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The Case For High Performance Vinyl Energy Star Replacement Windows

 

By Frank Giuseppini

“Wow!” you say, as you come to the realization that you have a lot of choices as to the style, brands and materials that you select for your replacement window project.  As we covered in our article on The Cost of Replacement Windows and Patio Doors  there are distinct differences in the cost of replacement windows and patio doors available to you. But, the cost is just one of the important considerations you should have.  Another is the energy efficiency and comfort performance of the windows and patio doors. We at Jantek  want you to understand why that is, and so here we go!

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys ENERGY STAR® Program promotes the use of high-energy efficient technologies, materials and equipment in homes and commercial buildings. ENERGY STAR labeled homes use at least 30% less energy than homes built to meet the national Model Energy Code while maintaining or improving indoor air quality. If your considering a replacement window and patio door project then its pretty certain that your home or commercial building was built before there even was an “Energy Star Certified Home” or building designation. But… since windows and patio doors are such a large percentage of any home or commercial building’s “envelope,” there can be no doubt that replacing old low performance windows with high performance Vinyl Energy Star® windows will make a significant difference in the energy savings and comfort performance of your home or commercial building.  So, exactly what does this “high performance” mean and what are the benefits?

Well to start with, windows and patio doors typically comprise 10 to 25 percent of the exterior wall area of a home. Research studies report that windows in heating-dominated climates account for up to 25 percent of a typical houses heating load and that in cooling-dominated climates, windows account for up to 50 percent of the cooling load.

At Jantek, we design and manufacture only high performance vinyl Energy Star® windows and patio doors. With over 25 years in the window and patio door industry, we have perfected our craft and our expertise. That is, we are experts on the many technological advances have been made that significantly enhance the thermal performance of windows and patio doors. These technologies include improved framing materials, low-emissivity and solar control coatings, low-conductance gas fills, improved thermal breakand warm edge spacers, and better edge sealing techniques. These technologies can be used independently or in combination, but must be selected based on climate to optimize performance. Read on for a thorough understanding of this important criteria in your decision process. 

Windows can improve the thermal performance of homes by minimizing heat loss in heating-dominated climates and by minimizing solar heat gain icooling-dominated climatesThus windows with lower U-factors or higher R-values perform better in heating-dominated climates and windows with lower solar heat gain coefficients (SHGC) perform better in cooling-dominated climates. SHGC is a measure of the amount of solar energy that the glass in your window or patio door allows to pass. For a better understanding of SHGC, U-Factor and other important window performance criteria, take a look at our article on How To Use NFRC Factors To Compare Energy and Comfort Performance Of Window And Patio Door Brands   

The materials and design of the frame also influence thermal performance. Low conductance materials, the least conducting being vinyl, followed by others such as wood and fiberglass, perform better than high conductance materials such as aluminum or steel. will conduct or transfer heat at a slower rate. That means that the summer’s heat will transfer more slowly from outside to inside, and, the heat generated from your heating system will transfer more slowly from inside to out.  If you must use metal windows, then look for thermal breaks” in the window design in heating-dominated climates to avoid condensation and at least some reduction to thermal transfer

Air tightness is another important consideration. Windows are now being tested and rated for air tightness. A rating of 0.2 cfm/ft (cubic feet per minute of air leakage per linear foot of window edge) or lower is considered good

An effective building envelope is a key element for an energy-efficient home and your comfort. Replacing your old drafty, energy leaking windows with ENERGY STAR high performance windows can improve the effectiveness of the building envelope and improve comfort.

High-performance vinyl replacement windows can provide many benefits including:

Improved comfort. High-performance vinyl replacement windows reduce conductive heat losses and gains resulting in warmer interior surfaces during the winter andcooler interior surfaces during the summer. In homes, approximately 40 percent of our physical comfort is due to the radiant heat exchange between our bodies and the surrounding interior surfaces. Thus, high-performance windows improve comfort by reducing this radiant heat exchange. In addition, improved frames reduce drafts and provide more consistent temperatures throughout the house.

Quieter home. High-performance vinyl replacement  windows often utilize multiple glazing and insulated frames. These features reduce unwanted noise from the outside.

Increased quality. High-performance vinyl replacement windows are often constructed with better quality materials that can result in stronger, easier to operate, and longer lasting windows. As a result of these improvements, manufacturers frequently offer extended warranties on these products.

Improved indoor air quality. High-performance vinyl replacement windows and patio doors often have air tightness ratings o0.2 cfm/ft or less which reduce the amount of unconditioned air leakage into a house. This air leakage can bring in dirt, dust, and other impurities that can negatively affect indoor air quality.

Lower utility bills. High-performance vinyl replacement windows and patio doors are better insulated and more air-tight. These features reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling

which results in lower utility bills, making homes less expensive to operate.

Reduced obsolescence. Based on recent trends for improved efficiency, high-performance vinyl windows and patio doors are expected to become standard practice for thbuilding industry, therefore homes with high-performance windows are, therefore, expected to be less vulnerable to obsolescence.

Fewer condensation problems. High-performance windows stay warmer in the winter resulting in drier windows with fewer condensation-related problems. Condensation can stain fabrics, lead to mold and mildew build-up, and in cold climates cause damage due to the freeze/thaw cycle.

Reduced wear on home furnishings. Low-E coatings can block up to 98 percent of the ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun. This radiation causescurtains, window treatments, carpeting, and furniture to fade and wear faster.

