What Not to Do When Buying New Windows

When investing in replacement windows you want to make sure you’re making a smart financial decision. Experts at All States Home Improvement can guide you and answer questions you may have during the entire process. Whether you are browsing different options or needing to replace a broken window, we can be a helpful resource to you.

If you’re a first-time homeowner or have never had to buy them before, we made a list of common mistakes people make when shopping for new windows. Follow these what-not-to-do rules and set yourself up with new windows that will last 50 years or more.

Buying the cheapest option for your new windows

We understand that this type of purchase can be costly but it’s important to buy good quality windows. If you are seeking out the cheapest window option you can find, it may be best to not replace your windows. Keeping the windows you currently have will be a cheaper option for you than making a costly mistake of replacing them with cheaper quality ones. There is a reason you are looking for new windows and you want that purchase to be an upgrade from what you currently have in your home.

Cheaply made windows can leak, build up moisture and let drafts into your home, causing your energy bill to skyrocket and needing you to replace them sooner than you would have hoped. Just because you got a good deal doesn’t mean you are getting a quality product that you will be happy with. You want a window that is energy efficient, looks good, and lasts for years.

Other companies who try to sell you their cheapest option will most likely do an unprofessional job when it’s time for the installation process. Here at All States Home Improvement, we are experts in our field. We are thorough in our installation process from start to finish, you can trust us to get the job done right.

To know if you’re getting quality windows consider purchasing windows that have certifications like Energy Star, AAMA Gold label, and The NFRC label.

Ignoring your energy bill for your home

Having your energy bill be automatically paid for and never looking back at past bills is a big mistake when it comes to owning a home. Dig out your past bills, compare them, and see if they have steadily increased. Has your bill increased each summer or winter? If so, your home may need new windows. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that windows account for 30% of heating and cooling energy loss.

Replacing one window at a time to save money

Staggering the window replacement process can be inefficient and disruptive. We can install new windows in a home with up to 10 windows in one to two days. All States Home Improvement recognizes that replacing all your windows can be expensive, so we offer financing options with payments starting at $98/month.

Do not DIY window replacement

We do not suggest replacing windows yourself. It takes a very skillful carpenter to install new windows correctly. You want your windows to be fully insulated around the window to eliminate drafts, have the seal correctly installed and for a perfect fit. Gain peace of mind with warranty protection on your new windows when using a skilled and trained window installer. Proper installation keeps your home and family safe from outside elements so make sure to use a skilled and experienced professional.

All States Home Improvement is your trusted source for quality window replacement

When you need replacement windows in Wichita KS, you can turn to All States Home Improvement- the leading local source for replacement windows since 1992. We are deeply experienced in the installation of windows in local homes, having worked with two generations of families to improve their homes through window replacement. We offer a wide selection of window styles and will work with you to choose the right fit for your home.

To learn more about our windowssidingdoors, and roofing, call us at (316) 444-1220. Fill out our convenient ‘request an estimate’ form or stop by our local showroom to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions: Windows

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.

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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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New Windows: What to Expect

You’ve taken the plunge. You painstakingly researched your options, balanced your budget, and finally selected new windows for your home. You’re thrilled to start reaping the benefits of a cozy, energy-efficient home. But first, you must endure the installation process. Never fear! We’ve put together this guide to help you understand what to expect and how to be prepared for installation day. 

After making your new window selection, the first step is to allow our team into your home to take precise measurements of each window. Once this process is complete, your custom windows will be manufactured to meet your home’s exact requirements. Soon our team will be in touch to schedule a convenient day and time for installation. In most cases, our installers can complete a replacement window installation of ten windows in one to two days, and we are equipped to install windows in any season or weather. In extreme conditions, we will be in touch to identify alternative options. 

How to Prepare for Installation 

Our team will need to access your windows from the inside and outside. Therefore, you will need to clear a path around your windows both on the interior of your home as well as the exterior. Remove curtains, drapes, blinds, and shades and move furniture away from the windows. Don’t forget to move obstacles such as grills, flower boxes, furniture, equipment, vehicles, and decorative items outside your home as well. You may also need to trim hedges and trees to allow better access to the windows. 

 Window installation can shake your walls and rattle things in your home. To avoid accidents, remove pictures from adjacent walls and move fragile items from nearby shelves for safekeeping. If you have any security system features on your windows, be sure to remove them before installation to avoid startling alarms. Lastly, find a safe place for your pets and children to prevent delays and reduce hazards. Remember to gather any toys or essential items so you won’t have to disrupt the team during installation. 

The day before your scheduled installation, one of the associates at All States Home Improvement will contact you to remind you of your appointment and answer any of your last-minute questions. 

Installation Day 

When our installation team arrives, they will work their way through your home, installing your new windows one at a time. This will limit the amount of hot or cold air entering your home and keep you comfortable despite the weather. Be prepared for a bit of noise and dust during the installation process. If you have scheduled calls for work, you may want to plan to take them elsewhere! 

Window Trim 

After installation, we will replace the trim around the window as well as new insulation to seal the windows for years of comfort and energy savings in your home. Be aware that the window trim will need to be painted after installation. We have worked with many Kansas painters, and we would be happy to recommend a quality painter in your area. 

