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When you talk about replacement windows, this is one of the times that you can say, “Size doesn’t matter.” Well, not that much anyway.
The largest expense involved in manufacturing windows in the factory is not the materials. Each window is custom made. However, all replacement windows require the same number of steps in setting up the jig, the same number of components, the same number of welds, etc. These things don’t change in any way based on the size of the window being made.
As far as the materials needed to make a window that’s 9 sq. ft or 12 sq. ft. in size, there won’t be that much of a difference in the cost of the glass or vinyl. When compared to the overall cost of a window, you’ll know that it’s not something that we at Zen Windows Little Rock will lose sleep over. But, there’s a point where it does make a little more difference and that would be windows that are larger than 17 sq. ft. (101 unified inches, e.g. 41″ X 60″ = 101″). This is why we’ll ask you for the size of your largest window and how many windows are of that size or close to it. However, even if we get the computations wrong, we won’t end up with a death sentence that’s going to put us into a state of bankruptcy.
To make the answer simple, replacement windows really aren’t that complicated and the tolerances for giving an estimate that both of us can live with won’t require a visit to your house or a pressure filled sales pitch just so we can give you an accurate quote.
Getting new replacement windows installed on your home really offers a lot of benefits. Let’s get to know some of the best ones.
Apart making a house look better, replacement windows that are available in the market today are also made and designed to be really energy efficient. They are made to fit perfectly and to provide a secure and tight seal. This is important for them to be able to prevent drafts inside the house especially during winter. During summer, this feature helps them keep cold air inside the house. As a result, energy costs are dramatically reduced by reducing the need to use your heater or air conditioner.
Replacement windows come in different sizes, designs, and styles in order to help homeowners choose models that will perfectly compliment the look of their home. This helps increase the home’s overall value, which is important if you’re planning to sell it.
Because the panes of glass that are used on replacement windows are insulated and are made keep the elements out, this also makes them effective in sealing out noise. As a result, sound transmission is reduced and makes the home a whole lot quieter inside. This is a huge advantage for people who live in noisy neighborhoods.
Replacement windows are often made with low-E glass, which has a special coating that’s intended to reflect infrared light. This makes the windows effective in keeping a house warm during winter and cool during summer. The coating also comes with various levels of UV protection.
Since windows serve as openings for a home, they should be durable enough to provide security. Most of the types of glass used on windows today are equipped with better locking mechanisms and are impact-resistant. This increases the home’s overall security and makes you and your family feel a whole lot safer. The best types of glass to use are ones that have passed tough forced-entry tests.
If you want to get new windows for your home and want to get a quote, give us a call. We provide free quotes in 5 minutes.
It’s pretty obvious that everybody wants to get a good deal. But, getting the cheapest option available isn’t always the best thing to do especially if you’re looking for products for a home improvement project. In this type of industry, it’s commonly said that “If you buy cheap products, you usually end up buying twice.”
Replacement windows that fall between the $200 and $400 range are often called rental windows. The reason for this is that they only serve as a band-aid that you’re going to place on your home that’s going to fix problems temporarily and will eventually need replacement after a certain period of time. In other words, these types of window replacements aren’t made to last for a long time and are often of really poor quality. Plus, they typically don’t come with a free window installation service and a good warranty.
Let’s move on to the next price range. A window that costs $1500 is basically the same as one that only costs $600. You are probably wondering why. The answer is really simple. In the home improvement industry, there are lots of window companies that have been put up only to produce lots of money and fast. In order to do this, these companies will do everything they can to sell products to people who don’t know anything about replacement windows. They focus on generating as much money as possible within the shortest period of time and will disappear immediately afterwards. Some of these companies might actually offer quality windows with good installation services but they are surely not ones that will show concern for their customers.
A window that costs $600 which we have said is basically the same product that comes with the same installation service. However, it comes with a good warranty because the company who sells it wants to be in business for a long time. This type of company is not one that’s concerned about making quick money. Instead, it’s there to build a name for itself and to establish a great lifelong relationship with its customers. Most of these window companies will still be in business in 20 years and will be there to answer the phone without delay whenever you pick up yours to do a service call or to order more products for your home.
