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Installing Vinyl Windows Independence

Posted in Home Window Replacement Cost Estimator Kansas on August 26, 2017
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The current rage in home improvements inĀ Independence is new windows. With so many different selections to choose from, though, people are hard-pressed to figure out which ones best suit their needs. Triple pane windows are the latest creation being pushed by many window companies, and they do come with their fair share of benefits.

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There is no limit to what people can find when they start shopping for new replacement windows for homes in Independence , but the main goal is energy savings. Of course, the tax incentives and utility benefits are nice, as well.Triple pane windows allow you to save even more than double pane windows because they have an extra pane of glass to protect the elements from getting in, as well as to keep your heat or cool air inside your home. While many companies will tell you that triple paned glass is not much more advantageous than double paned glass, it is every little bit that helps in saving money. When you have larger windows or windows that face the south or the west, you will see the most energy savings with these windows.

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Welcome to my essential tips for replacemnent windows and double glazing buyers. Apart from the first tip (which I consider most important) the tips are not in any particular order. We hope they will assist you in coming to the correct buying decision. Please note a lot of these tips can be equally applied to selecting any contractor.Replacing windows on your property can change the visual appearance of your home considerably. You should choose a style that matches your property and enhances its looks. This is particularly important with Vinyl / PVCu and Aluminium designs when they are fitted to older properties. It's a good idea to look at properties similar to yours in the area and compare the effect of various replacement window types. It is also a good idea to make sure you have adequate numbers of opening windows. It's been known for some salespeople to promote designs with very few openings and of a very simple nature. The simpler the design and the fewer the openings - the "cheaper" the window. Whilst you may end up with a price you like it's more likely you will regret this option in the end - especially as badly designed windows can turn out to be a very bad investment and even lower the value of a property. We have known of buyers of properties negotiating a reduced price for a property just because of this. What's even sadder is that the seller had only "replaced" these windows a few years earlier.Always ask your supplier how long the delivery will be. It's also a good idea to have this stipulated on your contract. Additionally ask for an "estimate" of how long the work will take to complete once they are on site.One major problem with the window, siding and roofing business is that anyone with a pickup truck and a ladder can easily call themselves a contractor. Many do not even bother to get a proper license. (Incidentally a licence can easily be obtained by filling out a simple application form and payment of less than $200.00 per year). These contractors are not required to have an office, they can work out of their basement, back yard or just out of their pickup truck. It's easy to get into the business and it's even easier to get out of the business. For this reason in particular we only recommend you deal with established contractors who have a supporting infrastructure.Ask your contractor / supplier for a written lien waiver. Employees, subcontractors, and suppliers have the right in most jurisdictions to file mechanics liens against your property if the contractor does not pay them. Even though you may have paid your contractor for those materials or work, if he doesn't meet his financial obligations, the workmen or suppliers can look to you for payment. After you pay the contractor, make sure to get copies of lien waivers to protect yourself from having to pay for the job twice.Rarely will the "cheapest" price be the best for you in the long run. When comparing "like with like" please also take into comparison how long the company has been established and the "quality" of their guarantees.Ask your supplier if you will be responsible for "making good" around the new frames when they are fitted. Most suppliers will include this as part of their work - but you should check.Whilst PVCu/Vinyl and Aluminium frames are virtually maintenance free please note that the hinges and mechanical parts such as locks will need regular lubrication etc. The frames will also benefit from an occasional "wipe down". Special Vinyl frame cleaners are available.For timber frames you will need to paint every 3-5 years or, if you are using hardwood, oil or varnish as appropriate. I recommend an annual "spring clean" for all windows and doors no matter whether they are PVCU/Vinyl, Aluminium or Hardwood.My final tip in this section and perhaps one of the most important. Do not be the Customer from Hell. To get the best out of any Replacement Window Supplier or Contractor maintain a friendly but professional rapport. Do not assume that they will always be trying to get "one over" on you. Their advice may be in your best interests. If you appear defensive and untrusting - always assuming the worst of your supplier - the whole experience will be unpleasant for both you and the supplier. Be vigilant - but always prepared to listen to their advice - especially if problems occur.Whilst most trades will come prepared with their own food and drinks - do take the time to offer them hospitality. A cold drink on a warm summer day or hot soup in the winter will build on your relationship - resulting in a better job for you.

Opting For Triple Glazing For Your Window Solution

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Now is a great time to replace your home's windows. The federal government and local utility companies are making it even more tempting to finally make those changes you've been thinking about. Rebates and tax credits allow you to save up to $2000.

How much energy will you save?

It will vary, but a typical home can save $400-500 per year by replacing single pane or double pane aluminum windows.

Are triple pane windows better than double pane?

Several companies offer triple pane windows, and more will be doing so as they jump on the bandwagon. Essentially, you are gaining in efficiency over a double pane window. How much, and is it worth it?

Let's compare two same size windows by a major manufacturer:

Double pane: U factor.30, SHGC Factor.21, VLT factor.49

Triple pane: U factor.30, SHGC Factor.19, VLT factor.34

The major difference is in VLT or Visible Light Transmittance. The lower number is better for efficiency, but a lower number also means less light in the room. In this example, roughly 30% less. The difference in price for the windows is about 10%.

It's our experience that in most cases the cost difference with triple pane windows is not advantageous. It began as a sales tool, and now everyone is starting to do it in order to compete. If you have a home with a lot of square footage of glass, it might be a good idea to use the triple pane windows on big windowed areas, especially in south or west facing areas. In a normal bedroom with one or two windows, we doubt if you would notice a difference in energy savings and heat loss in the room between double pane and triple pane.

PSE Rebate: $6 per square foot of window up to $500.

Federal Tax Credit: 30% of the cost of the windows up to $1500.

Installation is not included in the rebate/credit calculations.

Example: You purchase $5000 of windows and they are installed. The square footage of the windows is 85 square feet.

PSE Rebate: $500 $6 x 85 = $510

Federal Tax Credit: $1500 30% of $5000 = $1500

Total Savings: $2000

Conclusion

  • Work with a good contractor who will provide the options you require. There are many windows that are good quality and will qualify.
  • Don't succumb to high pressure sales tactics and special, one time offers.
  • Look for an installation that is turnkey and when complete looks like the windows were always there.
  • Apply for your rebates and credits and enjoy your savings!
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