Here are some common telltale signs that it may be time to think about replacing old windows:
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.
At Lake Washington Windows, we highly recommend Milgard Window products. Over the years, we’ve found firsthand that Milgard’s stellar reputation for quality design, durability, and exceptional customer service is well-deserved.
We also proudly carry top-quality products from trusted window brands such as Jeld-Wen Windows, Cascade Windows, Simonton Windows, and Ply Gem Windows.
In reality, this depends on the specific window model, and is subject to some debate. That said, Fiberglass and Vinyl are comparable insulators under normal conditions. However, in general, fiberglass windows have the efficiency edge over vinyl winows for two main reasons. First, fiberglass has an extremely low thermal expansion coefficient, which means that it will expand and contract less than vinyl windows on very hot and cold days, maintaining a consistent seal in all weather conditions.
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!).
Low-E (or low-emissivity) coated glass is offered standard or as an option on many modern window models, and can dramatically improve the energy efficiency of your windows. This is because the coating is designed to pass visible light, but reflects the IR and UV spectrums (to a greater degree than non-coated windows). In the summer, this means that your house stays cooler because less solar heat is transfered into your home. In winter, room heat is actually reflected inwards, resulting in lower heating bills.
Installation time will of course vary depending on the house size and window type. Not counting prep work (such as free consultation, measurement, and custom ordering window materials), a typical whole house of windows takes between 2-5 days to replace. Click here for a more detailed explanation of our service process.
No. As far as replacement windows go, there is no industry chart of standard sizes. Ordering custom sized window frames to fit your existing cutouts is “the norm” rather than the exception. As such, most manufacturers allow you to order custom-size windows at no additional cost.
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.
Absolutely! We replace windows in all seasons, including winter.Winter window replacement is really not that different from replacement in summer or any other season, for that matter.
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.
We offer a wide selection of entry doors and patio doors from respected manufacturers such as Milgard, Therma-Tru Doors, Simpson Doors and Codel Entry Systems.