Replacement Windows

Wise Replacement Window Selection Increases Impact of Any Sunroom Design

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You don’t need to add a room to have a sunroom. The right choice of replacement windows can create the same impact with a wall of windows.

In a sunroom design, an architect or designer make a distinction between a sunroom and a sunny room, but thoughtful window replacement selection blurs the lines. More and more homeowners in Madison WI are looking to the addition of new, larger windows to gain the benefits of a sunroom without a major addition to the property.

Older homes, traditionally, have smaller windows than recently built structures. A sunroom design that simply includes adding more, larger windows to a selected room makes sense. The benefit of a true sunroom or solarium can be had by a much less costly remodeling project. Opening up a corner room with large windows wrapping two sides transforms the space. Continue reading

Schedule Roof Repair and Window Replacements After Fall Inspections

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Correct small issues before winter comes

Winter’s extremes are guaranteed to stress roofs and windows in Madison WI. Before the weather gets worse, an autumn inspection will highlight the need of roof repair and window replacements. Reliable shingles and weather-tight windows protect your home from the elements and put a dent in your annual energy bills, too. Continue reading

A Dozen Questions for a Replacement Windows Contractor Before the New Window Installation

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Consider your search for a replacement windows contractor like hiring an employee. The questions you ask up-front determine if they get hired.

Selecting the right replacement windows contractor is the best way to ensure a new window installation goes smoothly. Correct installation not only boosts energy efficiency but improves the aesthetics of your home. Poor installation can let the Madison WI seasons influence your life indoors as well as out. Working with a professional who provides the experience, training and proper tools represents money well-spent. But, how do you find the right professional? In spite of the advertising, not every window company has the expertise to do the job right the first time. Choosing the correct replacement windows contractor is the first step to insure your project is a long-term success.

Direct Questions for a Replacement Windows Contractor

Here are a dozen pointed questions to ask every potential replacement window contractors you interview. It is wise to get details from more than one before a window installation project, too. Trusting your contractor is a significant part of the contract. You are putting your home in their hands. Check references and credentials. During your first sit-down meeting, ask: Continue reading

When Hail Damage Leads To A Roof Replacement

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Bruising and mat breakage sometimes occur simultaneously

Hail damage extensive enough to require a roof replacement can happen in a blink of an eye. And, it can happen on one side of the street and not the other.

The most pressing question most homeowners have after a hail storm is ‘‘How do tell if I have hail damage on my roof?”.

Our answer is simple – we have to inspect your roof. Just as importantly, you have to have your insurance company claims adjuster inspect the roof too. After all, the insurance company wants to be sure there is legitimate hail damage before paying off insurance claim. Below are guidelines to help you assess if you may have hail damage and need a roof replacement. Continue reading

New Window Buying Insights

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The Sims Window Buyers’ Guide is an effective guide to get the best window for your home

Buying new windows for your home is a challenging task. A wide array of materials, styles, manufacturers and local replacement window contractors can create a difficult mix to navigate.

When homeowners receive replacement window quotes, the biggest challenge is usually understanding how to break down the quotes and know what specifically charges are for.

To help homeowners grapple with unraveling the replacement windows riddle, Sims Exteriors and Remodeling created the New Window Buyers Guide. The guide provides –

  • A detailed comparison of window types and materials
  • A review of the hardware enabling window function
  • Energy efficiency explanations and labeling details
  • The real, ongoing and shameful cost of bargain basement replacement windows
  • A guide to vetting and selecting a great replacement window contractor
  • Details on how to avoid scams and shady window replacement contractors
  • An “Apples to Apples” contractor comparison worksheet to help you identify the best new window contractor for your home

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Spring Is the Perfect Time For Window Replacement

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Don’t let warmer temperatures let you forget about your window replacement plan – the cold drafts of winter will return

If window replacement has been on your mind over the past few months or longer, now that the temperatures are getting warmer it may be time to pull the trigger.