Good companies put their focus on providing high quality products and services rather than on making profits fast. These companies want to build a flawless reputation for themselves by basing things on honesty, integrity, and quality. They have clients who are fully confident that they can call them up anytime and they know that the phone is going to ring and someone’s going to answer it and any problem that they have about their windows and doors will be solved as soon as possible.
Aside from asking “What would be a good warranty on replacement windows?”, it’s also good to ask “How long will the warranty cover the windows I’m going to get?” A lot of companies would say they have a “lifetime” warranty for their products but this is an vague term. When you really want to get the full details of the warranty that a window company offers, you need to consider its different components. Know whether or not a warranty is good by asking the following questions.
- Is the warranty of the windows provided by the window company or by the window manufacturer?
- Does the term “lifetime” in lifetime warranty refer to the life of the window, the lifespan of the house where they’re going to be installed, or the amount of time that you’re going to be living in your home?
- If any warranty issues come up, will the window warranty be pro-rated?
- Will you be charged any money whenever a warranty issue arises?
- If you’re going to sell your home later down the road, will the warranty be transferrable to the buyer? If yes, do you need to pay money to be able to transfer it?
- If the glass of your window accidentally breaks, will the warranty still cover it?
- If your window’s screen gets torn, will the warranty cover its replacement?
- Does the window company have its own full time service technician who is going to be on standby to render services in case you encounter a warranty issue? If yes, will the company’s service department be available 24/7 to cater to emergencies?
The questions listed above are intended to help you determine whether or not the warranty that your window company provides is really a lifetime warranty. Now, if you want to also determine if the warranty that they provide is really as good as they claim it to be, here are some questions that will help you do just that.
- How long does the company take to file a service call?
- How long does the company take to complete the service call?
- Will their technician be on call when a client files a service call?
- Do they charge their clients for the service?
Ideally, the answer to the questions above should be as follows:
- The window company’s technician goes to the customer’s house on the same day that they make the call.
- The technician is on call when a service call is filed.
- The company doesn’t charge any money for the service and will do the same thing in the future.
These answers will tell you and will give you the assurance that the window company you’re talking to really offers a good warranty. Keep in mind that a warranty is of no use if the window company doesn’t respond immediately to service calls and if they charge money for them.
A good window company will provide you the warranty that you deserve so that the money you spend to pay for your windows will be the last that you’re going to spend on them.
For the most obvious of reasons, most of window companies nowadays want to generate profit and will do their best to be able to do so within the shortest period of time. In addition, they ask for a down payment in order to make sure that you’re going to pay them once they’re done with the job. There are even scammers out there who will work hard to get a check from you and will then do tactics to delay your project.
When you look for replacement windows, you shouldn’t just look high quality ones but also a reputable company to get them from. Aside from giving you your replacement windows, the window company that you choose will also be the ones who are going to install them on your home. You need to make sure that they’re going to set up the windows correctly so that they can operate well.
When you choose Zen Windows Little Rock for your home improvement project, you can be totally assured that you’re going to get the best quality replacement windows and doors as well as the appropriate installation service. That’s because we provide a no-money-down guarantee for all of our products which means that we won’t ask you for a down payment. We will only ask you to pay us once we’re done installing your windows and they look great on your home, and you’re absolutely satisfied with what we’ve done. With this type of guarantee, you’ll know that you’re going to get what you deserve not only because we strive for excellence in order to maintain a flawless reputation for ourselves but also because we won’t get paid until you’re happy.
This is perhaps one of the most common questions that homeowners ask us. Before we proceed to answering this question, it’s important for you to know that there are high quality windows and there are also really bad ones.
Typically, a person shopping for replacement windows for his home will get three different bids. If these bids are acquired in the same location, all of them will most likely be in close range with each other but at times they can also differ a whole lot. When quotes for replacement windows differ a lot, there are different reasons for this. The main reason for this would be that the pricing of the windows is the responsibility of the overhead of the window company that provides the quote to people. In one of Zen Windows’ experiences, we have encountered a case where our customer got three different estimates from three different companies. The first one quoted the windows he needed for $51,000. The second one gave out an estimate of $32,000. We, on the other hand, only quoted him $15,000. He ended being puzzled and was really wondering why the estimate that we gave him was way cheaper compared to the two other ones that he got. Before I started explaining things to him, I first told him that the two other companies that he got quotes from offer high quality products and also provide good installation services. I told him this so that he won’t think that they were taking advantage of him. Next, I told him that any type of business out there aims to earn good profit. Because of this, they will set up a huge office and hire lots of telemarketers, canvassers, sales people, managers, and other types of personnel. The expense of having all these employees will build up on the cost of the windows that the company offers. Aside from having a lot of employees, other companies also spend money on marketing their business on TV, the radio, and on the newspaper. This further increases the cost of their replacement windows.
