Frequently Asked Questions
Can replacing my windows and doors increase the comfort of my home?
Absolutely! New windows and doors eliminate cold drafts, and, with properly installed Low-E insulated glass, will keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the cold weather.
Will replacing my windows and doors reduce energy costs?
New windows and doors can reduce energy consumption UP TO 25%. All Window Innovations installed windows are Energy Star rated, which translates into substantial savings on your energy bills.
What is the benefit of Low-E glass windows and doors?
Low-E stands for “low emissivity”. Low-E coating on a window pane or patio door lets light in, yet reflects heat and keeps harmful UV rays out in the summer and keeps heat inside during the winter. Low-E4 glass is 35% more energy efficient in winter and 41% more efficient in summer than ordinary dual-pane glass, and can cut your energy bills up to 25%.*
Will replacing my windows and doors increase my home’s value?
Yes, remodeling with or replacing old, drafty windows and doors increases your home’s value. According to Remodeling Magazine’s annual survey† replacing old windows with modern, Energy Star rated windows averages an 81.4% return on your investment.
What are the benefits of Wood windows?
Wood windows offer exceptional energy savings, and come in an almost endless variety of standard sizes and shapes. Custom sizes and shapes are also available. A number of different exterior and interior coating options (cladding) are available that make them virtually maintenance-free. Wood windows are the choice when you need to match existing windows, and will add more resale value to your home than vinyl windows. Attentive maintenance is the key to how long wood windows last.
What is a Clad-Wood window?
A wood window is covered by a layer of vinyl or metal on the outside that virtually eliminates exterior maintenance yet shows off the aesthetic wood windows and insulates better than vinyl. Marvin® windows extruded aluminum cladding is 25% thicker than roll-form aluminum cladding. According to industry guidelines, sun and weather can take 1/10 of the finish every ten years. Marvin’s thicker finish directly translates to a longer lasting window.
Why do people choose Vinyl windows rather than other materials?
Vinyl windows and patio doors are typically made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride). For the budget minded consumer, they offer a great value in price versus performance. Vinyl is maintenance-free, since the vinyl color goes all the way through. They never need painting or touch-ups, since nicks and scratches don’t show a different color. For all these reasons, vinyl windows are popular for direct replacement window applications. Vinyl becomes brittle with age.
What are the advantages of a window or door built with Fiberglass?
The Ultrex® fiberglass used in Integrity windows and doors is eight times stronger than vinyl and three times stronger than vinyl/wood composites. It resists fading, chalking, and peeling providing unparalleled durability. Ultrex pultruded fiberglass remains stable at extreme temperatures and expands at the same rate as glass resulting in windows and doors that are strong and weathertight. Fiberglass windows have a 38% longer life expectancy than vinyl.
What is the difference between a “right hand door” and a “left hand door”?
Determining which type of door you need is part of the consultation and installation service we offer at Window Innovations. To determine which type of door you have, stand outside and look at the closed door.
If door swings in:
Handle on right = left hand door
Handle on left = right hand door
If door swings out:
Handle on right = right hand door
Handle on left = left hand door
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*A study of identical homes comparing Low-E glass to ordinary dual-pane glass showed 25% in savings on cooling bills, 10% savings on heating bills. Savings may vary geographically.
†©2007 Hanley Wood, LLC. Reproduced by permission. Complete city data from the Remodeling 2007 Cost vs Value Report can be downloaded for free at costvalue.remodelingmagazine.com. Remodeling Magazine’s annual survey polls thousands of real estate professionals to determine how much various projects are likely to return if the house is sold shortly after a project is completed.