Improved resale position. High-performance windows can provide the many impressive benefits listed above resulting in a more comfortable, quieter,and higher quality home with lower utility bills and fewer condensation and fading problems. These benefits can translate into higher resale value.

So hopefully I have given you a better understanding of the quality dimension of your replacement window and patio door project. This is just one piece of the total picture. We address more of the pieces in our other blog articles so check them out.  In the meantime if you would like to discuss more of your questions with our replacement window experts, or maybe you are ready for a quick no hassle Free TeleEstimate/Virtual Estimate for Vinyl replacement windows and patio doors, you can also give us a call at (609) 564-1030 x13 and we will be happy to help.

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How To Use NFRC Factors To Compare Energy and Comfort Performance Of Window And Patio Door Brands

By Frank Giuseppini

If you’re going to purchase replacement windows and patio doors its very important that any window or patio door you consider be certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).  There a two reasons why.

First, A window or patio door cannot qualify for the ridged quality and energy and comfort performance requirements of the Federal Government’s  Energy Star® certification if it has not been tested by an approved independent laboratory and the results certified by the NFRC.

Second. The NFRC label is attached to each window when it is manufactured. This NFRC data, represented in “Factors,”  provides you with a concrete way to compare the energy and comfort performance of the windows and patio doors on each proposal you receive for your project.

So you should use the NFRC performance factors as one of the important criteria in your choice of the windows and patio doors for your replacement window and patio door project.

If a contractor or window retailer cannot provide you with the NFRC performance factors for the product(s) they are proposing you purchase, and explain their significance, … RUN!

We at Jantek Windows publish the NFRC Factors for all of our window and patio door models on the product pages of our website www.jantekwindows.com.  but we want to give a quick guide to understanding what the NFRC factors on the NFRC Label mean.  Here we go!

By your understanding the NFRC energy performance factors it can help you determine how well a product will perform the functions of helping to cool your home or building in the summer, warm your building in the winter, keep out wind, and resist condensation. 

NFRC adopted a new energy performance label in 2005. It lists the manufacturer, describes the product, provides a source for additional information, and includes ratings for one or more energy performance characteristics. 

So now lets take a look at the NFRC performance Factors and understand what each signifies.

U-Factor

U-factor measures how well a product prevents heat from escaping. The rate of heat loss is indicated in terms of the U-factor (U-value) of a window assembly. U-Factor ratings generally fall between 0.20 and 1.20. The lower the U-value, the greater a window’s resistance to heat flow and the better its insulating value. A lower U-Factor keeps your building warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. 

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measures how well a product blocks heat caused by sunlight. The SHGC is the fraction of incident solar radiation admitted through a window (both directly transmitted and absorbed) and subsequently released inward. SHGC is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. The lower a window’s solar heat gain coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits in the house. In colder climates you want a SHGC factor somewhere in the “mid  .20’s” since you have a longer heating season. In the warmer climates, you want to see an SHGC in “High Teens” since you have a longer cooling season. 

Visible Transmittance

Visible Transmittance (VT) measures how much light comes through a product. The visible transmittance is an optical property that indicates the amount of visible light transmitted. VT is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. The higher the VT, the more light is transmitted.

Air Leakage*

Air Leakage (AL) is indicated by an air leakage rating expressed as the equivalent cubic feet of air passing through a square foot of window area (cfm/sq ft). Heat loss and gain occur by infiltration through cracks in the window assembly. The lower the AL, the less air will pass through cracks in the window assembly.

Condensation Resistance*

Condensation Resistance (CR) measures the ability of a product to resist the formation of condensation on the interior surface of that product. The higher the CR rating, the better that product is at resisting condensation formation. While this rating cannot predict condensation, it can provide a credible method of comparing the potential of various products for condensation formation. CR is expressed as a number between 0 and 100.

* This rating is optional and manufacturers can choose not to include it in testing or on the label.

So now you have a better understanding of how to use the NFRC Factors and Label to compare the energy and comfort performance of replacement window and patio doors. This is just one piece of the total picture but it is a very important criteria in your up front research to selecting the best replacement windows and patio doors for your project. We will address more of the pieces in our upcoming articles on energy performance, warranty, lead times, what to expect during installation, replacement window design etc. In the meantime if you would like to discuss more of your questions with our replacement window experts, or would like to have a quick no hassle Free TeleEstimate/Virtual Estimate on Vinyl replacement windows and patio doors, give us a call at (609) 564-1030 and we will be happy to help.

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The Ultimate Replacement Window Contractor Vetting Checklist

The Cost of Replacement Windows and Patio Doors

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Replacement Window and Patio Door Financing

By Frank Giuseppini

Now that you have decided that you want and need to do a replacement window project, the next step is to figure out how you will pay for it.

The replacement window project financing question is something that you can answer only after considering all the available ways to pay for your project against your personal financial situation.  I’m writing this article to give you some background as to the nature of replacement window financing based on how the process has worked for the thousands of replacement window projects that we at Jantek have completed over the last 25 years.

First of all let me clear up something that is a pet peeve of mine.  Although some window company’s say they “offer financing” this is misleading. To the best of my knowledge, there is not a single company in the window and patio door business that offers in house financing. Any financing you receive will be through a bank or a broker, or some other company that the window and patio door company works with. That said, let’s move on to the substance of how this works.

