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Energy Efficient Windows: 3 Advantages to Installing Energy Efficient Windows

Have you ever wondered if it makes sense to install energy efficient windows in your home? In today’s post, we’re tackling some of the biggest advantages for energy efficiency in the home. Stay tuned to learn more or be sure to check out our video below!

Needless to say, there are plenty of myths out there about energy efficient windows. What’s true and what’s not? Let’s start by breaking down three of the biggest advantages to energy efficient windows.

WHY CHOOSE ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS?

Advantage #1: Save Money On Energy Costs

First and foremost, you can save big on energy costs. When less air from outside gets in and less of your heated or cooled air gets out, you save big on energy costs. When it comes right down to it, saving money is likely to be the biggest advantage for most people who are interested in energy efficient windows.

Advantage #2: Stay More Comfortable

Of course, saving money on energy costs means that you’ll stay more comfortable too. After all, you want to make sure that you can set your thermostat to the temperature you want and have it stay that temperature. No one likes to feel a draft of cold wind blowing in from outside. It’s equally frustrating to turn the air conditioner on only to be sure that your cooled air is finding its way outside through a crack in your windows.

Advantage #3: A Better Home

Lastly, modern window technology makes your home better for a number of reasons. From letting in more light to reducing the damage to furniture, carpets, and art around your home, new windows just make life easier in your home. New windows allow you to enjoy the benefits of natural light without having to worry about damaging UV rays causing problems in your home. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Bonus Advantage: It’s Better For The Environment

Because your HVAC unit doesn’t have to work as hard and you’re able to let more natural light in and keep your lights off for longer, you’re also doing some good for the environment. The less your major appliances have to work and the less electricity you use, the easier it is on the grid in your area. In other words, energy efficient windows are a win/win for everyone involved.

MAKE THE SWITCH TODAY AND GET A FREE ESTIMATE!

At the end of the day, saving money is always a top priority. That’s why energy efficient windows make so much sense! On average, people save between 5% and 30% on their energy costs depending on their location. There are plenty of great reasons to take advantage of energy efficient windows, so if you’re thinking about making the switch, don’t hesitate to contact us today with any questions you may have. We’re more than happy to help!

At WinChoice USA, we go above and beyond to provide our customers with custom windows made specifically for their homes. No matter your needs, we can help. Contact us today to get a free estimate for your project!

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Were My Windows Installed Correctly?

As a homeowner, you never want to have to worry about the quality of work a contractor has done on your home. That said, like any industry, there are good contractors and bad contractors — and you can’t always assume that they will get the job done right. 

Because there are less-than-qualified contractors out there, it is important to thoroughly research a contracting company before you decide that they are the right team to complete your home renovations. Sadly, some people forget to do their research and end up having under-qualified contractors work on their home projects — only to find that something was messed up during the renovation or installation process. 

Window Installation Contractors

When it comes to window installation, the process is incredibly easy to mess up if you are not qualified — and when you have an under-qualified contractor install your windows, you will know it sooner than later. 

At WinChoice USA, we sell, manufacture, and install all of our windows. Why? Well, not only do we want to make sure that you find the perfect windows for your home, but we also want to make sure that they are installed correctly. 

Because we understand that there are homeowners in the Southwestern United States that may suspect that they had an under-qualified contractor install their windows, we thought that we might discuss a few of the warning signs of improperly installed windows. If you notice that your windows have any of the following issues or warning signs, be sure to contact us today to discuss window repairs or replacements!

Signs That Your Windows Were Not Installed Correctly

Below, we have listed a few of the most common signs that your windows were not properly installed. If you notice any of the following issues with your windows, be sure to submit an inquiry to the installer and manufacturer of your windows about your warranty information.   

Visible Gaps

A window is meant to separate the indoors from the great outdoors. That said, if you see a visible gap between the frame and the glass or the window frame and the wooden studs, it is more than likely that air and moisture are able to pass through. Visible gaps can occur when a window contractor does not make proper measurements prior to installing the window.  

Spike in Utility Bills

One of the most common signs that a window has been installed incorrectly is when you notice a sharp spike in your utility costs for seemingly no reason. If your windows have been installed within the last couple of years, there is no reason that there should be a spike in utility costs — unless there is a draft that is allowing your heating or cooling energy to escape your home. If your utilities spiked after the windows were installed, it is more than likely that they were not installed correctly. 

Signs of Leaks or Water Damage

While a draft can cause your utility bills to spike, a seal that can’t keep water or condensation out of your home can cause serious physical damage to your home. If humid air is allowed to pass through the window (whether it be between the frame or the panes) condensation can build over time causing mold and rot that can damage the window or wall’s wooden components. If you see any sign of water damage or condensation, you should consider exploring your window repair and replacement options right away. 

