Questions About Windows

What Kind of Windows Are Most Energy-Efficient?

I am building a new home in the Chicago suburbs. I am acting as my own general contractor, and have a question about windows. Which type of frames--vinyl, wood, or aluminum is the most energy-efficient? Can I get a tax break for using energy-efficient windows in new construction?

How Much Will Window Replacement Save?

I live in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, where the winters are very cold. My house is an older home with double-hung single pane windows. Will window replacement with double or triple pane windows save me money on my heating bill, and how much? How long will it take to recover my investment?

Should I Attempt Window Installation Myself in Alaska?

I need to add a bigger window to my ground floor bathroom. I'm handy with hammers and saws, but concerned about keeping a window installation weather tight here in Anchorage, AK. Do I need a contractor, and would they do such a small job?

Signs it's Time for Replacing Windows

I just recently bought a house that's ten years old. I'm making a list of checkpoints for repairs and evaluations. My current focus is the windows. They're fairly standard, but some do show signs of wear and tear. What are the features I should look at to know if I should be replacing windows or not?

Understanding Windows Ratings

I want to replace the windows along the front of the house. The rooms are the kitchen, living room, dining room, and a master bedroom. I don't understand the ratings on the tag and whether I need the most expensive ones in the store. Can you suggest a way to get windows that save on heating bills without having to use our entire remodeling budget?

Window Replacements for the Upstairs

We are planning to replace our upstairs windows. We're looking at vinyl for the smaller windows. But the main bedroom has a picture window on a sliding door to the deck. What options would you recommend there so that we won't have to do this again anytime soon?

New Window Installation for Energy Efficiency

I'm very interested in making my home more energy efficient, both for the environment and for cost savings. I've been thinking about installing new windows but I'm feeling overwhelmed by the choices available. What are the most important things I should consider when looking at a window installation?

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