Frequently Asked Questions

Windows

Q. When is it time to replace my windows?

Many factors can determine if it's time to replace your windows. Are your windows more than 10-15 years old? Are they single-paned? Condensation can indicate seal failure. Do they open and close easily? Is outdoor noise excessive? If you answered yes to more than one of these questions it is time to consider window replacement.

Q. What is a replacement window?

A replacement window is one that is made specifically to fit in the opening of an existing window. It is custom built to be installed without distrupting the areas surrounding the window, therefore not disturbing the surrounding moulding and trim work. Although custom built replacement windows may cost more than standard windows they are made to fit exactly in the opening without having to modify or "fill" space with caulk or other materials, they are more energy efficient with aesthetic faculties.

Doors

Q. Should I consider replacing my entry doors?

Is your entry door energy efficient? Can you see light flowing through the exterior opening? Can you feel the heat or cold of the outdoors through the door? Does your door open and close properly on dry, wet or humid days? If you see light coming in then air is flowing in from the outdoors as well. Your door may be warped or its weatherstripping worn or lost its compression. If you touch the door and feel the exterior temperature, then it is not adequately insulated. If it is swelling on wet or humid days then its most likely not sealing on dry days. If any of these apply then it may be time to consider replacing your door(s). A new energy efficient fiberglass entry door may be a wise choice for the most energy efficiency as well as asthetic and resale value.

Garage Doors

Q. When is it time to replace my garage door?

When the door is no longer operating properly, is fading, sagging or made of wood and need of painting. A new steel garage door can increase the aesthetic value of your home and up to 84% rate of return investment at resale.

There are several measures you can take to improve your home's engery efficiency. Perform a simple home audit checklist to a professional, more detailed home audit assessment or energy audit. Contact your local utility company or an energy auditor.

Visit the U.S. Department of Energy's website at energysavers.gov a wealth of information on saving energy, tools, calculators and resources.

 

 

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