Window Sashes Do Not Move Freely

The window sash is the part of the window that holds the glass in place within the frame. There are many different types of windows with moving sashes, with some opening outwards, upwards, or downwards. If the movement of the sash is restricted, it is a sign that the window was not properly installed, as the frame is off-angle and restricting your ability to move the sash efficiently. Luckily, it might be possible for the window to be repaired rather than replaced. 

There Was Never a Warranty

If you were never provided with a warranty after your windows were installed, it is a good sign that your windows were not professionally installed. Almost all windows come with a manufacturer’s warranty that is only honored if the windows were installed by a professional window contractor. 

Messy Caulking

Caulking is essentially the finishing touch for any window installation project. The caulking is the first defense for the window, creating a barrier between the newly installed window and the studs of the wall. If the caulking is messy, it is a good sign that the team responsible for installing your windows was not qualified to do so. If something as simple as the caulking is messed up, it is more than likely that other, more important steps were neglected. 

Stains on the Glass

While a simple little stain on the glass might not have an effect on the efficiency or the functionality of your window, it does speak to the professionalism of the team that installed them. If you notice multiple stains on the glass, get in touch with the company that installed them to have them come and inspect your windows for other issues.

What Do I Do If I Notice One or More of the Issues Listed Above?

If you have recently had windows installed in your home and have noticed one of the above signs of an improperly installed window, we urge you to schedule a window consultation with a member of our experienced window installation team

At WinChoice USA, we offer the premier window shopping, purchasing, and installation experience in the Southeastern United States — and we want to help you avoid working with under-qualified window installers. However, if you have worked with an under-qualified window installer, we can still help!

So if you need your incorrectly installed windows repaired or replaced, we urge you to get in touch with a member of our team today. We look forward to helping you with all of your window needs.

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Replacement Windows Vs. New Construction Windows: What Should You Be Shopping For?

So you need new windows and you’ve come to see the window installation professionals at WinChoice USA. As the premier window manufacturer, seller, and installer in the Southeastern United States, we are happy that you have chosen to do business with us. 

That said, when you come to see us at one of our ten locations we will have one question for you before we even begin to look at our various window options — Are you replacing old windows or looking for windows for new construction?

Believe it or not, most people think that all windows are the same. Sure, it is a piece of glass that draws the line between the indoors and the outdoors, but there are plenty of different window styles, capabilities, and uses that differentiate one window from another. 

The Two Main Types of Windows 

As we said above, when you stop by one of our showrooms, a member of our team will ask you if you are shopping for replacement windows or windows for new construction. But what makes these two types of windows different? Continue reading to learn more.

New Construction Windows

If you are building a new home or building an addition on your home, new construction windows are the perfect option for you. What sets new construction windows apart from replacement windows is the method in which the window installers will secure the window in place. 

Featuring a nail fin frame, a new window is attached directly to the framing of the new home or addition. Because new construction windows are meant to attach directly to the frame, they are almost always installed when the new construction’s frame is fully exposed. 

The Exception: While new construction windows are almost always used in new construction and the construction of new home additions, there is one other situation where a new construction window might be recommended by your window installers. 

When an existing window on a home is in terrible shape, it almost always means that the materials immediately surrounding the window frame are also in poor condition. If that is the case, your window installers might suggest a new construction window.

When installing a new construction window as a replacement, the contractor will remove all of the damaged materials surrounding the window — exposing the framing of the wall where they will attach the nail fin frame. 

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Replacement Windows

If you are working on a home improvement project, it is more than likely that a member of our team will recommend that you shop our large selection of replacement windows — with the one exception being if your windows are in poor enough condition that the studs will have to be exposed before replacing them. 

If the wall surrounding the window is in good condition, a replacement window is the best, most cost-effective option. Because the wall is in good condition, the window installers do not have to expose the studs and can instead simply remove the interior trim of the existing window and then install the replacement. 

Where Can You Find New Construction Windows and Replacement Windows? 

So now you know exactly what kind of windows you need — but where can you go to find them? 

If you live in the Southeastern United States, we urge you to consider coming to visit us at one of our ten WinChoice USA locations. When you come to visit us, we will walk you through our various window options, the costs associated with purchasing new windows, as well as the installation process. But why should you choose WinChoice USA?

At WinChoice USA, we do something that other window manufacturers and window installers do not. Rather than selling you the windows and referring you to a local contractor, we will sell you the windows and then install them ourselves. Because nobody knows windows better than us and nobody knows our windows better than us. So why not make the experience easier on yourself by letting our experienced team take care of everything?

So what are you waiting for? Contact us at WinChoice USA today to request your free window repair or replacement estimate. We look forward to helping you through the entire process!