Over the years our customers here at Jantek Windows and Patio Doors have paid for their window and patio door replacement projects in many ways. Here are the most popular.

  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Unsecured loan
  • Home Equity Line of Credit 
  • Refinancing with cash out

 

If you are going to pay for your replacement window and patio door project with cash or credit card or a combination of the two, then I think we all are pretty familiar with how that would work. So lets dive into the other three popular options, Home Equity Lines of Credit, Refinancing With Cash Out, and Unsecured Loans.

Home Equity Line / Re-Fi cash out

In 2020 we came into a very strange economy as a one of the impacts of the CORONA Virus. Mortgage Interest rates have dropped to historic lows and existing home prices have soared into a sellers market. The low interest rates have also shifted the rent vs. own expense comparison in favor of ownership by created a shortage in the inventory of homes for sale.  Sellers are seeing multiple offers on their homes and out-right “bidding wars.”  So how does this matter to you if you are not selling your home?

Well, based on the above, as the sale prices of homes in your area climb, so does your market value equity in your home. That means that if you have been in you home for 5 or 10 years, an appraisal of your home’s value may support an application for a Home Equity Line of Credit for an amount of money equal to around 80% of the appraised value of your home minus the remaining principal balance on your mortgage.

Applying for a “Re-Fi” of your existing mortgage with increased principal (cash out) paid out to you may be an option. Just as with an Home Equity Line of Credit, the amount you can receive in “cash out” is going to be based on the appraisal of your homes current market value. With todays historically low mortgage rates and rapidly and high current market values, a re-fi cash out loan may offer you the opportunity to both get the money to finance your replacement window and patio door project and also lower your monthly payment.

There are a few of things that you should be aware of when considering either a Home Equity Line or a Re-Fi Cash Out loan.

First, these types of loans take time to fund and could cost a few hundred dollars in fees. The process for applying, approval and receiving the funds (or the credit line) will be pretty much the same as applying for any mortgage. Since these loans are secured by the home itself, there must be a title search and insurance, loan underwriting,  an appraisal, recording of a mortgage (even with an Equity Line of Credit) etc., which all take time and cost money.

Second, even though I said above that home prices are climbing and creating increased current market value equity for homeowners in many areas, this does NOT mean that YOUR home has increase in value, or, even if it has, that the appraisal will support enough increased equity over the principle value of your current mortgage to finance your replacement window project. We have had potential clients sign contracts and give us a deposit and find out afterwards that the appraisal did not support their loan amount. This wastes everyone’s time. At Jantek we now require customer’s to have their financing secured prior to entering into a contract for replacement windows and patio doors.

Third, the interest on a Re-Fi Cash loan and Home Equity Line of Credit are  tax deductible up to the maximum total that the IRS and your state of residence allows.

Fourth, both the ReFi-Cash Out and Home Equity Line of Credit are recorded as mortgage liens against your home. therefore both types of loans would be required to be paid in full to transfer clear title in the case of a sale of your home during the payback period.

Finally, as I said above, for those replacement window and patio door customers that are seeking secured financing with a Re-Fi or Home Equity Line, the appraisal is the key… if you have not been in your home long enough, or if for any reason your home has not appreciated in market value much above your current mortgage balance, then you will not qualify for this type of loan because the equity will just not be there.

 

Unsecured Loans

An unsecured loan is just that! It is not secured by a mortgage lien against your home or any other of your assets as is a ReFi-Cash Out or a Home Equity Line of Credit.

With an unsecured loan, there is no need to do an appraisal of your home since approval is not based on your home equity. But your ability to be able to pay the loan payments in full and on time is going to be scrutinzed by the lender. This means that your credit history, salary, bank accounts and mortgage payment performance (unless you paid off your mortgage) are going to be vetted once you apply. Also, an unsecured loan requires the lender to take much more risk in lending money. Therefore, the lender is going to charge a higher rate than if you were applying for a secured loan. At the time I am writing this, the mortgage loan rates are around 2.5–4.8%, whereas most unsecured loans rates are in the range of 5.5-13%.

A few things about unsecured loans.

First, depending on who you choose to go with for an unsecured loan, some lenders have lower loan limits than others. You need to apply to a lender that will lend you the amount you will need to pay for your window replacement project.  Also, depending on your credit, you may not qualify for 100% of the amount of your replacement window and patio door project and my have to find additional funds in cash or credit card etc.

Second, you can shop for an unsecured loan but its always best to have some “in” with a lender:

  1. Credit Unions sometimes offer unsecured loans to their members.
  2. The bank that you do your checking and/savings accounts with may offer unsecured loans.
  3. At Jantek we refer our customers to HFS Financial, a national company that works with lenders in all 50 states to offer 100% financing for our customers at rates starting at 5.49% (so this would be an “in”).

If you don’t already have one, we would be happy to provide you with a quick no hassle no touch TeleEstimate/Virtual Estimate for your replacement window and patio door project.

I hope this article gives you some insights into your options for financing your replacement window and patio door project.

I recommend you also check out the following articles:

Answering Your Vinyl Replacement Window and Patio Door Installation Project Questions

The Cost of Replacement Windows and Patio Doors

The Ultimate Replacement Window and Patio Door Contractor Vetting Checklist

 

 

 

 

Answering Your Vinyl Replacement Window and Patio Door Installation Project Questions

       By Frank Giuseppini

Do you like the idea of having new affordable and energy efficient vinyl replacement windows and patio doors but aren’t sure what is involved in the installation process?  

