Replacement Windows FAQs
Can I replace my windows myself? Can I have a friend or relative of mine replace my windows?
Technically, anyone can replace their own windows. The real question is can I competently install my replacement windows so they are maintenance free, and don’t leak air and water? Do you have the right tools and time to replace the windows? It takes a competent professional window installer who installs windows daily about 30 to 45 minutes per average window to remove and reinstall a new window. How much longer do you think it would take someone who has never replaced windows to replace the same window? What happens when you run into issues where you have to replace wood, re-flash around a window, do a full frame replacement vs. a pocket replacement? Do you have access to an aluminum break to wrap the exterior trim around the new windows to keep them waterproof and maintenance free?
Did you know that improperly installing your replacement windows will void the manufacturer’s warranty? If you or your friend/relative installs your windows, who takes care of warranty work for materials and workmanship? Can either of you drop whatever you are doing to perform warranty work when it is required? If things go wrong and warranty work is required, is it going to strain your relationship with the friend or relative who installed your windows? At Easy Windows & Siding, LLC our fiberglass windows and workmanship includes a lifetime warranty that includes accidental glass breakage, installation materials, and all window components. If your window has an issue, we take care of the problem!
Do you have access to the right materials and tools? Local hardware stores sell lots of different grades of materials for improving your home and offer very little expertise in helping you to select the right material to ensure a job that will last a lifetime. As remodeling professionals, we have access to the best materials on the market recommended for your job that are not always carried in the local hardware stores. Since we are professionals who install windows and siding daily, we also have the tools to complete the job correctly without making costly mistakes. How many times have you bent aluminum coil stock and wrapped exterior wood trim around a replacement window? This is not an easy task and is almost like an artform to ensure a beautifully completed window and/or siding installation.
You may be able to buy replacement windows, but will the windows you buy resolve the issues you are trying to solve? This is where having a trusted expert advisor like one from our company, who is a specialist in replacing windows, can really help you to make the best decisions to solve your window pains. Different window problems require different solutions, as their is no one solution that solves all problems. We use an extensive needs assessment when inspecting your home’s windows to ensure our expert advisors provide you the best solutions to your window problems at an affordable cost.
Replacement windows in the United States come in double and triple pane insulated glass units with different low-e coatings, and either normal air, argon or krypton gas filling the insulated glass units with different spacer sizes and materials. In addition to the glass considerations, you have different window frame materials of aluminum, wood, vinyl, wood clad vinyl, wood clad aluminum, vinyl reinforced with steel, aluminum or composite, composite windows like Fibrex from Andersen, and Fiberglass windows all with a myrid of different glass options, in-glass or on-glass grids, colors, interior laminates or wood veneers, custom paint colors inside and outside, full or half screens made of different screen materials and frame types. Replacement windows are anything but standardized commodities as they are custom made for each homeowner. Without performing an inspection and needs assessment, how would we be able to know that our windows would resolve your window issues? This is why it is hard to buy replacement windows over the phone or email.
The biggest mistake a homeowner could do is to buy a builder grade window and install it in a home as a replacement window. Stock size windows change over time, and what worked 5 years ago, doesn’t necessarily work today.
Our company is also an EPA RPR Lead Safe certified firm trained on how to contain lead dust to prevent inadvertently poisoning your family, friends, pets, neighbors and future home inhabitants. Most homeowner’s are not qualified and insured to deal with the idiosynchronies required by the EPA for lead dust containment procedures, and should leave home renovations on homes older than 1978 to professional remodelers. We sell EnergyStar Qualified replacement windows.
Should I replace all of my windows at once?
While it is not necessary to replace all of the windows in your home at the same time, it does make sense replacing them all instead of leaving one to four windows unreplaced. Typically homeowners look to replace those one to four windows at a later date, and find out the cost to do a small job increases the per window price for the last few windows. The reasons for the higher prices include a standard overhead charge being included on the new window quote for the few windows as it pulls the window crew away from a full day installation job, as well as increasing labor and material costs due to inflation.
Minimum job sizes are usually quoted for 5 windows or more due to overhead costs less material costs for the windows not being replaced. We do realize that some customers may not need that many windows replaced, and will ask if they are looking to get additional work done to save them money on the overall resulting project.
Which replacement window is the best?
This is a very subjective question, as it is asking for an opinion. However, we feel the Comfort Line FiberFrame Fiberglass replacement window is the best on the market due to warranties, construction, energy efficiency, color options, glass options, grid options, hardware options, and value for the customer. These windows include a non-prorated lifetime warranty that covers the whole window, in combination with our lifetime labor warranty that includes installation materials, and a lifetime accidental glass breakage warranty.
Having giving our opinion on the best replacement windows, replacement windows in the United States come in double and triple pane insulated glass units with different low-e coatings, and either normal air, argon or krypton gas filling the insulated glass units with different spacer sizes and materials. In addition to the glass considerations, you have different window frame materials of aluminum, wood, vinyl, wood clad vinyl, wood clad aluminum, vinyl reinforced with steel, aluminum or composite, composite windows like Fibrex from Andersen, and Fiberglass windows all with a myrid of different glass options, in-glass or on-glass grids, colors, interior laminates or wood veneers, custom paint colors inside and outside, full or half screens made of different screen materials and frame types. Replacement windows are anything but standardized commodities as they are custom made for each homeowner. This is why you need a trusted expert advisor from Easy Windows & Siding, LLC to come out and perform a needs assessment on your home, measure your windows, show you available options and colors, and give you a quote that is good for one full year. Hopefully when you are ready to get the windows replaced, you will call us.
The biggest mistake a homeowner could do is to buy a builder grade window and install it in a home as a replacement window. Stock size windows change over time, and what worked 5 years ago, doesn’t necessarily work today. Call in an expert, Easy Windows & Siding, to help you resolve your window pains.
What is the average cost to replace windows?
Prices on replacement windows range from a low of $450 for a striped down window without exterior aluminum wrapping on the wood trim up to $2200 for Renewal by Andersen replacement window, approximately 90 united inches (united inches are width plus height in inches). Every option or choice on the window affects the cost of the replacement window. If you get the cheapest window, you will also get the cheapest balancers and locks, recycled vinyl window frames, aluminum window spacer using single pane glass with normal air and no low-e coating. That window is vastly different than a Fiberglass window including top of the line hardware to last a lifetime with oak veneer interior with another custom color outside with triple pane glass with 2 coats of low-e, krypton gas, grids, full screens, etc.
What areas does Easy Windows & Siding, LLC do work?
We cover the NE Ohio areas of Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and surrounding areas. We cover the following counties of Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Medina, Summit, Portage, Wayne, Stark, Holmes and Tuscarawas.
How can I pay for my replacement windows?
You can pay cash, by credit or debit card, electronic check, or finance replacing your windows using either 18-months same-as-cash zero percent financing, traditional unsecured financing. Financing is available for Tier 1 or 2 qualified customers, and some Tier 3 customers.
You can apply for financing by clicking the “Apply Now” button above.
How do I measure my windows?
For a detailed measuring procedure, go watch our video here.