How much will new replacement windows lower my energy bills?
My answer to this is simple. I don't know. In fact, no one can confidently say unless there has been an energy audit and they know exactly what's going on between the walls, under the roof, in the slab, with the doors, etc. The truth is a lot of people will say that your bill is going to drop 30%, even 40%, but I have a real difficult time making those promises.
You lose a lot of energy from your windows, so if the rest of the house is buttoned up well, then the savings should be noticeable, and in most cases pretty substantial.
What are the most common types of jobs GRACELAND does?
The bulk of our business is in replacing old, existing contractor grade windows and replacing them with new dual-pane energy-efficient windows. Depending on your budget and the overall aesthetic you hope to achieve, GRACELAND offers choices in High-Quality Vinyl, Thermally-Broken Aluminum, and Wood.
GRACELAND also specializes in Window Treatments + Coverings (Shades, Shutters, Blinds) and this accounts for about 50% of our business.
How are replacement windows generally priced?
Replacement windows are priced by the "united inch", which is calculated by adding the width and height, so it all depends on the size of the window. A good rule of thumb is that a thermally-broken aluminum window will typically cost $50 per window more than a high-quality vinyl. Of course, there are ways to get costs down on all window selections…. and ways to get costs up. It all depends.
If you have questions, I encourage you to reach out and I will happily give you some pricing over the phone if you have some ballpark measurements.
Are all windows a standard size?
No, but there are some common sizes used. Once you've made the decision to use GRACELAND, each new window will be measured exactly and made to order based on the existing window opening. Also, it should be noted that just because you have a certain window configuration now, does not mean we have to stay with it. Windows should be a one-time deal, and this is the time to get creative and to give your home the update you truly want.
Can GRACELAND make my window openings bigger in order to put in bigger windows?
Absolutely, but I would have to see the opening first-hand in order to assess the scope of work, but we can do cutouts into most every exterior, including brick and stone.
Why is there fog between my window panes?
Moisture and condensation between panes of insulating glass can occur when the seal between the panes of glass fails. This typically occurs in older windows or doors where the seal has failed and allows moisture to leak in.
Why are my windows drafty?
With old windows, the glazing putty may have grown brittle and fallen away, leaving the glass rattling in place. Additionally, the house has probably settled over the years and the windows have moved with the home, leaving space between the frame or glass, and causing drafts.
What is Low-E, and why is it standard on all GRACELAND replacement windows?
In short, Low-E means low emissivity, or more precisely, low thermal emissivity. Low-E windows are standard because any material that reflects, absorbs, and emits radiant energy is going to save energy, therefore save money. The cost of the Low-E glass is nominal enough, and its efficiency is substantial enough, to make this option standard.
What is Argon gas, and why is it standard on GRACELAND replacement windows?
Argon is an inexpensive, non-toxic, odorless gas that is used on all of GRACELAND'S replacement windows to prevent frost from occurring at the bottom of a window. At the same time, Argon will increase sound proofing characteristics of the window, making your living space much more quiet. Argon-filled windows are Energy Star rated, and offer better insulation than natural windows because the gas is heavier than air.
What are U-Values and R-Values? Are they important?
U-Value represents the amount of heat that escapes through a wall, window, roof, or other surface. The lower the U-Value, the more energy efficient the given material is. R-Values are the direct opposite. These measure an object's resistance to heat flow. The higher a material's R-Value, the lower its U-Value, the less energy it will lose. R-Value in a window depends on the number of layers of glass, the type of gas between those layers, and whether one or more of those layers has been treated with a Low-E coating.
What happens to my old windows?
After GRACELAND installs your new replacement windows, we remove every bit of debris from your property and dispose of it properly. If you wish to keep your old windows, glass or storm windows, please notify us as soon as we arrive for your installation.
If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew before investing in windows?
I'd stay away from high pressure, commissioned salespeople, and urgent selling tactics. I will always encourage a customer to shop it around and get a feel for the people they're doing business with. I'm a big believer that every big decision requires 24 hours to think about, and this is a big decision.
Also, I recommend noticing homes in the neighborhood and getting a feel for windows, design,and materials used. We learn a lot about what we "like" by the things that are in plain view. Another great reference is www.houzz.com. It offers a wealth of creativity and ideas, all at the click of a button.
FOR ANY OTHER QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR HOME OR ENERGY-EFFICIENCY, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT JACOB@GRACELANDWINDOWS.COM
- 10 REASONS TO REPLACE OLD WINDOWS -
Curb Appeal- Older windows on your home may look outdated or unattractive. Changing out the windows with new replacement windows will help give your home the look you are aiming for and improve the curb appeal.
Ease of Use- New windows are easier to clean because most are built with a tilt-in feature. This allows you to tilt the window in to quickly wash the exterior of the window instead of doing so from the outside of the home.
Safety- Many older windows become very difficult to open and close over time. This can also lead to the windows not being able to remain open and falling shut.
Noise Control- New windows provide better noise control from the outside commotion. If you live close to a main road or have noisy neighbors, new replacement windows could make for a world of difference!
Energy Efficient- Replacement Windows will offer improved energy efficiency for your home. Older windows tend to have air leaks and let drafts into the home. The improved efficiency can help cut costs on heating and cooling bills!
Value- New replacement windows will not only make your house look more appealing, but they are an investment that will add to the total value.
Maintenance Free- Windows now come with great low maintenance features – including no painting!
Comfort- A certain comfort can be brought to your home by replacing the windows. It can assist in providing a warmer environment, and you can also move furniture closer to windows to help expand your living area.
Window Security- New windows can also aid in easing fears of break-ins and intruders. Double locks and interlocks double strength glass for high impact resistance.
Enjoying the View- Your old windows may have become foggy, scratched or dirty over time. Installing new windows with new glass can help give you a clearer view of the outside world!