With us at Jantek Windows being the only vinyl replacement window and patio door manufacturer with employee based installation experience (more than 500,000 vinyl replacement windows and patio doors installed over the last 25 years), we’re kind of experts in our field. Over the years we’ve heard every installation question under the sun.

 If you have concerns about how vinyl replacement window and patio door installations are done, keep reading because we’re answering the most commonly asked vinyl replacement window installation questions to help you decide if vinyl replacement windows and patio doors are a good choice for your home or business. 

Vinyl Replacement Windows and Patio Door Installation FAQ’s

How long will it take to install my windows?

An experienced and well trained installation crew, like Jantek Windows employee vinyl replacement window and patio door installation crews,  should be able to install around 10 windows in a workday. Of course this number could be significantly lower or higher based on the experience of the vinyl replacement window contractor and the specific nature of your job with regard to the accessibility of the window openings, the condition of the rough openings (eg. wood rot, square, etc.) and the type of window or patio door being installed. Also, if your house was built prior to 1978 and the lead test on the existing window area is positive, the installers must use EPA renovate right work practices which will slow down the work by about 20% time. 

I don’t want to replace all my windows, what’s the minimum you will do?

You don’t have to do your entire job at one time, although there are good reasons to do so. If an experienced installation crew can do about 10 windows a day, then a job with about 10 windows makes the most sense from the contractor’s job cost (and thus your price) efficiency standpoint. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do less windows… Jantek does provide Free TeleEstimate/Virtual Estimate< for turnkey installation two or more vinyl replacement windows.

Isn’t it better to wait for warmer weather to install my Vinyl replacement windows to avoid heat loss and discomfort?

The short answer is…No.

The long answer is that an experienced and well trained installation crew, like Jantek Windows employee vinyl replacement window and patio door installation crews, ensures that no window opening is open for more that about 10 – 15 minutes during the installation process so there is not much opportunity for the temperature in your house to be affected, be it the heater or the air conditioner.  Before the old window is removed Jantek’s employee window installers check the opening for size and compare that to the replacement size to ensure that there are no issues (we like to call this “measure twice cut once!”). They will stage the vinyl replacement window or patio door near to the opening prior to removing the old one. Once the old window or door is removed the vinyl replacement window or patio door is immediately inserted into the opening and secured. This is repeated for all of the openings. When all the vinyl replacement windows and patio doors are set in their openings, the crew will trim and seal the interior and exterior of all the openings per the job requirements. 

Will you have to alter my current window openings to fit the replacement windows?

At Jantek Windows we design manufacture and install only custom sized vinyl replacement windows and patio doors to within 1/8” inch of your existing window openings so there is never a need to alter your existing opening. If you purchase from a company or contractor that uses stock size vinyl replacement windows or patio doors the installation crew may need to alter the size of your opening, either smaller or larger to make them fit correctly and avoid leaks or operational issues. In the case of stock sized vinyl replacement windows and patio doors, depending on the extent of the alterations, certain municipalities may require permits.

What exactly is included in the price and what should I expect on the day of installation?

A turnkey vinyl replacement window and patio door installation package from Jantek Windows includes all of the following:

  •  Measure and customize the design of all or your vinyl replacement windows and patio doors to within 1/8” of your current window opening.
  •  Lead test if for residential buildings built pre 1978·     
  • Manufacture your custom vinyl replacement windows and patio doors in our Medford New Jersey Factory.
  • The vinyl replacement windows and patio doors are delivered on the day of start of your installation.
  • On the day of installation a Jantek employee installation crew (not a subcontractor) will:

o   Use US-EPA Lead Safe installation process if Lead is present without additional charge to you.

o   Remove your existing windows and patio doors

o   Remove and Replace shutters if present

o   Inspect and remediate any wood rot issues in the opening

o   Secure the new vinyl replacement windows and patio doors into the existing opening.

o   Install pvc coated exterior capping over trim

o    Seal exterior to siding or masonary with exterior silicone caulk

o   Finish trim and use paintable latex caulk to window interior

o   Clean up and vacuum interior leave it dust and debris free

o   Clean up all exterior debris

o   Remove all old windows and doors and debris from property.

o   Perform a written 26 point job inspection upon completion of work.

o   Review the Jantek Windows warranty and the Jantek Windows Parts and Service process with the customer.

o   Execute the Certificate of Completion with the customer prior to collection of any balance due on the job.

Read about Jantek Windows manuracturer’s installation instructions

 

My house was built before 1978, does that mean you have to test for lead paint?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency under 40 CFR Part 745 Subpart E requires that any contractor installing windows into homes built prior to 1978 must be certified and licensed by the EPA to do so.  Prior to installing vinyl replacement windows into any property built before 1978, Jantek Windows will preform a simple test on the current windows and openings for the presence of lead paint. Jantek will do this at no additional charge.  If lead paint is found, then we will conduct the installation of the Vinyl Replacement windows in accordance with the specific EPA guidelines for performing such work, again, at no charge to you, in order to protect your and our employees health. It does add a bit of time to the installation but it’s the law… and it’s the right thing to do!

Read about US-EPA Lead Safe Work Practices

Will I be able to re-use my window coverings after the replacement windows are installed?

