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Wintertime Window Replacement In Madison WI

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Window replacement can be done year round except in the most extreme cold conditions in Madison WI

Window replacement in wintertime is often thought to be taboo by homeowners.

In reality, replacement windows can be installed at nearly anytime during the year. The windows will perform effectively and efficiently in all but the most extreme circumstances. In fact, it is more likely the installation crew will be held back so as not to be exposed to extremely cold weather.

When Needed Window Replacement Becomes More Noticeable

Winter is a time you can more often notice your old windows are failing. You can feel drafts, notice heat loss and the harsh conditions highlight signs of aging or rot.

If you notice problems with drafty windows or feel you are paying too much for the heat in your home to let it escape through your windows, don’t wait to get replacement windows. 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

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

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

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

Replacement Windows Madison WI – Wood Or Plastic?

Finding replacement windows for your home is a big project and requires a great deal of research. There are more options than ever

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Vinyl windows offer a less expensive option and is nearly maintenance free

before in terms of product offerings and suppliers for homeowners to consider. 

The vast majority of replacement windows are primarily constructed of either wood or vinyl. This article is to introduce you to the basics of these replacement windows choices so you can begin the learning and comparison process.

Listed below are general comparisons of the two major types of construction for replacement windows.
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Replacement Windows – Installation Is Key in Madison WI

The biggest mistake we see homeowners make is obsessing on statistics about replacement windows they buy for their homes.

Problems can occur when homeowners rely solely on the product stats. The reason is second part of the equation revolves around the contractor you choose to do the work and what techniques the contractor uses to install the products you choose. Even the best products can be reduced to average or below average performance as a result of poor installation. Continue reading