Zen Windows follows an entirely different business model. Our founder, Dan Wolt, has been in the window business for more than 20 years and has discovered that he could come up with a business model that will work well both for him and his customers. Through this business model, we have totally changed the shopping experience of homeowners by making it a fun and stress-free one. Instead of spending tons of money on marketing and employees, we only get our business from either word of mouth or from what you might have done awhile ago, a simple online search. This is something that our clients think works for everybody.
At Zen Windows, all of our customers get to talk to and meet up with the owner. I don’t have a team of salespeople for different good reasons. Since this is my own brand and company, I want to be able to represent it myself. Next, I think the best way to establish a good relationship with my clients is by giving them direct access to me through my cell phone and office phone numbers, as well as my email address. This means that they won’t have to talk to anybody else but the owner of the company. Lastly, by doing this, I can make my prices really competitive since I don’t need to deal with any sales commissions nor I have to spend money on tons of overhead. By talking to my clients personally, I get the benefit of being to guide and help them with their replacement windows and doors as well as their budget.
When homeowners go out and buy replacement windows and doors, they think that all they need to do is get the best ones available for the price and they’re all set. They often fail to realize that the quality of the products that they get is as important as the people who are going to install them.
Without a doubt, it’s really important that you pay close attention to the quality of the replacement windows you want to purchase for your home. You want to make sure that they look good, very durable, and are really energy efficient. You can easily do this by doing some background check on the manufacturer. If the company has been in business for more than 30 years, then it’s safe to say that their products have already been tested by time. It would also be good for you to check whether or not they use the right glass package and if their windows are made from durable materials. Completing all of these steps would serve as a good start but you shouldn’t stop here.
Keep in mind that before you can start using your new windows, they first need to be installed on your house. Even the most energy efficient replacement windows will allow air to leak and cause a lot of other problems if they’re not going to be installed correctly. This is why it’s vital that after you check on the windows you need, you should spend some time finding the right installer who will put them in your house. When you talk to your window company, be sure to ask them if they have their own team of installers or if they outsource the installation job to another company. A great window company will have its own team of professional installers and these employees should only be tasked to handle window installations rather than being used for other types of jobs.
Next, be sure to check on the qualifications of the installers by knowing whether or not the company has passed the AAMI certification program. An ideal window company to choose would be one that has its own team of AAMI-certified installers who have years of experience. This paired with quality products would make up a good company.
Let’s go over the reason why companies who use subcontractors aren’t the ideal choice. Subcontractors are installers who work for different companies all at the same time. In addition to this they handle different types of tasks aside from installing windows. This means that they could be putting windows up today and installing a kitchen sink tomorrow. As a result they wouldn’t normally develop good expertise on installing windows as they handle tasks as well.
Since subcontractors work for different people, they are typically not loyal to one company and are often not AAMI-certified.
We aren’t trying to make subcontractors look bad because there are a lot of good ones out there. It’s just that we want to tell you that if you’re going to have a home improvement project, it would be good for you to avoid any risks by having the best installers so that you won’t end up having any regrets later on. AAMI-certified window installers won’t just do the job right but they will also cater to any problems that may arise later on without delay.
Replacement windows that are sold nowadays are made to keep the different elements from entering the house while keeping the warm air inside the house. They can also keep heat outside the house during the warm days of summer while letting light pass through and providing a wonderful view. These are two of the major qualities that perfectly define energy efficient replacement windows.
A lot of elements are needed to produce an energy efficient window. The most important things include the materials that are used, the design, and the process used for production. All these elements play a huge role in making a window energy efficient so that they can help homeowners save money on the monthly electric bill that they have to pay for.
