Frequently Asked Questions: Windows

When it comes time to replace your windows, there are many factors to consider. You want to know you are entering a new project with as much information as possible. Read on to find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about replacement windows.

 

How do I know if I need new windows?

Not sure if you need new windows? Here’s a quick guide to help you determine whether you’re due for a replacement.

  • Your energy bills have steadily increased. Dig out your past electricity and gas bills, and compare them year over year. Do you notice an incremental increase each summer or winter? That’s a telltale sign your home is losing heating and cooling, likely through your windows.
  • You notice a draft when you walk by your windows. You might have felt warm air rushing through your window this summer on a windy Kansas day, or perhaps you recall cold gusts last winter on a snowy January night. Either way, drafty windows are a clear sign you’re due for an upgrade. 
  • There is condensation buildup between your window panes. This is a sign that the seal within your window has broken down, and it’s time to give us a call to schedule a consultation.
  • There are signs of damaged or rotten window panes. Take a look around the windows on your home’s exterior. If the area is soft or decaying, don’t wait to replace your windows, as this damage could lead to additional problems down the line.

 

Read: Should You Replace Your Windows This Winter?

Should I replace all my windows at once?

Unless you need to replace a broken window from a baseball or hail damage, you should consider replacing all of your windows at once. Staggering the process is inefficient and disruptive. If your primary reason for replacing a few windows at a time is the cost, we offer financing options with payments starting at $98/month. 

Do I need a professional to install my windows, or can I do it myself?

It’s tempting to cut costs by going the DIY route with new windows. However, unless you have advanced skills in carpentry and a patient, dedicated team, we recommend you leave it to the professionals. Improperly installed windows won’t have the same energy efficiency and could lead to problems down the road.

How long do new windows last?

Typically, new windows will last 50 or more years, given you purchase a reputable, high-quality brand like SoftLite and have them installed by a professional.

What should I look for in new windows? How do I know I’m getting a quality window?

Along with proper installation, the quality of your windows is key to protecting your home from the elements for years to come. Choosing windows with established industry certifications means you can count on guaranteed performance. Quality windows will save you money and keep your home comfortable year-round. Here are a few window certifications to be aware of:

  • Energy Star is the first certification you should look for, as it ensures that your windows have passed strict guidelines set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy.
  • AAMA Gold Label windows have met stringent standards for air leakage, water penetration, wind and forced entry resistance, durability, and thermal window performance.
  • The NFRC label helps consumers compare energy-efficient products by providing a breakdown of key performance features, such as U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, Visible Transmittance, and Air Leakage.

Read: Certifications to Look for in Your New Windows

When’s the best time to replace my windows?

Windows can be replaced any season. However, there are undoubtedly certain times of year that are more pleasant than others. Though winter weather will enter your home during installation, there are ways to isolate drafts, such as closing doors to rooms with windows being replaced. The All States installers are quick and efficient and plan year around window installations with as little disruption to your home life as possible. 

How much will new windows cost?

The price of your windows project will vary greatly depending on what your needs are for your home. The number of windows and the type as well if additional structural issues need fixed will change the scope of the project and budget. The best way to answer this question is to contact us for a consultation. Our team will inspect your home and go over your needs and then find options and solutions to fit your budget. We also offer financing options with payments starting at $98/month.

Are new windows a good investment?

New windows not only have a great return when it comes time to sell your home, but they will also improve your home’s energy efficiency and lower your monthly energy bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 30% of your home’s heating and cooling is lost through your windows. Therefore, new windows are one of the best home improvement projects with a high return on investment.

What should I do to prepare for window installation?

In addition to removing items surrounding your windows on the interior and exterior of your home, preparing yourself and your loved ones for a bit of noise and mess will improve your new window installation experience. Find a place for your pets and children, and if you work from home, plan to find an alternate office space for a few days.

Read: New Windows: What to Expect

How long will window installation take?

As with the cost of new windows, there is no one size fits all answer to this question. In most cases, our installers can complete a replacement window installation of ten windows in one to two days.

Why All States Home Improvement for Your New Window Installation

We use top brands, including Soft-Lite Elements Windows, which are backed by manufacturer warranties to protect your home from any unexpected defects or problems. Our factory-certified installation teams have undergone extensive training, so you can trust that you are partnering with experts who are committed to delivering reliable windows you’ll never have to worry about. 

Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation consultation to learn about our window products and services to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient

 

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