When it comes to choosing replacement windows, the process can feel overwhelming. With so many different types of windows, materials and options to go through, knowing what to look for can be difficult for the average homeowner, and that is why we created this comprehensive guide to help you navigate through this process.
Q&A Table of Contents
- What are the Most Popular Types of Replacement Windows?View Question
- What Are The Benefits of Window Replacement?View Question
- How Do I Know I Need New Windows?View Question
- Can I Have My Windows Replaced in Winter?View Question
- What Are Signs That I Need Replacement Windows?View Question
- How Long Does My Warranty Last?View Question
- How Much Does it Cost to Replace Windows?View Question
- How Often Should I Replace My Windows?View Question
- What Does My Warranty CoverView Question
- What Should You Look For in a Window?View Question
- What is a Window’s R-Value?View Question
- When Is The Best Time to Do a Window Replacement Project?View Question
1 - What are the Most Popular Types of Replacement Windows?
The most popular types of windows that we offer are double-hung, single-hung, awning, bay windows, bow windows, garden, casement, hopper, picture and sliding.
Awning windows open from the bottom, tilting outward via hinges on the frame, creating an awning-like effect. That means they can be opened and enjoyed even during a storm, as their unique design prevents rain from getting in your home.
Bay windows extend outward from the house, and consist of a central, fixed window that is flanked by angled vent windows on each side.
Bow windows consist of at least four windows that are joined together. Like bay windows, bow windows extend outward, moving beyond the walls of the house.
Casement windows are excellent for ventilation and airflow, as the entire window swings open like a door via hinges along the side. They can open a full 90 degrees, allowing you to angle them as you see fit.
Double-hung windows consist of two sashes, each of which can be opened for maximum ventilation and airflow. Double-hung windows are very popular, as they are a great fit for almost any style of home.
Garden windows feature four panes of energy-efficient glass and add a unique architectural embellishment to your home. These windows can provide a lot of light and, as the name suggests, make a great “garden” for houseplants that need lots of sunlight.
Hopper windows feature a single pane of glass that’s hinged at the bottom. They offer exceptional ventilation, which makes them the ideal choice for stuffy basements that could use some fresh air.
Picture windows provide a clear view of what’s outside, but they do not open. However, they do come in a variety of sizes, and can provide you with an unobstructed, picturesque view of your exterior.
Sliding windows use two sashes, one of which is fixed, while the other opens by “sliding” horizontally, providing you with excellent airflow and a great view.
2 - What Are The Benefits of Window Replacement?
Some of the benefits of window replacement include increased security, higher energy-efficiency, lower utility costs, year round comfort, enhanced curb appeal, and much more.
3 - How Do I Know I Need New Windows?
There are some tell-tale signs that it might be time to upgrade your windows. The most obvious are when your windows are cracked or warped. Even small holes in your windows can have a significant effect on the amount of conditioned air that escapes your home.
If your energy bills are higher than average, it might be due to outdated windows. Investing in modern styles with more energy-efficient designs could save you money over the years.
4 - Can I Have My Windows Replaced in Winter?
Yes, you can have your windows replaced in winter, at least depending on the severity of the conditions. Believe it or not, there are actually benefits to having your windows replaced in the winter, including saving on heating costs, installation price cuts, flexible scheduling and more.
5 - What Are Signs That I Need Replacement Windows?
If your window is drafty, cracked, difficult to operate, and lets in outside noises and temperatures, then it is definitely time to consider getting replacement windows.
6 - How Long Does My Warranty Last?
Sunrise offers a lifetime warranty, meaning that you are covered for as long as you live in the house where they’re installed. The warranty is also transferable, meaning that you can sell the house and transfer your window warranty to the new owner.
7 - How Much Does it Cost to Replace Windows?
The cost of replacement windows depends on a variety of factors, including the materials, type of glass, type of window, and associated warranties, along with any installation & service fees.
8 - How Often Should I Replace My Windows?
With other companies and manufacturers, it could be every 15-20 years. With RJW Exteriors and Sunrise Windows, the answer is once. Top-tier products and warranties are what make RJW Exteriors and Sunrise Windows the exception. We value our customers and only provide them with the best products, service and advice we possibly can.
9 - What Does My Warranty Cover
Our warranties cover window frames, glass, hardware, screens, insulating argon gas and more. Unlike some of our competitors, we believe in giving our customers the most powerful warranties we possibly can in order to protect the investment they made by purchasing and installing replacement windows.
10 - What Should You Look For in a Window?
There are five main factors to consider while searching for replacement windows: product quality, energy efficiency, insulation, pricing (of course), and warranty.
11 - What is a Window’s R-Value?
An R-value shows how proficient a given form of insulation is at keeping heat from leaving (or entering) a home. The higher the R-value, the more effective and energy efficient the insulation.
A typical home has an R-value of 13; our Vanguard windows have an R-value of 21, meaning they have even more insulative power than an average house!
12 - When Is The Best Time to Do a Window Replacement Project?
Summer and early fall are the perfect time for a window project. By the time winter rolls around, you’ll get to enjoy the dramatic reduction in your energy bills (typically around 30%) and the dramatic increase in comfort. You’ll be able to see firsthand that, no matter what season it is, our windows perform.