An important thing is to not let the warmer temperatures put your window replacement on hold again. Remember, the cold drafts from this past winter will return as will condensation on the panes of glass. The moisture from failing windows may even be causing water damage you cannot see.

The reality is if you have had to think about window replacement, your replacement windows are probably long overdue. To help decide on whether a window replacement is right for you this season, consider some of the factors below. Continue reading

Vinyl Siding Gives Homeowners Peace Of Mind

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New vinyl siding can make any home look great for a long time to come. Click to enlarge

Vinyl Siding is manufactured to be tougher than ever.

Today’s vinyl siding can withstand the elements, hold color and look great while doing it. And, it does all of these things while being a very cost effective siding solution for homeowners.

Vinyl siding and other polymeric siding, including insulated siding, are each certified and independently verified to meet or exceed demanding quality standards and performance characteristics. This is your assurance the siding you choose will help protect your home. Continue reading

Anatomy of a Replacement Window

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Knowing the components of a replacement window will help you choose the best option for your home in Madison WI. CLICK TO ENLARGE

When shopping for a replacement window there are several options. Variations in styles, materials and budget all influence your window replacement decision in Madison WI.

The process of purchasing a replacement window is easier if you understand the general structure of a window. With added perspective, the options offered and overall efficiency of a replacement window will be easier to match to your needs. Continue reading

Your Replacement Windows Contractor – Questions To Ask When Interviewing

 

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When comparing replacement windows contractors on an Apples to Apples basis, Sims Exteriors & Remodeling stands out as a great value in Madison WI

Installing replacement windows can be a big project.

Before you are through with a window replacement project, there will be a lot of holes in your walls. The need to have the replacement windows installed correctly so the new windows will be aesthetically pleasing and weather tight for comfort and protection is huge.

Unless you plan on swinging a hammer on your window replacement project, you have to pick a contractor to do your project.

So, no pressure now – your choice of a replacement windows contractor will determine the success or failure of your project. It can be tough to do – especially if you have not done any construction or building of you own. In other words, you have no frame of reference.

To increase your chances of having a successful window replacement project, we have assembled a set of questions to ask EVERY replacement windows contractor you consider. Conducting interviews to qualify prospective replacement windows contractors is an important step.

In window replacement projects, those removing the old windows and installing the new may be in your home when you are not, so trusting them is a major issue. Following up on references and credentials is important before hiring any contractor. The goal is finding a replacement windows company with high credibility and good feedback from prior clients. Continue reading

Interviewing Window Replacement Contractor’s – Avoiding Scams

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Be sure to avoid replacement windows contractors that don’t have your best interests at heart

A Windows replacement project will bring all types of contractor’s to your door.

We all want to assume the best about people we deal with. However, with replacement windows, the combination of quick turnaround and high dollar value sometimes invites those looking to make a quick profit. The challenge with selecting window replacement companies in this situation is eliminating the two most problematic kind of contractors from your process as soon as possible –

  • The low-ball artist who may or may not be in existence in a year to perform any service work or warranty work needed. They usually have low overhead (a pick-up truck and a hammer) and no real track record. The quality of the workmanship may be questionable as well.
  • On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have window replacement contractors having huge overhead and the expense you find to help pay for that overhead. AND, their prices reflect that reality. Premium pricing no matter what the products.

We believe homeowners deserve great value with their window replacement or any other roofing, siding or remodeling project. Selecting the best, most reliable replacement windows contractor can save you thousands on the front end – and thousands after the project is complete. Avoiding scams and window replacement contractors who just “don’t fit” can be the most important aspect of the process. Continue reading

Replacement Windows Contractor Comparison in Madison WI

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The quality of the installation of your replacement windows will be the deciding factor in the windows performance

Selecting a replacement windows contractor in Madison WI can be a difficult task.

Window replacement in a home is a big project and can have a healthy price tag as well. Selecting the best contractor for purchasing, and more importantly installing your replacement windows is a very important decision.

Many factors come into play with window replacement in Madison. There are a number of contractors that can confuse the issue with “special offers” which are usually not that special.

