Why Should I Install New Windows?

Install New Windows Or Miss Out On These Benefits

We’ve seen it a thousand times, a homeowner is looking to squeeze every last ounce of life from their existing windows and glass. Well, what most people don’t realize is how much an old, broken, or drafty window costs.  Sure a window is designed with a function in mind, like letting light in or providing you with a nice view when you do your dishes, but what you don’t realize is that it is also your first layer of protection from the outdoors.

Below is an itemized list which describes why you should be looking to replace your home windows.

Energy Rebates

No one likes paying taxes, but everyone loves a tax break! Depending on the state you live in, you may be eligible for a tax rebate or incentive when you install a new and energy efficient windows.  Not only would the government give you money to make your house look better it can even decrease your monthly heating and cooling bill.

Decreased Utility Cost

In addition to the aforementioned energy rebates, new windows or more efficent glass panes can drop your heating bill exponentially especially in the frigid Midwestern winters. This added energy efficiency comes from the windows being a better insulator than your old windows. The energy efficiency grade depends heavily on the type of window you are looking to have installed, as well as the side of the house it is on.

Environmental Benefits

Lets face it, we all get tired of the tree huggers telling you we need to save the environment, but let’s also be realistic. If we can reduce the amount of gas you burn in the winter because your new windows are insulating your home from the harsh environment, we call that two birds with one stone.

Leaky or Cracked Windows

I’ve seen it first hand. Many homeowner or renters will go entire seasons with broken panes of glass letting huge drafts of cold air in during the winter or all the cool air out during the summer. Don’t let this happen!  Replace your old broken or leaky windows with something new and economical.

Ease of use

If you have a double hung window that won’t even open up or down, why have one there at all? If your windows are broken or hard to open and even harder to close, look no further than replacing that old thing. Put something new in that windows place that will really make your neighbors jealous.

Beautification Factor

We at SlugWire aren’t sure if Beautification is a real word or not but we are going to go with it.  Put in a new window that you can be proud of.

Cost the Real Fear Factor

Yeah yeah, windows are expensive, but honestly would you rather be stuck with something that doesn’t work, doesn’t insulate your home, increases your heating and cooling costs, or is just plain ugly? All across the web, people are correctly stating that an improvement to your home is an investment that will pay off. Especially when it is something on the exterior, where people form a first impression.

Replace your old crumbling windows today with something that you will be proud of and something that will pay off for you.

Good Luck,

-SlugWire

The SlugWire Experience

We at SlugWire have been working in the home improvement business for generations as we’ve mentioned here before.  And as an experienced home designer and home improvement contractor, we are always surprised at the lack of knowledge that new homeowners have. So to start things off, we are here to touch on the top 5 questions you need to ask your home improvement contractor.

 

Top Questions to Ask Your ContractorQuestions puzzle image for what to ask a general contractor

Whether you are looking for replacement siding, replacement windows, a new roof, or even a stump to be ground down you need to understand how your decisions impact your home. All of these tasks require a high degree of experience and expertise – something they don’t teach in school, but rather by working under someone who has experience. Because of this it is crucial that you address the following questions before you sign or pay for anything.

 

How Long Have You Been in Business?

In addition to verifying a contractor’s license and insurance status, you need to understand the level of experience the company has. I always tell my friends and family to be wary of a new contractor especially if they are a significantly cheaper than the competition. There could be reasons for this price cut, and you could end up paying for this in the poor craftsmanship that the installation team provides.

Do your research ahead of time and collect at least three quotes from different businesses. Don’t fall into the trap of getting charmed by a good salesman, and reach out to other professionals in your area for a second opinion.

 

Do you have a contracting License?

I can’t speak for the town that you live in, but I know that in Michigan, that the state requires a license, which is different from city and unique to each county. Each of these licenses requires different training and it will be different for each of our readers location. So again, do you research!

As a homeowner you need to make sure that they are licenses and experienced in each of the different locations, and that the licenses are up to date.

 

Do you have References?

Even if a contractor has all the relevant credentials, it wouldn’t hurt to check out their reputation online. See what customers have said in the past, and look for recent reviews. I know that I have referred many of my neighbors to the window contractor that we used for our house because they were very professional and fast. If you’re reviewing on Google, you may be able to reach out to a customer and ask them for additional details on their install job.

Roofing contractor on scaffolding

What to look for in a Home Improvement Contractor

Does the team working on my house have experience?

We all like to multitask, even business owners. Contracting companies will likely have many active jobs at a time. This isn’t a bad thing, only the truth to stay in business.  With many open jobs, it’s important to verify the quality is high and consistent.  This means making sure that the same people will be working on your project if required.  Be sure to ask questions such as:

  • Will the same team be at and working on my home each day?
  • May I meet the project manager at the start of each day to check in on the progress?
  • Do you work with subcontractors? Will subcontractors be working on my project?
  • How do you verify the quality of work completed?

 

How can I get in touch with you?

After agreeing to an installation job for siding, window, your roof, or any part of your home make sure that you can contact the right people. Make sure that you know what you are paying for and who to contact if you are unhappy or unsure of any aspect of the installation process.

Never settle for the sales line, or the number you called to get an estimate. Ask for the project managers phone number, the owners number, or someone who can help correct a problem. Be sure to follow this up with what the best times are to reach the contact, because after all you want them to work with you and not against you. Ask if he/she prefers to be contacted with a phone call, a text, email, or even in person. Understand that he is busy with his life and his job, and ask for a reasonable timeline for him, or someone who can help you, to get back to your needs or concerns.