Why are My Window Panes Foggy?
Double-paned windows have air or gas between glass panes to help with insulation. Upon installation, the panes are sealed and gases are trapped inside. Over time, the window seals begin to fail and gases escape. When this happens, moisture begins to leak in-between the panes, causing condensation and fogginess. The water inside the panes might dry, but residue will be left behind. If you have foggy windows or water between panes, your windows need to be replaced.
Can I Replace the Windows on my Own?
Yes, if you want to do it again next year. In all seriousness, window replacement should be left to the professionals. Contractors who are located in Toledo, OH perform window replacements daily, and will ensure the window is properly placed, sealed, and allows for structure-settling. On the off-chance something goes wrong during installation, the company’s warranty will cover it.
Do I Have to Replace my Windows all at Once?
Many homeowner’s budgets don’t allow for entire-house replacement at one time. If you cannot afford to buy all new windows at one time, we recommend replacing all windows on one side of the home. This will maintain a consistent appearance while you work to replace the rest of the windows.
How Much Will I Save with Energy-Efficient Window Installation?
It is not just a sales-pitch that energy-efficient windows save large amounts of money on energy bills. Most people don’t realize just how much heat is lost through old windows and broken seals. Customers report energy savings of 25-55% for low-e, double pane window replacements.
What Does Low-E Mean?
Low-Emissivity (low-e) refers to a modern method of coating windows with an invisible layer of UV protection. The coating is invisible to the naked eye, but significantly reducing the amount of UV rays that enter your home. The ray protection will prevent floors, carpets, furniture, and upholstery from fading in your home’s interior. The coating also keeps heat outside in the summer and inside during the winter.
How Do UV Rays Affect My Home’s Interior?
You may have noticed that curtains and flooring in front of windows become faded over time. This is the effect of UV rays on your home’s interior. Homeowners may need to replace flooring or furniture if the fading becomes too bad. Low-E window coatings prevent damage from occurring to the interior of your home.
Do Energy-Efficient Windows Look Different?
Many people you know already have energy-efficient windows, and you weren’t even aware of it. Low-e coatings are invisible, and multi-pane glass is not noticeable when sealed correctly. Although they don’t look different from their non-energy-efficient counterparts, all new windows improve the look of your home simply because of their clarity and lack of wear.
How are Vinyl Windows Different than Wood Windows?
Vinyl windows are made from plastic materials and wood is made, of course, from wood. Vinyl windows typically provide better insulation than wood windows. There are also multiple colors available in vinyl, whereas wood is more limited. Wood windows still have their own charm, but for cost-effectiveness and energy-efficiency, vinyl is preferable for many customers.
How Do I Know if a Contractor is Trustworthy?
Always do your research when deciding on a contractor to work on your home or windows. When talking to professional contractors, always look for honesty. Each product has its own pros and cons, so don’t let a salesperson lead you to believe otherwise. A trustworthy contractor will work with you to help determine your needs without pushing products or services. Online reviews can be a big help in choosing a professional.
What Should I Expect on Installation Day?
On the day of installation, you will need to remove curtains, blinds, or other window treatments. If you have security devices on your windows, be sure to contact your security company to have them removed for the time being. You will also need to move furniture away from windows, just to ensure the contractors have a small bit of room to work. One finished, the contractor will clean up the mess, leaving nothing for you to clean.
How Long will the Installation Process Take?
Before the project begins, your contractor will give you an estimate until time of completion. The length of time needed is determined by number of windows, types, and sizes being replaced. The project can range from a few hours to a few days, depending on your individual situation.
How Do I Get Rid of the Old Windows?
Removal and disposal of old windows will be taken care of by the contractor. You will not be left with piles of windows outside your home.
Is There Any Special Maintenance Required After Installation?
None at all. Wash windows as you always have to maintain clarity. You should never power-wash windows, as this breaks the seals and will cause damage.