When you are purchasing windows, keep in mind all premium replacement windows perform very similarly. The structure, insulation and glass coatings will produce similar results. The difference is almost always the quality of the installation and the window replacement contractor doing the work.

Price is a significant factor. Large price differentials for premium replacement windows are usually the result of inflated margin or labor costs. Premium replacement windows will deliver the best results when installed by a contractor offering a honest price, quality installation and great follow-up. Continue reading

Save a REAL 25% Off Labor on Replacement Windows or Siding This Winter

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Get great value with your replacement windows in winter 2015 & Save

For the first time ever – any Window Replacement or Siding project in the Madison WI area done between December 15th 2014 and March 15, 2015 will receive a 25% discount on labor from Sims Exteriors and Remodeling. A real discount.

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We have avoided the “Special Offer” business because we have seen many gimmicks and bait and switch activities for replacement windows and we did not want to be associated with that type of business approach and the companies doing them.

However, because winter is routinely our slowest time of year, we can afford to offer our highest quality installation professionals and products with a REAL 25% discount on labor. It’s a win-win situation. Our pros get to work through the winter and you, the homeowner, gets superior professional workmanship and great products – such as Lindsay Windows, Pella Windows and Anderson Windows installed for a really great price. It’s the BEST Replacement windows VALUE in Madison WI. Continue reading

New Windows Madison WI – Preventing Condensation

Windows can be a key indicator of how much humidity is inside your Madison WI home.

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The new technology gained with window replacement can reduce energy costs and stop condensation

Condensation on windows occurs when water vapor, which is a gas, turns into water droplets as it comes into contact with a cold surface. The point at which this happens is called the “dew point”.  The warmer the indoor air, the more water vapor it can “hold,” and moisture can better remain in the vapor state. When air moves next to a cold window, the temperature drops and it can’t “hold” as much vapor.  That’s when you start to see fogging or condensation forming.

The problem is, over time, excessive condensation on windows will lead to stained woodwork and possibly damaged plaster or wall paper. The reason it is important to be aware of condensation on your windows is it shows excess moisture may be in your home. In addition to condensation on your window, excess moisture may also be freezing in the insulation in your attic where in warmer weather it can melt and damage plaster. Too much moisture in your home can even force its way out of your house through siding causing blisters to exterior paint. Continue reading

Replacement Windows – Picking The Best For Your Needs

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When comparing vinyl and composite replacement windows, be sure to understand how the interior is constructed

Replacement Windows – Picking the best For Your Needs

Window Replacement can be an expensive proposition. The challenge most homeowners face is choosing the right windows for their home. There are scores of options to choose from when you consider the combination of replacement windows manufacturers, window styles and materials used.

Window Replacement – It’s About Energy Efficiency

There are many things to look at when replacement window shopping, but a good place to start is to make an apples-to-apples comparison of the energy efficiency of all types of windows.  Regardless of different components, you need to know two significant ratios: Continue reading

Pricing Practices For Window Replacement Madison WI

Window replacement contractors across the country have to operate in very competitive marketplaces.

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Honest comparison is the best way to get true value in your next window replacement

At Sims Exteriors we have found offering high quality products and services at a fair price has allowed us to grow at a steady pace. This practice has created a great many satisfied customers. We are determined to continue doing just that. 

However, we have also been amazed (and concerned) that many homeowners routinely fall prey to window replacement contractors promoting “Special Deals” and “Unique Pricing”, only to be sold a different deal or product when they meet with homeowners. To put it plainly, we are surprised intelligent consumers are taken in by these window replacement contractors that spend more time fooling their customers than just providing great products and service.

We have more respect for homeowners in the Madison area. We know firsthand homeowners who have responded to special promotions only to end up with inflated values on the products they purchased. We know this because we have quoted projects for thousands of dollars less than the “special offers” with higher quality products than our competition. It’s sad to see the faces of homeowners who realize they have been “taken”. Continue reading