When you call our office to make an appointment for a window estimate you will be asked the following questions:
- What style of house do you have?
- Have you been shown any window samples or seen a certain brand on display you liked?
- When do you see yourself making a decision on your home project?
- Will all people that have input on the decision be present for the demonstration?
- Will our Financing Services be Of Interest to You?
We ask these questions so we can be fully prepared to meet your needs. After the estimate is confirmed we will meet with you in your home, further discuss your needs and propose the appropriate options. We will provide an in home demonstration of the window products and describe the remodeling process. We will take measurements, ask for design choices and provide you with a written estimate before we leave your home.
Window Replacement Process
The process of substituting all or most of your old windows with new replacement windows is one that few homeowners go through more than once in their lifetime. Replacing all of the windows in your house is an investment that will have more than aesthetic appeal; it will result in money saving reduced energy consumption.
Windows provide more than a view of the neighborhood: They’re really important parts of your home’s protective envelope. Designed to let in light and air, they also hold the elements at bay. When a window begins to fail (to warp, rot, leak or simply refuse to open and close) the costs in terms of both energy loss and aggravation quickly add up.
While new windows are no one’s favorite way to spend money, without them you’ll eventually spend the equivalent in higher heating and cooling costs, and you’ll still have bad windows. The good news is that there are more choices in window replacement today than ever before.
New Construction Windows vs. Replacement Windows
There is a difference between New Construction & Replacement Windows. New construction windows are for additions or other new structures. These windows may also be used if the project involves such major renovations that walls are being stripped down to the studs. These windows come in set sizes and are available in vinyl or wood.
The Replacement Window replaces most, but not all, elements of an existing window. The existing window’s frame is retained, and the replacement window is fitted into this frame. Thus, the glass area of the replacement window will be slightly smaller than the existing window. Replacement windows typically are vinyl, with sealed glass. Wood replacement windows are available but are more expensive. Aluminum windows largely have become antiquated.
The simplest replacements are 100 percent vinyl windows. Here, you remove all but the external frame and have a complete replacement insert custom made to fit the opening. The replacement consists of an insulated vinyl casing with double-hung vinyl windows already installed. Vinyl windows are also available with low-E glass for reduced heat infiltration and an Energy Star Rating.
The next step up is a wooden replacement window or sash kit, which often comes with vinyl-clad external components. The vinyl exterior is rotproof and never needs painting, while the interior components resemble a standard window. Sash kits come as an upper and lower sash with a balance system and fit in your existing frame. The wooden replacement windows are manufactured similar to vinyl windows and are a complete insert. You’ll pay more, but you’ll get a tight window with a conventional appearance.
Rosenello’s Windows was founded by Mike Rosenello over 20 years ago, in growing the business from one person to over 15 full time employees & thousands of satisfied customers, Mike has found and incorporated a few core beliefs. 1.)Solid values, hard work along with constant improvement is the nucleolus of any successful organization. 2.) Knowledge on a subject allows for peace of mind in choosing a product. 3.) Most customers are looking for the following; quality products, professionally installed at a fair price. In order to earn your business we’re going to supply you with an honest common sense understanding of both the industry and products.
Choosing a Window Manufacturer
Knowing the manufacturer of the product you’re purchasing is very important. In most industries it is a common practice for companies to self label (i.e. Home depot, Sears) for exclusivity purposes. So you should always know who the actual manufacturer is along with the model of the product you’re comparing. The uninformed consumer won’t find out if there purchase was a quality one or not for years after the purchase.
In comparing large and small manufacturers some of the things to compare would be that a smaller company is not able to update technologies as easily as a large company would due to financial restrictions. The larger company is able to stay at the cutting edge of new technologies giving you the best possible product. The smaller company is also at a disadvantage in the manufacturing process. The smaller company will have many more processes completed manually where the larger company will have automated systems that have greater adherence to industry standards and less opportunity for human error.
Unfortunately it is hard to recognize the differences when looking at the finished products from these companies. It is something that reveals itself over time and use.
Understanding Types of Windows
To help simplify this comparative information were going to break the window into 3 categories; Structural, Energy efficiency & operation.
Structural: What is structural stability? The structural stability of the window allows it to be used for the intention it was manufactured for. Why is structural stability important to you? It is important so that the product you purchase has longevity and is able to withstand the natural hazards that will try and break it down. The primary structural component of any window is the main frame. The foremost of destructive elements to a window is the exposure to the heat and cold or expansion and contraction. Expansion and contraction can play havoc with your windows just as it does with your sidewalk and roadways, creating cracks and potholes. On one hand we may have a 10° surface on the outside of these frames and a 70° surface on the inside, creating a huge twisting force. Now think about that cycle over a 15 year period. On the other hand we have a frame that is multi chambered and fusion welded which provides the best defense against the elements that would damage it. This versus a frame that has a lower quality frame with less chambers and alternative joining methods. That brings us to the very clear understanding of the engineering put into the frames as you can see here in comparing them to our competition
Energy efficiency: Moving from the structural integrity to energy efficiency lets always remember without that durable frame the most efficient windows would be useless in only a few short years. Fusion welding assures lasting quality and performance. Using advanced design and superior materials produces outstanding energy savings and trouble free operation.
- Vinyl frames and sashes will never chip, peel, crack or warp. Tough, solid virgin vinyl, with color formulated throughout so the beautiful luster lasts.
- Airtight insulating chambers help reduce conduction and cut high energy bills
- Quad 4 weather-stripping at the header adds even more protection from the elements.
