Frequently Asked Questions
When should windows be replaced? (i.e. if it isn’t broken, is it worth fixing?)
- You can feel a slight draft, or the room is noticeably colder near windows in the winter
- The interior pane feels like the weather outside; that is, it feels warm to the touch during summer, and cold during winter
- Visibly damaged trim – look closely for cracks, rotting, age/wear gaps
These can all be clues that your windows are not performing as well as they could, and that you’re throwing money, in the form of energy bills, literally out the window. Considering that many modern window designs are predicted to last well over 20 years, the long haul savings of window replacement can be massive.
When you consider the money that you could be saving on energy costs, along with recently introduced federal tax credits for energy efficient homes and local incentive programs (such as Puget Sound Energy rebates), we think there are a lot of reasons that replacing now makes more financial sense than ever.
Which replacement window brands do you carry?
We also proudly carry top-quality products from trusted window brands such as Jeld-Wen Windows, Cascade Windows, Simonton Windows, and Ply Gem Windows.
Which window type offers the best energy efficiency?
Secondly, fiberglass is much stronger than vinyl and other window materials. Thus, it will likely stay in good shape for longer, and is less likely to develop cracks or sustain wear damage over the years, which can negatively impact thermal performance.
If you’re looking for the the most environmentally friendly, or “greenest” window choice, you might also be interested to know that fiberglass windows are typically manufactured using highly sustainable process and materials (primarily sand!).
What is “Low-E” coating?
What are some common and approved methods of installing windows?
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I’m not sure what this type of window is called, can you help me identify it?
How long does a window replacement job take?
What should I expect from a window installation?
Are there standard window sizes? Will custom size windows cost extra?
While you might see some “standard sizes” listed on manufacturer websites or stocked at the hardware store, these are really geared toward new homes or less experienced do-it-yourself homeowners trying to find a “drop-in” solution.
What are some general service issues that arise with windows and doors and how do you address them?
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Can you replace windows during the winter season? Is it a good idea?
In some regards, replacing old windows in wintertime can actually make more sense than any other time of year. If you’re like most homeowners, you have probably found that heating costs and energy bills tend to skyrocket at the end of fall and throughout the winter months (which seem to linger a bit longer in Seattle). If you’re already thinking about upgrading your home windows, there’s really no reason to endure drafty, inefficient windows all winter long when you can replace them now and cut energy costs at a time of year when they tend to be most expensive.
What brands of replacement doors to you carry/install?
Free Replacement Estimate
Start saving energy, lower your heating bill, and improve the appearance of your home. Call the Certified Window and Door Replacement Specialists at Lake Washington Windows at (425) 255-2600 for a Free Estimate! We offer financing and payment plans too.