In most cases yes, however that depends on three things.  First of all the type of window coverings. Secondly, the depth of the structural window opening or “pocket” as measured from the interior wall to the exterior stops. Third, the depth (thickness) of the vinyl replacement window’s master frame. 

A good quality vinyl replacement window should have a masterframe depth/thickness of 3 ¼ inches as part of the design for structural integrity.  The vinyl replacement window master frame may be thicker than that of your old window, especially if you have metal windows or old vinyl new construction windows. In that case you will experience some “loss of sill,” that is, the space between the master frame of the replacement vinyl window and the interior wall will be narrower after the installation of the vinyl replacement window. 

If your window coverings are anchored on the wall surface outside of the window pocket, then there will most likely be no issue with re-using them.  If your current window coverings are installed in the interior of the window pocket adjacent to the window frame you may still be able to re-use them unless the pocket depth remaining after the replacement vinyl window is installed is too narrow to anchor the original hardware. This can be the case with wide profile window treatments that are typically anchored inside the window pocket such as internal shutters or very wide panel blinds.   

Will my replacement window installation require a permit and inspection? 

It is rare that a permit will be required by any state or local authority when the job is for direct replacement of windows and patio doors without structural modification of an existing window or patio door opening.

 If the project includes creating a new opening, or enlarging or shrinking an existing opening, then your job will require permits. In the case of a commercial building or an apartment complex, or in the event that a building is in an historic district, there may be a requirement for a permit.  We at Jantek Windows specialize specifically in direct replacement projects and most of our jobs do not require permits.   

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Here are some useful vinyl replacement window and patio door articles to check out next:  

The Ultimate Replacement Window Contractor Vetting Checklist

The Cost of Replacement Windows and Patio Doors

At Jantek Windows, we design, manufacture and install world class vinyl replacement windows and patio doors for customers across New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania. If you’d like to explore your vinyl replacement window and patio door options, you can browse our product models and explore our gallery and YouTube channel, or request custom pricing and information using the button below. 

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The Ultimate Replacement Window Contractor Vetting Checklist


By Frank Giuseppini

If you are seriously considering a replacement window project, you’ve probably discovered that there are a lot of decisions to make!

At the top of this list stands one preeminent question:

How do I select a reputable replacement window contractor?

This question is so important because the expertise and integrity of your replacement window and patio door contractor will play a huge role in determining the final outcome of your project.

To assist you in this process, we at Jantek Windows have put together a checklist to help you vet replacement window contractors. This checklist is based on our experience of not only working with over a thousand replacement window customers throughout Southern New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area, but also from helping hundreds of folks who found us through the internet find reputable replacement window contractors in their area (see more about this below).

So, regardless of where you live or whether you are looking for wood clad, metal, composite or vinyl replacement windows, this checklist will help you identify various criteria to look for when selecting your replacement window contractor.

Okay, lets get right to it!

The Ultimate Replacement Window Contractor Vetting Checklist

Contractor Name: ___________________________________________________________

1. Business Information and Experience

__ The company is licensed and insured
Note: ask if the name on the license is the same as the company name. If not, find out why.

__ Find out how many years the company has been in business
Years in business: __________
Note: 63% of contractors fail within the first three years after start-up

2. Customer Reviews/References

Ask the following questions of the replacement window contractor:

1. How many replacement window projects have you installed since in business? __________
2. How many were installed last year? _________
3. Of those installations, how many reviews/references can you provide in the form of either an social media post (make sure any post is from a valid person with an actual account on the social media platform) from an actual customer, or on a reference list for you to contact? ________

Note: if the replacement window contractor provides less than half of their customers as references, we consider this to be a red flag. Our experience has been that the vast majority of people when asked are willing to go on a reference list. In our opinion, providing less than half of the customers as references equates to less than a 50% chance of being happy in the end.

__ Satisfy yourself that there are at least 20 good replacement window project customers for this contractor.

When reviewing social media posts, or contacting references, pay attention to key satisfaction factors like :
1. The customer would use the replacement window contractor again.
2. The customer enjoyed project experience
3. The customer was happy with the product style and options
4. The customer was happy with the price
5. If issues or problems arose, the customer was happy in the end

3. Reviews and Ratings

__ Collectively, the replacement window contractor has at least a 5:1 good review to bad review ratio
__ They responded reasonably to negative reviews when possible

4. Products Used By the Replacment Window Contractor

__ Who manufacturer’s the products that the replacement window contractor uses?
__ The products the replacement window contractor uses have good reviews in the marketplace
__ The customer references / reviews gave the products used by the builder positive ratings
__ The products are backed by competitive warranties
__ The contractor will handle any product warranty issues (or do you have to deal with the manufacturer?)

