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Replacement Windows FAQfotex2020-11-16T12:51:36-08:00
What is Visible Light Transmittance?fotex2020-11-18T12:08:12-08:00

The Visible Light Transmittance measures how much visible light can travel through the windows into your home. The value ranges from 0-1, with the lower number letting in less light. For example, a Visual Transmittance of .5 means 50% of the light goes through the window. The glass, frame, grids, sash, and the number of panes all factor into the window’s Visible Light Transmittance.

What is UV Block?fotex2020-11-18T12:06:06-08:00

UV block determines whether or not your windows keep the sun’s UV rays out of the house. Double-paned replacement windows allow light in, while blocking out the UV rays that damage your home’s interior. UV rays can drastically fade your furniture and flooring. Old, single-pane windows run the risk of letting in UV rays, damaging your assets.

What is Solar Heat Gain Coefficient?fotex2020-11-18T12:05:02-08:00

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measures the amount of solar radiation (heat from the sun) a window allows through the glass. This determines how effective a window is at preventing outside heat from getting into your home. The value ranges from 0-1, with the lower rating allowing less solar radiation into your home.

What is U-Factor?fotex2020-11-18T11:59:40-08:00

U-Factor measures the heat transfer through windows, indicating how well the window insulates your home. The measurement represents both heat gain during warm weather and heat loss during cold weather. The values range from 0.20 – 1.20. The lower the rating, the better the insulation.

Do replacement windows pay for themselves over time?fotex2020-11-16T11:44:44-08:00

Yes, they do! High-quality, energy-efficient windows will significantly decrease your energy bill, so the cost savings will help pay for them over time. They also increase your home’s value, so if you ever decide to sell your home, you’ll get a large amount of your investment back.

What is the best window frame material?fotex2020-11-18T12:36:59-08:00

Virgin vinyl window frames are the most popular choice for homeowners because they are affordable, low-maintenance, and efficient. They’re extremely durable, so they’ll last you a lifetime and won’t chip, fade, or break.

What’s the difference between new construction windows and replacement windows?fotex2020-11-16T11:44:44-08:00

Replacement windows are typically much higher quality than construction/contractor windows. This is due to home builders finding cheaper windows to help them make better profit margins. Because replacement windows are of better quality, those companies offer much better warranties (15+ years) than you’ll get with contractor windows (2 years).

Is all of the replacement window glass the same?fotex2020-11-18T10:40:09-08:00

Nope! There are different glass options that can improve safety and energy efficiency. Some options include:

  • Low-E glass
  • Tempered glass
  • Laminated glass
  • Argon gas between the panes
  • Heat mirror
  • Krypton gas between the panes
Can I install windows myself?fotex2020-11-18T10:50:13-08:00

For your replacement windows to work effectively, they must be installed properly. Replacing windows yourself can be difficult because you risk incorrectly measuring the windows and frame. You have to dispose of the old windows properly and follow the manufacturer’s installation guidelines. Installing them yourself may also void the warranty. Family Home Improvements are certified to install windows, and one of our qualified and trained professionals will install the windows for you!

How much do vinyl replacement windows cost?fotex2020-11-18T10:52:08-08:00

Vinyl replacement windows will cost from $300-$1,500 per window, depending on the type of window.

What does U-Value mean?fotex2020-11-16T11:44:45-08:00

U-Value refers to the rate that heat transfers through the glass. The lower the U-Value, the more energy-efficient the glass is.

What does Low-E mean?fotex2020-11-16T11:44:45-08:00

The E in Low-E stands for “emittance,” which is the energy radiated from the body’s surface. Low-E is a type of glass surface that radiates low energy making it energy efficient. You have the option of adding Low-E glass to your windows to increase their energy-efficiency.

How long does the installation process take?fotex2020-11-18T10:59:54-08:00

Window installations will almost always be done in one day, but in rare cases may take two days. On average, each window takes around 30 minutes to install, not including the trim work and cleanup. The style, size, location, color, features, warranty, number of windows, and the way the window operates all factor in determining how long the project will take.

When should I replace my windows?fotex2020-11-18T11:01:15-08:00

If you are noticing any of the following issues with your current windows, we strongly recommend getting replacement windows:

  • Your home energy bills have dramatically increased
  • Your windows are stuck in place
  • The glass on your windows are old, cracked, or broken
  • There is condensation between the glass panes, indicating the glass seal has a leak
  • You have metal frame windows
  • If you notice an air leak around your windows
  • If you are unhappy with the size of your current windows

New replacement windows will improve the look of your home, decrease your energy bills, and make it much easier to heat or cool you home!

Replacement Windows FAQ