heating and cooling costs
  • The color on the frames is fading
Home windows should be replaced for a few reasons. The first is that replacement windows can improve the overall appearance of your home. Replacing those old weather-beaten windows with newer windows can change the look of your home’s exterior. The second reason is that replacement windows are often more energy efficient and can save you money on your utility bills. Replacement windows can decrease your bills and put more money back in your pocket. Finally, replacement windows can help cut down on exterior noise, making your home even more livable.
A replacement window is a window that is installed in an existing window opening, replacing the existing window. These kinds of windows are measured to fit the existing opening and are special ordered. Replacement windows are often more energy and cost efficient, and both can save you money.

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