5. Installation Workmanship Warranty

Note: an installation workmanship warranty would cover issues that could arise such as window operation, leaks, structural problems, etc. The minimum workmanship warranty by law in most states is one year.
• What is the duration of the replacement window contractor’s workmanship warranty? _______________________________________________________________________
• What specifically does the replacement window contractor’s workmanship warranty cover? _______________________________________________________________________
• What happens in the event that a repair is needed? (Is there a fee, who pays for materials, etc)? _________________________________________________________________________

6. Installation Practices
• Does the replacement window contractor have any installation or construction practices that distinguish them from the competition? ________________________________________________________________________
• Are these practices relevant? ________________________________________________________________________

• Does the replacement window contractor utilize sub-contractors or their own employees to install your replacement windows or patio doors? (subcontractors will require their own insurance and EPA Certifications.)
_________________________________________________

7. Design and Project Planning
__ The replacement window contractor will present a plan to you before the project begins showing the following:

  •  Copy of their contractor’s license
  • Insurance certificate (for any subcontractors as well)
  • EPA Lead certification (for pre-1978 residences)
  • EPA Renovate Right Pamphlet (for pre -1978 residences)
  • Confirm:
    • Custom sizes
    • List exact style and location of each window or patio door
    • List options for each window or patio door
    • List each type of installation for each opening
  • Copy of the warranty

8. Pricing and Contract
__ After assessing the scope of work (product and installation requirements) the replacement window contractor will provide you with a formal written estimate or quotation.
__ Upon your decision to move forward with your project the replacement window contractor will provide you with a separate, detailed contract, that will incorporate the scope of work and the price for all of the work from the estimate, with additional details of specific exclusions, legal jurisdiction, 3 day right of recission (most states), applicable legal jurisdiction, certification of insurance and warranty, etc.
__ When you decide to proceed, the contractor will confirm all of the details on your estimate and provide you with a legal contract that covers all of the requirements for performance on their part as well as the price that you will pay for all of the work.
__ If changes are made to the scope of work prior to or during the start of work these will be approved by you and documented in a formal “Change Order” and any change in price, up or down, based on the scope of work changes will be reflected. Any Change Order will become part of your contract.

Note: Never sign the estimate! Try to avoid going into an agreement with a hand written summary “estimate” that lacks all of the detail of a legal contract. This is a tactic some contractors use to make the initial price of the project seem lower than what it will be and also to avoid being held to task in the event something should go wrong.

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The Cost of Replacement Windows and Patio Doors


By Frank Giuseppini

I recently came to the conclusion that even in this “age of Google,” it is still difficult for consumers to do online up front research on what it will cost to replace the windows and patio doors in their home or business.  Replacement windows and patio door companies’ websites tout their discounts and savings, but rarely allow you to understand what your final cost may be.  You have to have a virtual (Skype, Zoom, etc.) or in-home appointment with a salesman to get an idea of what your actual cost may be. I want to change that!

Sure, Jantek exclusively designs, manufactures and installs vinyl replacement windows and patio doors. We do not manufacture, or offer for sale, metal, wood clad, or composite windows or patio doors. However, in the over 25 years in the replacement window and patio door industry we have an insider’s view of all types of products offered by fellow window manufacturers and dealers around the country, including the price. Add to that the experience of our employees who have come from all corners of the industry including wood, metal and composite window and patio door manufacturers and retailers. I knew we, with all our expertise, Jantek Windows could and should address the very important “How much do replacement windows and patio door’s cost?”.

At Jantek we want to serve as the fair, and direct source of answers to all of your replacement window and patio door questions. Let’s face it, vinyl replacement windows are the absolute most popular replacement windows and patio doors, by far. But vinyl is not for everyone. Like any other product you purchase, there are pros and cons to each when considering a consumer’s ultimate objective. In this article I want to give you a guide to the cost comparison of all types of replacement windows and patio doors.

As you consider purchasing a replacement windows, this cost and pricing guide will help you develop an initial budget and plan for the ownership costs associated with each type window and patio door. Final prices will vary by location and supplier. You may want to read our article on The Ultimate Replacement Window Contractor Vetting Checklist

A Few Things to Consider

There are three things to consider when researching the cost of any type replacement windows and patio Doors:

• The Scope of work of your project
• The initial purchase price
• The long term cost of ownership associated with the replacement windows and patio doors

Vinyl, Wood Clad, Metal, Or Composite Cost Comparision

So now let’s take a look at the intial cost of wood clad, vinyl, metal and composite replacement windows and patio doors and get an idea of how much to budget for each type. Keep in mind that these prices will vary greatly based on the scope of your replacement project and from region to region. Then we will look at the long term cost associated with owning each type of replacement window and patio door.

Vinyl Replacement Windows: Initial Cost

You need to know that you can purchase “stock size” replacement windows and patio doors right off the shelf from a big box store or lumber yard, or, you purchase custom manufactured replacement vinyl windows and patio doors from a manufacturer’s authorized dealer. The difference is that the stock size products will be chosen based on the “best fit” to your rough opening and that opening may need to be modified to properly install the replacement window or patio door. The custom sized window or patio door will be custom manufactured to within 1/8” of the size provided to the manufacturer. This customization will size the windows to optimally fit your specific opening and will require less labor in the installation of the replacement window or patio door.

No matter whether you purchase stock or custom vinyl replacement windows and patio doors, there are three distinct types of Vinyl Replacement Window and Patio Door Packages (scope of work):

• Self -installation
• Partial (assisted) Installation
• Turn Key installation

Let’s take a look at each to learn more.

Vinyl Replacement Windows and Patio Doors Self-Installation Package

A self-installation package scope of work would include:
• Establishing product specifications (size, style, options etc.) and ordering the windows and patio doors from the manufacturer
• Receiving and inspecting the accuracy and quality of the order
• Delivering the windows and patio doors to the jobsite (could be optional)

The customer takes it from there.

