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Avoid Window Replacement Scams & Ripoffs! Milwaukee Window Replacement Tips & Windows Buyer’s Guide
It’s probably time to replace your windows if your Milwaukee home is between 15 and 30 years old. If the windows look bad, leak or are not energy efficient, this is something that you should seriously consider. Replace these windows to improve their look, and to improve the resale value of your home. Doing this will also help to slash your energy bills.
Understand that it isn’t cheap to replace all of the windows in your home. The price in the Milwaukee area may be as much as 10k or more. But this will depend on the type of windows purchased and the labor involved. You might put a lot of money into replacing your windows, but keep in mind that house hunters love it when homes on the market are updated with new items. This is going to be good news when you are looking for new homebuyers in the future.
What is a Window Replacement?
Replacement windows tend to be smaller than original windows. This reason is the original window is not removed in its entirety. Some homeowners notice the signs or wear and tear, but they replace the whole window in error when they may have only needed to replace various moving parts such as the hinges. Many times, hinges need replacing, but the window frames can remain the same. However, if the frame is rotten or damaged, then you will need to put in a completely new window and frame.
Signs that You Need Window Replacements
Usually, there are signs that the home needs new windows. It could be visible signs such as rotting and split wood. Perhaps the paint is crumbling and chipping, and it is too far-gone to make repairs. You could also be having a hard time opening or closing the windows. Maybe the hinges could be rusted due to years of inclement Milwaukee weather.
However, one of the biggest signs involves energy efficiency. There are noticeable drafts in your home during the winter months. This can be the result of broken seals or cracks in the windowpanes. The seals on the frames might also be loose. As a result, your utility bills continue to creep up every month.
Replacement Window Materials
Replacement windows are available in many different materials such as vinyl, wood, fiberglass and aluminum. Aluminum lasts fifteen to twenty years, and wood lasts about 30 years. Vinyl and fiberglass could last more than 30 years. However, when it comes to cost, fiberglass falls between wood and vinyl, with wood being the most expensive material of them all.
Two of the more popular materials are vinyl and wood. Wood is very energy efficient and beautiful; however, vinyl is a cheaper choice of material, and it is very durable. Vinyl replacement windows have other beneficial features as well. They never have to be sealed or painted, which is unlike wood that is hard to maintain. Also vinyl is available in a myriad of colors.
If you are interested in purchasing vinyl windows, then Simonton is a good brand to choose because the company has been in the business for a long time, and it has a good reputation. Also, it is highly recommended by many window installers.
Replacement Window Types
If you are replacing your windows, it is good to know what is available. There are different types of windows to choose from:
– Awning windows have a hinge that opens horizontally. The awning protects or covers the window.
– Bay windows are beautiful because they give rooms a light and airy feeling, but they are also expensive to replace because of their design.
– Bow windows are similar to bay windows, but they have more windows. This means that they are expensive to replace as well.
– Casement windows crank open vertically and swing in and out with the use of a crank. They can get rusty due to moisture from weather. It is also believed that their seals aren’t as tight as time goes by.
– Double hung windows are the most common type of windows, and they slide up and down. They don’t have as many moving parts, and they seal up nicely. This means that they tend to be energy efficient and durable.
– Slider windows go from side to side. They are considered to be somewhat outdated, but they provide plenty of airflow.
However, many homeowners like fixed windows because they are never opened, which means that there aren’t any seals or moving parts to break. Also, they can’t let heat to seep in or out.
Window Replacement Energy Efficiency
It is believed that replacement windows can help to greatly reduce utility bills. Your bill could be as much as 20 percent higher because of air and heating leakage throughout the year. Sometimes the whole window does not need replacing. You can just replace the hinges, frames and sashes. This will do wonders to make your home more energy efficient.
The best energy efficient windows have multiple panes, low-E-coating and gas fill, which are very important energy components. A low-E-coating helps to keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer. Although they are more expensive, double and triple pane windows do a better job with energy efficiency than single pane windows.
How to Buy Replacement Windows
Your goal is to purchase inexpensive windows that have the Energy Star label on them. These windows are proven to be energy efficient, which can save you a lot on utility bills. When accounting for the price, remember that most Milwaukee homes have a large number of windows. Just a few dollars difference in the price of each window could drastically change the total cost of your overall home improvement project.
When it comes to cost, it is okay to purchase unknown brand names. This decision could possibly save you a lot of money. Sure, many homeowners might be tempted to purchase name brands such as Simonton, Anderson, Pella and others, but you can still find some great bargains on lesser known brand windows if you compare prices.
Unfortunately, window salesmen have a reputation for using bad tactics to make window sales. This is why it is advised that you get a minimum of 5 quotes from various Milwaukee window companies before deciding upon the right one. Take a look at your windows. You should have a good idea of which windows need to be replaced and why. Don’t take the word of a salesperson that might be a little dishonest. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to negotiate and get a better price than what is offered.
Using a Local, Milwaukee Replacement Window Company or a National-Level Franchise?
Shop around when looking for the right replacement window company. There are companies that have a lot of different brands to choose from, and they are usually the local companies in the Milwaukee area that are independently owned. Then there are the top dogs that have the nationally advertised franchised brands. They usually also have their own brand that they are trying to peddle.
Keep in mind that the replacement window industry is considered to be very sketchy. So, you might run across a salesperson that tries to sell you windows that you really don’t need. Understand that the windows with the fancy designs will cost more money. So you don’t really need to buy those curved or bay windows that the salesperson is trying to sell. Opt for the casement, double-hung or fixed instead. They are a lot cheaper.
Choose a Replacement Window Contractor
Also, Milwaukee homeowners should understand that replacing windows is not a simple do it yourself home improvement project. It really should be left up to the window replacement specialists. Since they have the experience and equipment that is needed for the job, they can do it in a few hours when it takes you days.
It may seem simple to put in your own replacement windows, but many times the ones that you buy off of the rack will not fit your particular windows. Also, it is usually very difficult to find the exact replacement window that you need. It is best to let the professionals handle the product sourcing and the installation of your new windows.
Take the time to find the right contractor for your home improvement project. You should always get a few good quotes for choosing a contractor. Also, ask for contractor references. Don’t just call the references. Go to the finished jobs to see the quality of the workmanship.
You will also want to ensure that your contractor of choice is insured, licensed and bonded. In addition, see if he has experienced installing the brand of window that you want to purchase. Some companies have contractors that are trained and certified to perform installations for particular brands.
As you can see, there are plenty of things that you should consider when it comes to replacing your home’s windows. There are many factors that can influence the whole project such as price, materials, types, brands and contractors. Shop around and compare before making your final decisions.