Questions to Ask in a Consultation for Replacement Windows

The decision to replace the windows of your home is a big one as window replacement is a rather large project.  However, replacement windows can benefit your home in many ways such as improving its look, energy efficiency, and the amount of natural light allowed in the home.  Green T Windows provides complete window replacement services that begin with an in-home consultation.  The following are important questions to ask during the consultation to ensure that you get the right windows for your home.

Will these windows match the interior and exterior of my home and are they customizable?

It is important that your replacement windows are of a color and style that is consistent with the design and décor of your home.  Green T offers windows in wooden styles and various color options to match both the interior and exterior of your home as well as custom colors for more unique homes.  During the in-home consultation, ask about our color options to choose one for your home.

Do you have replacement windows that suit my needs or can existing windows be adjusted?

Green T offers a variety of window types to suit a range of applications but not all homes have standardized window sizes.  Once we help you decide which window types will work best for your home, we take measurements of your windows to determine the right size to fill and seal the space.  All of our replacement window types are customizable for any size glass and frames.

What is the price for the installation with labor included?

It is important to fully understand the cost of a job as large as window replacement and we provide an accurate, detailed quote at the end of the in-home consultation that itemizes the cost of the windows, installation materials, and the labor.  Our in-home consultation and quote are completed at no cost to the homeowner.

Can I expect my home to have improved energy efficiency?

The improved energy efficiency provided by replacement windows is a major reason that some homeowners choose to have them replaced.  You should be aware of what type of improvements to expect as all of our windows are Energy Star qualified with vinyl frames that form tighter seals to reduce air seepage.  Our technicians can help you choose windows that will maximize the energy efficiency of your home.

If you would like to schedule a consultation for replacement windows, contact Green T Windows.  Our technicians will help you decide on the right windows and provide a detailed quote.

Window Orientation May Determine Most Effective Window Treatments

Window treatments play a large role in determining the amount of light and heat that is allowed into a home and the orientation of each window may be important for deciding which types of window treatments are most effective for your windows. 

The intensity of the sunlight can vary depending on the type of day and the direction of the window and by understanding the difference in the light between orientations, you can make a better decision on window treatments.

The following is a guide for choosing window treatments for windows facing each cardinal direction.

North: Windows that face the north allow cold air into a home through infiltration and conduction which can be a problem in the winter.  The most effective window treatments that minimize cold air infiltration include metalized pleated shades, insulated shades and shutters, and lined or insulated draperies.

East: Windows that face east allow in sunlight that is warm and bright, but the brightness from direct eastern sunlight can actually be damaging to wood furnishings and fabrics.  Using light-diffusing window treatments can help limit the brightness while still allowing the light into the home.  These window treatments include sheers, semi-sheers, casements, pleated shades, blinds, and shutters.

In addition to extra brightness, east-facing windows also let in more heat due to high solar gain in the mornings.  This solar gain can be beneficial during the winter but in the summer it can make a home too warm.

Certain window treatments such as exterior awnings, sunscreens, metalized pleated shades, vinyl pull shades, mini blinds, and opaque fabrics can help limit the effects of solar gain and these treatments can also be opened later in the day when the solar gain is less intense.

South: Throughout the year, south facing windows allow in sunlight and heat that can help warm up the home in the winter.  However, it is important to choose window treatments that can protect furnishings from damage caused by direct sunlight because during the winter, the sun is in the south skies all day long.

These windows could benefit from glare reducing window treatments or heavy, opaque treatments for better protection against heat loss.

West: The sunlight that enters a home from the west is the warmest and has the biggest effect on the temperature inside the home.  Using window treatments on west facing windows such as vertical and horizontal blinds, pleated shades, shutters, shears, casements, or lightweight fabrics should help limit heat gain.

When you are choosing new window treatments for your home, make sure to take the orientation of each window into account.  Choosing the right window treatments can help you better control the temperature within your home for lower heating and cooling bills.

If you think your home could benefit from having the windows replaced, contact Green T Windows to learn about our replacement options.  

Replacement Window Installation in the Winter

Replacing the windows of your home can bring many benefits such as improved energy efficiency, increased home value, and even better curb appeal.  However, the process of replacing windows is a major job that can be disruptive to the regular activities of those within the home.  This process can be especially difficult to deal with during the winter.  While it is not often recommended to have your windows replaced in the winter, in some circumstances it may be the only chance to have them replaced.  If you are having replacement windows installed during the winter, here are some things to consider that can help the process go smoothly and quickly.