The most effective materials for the production of energy efficient windows are those that are capable of keeping the amount of heat transfer at a minimum. When heat transfer is kept at a minimum, warm air is kept trapped inside the house when it’s cold outside and keeps cold air inside the house when it’s hot outside. A good example of these materials would be a double glazed pack that comes with a PPG intercept spacer or a foam super spacer in between the two pieces of glass. The glass used on windows nowadays is treated with a low emissivity coating that’s capable of reflecting heat in the form of infrared light while allowing visible light to pass through. The window frames and sashes used in making windows are also made with materials that are capable of limiting heat transfer. Among all the types of materials used, vinyl is considered as the best one because of its ability to deliver high levels of energy efficiency.
Aside from the use of energy efficient materials, the parts of a window are also designed to provide a tight seal in order to keep air from coming in and to prevent water infiltration. Vinyl sashes are often made with weather strips and rubber seals that further increase the windows’ sealing ability. The vinyl used both on the sashes and frames of windows are fused using heat, which effectively welds their seams together.
The frames and sashes have the ability to withstand bending and flexing movements from the house to prevent them from loosening up over time so that they can remain effective in service as a barrier against the natural elements.
Despite the fact that getting new windows installed can cost quite a sum of money, this is still the wise thing to do because these things will eventually pay for themselves through the energy savings that they can provide.
The material used for the production of replacement windows is perhaps the biggest determining factor of their overall energy efficiency. Among all the types of materials used, vinyl is considered the best one. Vinyl replacement windows offer a lot of advantages and are considered a popular alternative to fiberglass, aluminum, and wood windows because they are more economical to use as they are more energy efficient, very easy to install, and basically effortless to maintain.
Vinyl windows are well-known for their extensive degree of insulation. This gives them the ability to keep heat inside the house during winter and the ability to seal the rooms of a house from heat during summer. These windows are made from a type of plastic called PVC or polyvinyl chloride. This material is known because of its high R-value, which basically refers to the amount of insulation that a material can provide.
Because of the material from which vinyl windows are made, they can provide high levels of insulation, which in turn helps a lot in reducing energy costs brought about by the use of air conditioners, fans, and heaters. You don’t need to worry a lot about the money that you’re going to spend on vinyl replacement windows because with the energy savings that they can provide, they will eventually be able to pay for themselves in a few years.
PVC is a versatile material, which means that it can be colored and molded to any style to achieve a personalized or custom look. Vinyl windows are cheap to produce and install because they can easily fit into the existing spaces of your old windows without the need to make any changes on your walls.
Vinyl window replacements come in different designs including faux wood-grain, matte, and shiny finishes. Aside from the designs available, you can also choose the number of panes that you want to put on them, how they open, their type of locking mechanism, and the width of their sill or trim.
Lastly, vinyl windows require little to no maintenance after they’re installed. They have durable surfaces, which are already finished, stained, and sealed so that you no longer need to sand, paint, or do touchups on them. They are highly resistant against dirt, scratches, dents, and mold. Plus, their exterior casing doesn’t wear or fade when exposed to UV rays. All of this means that they can last a whole lot longer than wood and aluminum windows.
When you look at the best reasons as to why it’s good to get new replacement windows installed, you will surely end up looking at a long list.
Here are some of the best reasons why it’s good to investment money on getting new and energy efficient windows:
- They can improve the overall value of a home which is of big help if you have plans on putting it on sale.
- They can improve the look or appearance of a home.
- They can help you lower down your monthly energy bill.
Despite what most people believe that getting replacement windows is a luxury, it’s actually more of a necessity. A typical vinyl window that comes with a simple glass package of both low-E and argon can lower down your monthly energy bill as much as 25%, if installed properly. If you pay $100 per month for your electricity at home, getting this window will allow you to save at least $300 annually without the consideration of inflation. If inflation isn’t taken into consideration, you can save as much as $3000 on your electric bill within 10 years. This is clear proof that having new windows installed won’t just make your home look better, more comfortable, and energy efficient but this will also help you save lots of money in the long run. Based on the simple computation that we just did, we can say that window replacements can actually pay for themselves within 3 to 5 years.
