Getting windows replaced in your home can improve its look, increase indoor comfort, decrease your utility costs, and facilitate the window cleaning process. Replacing your windows is an investment, but one that can bring long-term benefits and increase your home’s value.
How do you know if you should replace those old windows? There are several criteria to use to determine if it’s time. Do you notice your utility bills rising? Do you feel a draft when you run your hand around window frames? Are the windows hard to open or lock? Answers to those questions and more can help you decide.
How to Choose the Right Replacement Windows
There are many brands of windows available, and they can be constructed of different materials. Some brands are better made. Some materials are more durable. It’s wise to weigh the pros and cons to get the windows that best meet your needs and budget.
You don’t want to install just any brand of windows in your home. Choosing higher end windows may cost more initially, but will make up for it in beauty, durability, and functionality.
The Pella brand has been around for almost 100 years! That’s quite an accomplishment, but not surprising. They are constantly searching for innovative solutions to improve their windows and doors. They’ve received over 150 patents as a result of their innovations.
Pella offers a wide selection of styles and designs to complement any architectural structure. There are hundreds of combinations of shapes, colors, and frame materials to choose from. You are sure to find the right ones for your home.
Most Pella products are custom made specifically to the measurements of your home. They have nine manufacturing locations, all in the United States. They offer exceptional customer service before, during and after installation.
Pella products are made with the highest quality and workmanship. They are so confident in the performance and durability of their windows and doors that they offer limited lifetime warranties on all of their products.
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Simonton has been making high quality windows and doors since 1946. Their premium vinyl windows are designed for structural integrity and weather resistance. They also meet ENERGY STAR® guidelines and are considered thermal-efficient.
Simonton offers a Lifetime Limited Warranty on their windows and patio doors. This warranty can be transferred to the new homeowners, as well. That’s a great selling point for potential buyers.
Hiring the Right Company for Window Installation
Replacing the windows in your home is not a project that is done very often. Depending on the quality of the windows and how they were installed, windows could last 20-30 years.
Most homeowners, no matter how handy, don’t have the experience in installing windows. With the investment you’re making in the cost of the windows themselves, do you really want to risk them being dysfunctional because of incorrect installation? Also, warranties may be voided if they are installed incorrectly.
Replacing windows is a big job. Windows are heavy and installing them requires more than one person. If you’re only replacing one or two, it may be doable as a DIY project. But if there are a lot of windows involved, it’s wiser to hire a contractor certified in installing not only windows, but the brand of windows you choose.
When you research window replacement contractors, look for certain factors like:
Banner Construction has been installing windows for over 20 years. We only carry and install premium windows -- Pella and Simonton -- because we believe that they are the best premiere windows available. We are certified installers for both brands, so you know you’ll get your windows installed correctly.
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Caring for Your New Replacement Windows
Once you get your new premium replacement windows installed by a certified installer, you can rest assured that they will last for many years. However, there are some things you can do to keep them maintained for the best performance and appearance.
Although your new windows will look and function better than the old ones, regular maintenance is recommended to keep them that way. Inspecting the windows for worn seals, windows sticking and other malfunctions can reveal areas that need attention. Most homeowners can do the maintenance themselves, or contact professionals to perform the work.
Your new Pella or Simonton windows will do a great job in keeping the outdoor weather from seeping into your home. However, as time goes on, the seals and stripping around the windows may become worn. Weatherizing windows is a task that can help keep out drafts in the cold weather and save on utility bills.
Keeping your windows clean and sparkling will extend their lifespan, as well as increase their beauty. Cleaning them requires more than just cleaning the glass panes. The window tracks and sills attract dirt and debris, which can impair the smooth operation of the windows. Dirty screens can result in dust, pollen and other allergens entering open windows.
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Getting the Right Replacement Windows Installed
When you’re ready to replace those St. Louis windows, you need to decide which ones to buy. There are many brands, types and styles of windows. Window frames come in a variety of materials. So how do you choose?
Don’t Settle for Cheap Windows
Sure, it’s a considerable investment to replace your windows and you may be tempted to get lower grade ones to save some money. However, this will only cause you problems down the road. It may wind up costing your more in the long term than opting for high-quality windows in the first place.
Choose the Best Windows
Don’t be don’t settle for less than the best. Choose high-quality windows that are durable, aesthetic and made to last. Banner Construction only carries the top premier windows:
Pella Premium Windows and doors are rated #1 in highest quality and innovation by Homeowners. Consumer Reports has also ranked them #1 consistently in their tests. Pella has been named greenest window and door brand by Green Builder Media. Pella offers energy-efficient options that will meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® certification in all 50 states.
Pella has been providing top-of-the line windows and doors to consumers since 1925. The company originated in Pella, Iowa, where their headquarters still exists. Their focus is to provide the best quality windows and doors available.
Pella products are tested well beyond what some other manufacturers consider adequate. They are tested in extreme temperatures, severe impact, and through thousands of repetitions to ensure you receive the finest and most durable product. That’s why Pella can offer some of the most superior warranties in the business on all of their products.
Pella offers a unique service called Pella Design Works to all their certified contractors. This service allows certified contractors like Banner Construction to show you how your home’s exterior will look after the windows and doors are installed. This will help you in your decisions on which styles and designs will work best for your home.
Simonton Premier Vinyl Windows has been around since 1946 as the premiere company in vinyl windows and doors. They are designed for structural integrity and weather resistance. They also meet ENERGY STAR® guidelines and are considered thermal-efficient.
Simonton Windows are designed for beauty with an impression that is made to last with various designs and styles to choose from. Their most popular series, the SimontonReflections 5500 series, offers a Double Lifetime Limited Warranty.
Key features of Simonton’s premium vinyl replacement windows:
- Low maintenance, great warranty
- Energy efficient
- Warm, realistic woodgrain finishes available as well as custom finished
- Create the look you want - classic, modern, traditional or non-traditional
Hire the Right Contractor in St. Louis
Installing windows is a huge undertaking. Tackling the project yourself would require lots of time and cause mistakes that cost extra. Hiring an experienced contractor could save you lots of headaches.
Whether you are replacing your windows for energy efficiency, weather resistance, ease of maintenance, or curb appeal, our designers will work with you to ensure that you get the right windows that offer the best value.
By hiring an experienced and reputable company to install your replacement windows you’ll get peace of mind knowing they’ll be installed correctly. Banner Construction excels at installing replacement windows across the entire St. Louis metro area including St. Charles and Jefferson Counties in Missouri and Madison and Monroe Counties in Illinois. We'll provide you with differentiated design options when planning your window replacement.
Contact us today to get a free consultation on replacing your windows.