Professional window installers typically follow certain methods when replacing windows depending on the situation and some of them may have a specific procedure for winter weather.  Before they begin any work, ask them to explain the method they use for winter installation.  This way you will know what to expect from them and you can make sure they stick to their method.  One part of the method that homeowners should pay particular attention to is whether they will remove the old windows all at once or replace them one at a time.  In order to minimize the amount of cold air entering the home during the process, you should discuss replacing the windows one at a time with the technicians.

The other major concern when having your windows replaced during the winter is protecting the area being worked on.  As the windows are being replaced, cold air will enter the house but keeping the doors of the specific room closed will keep it from spreading throughout the house.  The carpet and furnishings within the room should also be protected from the weather as well as the foot traffic and construction debris from the technicians.  Homeowners may also want to consider providing insulation around the framework of the windows being replaced to maximize the energy efficiency of the new windows.

Window replacements bring several benefits to a home and if you are having your windows replaced in the winter, make sure to follow these considerations for a much smoother installation process.  It is important that winter installations are done correctly because improper installation can cause heat loss and extra exposure to the cold weather.  The technicians of Green T Windows are highly trained to install all styles of windows properly.  Contact Green T Windows to learn more about our installation services and available window styles.

The Benefit of Low-E Glass

Most vinyl replacement windows, including those available from Green T Windows, feature low-e glass, but what is low-e glass and why is it beneficial for your home?  In very basic terms, a material that has low emissivity (low-e) absorbs and emits a low proportion of radiant thermal heat or energy while reflecting a much high proportion.  New windows generally have film coatings to give them lower emissivity which contributes to less heating and cooling loss and better energy efficiency within a home.

All materials have an emissivity value which ranges from 0 to 1.  Materials with a low-e value absorb small amounts of heat while reflecting most of it and materials with a high-e value absorb most of the heat and reflect poorly.  Emissivity values represent the percentage of energy absorbed so a material with an emissivity value of 0.05 absorbs 5 percent of the energy while reflecting 95 percent and a material with a high-e value of 0.90 absorbs 90 percent of the energy while only reflecting 10 percent.

Naturally, glass has a very high thermal emissivity value, but applying special thin film coatings to the glass can give it a much lower emissivity value.  Low-e glass reflects a high percentage of radiant energy and keeps excess heat from transferring to the other side of the glass.  Therefore, low-e glass windows help keep heat inside the home during the winter and reflect the heat from the sun while allowing the light in during the summer to keep the home cooler, ultimately leading to more efficient energy usage and lower bills.

All of the vinyl replacement windows available from Green T Windows feature low-e glass to provide improved energy efficiency.  The low-e coating also reduces water spots for easier cleaning and maintenance.  Contact Green T Windows to learn more about the benefits of low-e glass and our vinyl replacement windows.

When to Get Replacement Windows and Doors for Your Home

Replacing the doors and windows of a home is a huge investment and many homeowners are unsure of whether their homes need new doors or vinyl replacement windows.  However, old doors and windows, especially ones with wooden frames, tend to leak air and let in the heat or cold which could cost more money in the long run in energy bills.  When windows and doors become old and can no longer form a tight seal, then it may be in the homeowner’s best interest to replace the doors and windows of their home.

One good reason to get replacement doors and replacement vinyl windows is to save on home energy costs.  Old windows and doors with worn out seals allow for higher air exchange which directly decreases the efficiency of the heating or air conditioning.  By replacing these doors and windows with replacement doors and windows that form a tighter seal, the energy efficiency will increase and the bills will decrease, sometimes up to 50 percent less each year.

Another reason to replace the doors and windows of a home is to boost the curb appeal and value of a home.  Doors and windows that have become worn out may diminish the look of a home and by replacing them with new doors and windows; you can instantly boost the look of your home as well as its value.  Replacement windows and doors have an excellent return on investment with mid-range window replacement recouping approximately 63 percent of the initial investment and new fiberglass entry doors recouping around 54 percent.