- Insulated glass unit featuring double strength glass with optimal air space improves year-round performance
- PPG intercept warm edge spacer system maximizes window performance and longevity
- Interlock at sash meeting rails creates a super-tight seal against air infiltration, providing security, comfort and well being.
- Metal reinforcement adds strength at the meeting rails.
- Drop-in glazing provides energy efficiency as well as interior aesthetic appeal.
- Compression bulb seal at the sill creates an all-season weather barrier.
- Sloped sill ensures quick water drainage to the exterior
- Hidden screen track produces clean lines and added beauty
The advanced design of our Best Quality vinyl windows also gives you:
- A fusion-welded sash and mainframe structure for added strength and rigidity. Tough, extra-thick extrusion walls provide the ultimate in welding strength
- Dual ventilator locks, a secure way to keep windows open for ventilation.
- Full balance covers help protect against air infiltration while adding a finished look to the window frame
- A constant force balance system eliminates sash cords, weights and pulleys, and provides easy fingertip operation
- Tilt-in top and bottom sashes make cleaning safe and easy from inside the home
- Triple-barrier weather-stripping between the sash and jamb for superior protection from air and water infiltration.
- Full of half fiberglass screens provide ventilation while keeping insects out.
The optional ClimaTech Insulated Glass Package combines PPG’s Solarban® 60 multi-layered Low-E Glass with the Intercept™ Warm Edge Spacer System and argon gas. The ClimaTech glass package is up to 40% more energy efficient than most other low-E or mid-E glass systems, and provides more than twice the energy efficiency of clear glass units.
A. Low-E Glass filters long-wave radiation. This reduces the heat gain in your home from the sun in the summer, keeping your home cooler.
B. Low-E Glass takes on a new duty in winter months. It lets warm solar rays into your home while blocking the heat in your home from getting out.
ClimaTech Windows are so efficient; they far exceed the performance requirements set forth by the US Department of Energy in conjunction with the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) test criteria. The NFRC is an organization that was established to oversee the implementation of performance ratings by manufacturers of window and door products.
One of the most critical NFRC tests measures the rate of heat loss through a window or door. This is known as a U-Value. The lower the U-Value, the better the product is at resisting heat flow, which results in a product with a greater insulating value. The chart to the left clearly indicates that a window with the ClimaTech option will be far more energy efficient than a window with a clear glass unit.
Another critical NFRC test is for Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). This procedure measures how well a product blocks heat caused by sunlight. Again, the lower the number, the less solar heat the window transmits into the home. As shown here, the performance will increase substantially with the addition of the ClimaTech Insulated Glass Package. The benefit to this is that your air conditioner will work more effectively, thereby lowering your energy requirements.
What Makes the Climatech Insulated Glass So Effective?
Since 80% of a window is glass, substantial heating and cooling savings come from improved glass performance. Our combination of UV-filtering Low-E Glass, insulating argon gas and the Intercept™ Warm Edge Spacer System, creates significant energy efficiency. Together they can cut the damaging effects of the sun, which can lead to the fading of carpets, curtains and furniture by an additional 78% over clear insulated glass units. In winter, a warmer glass temperature is maintained, increasing the R-value by an additional 104%. In summer, a 48% reduction in solar heat gain helps cut air conditioning costs. The result: your monthly utility bills will reflect savings year round – and that should help make you even more comfortable.
The thermographs below clearly show the effect that Low-E glass has when contained in an insulated glass unit. The window on the left is a clear insulated glass unit. The heat transmittance, indicated by the green, yellow and orange colors from the heat scale, is far more apparent than that of the window containing the Solarban 60 Low-E insulated glass unit.
Measuring Heat Loss through U-Values
For all window products the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has created the NFRC-100, which is the standard test for heat loss through a fenestration, or window product. Once the testing procedure is completed, a U-Value rating is applied to the window product. The lower the U-Value, the better the product is at resisting heat loss. This chart easily illustrates why a window made with Solarban 60 Low-E glass will thermally outperform windows with any of the lesser glass products.
Energy Efficiency, It All Adds Up
Simply put, there are many options available for improving the performance of a window. By adding Low-E glass to a standard insulating glass unit, you can improve the energy performance of your window year round by 24%. Additionally, by adding argon gas filling to the window, which is a better insulator than normal air, you can increase the efficiency by another 6%. And finally, by adding the Intercept™ Warm Edge Spacer System, you can add yet another 5% to the overall efficiency of our window. So, wouldn’t you agree that when you add all of these together, by choosing windows with the Climatech™ Insulated Glass Package, you have chosen the most energy efficient window product on the market today?
We’re sure you’ll find our windows to be very aesthetically pleasing when you compare to other vinyl windows. Starting with a softer white as opposed to the starkness of some others. Architecturally designed beveled exterior of frame. Also as we had made mention of the drop in glass hiding from sight the glass spacer. Going on to the interior glazing on sashes reducing exposed exterior seams, same with screen splines being in the inside not outside
Stainless steel constant force balance system removes any need for lubricant and ensures a long life expectancy and operating ease. Tilt in sashes for safe and easy cleaning from inside your home. Dual vent locks for secure method of ventilation and safety of children
Rosenello’s Windows has been in business to see dependable trusted companies such as Hechinger’s, Channels, Mr. Good Buys, Builders Square and many other window contractors large and small not be there to service the products sold, we mention this along with the warranties and make the point of us being around in the future to service your window, siding and roofing needs.