After Installation 

When installation is complete, our team will complete a walk-through to assess each window. Be sure to open and close each window a few times and look for any potential issues. Don’t hesitate to point out any areas of concern or ask questions. Your satisfaction is our primary concern, and we won’t leave your home until you are thoroughly pleased with your new windows. 

Why All States Home Improvement for Your New Window Installation 

We use top brands, including Soft-Lite 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. 

Should You Replace Your Windows This Winter?

With the winter months upon us, there is no better time to assess the quality of your home’s windows. Lower energy bills and a warmer home are both undeniable reasons to upgrade your windows, especially during freezing temperatures. While many people choose to replace their windows during the spring, winter is the perfect time to improve your home’s comfort, energy efficiency, and overall value with new windows.

For some, an old home may be a sign of old windows. However, many homeowners have no idea how old their windows are or whether they were properly installed to begin with. While it may be obvious you need new windows if you have visible damage or water leakage when it rains, it’s easy to overlook some lesser-known indicators it’s time to replace your windows. We’ve taken the guesswork out of it by rounding up some of the top signs to look for when questioning whether you should replace your home’s windows.

 

6 Signs You Should Replace Your Windows

  1. Your energy bills are through the roof.

One of the most motivating reasons to invest in new windows is the potential cost savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you lose 30% of your heating and cooling through your windows. Consider on top of that, old, damaged, or improperly installed windows, and that percentage skyrockets. If you have noticed a steady increase in your monthly energy bills, it is likely time to replace your windows. The cost of energy-efficient windows will ultimately pay for themselves in the form of reduced energy bills each month. Additionally, those new windows will increase the overall value of your home and result in a higher resale price point.

  1. Your windows are drafty.

That annoying whistling sound you hear each time the Kansas wind blows through your window frames is an indisputable sign you should replace your windows. The air rushing through those cracks will be more noticeable and uncomfortable in the heat of summer or cold winter months. During those times, your heating and cooling systems will be working overtime to make up for the cool or warm air escaping your home. Money is quite literally flying out the window!

  1. Your windows are difficult to open.

Your daily workout should not consist of leveraging all your body weight to open the windows in your home. Quality windows should glide effortlessly on their tracks and remain in place until you are ready to close them. If windows are painted shut, won’t open easily, or immediately fall after opening, it’s time to replace them. Difficult or impossible to open windows are not only irritating, but they are also a dangerous fire hazard.

  1. The siding or trim around the window is soft or distressed.

Take a walk around the exterior of your home and inspect the siding and framing around your windows. Is it decaying or falling apart? This damage is not only an indicator you need new windows, but it is also a sign that you may have moisture entering your home that could require additional repairs. Don’t wait for mold to form and spread around your windows before you replace them. 

  1. Your windows fog over.

Foggy car windows have trained us to believe it’s completely normal and safe for our home’s windows to fog over. Condensation on the interior side of your window occurs because the temperature in your home is lower than it is outside, while condensation on the outside is due to the opposite. The more concerning condensation appears between the two panes of your glass windows. Moisture between the sheets of glass is a sign of poor insulation within the window. Older or damaged windows with a deteriorated seal will allow moisture in when it rains or snows, and that moisture will turn into condensation during temperature extremes. It is important to repair or replace your windows as soon as you recognize this sign, as waiting may result in water damage or mold.

  1. Your windows have visible damage.

These common problems are an obvious sign you need new windows, but they are most certainly worth mentioning. If your windows are leaking, cracked, have broken framing, or any visible damage, they should be replaced or repaired. Don’t wait for larger, more complicated problems to develop before addressing the issues at hand.

 

Is Winter a Good Time to Replace Windows?

It may seem counterintuitive to install new windows during the freezing winter months. Though your home’s thermostat will drop a bit during installation, there are preventative measures to minimize the temperature change. The immediate cost savings far outweigh the short term inconvenience. In other words, don’t wait until spring when everyone else is replacing their windows. The sooner you replace your windows, the sooner you will begin enjoying their benefits. Just imagine how comfortable you could feel in your air-conditioned home next August!

New, clean windows provide more than curb appeal. Yes, they will reduce your monthly energy bills, make your home more climate-controlled, and increase the value of your home. However, when you live in Kansas, it can be easy to overlook the benefit of reducing outdoor noise with new windows. Though you are likely not surrounded by honking car horns late at night, you may have a barking dog next door or a neighbor who loves to mow his lawn at 5 am on Saturdays. New windows can provide a renewed level of noise cancellation to keep you peacefully asleep until your alarm (or child!) awakens you.

The benefits of new windows are clear. From cost savings to comfort, new windows will pay for themselves over time. Be proactive this winter about upgrading your windows when you first begin noticing signs of disrepair rather than waiting for expensive, unplanned damages.

Homeowners can trust the experts at All States Home Improvement for a stress-free window installation. To learn more about our energy-efficient windows, call us at (316) 444-1220, fill out our convenient estimate form, or stop by either of our local showrooms to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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