Worn-out windows compromise your home’s protection, lower its energy efficiency, and dim its looks. And if water infiltration is part of the problem, you’re faced with the costly hassle of moisture damage including wood rot, warping, and harmful mold and mildew. The longer you wait to address the need for new windows when damage is part of the equation, the more extensive the need for repairs.
At the early signs of your need for new windows, begin making plans to replace them. Here’s a great place to start: learn the language of windows. The terms can sound peculiar at first, but if you understand them, you’ll be better equipped to find the best solution for your needs.
Common Window Replacement Terms
Here’s a basic window replacement glossary so you understand the essentials before meeting with a contractor.
- Argon or Krypton gas—This insulating gas fills the space between your windowpanes and prevents airflow and heat loss.
- R-Value—This is the measure of how resistant an object is to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better.
- U-Value—This displays the extent of heat loss—the lower the better.
- Low-E—Low Emissivity is a thin coating on your glass that is invisible and helps prevent heat flow.
This fixed portion of your window unit surrounds your windows and doesn’t move. It is made of these parts:
- Windowsill—The thick horizontal base of your window frame
- Window jamb—The two sides of your window frame that lie vertically
- Window head—The top of your window frame that lies horizontally
Glass comes with a host of options that increase its energy efficiency.
ENERGY STAR Certification
This is an Environmental Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) certification program for windows that are 30% or more energy-efficient above model energy code standards. Renewal by Andersen windows are rated ENERGY STAR qualified.
- Double hung—This is the most popular and versatile window style. These look great on a wide variety of home styles. Both the top and bottom sash move, making it simple for air to circulate in your house.
- Single hung—These practical, low-maintenance windows seem to last forever with their small number of moving parts. Only the bottom sash moves, leaving the top sash in a fixed position.
- Casement windows—The second most popular window style opens horizontally rather than vertically. A crank is used to open these, and they work perfectly over your kitchen counters.
- Glider windows—These open by sliding from side to side. They boast outstanding views and an abundance of natural light due to their large, seamless frames.
- Bay windows—You can create more space indoors by adding a bay window. An inviting breakfast nook or a reading nook can easily be fashioned with bay windows surrounding them to give you that taste of the outdoors inside with refreshing natural light all around you.
- Picture window—Add a fixed window to your home so you can get optimal views of the outdoors and the maximum amount of natural light in your home. These low-maintenance, energy-efficient windows enhance your home lifestyle and give rooms a focal point of the beautiful outdoors.
What Does the Window Replacement Process Look Like?
- Get a free estimate from at least three companies to find the best fit for your needs.
- Allow the window contractor to educate you on your options. Describe your needs, desires, and vision for your home replacement windows so we can help you get the optimal long-term solution.
- Schedule your window replacement. Plan to have pets and young children out of the home the day of your installation.
- Cover your landscaping with drop cloths to preserve its beauty during your installation.
- When windows are installed, often one set of installers will remove your current windows while the others bring in your new windows.
- When each installation day concludes, installers will clean up and ensure there are no tools or debris left behind. A clean worksite is part of the process.
- When windows are installed, exterior trim or cladding may be added.
- Warranty information will be reviewed.
- Windows are tested.
- You get to enjoy your new home life with gorgeous replacement windows.
What Questions Should I Ask When Buying New Windows?
In addition to checking online reviews, and the company’s BBB ratings, ask these questions before hiring a window contractor.
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you do full frame or pocket installation?
- Should I replace all my windows at once?
- What is the best window style for my home and why?
- What is the top window frame material, and how long does it last?
- Should I tackle window replacement myself or hire a contractor? Why?
- Is Low-E glass an important feature for my new windows?
- When is the best time of year to install replacement windows?
- What should I do to get my home ready for window replacement?
- Will you haul my old windows away?
Replacement Windows for Your Southern California Home
Your San Diego or LA home is going to look gorgeous with new windows. We specialize in Andersen Windows because they have led the replacement industry for over 100 years with updated, gorgeous designs to meet every style and budget.
As an Andersen Window Certified Contractor, our team is trained in the highest industry standards and window installation techniques. At Approved Contractor, we’ve mastered the manufacturer’s best practices, so you’re assured of the optimal long-term performance from your new windows.
We offer a variety of window materials:
- Fiberglass—These durable, long-lasting windows deliver low maintenance and high performance you can count on for years.
- Vinyl—Cost-effective, highly insulating vinyl windows save you time because they never need to be painted again.
- Wood—Genuine wood windows bring a true warmth to any home, and deliver consistent style in historic homes.
Take a moment to learn more about our window replacement services.