March 23, 2015
Window companies are everywhere! Many companies may have developed good reputations for product quality but may lack in service. Others may have excellent products but at a price that doesn’t seem fair. There are a lot of options in companies in Denver, and not all contractors are out there to rip you off or worse.
We hope we can show you how we’re a great company but we also want to help you, no matter who you’ve selected. Here are some tips to help you find a great company!
- Search Google for ‘Company Complaint’ and ‘Product Complaint’ – There will likely be a few results no matter who you’ve choose. The important thing here is to read through reviews and take a honest evaluation to the complaint. Problems can come up, but the best companies will turn a problem or issue into a chance to WOW their customers.
- Check the BBB – Denver’s BBB can be found here: http://denver.bbb.org/
- Ask for a referral and CALL them. Contractors will always give out their favorite customers for referrals but you’ll get the chance to hear the ‘best they have to offer’. If you call but aren’t even marginally impressed with the referral, what would their other customer experiences have been like? If this is their favorite customer, how will they treat you?
- Get competing quotes, and look at the overall value and try to compare product features as best you can. If a sales pitch deals with a part of the window you don’t know how to compare, tell them what product you’ve already seen. Most of the time you’ll get a somewhat bias but truthful answer and comparison.
We hope this helps you find the BEST window and contractor for your home. Contact us if we can be of any service to you or if you have any questions, we’re happy to help!
March 23, 2015
So far this year, I have not yet turned on the A/C in my home! With excel’s recent adjustments to bill at a increased rate for electricity above a set number of kilowatt hours, keeping my A/C off half way into June has really helped to keep my bills at their low levels into early summer.
One thing that helps maintain my home’s temperature is the highly effective air flow directed by my casement windows. Casement open windows are the familiar cranking type window more common in higher price homes in Denver.
Casement windows open from a hinge that swivels the entire window surface wide open. These windows offer the greatest airflow available in any window design. Placing these in a open state will help to catch air flowing around your house and direct it throughout your home. When used in later afternoon and evening hours when the air is cooling, it allows you to quickly bring your home down to outside air temperatures. Even if you can’t make it through the afternoon when your home is reaching it’s highest temperature, using these windows at night can help eliminate much of the time your A/C would spend cooling the home back to lower temperatures in the evening and maintaining those temperatures through the night and early morning.
Contact us today if you would like to take advantage of this simple but energy friendly window option!
March 23, 2015
Littleton has a large number of homes built from late 1970 through early 1990′s that were built with metal framed windows. Specifically, between Pierce and Wadsworth from east to west and Chatfield Dr. all the way to Bowles Ave.
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If you’re home is in this area, some of your windows are likely foggy, due to the lower quality seals that came with homes in this area. It’s also likely you’re practically throwing money away in winter months trying to heat your home with these drafty windows. Contact us today to learn more about replacement window options or glass repair to eliminate fogged windows and improve seals.
March 23, 2015
Homeowners have plenty to worry about, starting with the yard and landscaping around their home and ending with the pipes for water, sewer and gas so many things can go wrong. The windows in your home are no less important than any other part of your home.
When a window becomes fogged, drafty or even has a break – the last thing homeowners want is another headache. Hometown Windows and Glass can help to make dealing with your windows as hassle free as possible. We offer window repair and glass repair services for the Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and surrounding areas.
If you’re in need of replacement windows, we’re here for you too!
March 23, 2015
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March 23, 2015
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March 23, 2015
2010 is gone and 2011 has finally arrived. After two years of industry growth or at least stability, in large part due to a $1,500 tax credit from the fed, we’re back to business without the incentives this industry has been recently accustomed to.
So, with the 2010 saying goodbye, and 2011 here to stay – what does this mean for consumers and window professionals? Well, it’s certainly going to be harder. Consumers will need to buy windows for all of the reasons they’ve always bought them, but now without the added bonus of savings offered by the federal government. Contractors and professionals will need to return to some of their roots when showing the value energy efficient windows can still have for home owners.
In truth, the tax credits will have a lingering effect that continues to help the industry. Because of the strict requirements for efficiency – technologies that were less common and higher end are now more mainstream and overall – the industry windows being produced have increased in total efficiency from where they might have been. Consumers gain the better performing windows and installers now know where the clear standard is for windows that perform high enough to be considered ‘energy efficient’.
We also think the new year is a good time to look for new ways to help local businesses and small businesses around the country. We’ve began a new project and are excited to see it grow in the new year. Window Realm is our new community website dedicated to window professionals. In a time when the replacement window industry may see declines, we hope this community can serve to limit a downturn in business and even continue to drive increased business in this new year.
Window Realm also features consumer facing information and resources. The Colorado Replacement Windows section, we hope, will be a great new resource for consumers looking for information. If you have time, check it out!
Thank you for a great 2010 from Denver Window Info.com and we’re looking forward to whatever challenges the new year brings!
March 23, 2015
Here is a helpful checklist of all the things you should know before buying replacement windows this year.
- Do your windows qualify for the 2010 $1,500 tax credit? The tax credit requires the U-Factor and SHGC ratings for you window to be a .30 or less. Check with your contractor to ensure that your windows meet the needs for the tax credit. Keep in mind, the windows must be installed before 01/01/2011 to be eligible.
- Do the windows have Low-E glass? Low-E window glass is to energy efficient windows as the Rocky Mountains are to Colorado. Don’t buy new windows without this option for your windows if you hope to same energy on your summer cooling bills.
