Replacement Windows

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

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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Selecting Roofing Contractors in Madison WI

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Expect to get any two of these three items when selecting a roofing contractor

If you need one in Madison WI, there are plenty of roofing contractors to choose from.

The problem most homeowners have is finding roofing contractors they can trust. After all, most homeowners do not replace roofs often. In some cases maybe only one purchase in a lifetime. Possibly twice, but the purchase date can be twenty years apart. Not a great situation for gaining knowledge and skill at making a decision. Continue reading

Winterizing a Home in Madison WI

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Sealing air leaks at doors, and windows will help keep you warmer and save you money

Winterizing a home to prepare for the upcoming Madison Wisconsin winter is easier than most think. To help lower your heating bills and enjoy a comfortable winter season, there are just a few basic steps to follow in winterizing a home.

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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