Everything really boils down on your choice. You can decide to keep your old and worn out windows and keep paying your utility company $3000 or even more in 5 years or, you can buy and have energy efficient replacement windows and have them installed now to enjoy all the benefits that they provide.
Apart from helping you save money on your electric bill, your new windows are also going to serve as lifetime employees of your home. Why? Because, they’re going to help you save money in other different ways. What makes things even way better is that they won’t cost you extra for this. They will work hard to seal, shield, and protect your home and family. They will do this by efficiently covering up the largest openings of your home’s exterior. The moment you hand in your payment to your window company, you have already paid your windows’ salary in full.
If you have plans of selling your home and you want to do it as soon as possible, getting a new set of replacement windows installed can really help you a lot to do this. Zen Windows has been in the replacement window business for more than 20 years and we have discovered all the best benefits when homeowner’s take this step.
Results from statistical studies have shown that on average, people move to a different city every five years. When people move out, they need to think about some critical things that they need to decide on and one of these would be the types of improvements that they need to do to be able to make their house look more attractive to potential buyers when they put it on sale in the market. Buying new window replacements and having them installed is probably one of the best things you can do to improve the overall look, value, and energy efficiency of your home. These will help you sell your home faster.
Aesthetic appeal is without a doubt one of the first things that people look at when they look at homes that are on sale. A new set of windows can easily attract lots of interested buyers as they can have a huge impact on your home’s exterior.
Aside from the look of a home, people are now starting to pay close attention to energy efficiency because of the continually increasing costs of both heating and air conditioning. This is why a lot of buyers prefer to choose homes that have brand new replacement windows installed on them because they pose a huge advantage not only in terms of looks but also on energy savings. Having energy efficient windows on your home can give you a strong point when you do negotiations while you’re selling your home.
Apart from being built to look good and to improve a home’s overall energy efficiency, replacement windows are also designed to provide extra security for homes. This helps them in giving homes a “family friendly” advantage.
When people look for good homes to buy, they are greatly relieved when the homeowner has taken the step of replacing his old windows. This gives the buyer a huge advantage as he no longer needs to go through the process of getting quotes, finding a good window company, and doing some budgeting to be able to make the purchase.
If you want to set your home apart from the other homes that are on sale in the market so that you can make it stand out, a new set of replacement windows will definitely help you do this. Having new replacement windows on your home will definitely give it a high leverage advantage.
With all of the different advantages that we have discussed above, it’s clear why more and more homeowners are deciding on getting new windows installed before putting their homes on sale. Making this choice is definitely a huge win every single time.
Zen Windows Little Rock not only offers the best products but also backs them up with the best installation services, guarantee, and warranty. We do things differently as we aim to provide you with the best shopping experience possible without having to waste any of your time and money. Call us today at (501) 404-4187 and let’s talk about the windows you need for your home.
When people start to notice their windows wearing out, the very first question that comes o their minds would be “How can I know if it’s already time to get replacement windows?”
As a result of the tax incentives that the government and the increase of fuel costs, more and more people are realizing the true value of getting new and energy efficient windows for their homes. Let’s go over some steps that will help you determine whether or not you already need to purchase replacement windows for your home.
First, you need to see if your windows are already giving you the cold shoulder. Place your hand on the glass pane of the window when it’s cold outside. Determine if the glass feels warm like your home or if it’s cold like the weather. If the glass is cold to the touch, then this would signify that you already need to have new windows installed as your old ones are no longer functioning well.
Next, move over to the frame of the window and touch it. If the window frame has the same temperature as the air inside your home, then it’s no longer functioning well and is letting lots of heat pass through from your house. Well-functioning and energy efficient windows have the ability to reflect heat coming from your furnace back in your home.
You should also check if the windows still seal properly. You can do this by lighting a matchstick and moving it around the frame of the window. If the flame of the matchstick blows out or flickers, then your window is letting air pass through. As a result, your house is having large amounts of heat and cooling loss. Getting new windows installed will help you increase your home’s overall energy efficiency, which in turn will help you a lot in lowering heating and air conditioning costs.
The way the glass of the window looks also serves as a good indicator that will help you determine if it already needs replacement. If the glass looks fogged up, this signifies cold extensive air infiltration and seal failure.