- Do the windows feel tough? Cheaply made windows often experience a shorter lifespan. If your contractor has offered to show you samples, take this chance to grab the movable portion of the unit and give it a good strong jiggle to see how much play is in the window. While some windows will have slight give and shift somewhat, the best windows won’t budge.
- Are the windows backed by a strong company with a warranty to match? It’s always important to consider that even the best manufacturing processes will have ‘lemons’ from time to time, make sure you’re covered!
- Identify your goals and buy a window to meet them! For example; Are you replacing a window because it’s fogged/damaged or otherwise needs replacing? If you’re buying out of necessity, you should examine the longer term goals for your home at this time. If you are upgrading a few windows, be sure to buy a model of window that has been around for years and is still a top seller for the manufacturer. Just ask your contractor. This is important to make sure the line is not discontinued before you can complete the rest of your home.
- Know your contractor! Denver’s got a lot of options in window contractors. You’ll want to check with the BBB to see if they have any complaints, search for ‘Contractor name complaint’ on google to find if anyone has posted a bad experience with the contractor. Finally, if you’re unsure, ask for several references and call them – you’d be amazed how quickly you can find out about the success or failure from a company’s references.
- Shop around – It’s always important to look at competing windows for quality, features and prices. If you do your diligence you’re likely to hone in on the window that fits your needs and pocket book best. This ensures that you’re the happiest with your purchase, and that’s a good thing even for contractors. Don’t feel bad about spending some time with several companies, they’re used to it and in the end it’s in their best interest to serve their customers needs.
March 23, 2015
We’re nearing the end of the winter season and transitioning into the summer months. What better time to reflect upon that magical combination of SHGC and southern facing windows and how a proper selection of window could have actually generated heat for your home all winter long. The matter of fact is that there is a sort of harmony where a window is actually generating more heat than it’s releasing during the winter month. How this effect is generated is a bit beyond the scope of this post but I’ll cover the basics for you below.
First, SHGC or (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) is a important measurement displayed on the Manufacturer rating system. It’s purpose is to measure the heat transmitted from the sun blocked by the windows.
For cold weather climates where temperatures fall low enough, the SHGC for southern facing windows can actually best perform if it’s not at it’s lowest values. A low SHGC, where very little solar heat is transfered through the window would be a .30. A higher SHGC, where more heat is permitted through the window might be .50.
Our northern neighbors have a easier time determining when a SHGC should be higher or lower for the best energy efficient windows. The increased time during colder temperatures increases the significant changes a high SHGC can provide. In Colorado, this becomes more varied since your home may be too hot during fall and spring when a south facing window permits a lot of heat into the home that then must be cooled.
If you’re buying. A higher SHGC without sacrificing your U-value for southern windows should improve your energy savings over a low SHGC window. Consider a .50 SHGC or slightly higher effective at generating heat for your home in the window while maintaining a minimal difference. With a higher SGHC, during summer months you’ll pay a slightly higher cooling bill to offset the additional heat permitted to radiate through your window. The extra cooling costs in the sumer will be outweighed by the savings to heat your home in the winter.
For north facing windows, the SHGC rating of those windows isn’t worth worrying about as much. If you’ll be buying a different glazing or option for windows on different sides of your home you’re likely to save money by having a higher SHGC on northern windows. A higher SHGC is neither harmful or helpful for northern windows. Overall buy the northern windows according to what price will make the most sense.
For more information: Check this great post on Green Building Advisor.com
Have you ever considered the effects SHGC might have on your windows and winter heating costs? Did you realize you might save more money over a year with higher SHGC ratings rather than lower? Let us know! Post in the comments.
March 23, 2015
Many people are more interested in getting a general idea on the cost of new windows and not a full fledged quote. Well, that’s a tricky question and it’s very difficult to estimate with any level of accuracy.
So, for what it’s worth, I will give you some generalizations. But, you’ve been warned – window’s vary in price significantly based on features, materials, install needs and the overall size of the window.
The best of the best, for top end quality, expect to pay top dollar. You could spend thousands per opening for the worlds most efficient windows. While the best windows on the market will initially require big investment, the payout is that most of these windows will pay for themselves in 15-20 years. That’s dependent of coarse, on what is coming out and a number of other factors. You may not recoup the full window cost for more than 40 years with energy savings alone. Also, consider the fact that the windows will increase the value of your home by between 50-90% of the cost of the new windows. But I digress…
If you’re looking for a general high end window, plan on roughly $500-$800 per opening.
A more basic vinyl replacement window with 2 panes of glass and middle of the line features and energy savings will range significantly but a $300-$600 per opening would be fair.
The lower quality and lower efficiency windows that in many cases may just marginally outperform the windows in your home currently, can run from $100-$300 per window opening. If you’re considering one of these windows, and you currently have a vinyl or similar composite window with 2 panes of glass, you’re not going to see much change in your excel energy bill. If you’re current windows function and you can save for a better investment in higher grade windows I would highly recommend it.
Many real estate professionals will consider windows as they ‘flip’ or remodel a home. The selection they’ll make for windows should they determine they need to be replaced should vary. A high end home should receive at very least a medium grade double or triple pane window. With the potential to reclaim a very large percentage of the cost of the windows in the resale value of the home, it’s best to consult with a Realtor or appraiser for determining the window grade to consider. As the neighbors who have replaced their windows. If you’re window quality is significantly lower than the smith’s next door, you’re likely to be hurting the home’s value and sell-ability.
Have a specific question on how much you should expect to pay for windows? Post it in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer any questions you may have!