The final reason to consider replacing windows and doors is the security they provide.  As doors and windows become worn out, they may break down or sustain damage that compromises their security.  A broken down door or window is an easy target for a burglar and harsh weather conditions may cause even further damage to an already worn out door or window.  Replacement windows and doors are much more secure and will keep out unwanted visitors as well as inclement weather.

If your home would benefit or be improved in one of these areas with replacement windows or doors, then it may be time to make the investment.  Once you decide to replace your doors or windows, contact Green T Windows for information on our installation services and replacement products.  We carry vinyl replacement windows in a range of different styles as well as fiberglass and steel entry doors.  The investment may seem like a lot up front, but replacing windows and doors will save more money in the long run by lowering energy bills, increasing home value, and providing proper security against intruders and harsh weather.

Preparing Windows for the Winter

The winter season has almost arrived in the Chicago area as the weather continues to get colder.

Before we plunge full force into the winter, it is important that homeowners perform a few routine checks around their homes to make sure that they are prepared for the upcoming weather.

Windows and doors are among the aspects of a home that should be carefully inspected before the winter because they are the biggest source for air seepage.

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The following is a guide to preparing your windows and doors to handle the harsh weather of the Chicago winter.

Inspecting and preparing your doors and windows for the winter season will not only help keep your home warmer, but also help you save money on energy bills.

Windows and doors that are not properly sealed will allow warm air to seep out and cold air to seep in, making your home colder and causing the heat to run more often.

These tips below will help you make sure your doors and windows are functioning properly so that your home will be warmer and more energy efficient through the winter.

  • Inspect the weather stripping on all windows and doors to make sure there are no leaks that could cause heat loss.
  • Check the frames around the doors and windows for any signs of decay or deterioration.  If the frames are deteriorating, they may need to be replaced.
  • Examine all doors and windows for cracks, gaps, or broken glass and if necessary have them replaced.

By following these simple tips, you can help keep the cold winter air out and make your home warmer and more energy efficient.

If you feel that replacement doors or windows may be necessary before the full brunt of the winter weather, contact Green T Windows.

We offer and install new vinyl replacement windows in a range of styles as well as new entry and storm doors that form a tight seal for improved warmth and energy efficiency.

Don’t let the cold winter air creep into your home, inspect your windows and doors this fall and call Green T Windows with any concerns.

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Fall Season Good Time for Window Installation

The fall season is in full swing in the Chicago area and this time of year may be the best time to replace your windows.  Homeowners who have been considering replacement windows should act now before the cold temperatures of the winter arrive.  Replacing windows in the fall with new vinyl windows is beneficial because the current weather conditions are perfect to handle the replacement and switching to new windows just before the winter will result in increased heating efficiency when the temperature does drop.

The biggest advantage to replacing windows in the fall season is the temperature.  During the window replacement process, a home is open to the outside as the old windows are being removed and replaced by the new windows.  The winter season is much too cold for window replacement and having windows replaced in the summer means going without air conditioning until the job is complete.  The moderate temperatures of the fall are ideal for window replacement because a home will not waste heating or air conditioning during the replacement process.

The fall season is also a great time for replacement vinyl windows because they will increase the heating efficiency of the home right before the winter.  Old windows with wood or metal frames do not form as tight of a seal as vinyl frames which could cause them to be drafty and allow air exchanges that would result in heat loss.  The vinyl replacement windows from Green T form a much tighter seal to limit air transfer and keep the heating in the house.  This will improve the efficiency of the heating system for warmer rooms and lower energy bills just in time for the cold Chicago winter.

If you are considering vinyl replacement windows for your home, contact Green T Windows this fall.  We have 360 Vinyl Replacement Windows available in ten different styles that meet or exceed the Illinois Energy Efficient Building Act.  The 100% pure virgin vinyl frames can be customized to fit any size area and they come in a variety of color options.  Contact Green T Windows for professional window replacement and enjoy better heating efficiency with lower energy bills when the coldest winter temperatures arrive.

Vinyl Replacement Windows Benefits

Replacing the windows of a home is a big project and often a tough decision to make for the homeowner.  Usually homeowners put off new windows until their old windows become dysfunctional or the maintenance becomes a burden.  However, there are many benefits to replacing old windows with vinyl replacement windows that should have homeowners considering the move before their windows break down.  Here are some common benefits of replacement windows.

