Window Replacement Guide – Midwest

New windows are second only to new siding that a realtor or new homeowner looks at when assessing the value of your home. New windows will enhance the look of your home, make it more energy efficient, less drafty, and a brilliant investment to improve your home. New windows are easy to clean and maintain and no longer come with the storm windows, so reduced maintenance is a plus as well.

If you’re planning on staying in your home, saving money every month is nothing to scoff at either. New and energy efficient windows can save between $27 to $111 a month on electrical and heating costs. With that in mind, it could take as little as a few years to make your investment profitable. This reduction in energy costs is based on Energy Star certified windows which lower the energy cost on average by 12% per month. Depending on the size of your home, the savings can be huge.

How we choose the best window brand and style

We have been in the industry for over 30 years and have seen technological advancements in window IR reflective coatings, more durable adhesives and sealants, and even advancements in the materials used for the windows such as vinyl and fiberglass composites. Through our industry knowledge we choose the best brands to keep your home safe, secure, dry, and comfortable year round. Through our testing we have analyzed more than 25 window brands and frame material across both double hung and casement type windows. Through our evaluation we only sell window brands and types where the window creates a barrier between your home and the elements. Given the higher cost and the potential return on investment, our customers can feel safe that the windows that they are buying will last and perform as expected.

Ways to Save money on window replacement

The easiest way to save money on a window replacement is by only replacing the window! If your window frame and sills are still in good shape, you won’t always need to pull them out and do a full replacement. Replacing partial units is a great way to reduce the installation cost of windows. Contact us for a pocket replacement estimate for your windows. If you decide you want a different color or material, a full window replacement may be necessary. A full window replacement includes the installation of the window frame, sill, and other window components attached to the outside of the wall.

The US government also offers federal tax credits for the installation of energy efficient windows. Several state and local governments offer additional rebates as well.

Pondview is your local expert window installation company

Selecting the window that performs the way that is most important to you – balancing cost and performance, is only the initial step. Installing the window so it performs as advertised is just as critical. Pondview is trained and is certified by Pella to guarantee that your investment is installed properly.

Glass Housings: Window Materials

The most popular window materials in the United States are vinyl and wood. Wood windows are generally installed by home builders whereas, vinyl windows are the most popular replacement windows. With vinyl you eliminate many aspects of maintenance associated with owning windows.

Wood Frame

Many windows are first installed using a solid wood frame and window. These often come with composite attachments such as plastic or metal. These attachments range from cranks to locks. Wood offers a variety of different finishes and styles.

Vinyl Frame

Vinyl offers an excellent balance between cost and performance. This window does not need to be stained, painted, or maintained like wood windows do. In many cases, a casual viewer doesn’t notice the difference between wood and vinyl finishes.

Fiberglass Frame

Fiberglass frame material is relatively new to the market in the last 4-5 years or so. These have the benefits of vinyl, as well as added strength.