The obvious advantage of installing your own replacement windows is what you’d save from reducing the replacement window and patio door installation cost. On average most people will save between $150 and $375 per window and $700 to $1,300 per patio door depending on the scope of the project and who does the majority of the work and provides the installation materials.

The price of the replacement windows and patio doors for the project is determined by four things: The style/design, the features/options, the size of each window and patio door, and the cost to deliver the replacement windows and patio doors to your home.

If you are considering a self-installation, ask if the quoted price for the windows and patio doors includes delivery. If pickup is not an option, then get a delivery quote in writing.

Replacement vinyl windows are basically classified into the following styles/models and in most cases, you can expect prices for the products, without delivery and installation, will vary based on standard features, size and options you may choose to add.

• Hung window (double hung / single hung) $250 – $600
• Slider window (double slider / Triple slider) $300 – $875
• Picture/ Fixed window $300 – $725
• Casement or Awning window (crank out) $290 – $700
• Architectural Shape (half round, trapezoid, octagon, eyebrow, etc.) $400 – $1,500
• Basement hopper window $175 – $300
• Bay window, Bow window (Buck frame cost only. Add windows as above) $900 – $1,600
• Garden window $1,300 – $2,300
• Patio Door $875 – $2,400

Delivery Fees could be anywhere from $50 to $200 within a 50 to 75 mile radius of the Point of Sale.

Resources are available to teach homeowners how to install their own replacement vinyl windows, but the vast majority of replacement window purchasers prefer to leave the installation of the windows and patio doors to manufacturers authorized dealers.

Assisted Installation Vinyl Replacement Windows and Patio Doors Package

An assisted installation differs from a self-installation in that it includes these additional scope of work items.

• Delivery of the and patio doors
• EPA lead testing if building is pre 1978 construction (required by law)
• If lead paint is present, follow EPA safe work practices
• Labor to set the replacement windows or patio doors into the rough opening
• Labor to caulk seal the interior and exterior of the window or patio door

These are the most critical (and unfamiliar) phases of the installation.
The customer provides all the other labor, materials and equipment.
This is a great option for those who can remove their old windows themselves and handle any remediation of the rough opening such as wood rot and finish the interior and exterior capping and trim, but rather not deal with the headache of leveling, squaring, securing and sealing the replacements into the rough opening.

You can expect prices as follows for the products with assisted installation, of course prices will vary based on standard features, size and options you may choose to add and location.

• Hung window (double hung / single hung) $375 – $875
• Slider window (double slider / Triple slider) $500 – $1,150
• Picture/ Fixed window $375 – $800
• Casement or Awning window (crank out) $365 – $775
• Architectural Shape (half round, trapezoid, octagon, eyebrow, etc.) $475 – $1575
• Basement hopper window $175 – $300
• Bay window, Bow window (Buck frame cost only. Add windows as above) $1,275 – $2,275
• Garden window $1,850 – $2,850
• Patio Door $1,100 – $3,000

Turn-key Vinyl Replacement Windows and Patio Doors Package

The overwhelming advantage of a turn-key project is convenience, quality and time savings.

A vinyl replacement window and patio door company handles all of the above, plus these additional details:

• Provide permits if required
• Hiring the installation subcontractors (or, at Jantek we use our own employee labor)
• Scheduling and overseeing the work
• Provide all Installation materials
• Remediate any deterioration of the rough opening
• Remove and replace shutters (if necessary)
• Finish to the siding, seal and cap the exterior
• Finish, seal and trim the interior
• Disposal of old windows and debris

The scope of work for a turnkey package can vary greatly from company to company, so ask specifically what your estimate includes. It is surprising how often a company’s turnkey package doesn’t include (or charges extra for) lead testing, finishing and capping the exterior, or disposal of the old windows and debris etc.

It’s also important to consider other details like warranties, or will installation be done by the company’s employees or will they use subcontractors? Also, you should know the quality and energy performance of the products being installed, and the manufacturer of those products.

The customer does not need to oversee and manage any aspect of a turnkey package project. The customer does not need to supply any of the materials or equipment or do any of the work themselves.

Many customers find it worth the investment to let someone else handle everything- not to mention the added peace of mind knowing that there is only one company responsible for the project.

On average, turn key vinyl replacement windows and patio door costs are as follows:

• Hung window (double hung / single hung) $475 – $975
• Slider window (double slider / Triple slider) $600 – $1,250
• Picture/ Fixed window $475 – $900
• Casement or Awning window (crank out) $465 – $875
• Architectural Shape (half round, trapezoid, octagon, eyebrow, etc.) $575 – $1675
• Basement hopper window $275 – $400
• Bay window, Bow window (Buck frame cost only. Add windows as above) $1,750 – $3,475
• Garden window $1,750 – $2,950
• Patio Door $1,250 – $3,450

Projects that require extensive special designing, opening remediation or special installation methods or equipment can cost much more.

You can receive a hassle free TeleEstimate/Virtual Estimate for vinyl replacement window and patio door quote of your own in about 15 to 20 minutes.

Wood Clad Replacement Windows: Initial Cost

Wood clad replacement windows and patio doors are manufactured with wood master and sash frame with the exterior surfaces clad with either vinyl or aluminum. Having lost market share in the last 20 years, wood clad windows still remain extremely popular in certain regions of the country and for applications that require painting or staining of the interior wood surfaces.