  • Lower Energy Bills: Over time, old window frames and seals become worn down and allow more air seepage which could affect heating and cooling efficiency.  Vinyl replacement windows form a tight seal to prevent air seepage which will increase heating and cooling efficiency and lower your energy bills.
  • Curb Appeal: The windows are a large aspect of the look of a home both inside and outside.  New windows with vinyl frames that are available in several color options can really transform the look of a home and boost its curb appeal.
  • Light: Our replacement windows contain Low-E glass which allows in natural light from the sun while stripping it of its long-wave radiation to reflect the heat.  This helps improve energy efficiency by keeping out the heat without losing the benefit of natural light.
  • Air Flow/ Noise Reduction: New vinyl windows have improved airflow and ventilation over old windows and their tighter seal also reduces outside noise.  This will make your home feel much more comfortable and give you a better sense of privacy.
  • Easy Maintenance: Vinyl replacement windows are made with the best hardware available for easy operation.  These windows are durable and they adjust to allow access to both sides of the glass for easy cleaning.

Even though your windows may not show obvious signs of failure, replacing them with vinyl windows can still be beneficial to your home.  Green T Windows provides and installs new vinyl replacement windows in several popular styles and color options.  These windows will not only increase the energy efficiency of a home and reduce energy bills, but also greatly improve the look and feel of your home inside and out.

The Advantages of Double Hung Windows

There are replacements available for just about every style of window and double hung windows are among the most common and frequently replaced.  Vinyl replacement double hung windows have several advantages such as easy maintenance, high energy efficiency, and a high return on investment.  The double hung window style has been used in homes since the 18th Century and was popularized during the Victorian era.  Replacement double hung windows with vinyl frames give this classic design a more updated and modern look and feel.

One advantage of replacement double hung windows is that they are very easy to maintain.  These types of windows have movable sashes that allow the window to open from the top or bottom and the sashes are also built to tilt in so that both sides of the window can be easily cleaned.  Double hung windows are also easy to operate and the replacement windows from Green T have fusion welded frames and fiberglass reinforcements to add to their strength and durability.  Our double hung windows are available in several colors and finishes to add a modern touch of beauty to this classic design.

Another advantage of double hung replacement windows is that they are energy efficient which leads to a good return on investment.  Our replacement windows have frames made from vinyl and Low-E glass which help improve a home’s heating and cooling efficiency.  The vinyl frames form a tight seal which reduces the amount of heat loss through leakage and the Low-E glass helps boost efficiency by stripping the sunlight of its heat to keep the home from warming up.  These features will result in lower heating and cooling bills which combined with the added home value of replacement windows brings an average return of investment of over 63 percent.

Replacing double hung windows with vinyl replacements has several advantages including easy maintenance, higher energy efficiency, lower energy bills, added home value, and a good return on investment.  Double hung replacements are also a great way to update a classic window style and improve the overall look of a home.  Green T Windows has several interior and exterior color options available for our double hung vinyl frames to match the interior décor and exterior style of any home.  Contact us for more information about our double hung vinyl replacement windows.

Safety Tips Concerning Windows

The windows and doors of a home are much more than just a point of entrance and a portal to let in the sunshine and summer breeze, in the case of an emergency they are also a means of escape or rescue.  It is important for homeowners to view their doors and windows in this way so that if an emergency occurs, they can use their doors and even windows as an escape route.  It is recommended that families devise a plan of escape in case of an emergency such as a fire and consider these tips for making doors and windows especially a safer means of escape.

  • Planting shrubs or laying wood chips under a window can help break a fall if the window is needed as an escape route.
  • Windows and doors should always be locked in households with small children.
  • For ventilation, open windows that are out of the reach of children.
  • Keeping beds and other furniture away from windows will not only help prevent children from climbing through them, but also keep the area clear if the window is needed for an escape.
  • Window and door treatments with cords such as blinds and drapes should be kept out of the reach of children.
  • Do not ever paint, nail, or weather strip a window shut in case it is needed to escape an emergency.

In addition to following these safety tips concerning windows, homeowners should also have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to warn their families of any danger.  These pre-cautions along with a well devised escape plan will help families safely avoid emergencies by getting themselves out of danger by using their doors and windows.