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Top 10 Things to Know Before Replacing Your Windows

 

Should You Do-It-Yourself or Hire a Professional?

Consider How Long You Plan to be Living with Your New Windows.

Read the Label and Do Your Homework.

Learn the Language for Energy Efficiency.

Create a Comparison Checklist.

Price.

Warranties

Energy Effiency

Quality and Durability

Appearance and Design.


Should You Do-It-Yourself or Hire a Professional?

It’s frustrating to have something replaced over and over because it wasn’t done right the first time. The correct window type, fit and proper installation are the most important parts of a window project. Make sure you find a professional who has been in the business for a while, and who stands behind their work. It may be a red flag if a company doesn’t have a labor and product warranty.
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Consider How Long You Plan to be Living With Your New Windows.

If you are planning on selling your home, it might be a good time to replace your windows. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value Report, vinyl windows recoup an average of 78% of the initial investment. To buyers, new windows are a big selling point, especially ones that come with a transferrable warranty to the new homeowner.
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Read the Label and Do Your Homework.

Energy Star Partner - Window World of BaltimoreWhile researching and considering recommendations, make sure you check the label before you purchase. Credible, independent, third-party endorsements like Good Housekeeping, AAMA (American Architectural Manufactures Association), NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) and the ENERGY STAR label have strict criteria when evaluating manufacturers and products.
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Learn the Language of Energy Efficiency.

National Fenestration Rating Council - Window World of BaltimoreEnergy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy designed to protect the environment and help save you money. Here at Window World of Baltimore, we pride ourselves in being able to cut your monthly energy bill and being environmentally friendly by offering energy efficient windows. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is a non-profit organization that tests and certifies all ENERGY STAR qualified windows, so you can compare the energy and performance features. The NFRC label can be found on all ENERGY STAR windows and other home products.

NFRC judges windows in the following five categories:

  1. U-Factor – measures the rate of heat transfer, and how well the window insulates
  2. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) – measures the fraction of solar energy transmitted and how well the product blocks heat caused by sunlight
  3. Visible Transmittance – measures the amount of light the window lets through
  4. Air Leakage (AL) – measures the rate at which air passes through joints in the window
  5. Condensation Resistance – measures how well the window resists water build-up

Each category differs in the numerical way they are ranked, some rank .25-1.25, others rank 1-100. When doing your research, make sure each number matches with what the NFRC recommends.
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Create a Comparison Checklist.

Choose what factors mean the most to you – price, energy efficiency, warranties and service. Make a comparison checklist determining which products and companies can provide you with what you’re looking for, at a price that’s perfect for your budget.
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Price.

How much are you looking to spend? There are many factors in determining how expensive a window can be. Things like metals used, extra warranties, and energy efficiency can play roles in determining the price.
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Warranties.

There are many questions you need to ask yourself about a warranty, such as:

  1. Does the warranty cover air leaks and broken seals, and for how long?
  2. Does the warranty cover labor and glass breakage?
  3. Is the company reputable, and what happens to you if they go out of business?
  4. Do they carry liability insurance?
  5. Are they licensed to work in your state?

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Energy Efficiency.

What is your climate like? Do you have sweltering summers and frigid winters? In a warm climate, the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient measurement will apply to you. The heat-reflective Low-E glass will block the sun’s rays in the summer, and keeps your interior warm in the winter.
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Quality and Durability.

Quality and Durability - Window World of BaltimoreYou want your windows to last a long time, so make sure you are choosing solidly constructed frames that prevent warping, and sloped sills to keep off rainwater. Does the window contain weatherstripping, ventilation locks, and fusion-welded sash and frame? Each house is different, make sure the windows are specially made to fit your home.
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Appearance and Design.

It can be hard to imagine what colors and styles of windows will look nice in your home, when you’re just browsing online. Use an online tool to turn your ideas into reality. Window World of Baltimore invites you to try our virtual showroom: http://www.windowworldbaltimore.com/resources/design-center/ Visualize the possiblities!
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Have fun with the process! We know that choosing a window and all that goes with it can be an overwhelming process, but Window World of Baltimore is here to help.

Contact Window World of Baltimore Today

Our experts will come to your home and do a free in-home estimate to help you decide what window best fits your needs. We think home improvement projects are highly satisfying – and we’ll make it stress free for you. Just give us a call at (410) 242-4320, or complete our online contact form!