The last thing you can do to check if your windows are already broken is to open and close them with the use of only one finger on each of your hands. A window that’s in good shape is easy to operate and provides good ventilation and security. If windows are no longer functional and easy to operate, they can serve as hazards during a fire. Plus, they can result in poor air quality inside your house because of exposure to molds, mildew, and allergens.
The best replacement windows don’t just make a house look beautiful but they also improve its overall value. Call us today or fill out the short form on the side of this page and let’s talk about the replacement windows you need for your home.
Most of homeowners who want to replace their old windows at home with new and energy efficient ones not only because they want to improve their home’s look but also to be able to lower down their energy costs. In most cases, when people get new windows for their home they don’t get satisfied with the amount of energy savings that they get afterwards. This is because, despite their energy efficiency, they still can’t dramatically reduce the amount of heat loss inside the house. Take note that this isn’t because the new windows aren’t of high quality or the install wasn’t done accurately.
If all of the windows are of high quality and have been installed properly by the window company, the reason behind the lack of reduction of heat loss inside a home maybe its largest opening, the front door.
A lot of homeowners don’t realize that even if their windows can properly seal their home, the cold or warm air can still rush onto the least insulated part inside which in this case would be the front door. This is the main reason why a window company should advise their clients to consider replacing their front door as well, when they get replacement windows. This will allow them to get full coverage on energy savings.
When you get a replacement door, you also need to consider aesthetics, energy efficiency, and security as you would when you shop for replacement windows. An insulated steel entry door system is considered the ideal choice as it can meet a home’s needs in today’s time. You can consider getting a steel gauge door that comes with compression weather stripping, an adjustable oak threshold, and a unique glasslite design.
Keep in mind that both your windows and doors have a huge effect on your home’s overall energy efficiency. This is why it’s good to consider both when you want to do a home improvement project that involves replacing your windows.
With the “12 Months Same As Cash” financing program by Zen Windows, you can immediately get started on saving money with your purchase of new replacement windows and doors this year. This program is available for all of our customers and will allow you to enjoy new and energy efficient windows without the need to interrupt your current cash flow.
Some of the best benefits of joining this program include a warmer, more comfortable, less drafty house, huge energy savings, and better home security. After you get your Zen replacement windows installed, you will immediately see drastic changes on your heating and cooling bills. The money that you save from these expenses can be used to pay for the windows themselves when those payments become due.
In addition, you can enjoy the amazing tax credits available this year for both replacement windows and doors. All the products that Zen Windows Houston offers are compliant with the government standards.
Give us a call today at (281) 941-2999 and get this replacement window financing program working for you and your home.
The answer to that question would be an outstanding “Yes”. Even during the winter season, replacement windows and doors and can still be installed on homes without any trouble.
To prevent heat loss from happening, our professional team of installers does the needed precautions by installing the windows one at a time. In addition to this, they carry out the window replacement prep work prior to taking out the old windows. This allows them to keep the amount of time, between the removal of the old windows and the complete install of the new ones, at a minimum. If done correctly, the out time for an old window won’t last more than 5 minutes. For extra precaution, all the doors of the rooms, where installations are going to be done, are closed so as to prevent further drafts from happening.
The window replacement prep work that our installers are going to do will require extra effort on their part but you don’t need to pay extra for this. In fact, window installations done during the winter season can help you save more time and money as labor costs during that time are lower and delivery times are a lot faster.
When we install windows and doors, we go through the procedure quietly. We won’t cause any ruckus in your home during the install. This is because an install, if done properly, won’t even be heard if you’re watching TV inside a different room. This also true for installing replacement doors that will never leak air again.
During the install we will have one person inside the house and another one inside so that we can prevent ourselves from bringing in any dirt, snow, mud, or residue inside your house while we’re putting your new windows and doors in.
When you work with Zen Windows, you will never ever have to go through a cold and costly winter because of the beautiful and energy efficient windows that we’re going to offer you. Our window replacements will help you enjoy absolute comfort inside your home while improving its overall look and value. As a result, your home will look better, be more secure, and will have increased resistance against outside noise.
High quality products, respect, and proper installation are the key components of the Zen Windows experience.