Hiring a qualified windows installer in Morton Grove can mean the difference between frame distortion, cold air infiltration, leaks through cracks and high-performance windows that are efficient and effective.
Another very important consideration is the fact that with DIY installation; there is no warranty or protection should something go wrong. If you choose to install the replacement windows yourself, be sure to measure each opening separately for an accurate measurement, as this is critical for top House Windows Company performance.
However, we recommend hiring a professional window installer in Morton Grove .
Proper window installation is critical to ensure an airtight fit to prevent drafts, water condensation and potential water damage. House Windows Company in Morton Grove can add beauty and value to your home and provide many benefits, but if the House Windows Company are not installed properly, those benefits will not be realized.
How Much Do Replacement Windows Cost?
It's true that replacement windows save money in energy costs. It's true that the proper replacement windows, installed properly can add value to your home. It's true that the cost to replace windows today is by comparison, cheaper then it has ever been. These are all truths about window replacement that have a provable factual basis. What is also true is that 70% of homes 10 years old or more can benefit from the installation of replacement windows. Of course, the older the home the greater the benefit will likely be, words of wisdom that you've probably heard before as well.
Over time window sealing effectiveness deteriorates and energy is lost through the leaks around windows. Of course that information isn't new either. So to save energy or add value, home owners often replace windows and doors without considering some of the negative aspects of having a tightly sealed home.
Actually negative might be the wrong word to use. I hesitate at using the word negative, because it might sound as if I were advocating against replacement windows, which is not the case at all. Rather I think it is important to be aware of changes that replacing windows might bring about in the home. Two things come to mind that may need to be addressed along with windows and door replacement. These things can cause some potentially serious problems.
The first that comes to mind is the changes in indoor air pressure. If you have electric heat or a newer (within the last 5 years or so) thermo efficient gas or propane heating system, air pressure may not be a concern. Still you may want to think about the information presented and apply it to investigating your own home situation.
Why would we be concerned about air pressure in the home? Many homes over the last ten to twenty years, in many parts of the country have opted for such things as under floor and baseboard hot water heating, systems that utilize a boiler to heat water and circulate it throughout the home for heating purposes. When these systems were originally being installed, little thought was given to where the oxygen would be coming from that would complete the combustion process that the boilers need to heat the water.
The reason that these cold spots develop in a negative air pressure situation, after windows and doors are replace is because your heating system that in the past had multiple places to draw air from, now only has a very few, and to maintain the combustion process, it must draw a greater volume of air from the few remaining sources making them more noticeable.
So we fix one problem and end up with another. But the solution is rather simple. Just replace the heating system. Simple right? Ok, so that isn't funny, but there is a lesson to be learned, which new heating systems have taken into account.
New heating systems generally take into account that homes are more tightly sealed then ever before, and in knowing this they have provided the heating system with its own outside air source. Usually a two or three inch PVC pipe through an outside wall, one that is as close as possible to the unit's location. In doing so, the need to draw air through the rest of the house is effectively eliminated, while supplying all the oxygen needed for healthy and energy efficient combustion at the heating unit.
The reason that the outside air source needs to be as close as possible has to do with the path of least resistance law of flow. Air just like water will take the path of least resistance when flowing. If the provided outside air source is too far away, and the system can draw oxygen from a closer source easier, it will do so.
In part two of this article I will discus another major concern that may need to be dealt with when replacing the windows in your home
Do Double Hung Windows Serve a Purpose?
Many homeowners are looking to replace their worn-out windows with new windows that operate and perform better, are more durable, require considerably less maintenance and are more energy efficient than the wood, steel or aluminum windows that were used when their homes were built.
Most people look at new windows as an expense, they're not. New windows are an investment in your home. An investment which, if made wisely, not only increases the value of your home, but at the same time, cuts your energy bills, increases your comfort and reduces maintenance cost. However, like any investment decision, you need to determine what gives you the greatest value, not necessarily the lowest price. You need to educate yourself so you really understand what you are getting for your money. This is why it is important for a homeowner to work with someone they trust who walks them through the various options so they can make an educated buying decision.
In most cases, style is already determined by the architecture of the house and the type of windows that are presently there. However, it is possible to change window styles, change opening sizes, add bays and bows, or do a variety of other things that will dramatically change the appearance of your home inside and out.
Since it represents the largest area of the window, glass obviously has the biggest impact on energy loss. Glass technology has made tremendous strides over the last few years. Things like low conductivity spacers, low emissivity, or Low-E, coatings and gas filling have drastically cut the amount of energy that flows through the glass.
Low-E is an almost invisible metallic coating that works like a one-way mirror, reflecting heat back into your home during the winter and reflecting it out during the summer. There are different types of Low-E coatings with different performance levels. Better performing coatings, like Titanium, cost a little more, but are well worth the money. Don't settle for products made with regular clear glass that is not coated.
Warranties are also very important. Be sure you understand them fully. Just because it says Lifetime don't assume every component of the window and installation is covered forever. And remember, the warranty is only as good as the people who back it. Having one company responsible for the whole process is probably preferable compared to having split responsibilities, which is typical of the replacement window business.
A good sales consultant's responsibility is to listen so they understand the homeowner needs in order to educate the homeowner on the various products and options that provide the right solution. While price is always important, even more important is the value you receive for what you paid. All things being equal, selecting the lowest price makes sense. But in almost every transaction we make as consumers, things are not equal. We need to fully understand these differences so we can make an educated buying decision.
Bottom line; take the time to understand what you're getting for your money. Take the time to look for the investment that gives you the greatest value, not the lowest price. It's also important that all concerned buying parties be present for any discussions. It eliminates confusion and allows everyone to be clear on what you are getting and agree on what options make your investment complete.