Q: If I have my windows replaced now, how long can I expect them to last?
A: It depends; typically high-quality replacement windows that were properly installed should last for 35 years or more.
Q: What’s the difference between a high-quality window and one of lesser quality?
A: High- and low-quality windows look the same at first glance. However, after they’ve been installed, lower-quality windows are more susceptible to expansion and contraction, weather damage, and normal wear and tear. By evaluating the inside of the window, including glass thickness, coatings, gas, and spacer material, you can get a better idea of the window’s quality.
Q: How do I see the inside of the window frame and how will I know what to look for?
A: Most window companies will provide a cutaway sample allowing you to see the inside of the window frame. They will also have a small sample window to show how the window actually works.
Q: How do I know what type of glass packages best serves the needs of my home?
A: Start by doing some research. Since Central Texas has a long cooling season, Low-E glass is mandatory and so is Argon gas between the panes of glass. A silver coating is also highly recommended. By speaking to a qualified replacement window contractor, you can make an educated decision on the best glass options for your home.
Q: What is the difference between a single hung window and a double hung window?
A: Most home builders install single hung windows. In single hung windows, only the bottom half of the window raises and lowers for ventilation. A double hung windows has bottom and top sashes that can slide up and down, allowing ventilation from one or both halves of the window.
Q: When installing new vinyl siding to replace old wood siding, will all the old siding need to be removed?
A: Any warped, rotted or decayed wood is replaced. The industry standard is up to 25% can be replaced and anything over that amount must be torn off prior to the new siding installation.
Q: Can I restore vinyl siding that is faded and chalking when touched, or will it need to be replaced?
A: Over the years the sun and elements will cause the colors to fade and break down the polymers in the siding. Instead of replacing the siding you can use a mild detergent to wash the siding but the color will still be faded. Most siding warranties today do cover fading issues, whereas 25 years ago they did not.
Does asbestos siding need to be removed prior to installing new siding or can it be left on the house and the new siding put on top of it?
A: Old asbestos siding must be removed, per Federal and State guidelines. The siding contractor you hire must adhere to these guidelines and be licensed to perform asbestos installations.