Wood Clad windows are typically available in stock sizes, although some manufacturers may provide custom sizes by special order. Though the product is the most expensive of all the window types, you can save money by purchasing the windows locally and doing a self -installation as we discussed earlier.

Often, people are surprised to learn that the price of vinyl replacement windows and patio doors and wood replacement windows and doors are significantly different.

When it comes to the initial price of a wood replacement window or patio door and a vinyl replacement window or patio door, the primary difference is the manufacturer’s cost of material to make the mainframes and sash frames. Wood is a more costly commodity than vinyl. On the installation side, because the manufacturing processes of wood windows and patio doors, do not lend themselves easily to customization (some wood window and patio door manufacturers will do this by special order) of sizes to within the optimum 1/8” of the homeowner’s specific opening the wood clad replacement windows are typically manufactured to stock sizes. Therefore, the installer will choose the “best fit” for each opening. This requires more labor and materials on the installation side of the scope of work to insure an overall good fit installation.

On average, wood clad replacement windows and patio door turn key costs (with installation and the required painting or staining the interior wood frames) are as follows:

• Hung window (double hung / single hung) $807 – $2,150
• Slider window (double slider / Triple slider) $1,225 – $2,500
• Picture/ Fixed window $1,000 – $2,000
• Casement or Awning window (crank out) $1,000 – $2,150
• Architectural Shape (half round, trapezoid, octagon, eyebrow, etc.) $1,275 – $3,600
• Basement hopper window $545- $950
• Bay window, Bow window $2,275 – $10,000
• Garden window $2,275 – $7,700
• Patio Door $2,625- $7,800

Metal Replacement Windows: Initial Cost

Just to be clear, the majority of metal replacement windows or patio doors are made from aluminum or steel. Having lost significant share of the residential market over the last couple of decades, they are typically used for heavy commercial or large architectural glass panel applications where heavy commercial structural ratings typically are more important than energy efficiency.

When it comes to the initial price of a metal window or patio door and a vinyl window or patio door, the primary difference is the manufacturer’s cost of material to make the mainframes and sash frames. Metal is a more costly commodity than vinyl. Also, metal is a high conductor of heat and cold, so additional materials and features need to be designed into the metal window or patio door product designs to meet practical energy standards. On the installation side, as is the case with wood windows and patio doors, the manufacturing processes do not lend themselves easily to customization of sizes, so metal replacement windows are typically manufactured to stock sizes. Again, with stock sizes, the installer will choose the “best fit” for each opening which requires more labor and materials on the installation side of the scope of work to insure an overall good fit installation.

On average, turn key metal replacement windows and patio door costs are as follows:

• Hung window (double hung / single hung) $525 – $1,175
• Slider window (double slider / Triple slider) $675 – $1,400
• Picture/ Fixed window $550 – $1,100
• Casement or Awning window (crank out) $550 – $1,175
• Architectural Shape (half round, trapezoid, octagon, eyebrow, etc.) $700 – $1,975
• Basement hopper window $300 – $525
• Bay window, Bow window $1,250 – $5,500
• Garden window $1,250 – $4,200
• Patio Door $1,450 – $4,300

Composite Replacement Windows and Patio Doors: Initial Cost

Composite replacement windows and patio doors are relatively new to the industry. The main frames and sash frames of composite replacement windows and patio doors are made from combinations of extruded plastic, wood particles and sometimes fiberglass or other materials.

When it comes to the initial price of composite window or patio door and a vinyl window or patio door, again the primary difference is the manufacturer’s cost of material to make the mainframes and sash frames. The extrusion process and raw materials for composite frames are more costly than vinyl for the manufacturer. Also, additional steps must be taken in the manufacturing process of composite replacement windows and patio doors to mechanically fasten or bond the frame components. On the installation side, as is the case with wood windows and patio doors because they cannot be fusion welded. Because of these facts, manufacturing processes do not lend themselves easily to customization of sizes, so composite replacement windows and patio doors are typically manufactured to stock sizes. As is the case with stock sizes, the installer will choose the “best fit” for each opening which requires more labor and materials on the installation side of the scope of work to insure an overall good fit installation.

On average, turn key composite replacement window and patio door costs are as follows:

• Hung window (double hung / single hung) $525 – $1,175
• Slider window (double slider / Triple slider) $675 – $1,400
• Picture/ Fixed window $550 – $1,100
• Casement or Awning window (crank out) $550 – $1,175
• Architectural Shape (half round, trapezoid, octagon, eyebrow, etc.) $700 – $1,975
• Basement hopper window $300 – $525
• Bay window, Bow window $1,250 – $5,500
• Garden window $1,250 – $4,200
• Patio Door $1,450 – $4,300

Cost Of Ownership Associated with Each Type Replacement Window or Patio Door.

Now let’s take a look at how much it costs to own each type of replacement window or patio door over time. The following chart compares the typical cost for vinyl, wood clad, metal and composite windows over a ten year period.

 

So now you have somewhat of a guide to the cost dimension of your replacement window and patio door project. This is just one piece of the total picture. We will address more of the pieces in our upcoming articles on energy performance, warranty, lead times, what to expect during installation, replacement window design etc. In the meantime if you would like to discuss more of your questions with our replacement window experts, or would like to have a quick no hassle Free TeleEstimate/Virtual Estimate on Vinyl replacement windows and patio doors, give us a call at (609) 564-1030 and we will be happy to help.