The Palmer Group

Stop Throwing Money Out Your Homes Old Windows.


If you’re like a lot of our clients, you’ve probably had the discussion regarding your old windows.

With heating costs on the rise, I’m sure you’ve thought about whether it’s time to replace aging, drafty windows with efficient, tight-fitting ones.

In addition to reducing your energy bill, new windows can make your home more comfortable, quiet, and attractive.

But, we always tell clients don’t expect to recoup your investment right away.

If you have old fashioned single glazed widows, replacement windows might save you 10 to 25 percent a year for heating and cooling.

For an average size house, the costs can be somewhere between $12,000 and $20,000 with custom sizes adding another 15  percent or so.  If you stop and consider the financials it might take 20 years or more before you break even.

Replacement windows have become more energy efficient since insulating features such as multiple glazing, Low-E coatings, and inert-gas insulation have been introduced by many of the top window manufacturers.

Some things to consider when looking at windows:

Efficiency Ratings.

Manufactures mark their windows with a U-factor, U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer and it tells you how well the window insulates.  U-factor values generally range from 0.25 to 1.25.  The lower the U-factor, the better the window insulates.  Here are some additional window features to consider.

Double Glazed Windows.

Double glazed windows have a sealed space between the two panes of glass, and the air in the space provides an added layer of insulation.  Compared with a single pane, double glazing can cut heat loss nearly in half.  The insulating value of triple glazed windows is higher still, but the extra layers adds to the weight and cost.

Low-E coating.

Clear glass allows large amounts of radiant energy to pass through – heat in from the sun in summer, heat out from your house in winter.  A low-E window has a coating of thin metallic film that acts something like a two-way mirror.  It reflects heat back into the house in winter and it blocks heat from the sun from entering the house in the summer.

We always tell clients before buying they should take a close look at a Low-E window.  Some coatings darken the glass and have a slight tint and each of the manufactures uses a different kind of film so before buying make sure you are fine with the tint.

Gas filled.

Instead of air in the sealed space between glass panes, these windows use argon, krypton, or other inert gas.  These gases are denser than air, so they provide better insulation.

Cladding.

This is the vinyl or aluminum that covers the exterior of a wood window so that it doesn’t have to be painted.

Tilt-in sashes.

On windows with this feature, the sashes both upper and lower can be tilted in for easy cleaning.

New Englands Recognizable & Reputable Window Manufactures.

Andersen.

Anderson is one of the leading manufacturers and marketers of windows and one of our favorites.  Andersen windows are available in multiple replacement and new-construction lines in popular double-hung and casement styles. Anderson window lines include wood, clad, vinyl, and composite construction and low-E and argon-filled glass for high efficiency.

Anderson markets a line of stock sizes and has extensive special-order and custom options.  Andersen windows are widely available through independent home centers, dealers, and Home Depot.  Anderson markets a line of vinyl windows under the American Craftsman brand at The Home Depot and a composite line under the Renewal by Anderson name through certified installers.

Jeld-Wen.

Jeld-Wen markets windows under the Jeld-Wen, Pozzi, Caradco, and Wenco brand names that are available in multiple replacement and new-construction lines in popular double-hung and casement styles.

Jeld-Wen window lines include wood, clad, vinyl, and aluminum construction and low-E and argon-filled glass for high efficiency.  Jeld-Wen made windows are primarily sold through independent home centers and dealers.  Another quality window in our opinion.

Marvin.

Marvin windows are available in multiple replacement and new-construction lines in popular double-hung and casement styles.  Marvin window lines include wood, clad, and composite construction and low-E and argon-filled glass for high efficiency.

Marvin markets a line of stock sizes and has extensive special-order and custom options.  Marvin windows are sold through independent home centers and dealers and are premium priced.

Peachtree.

Peachtree markets windows under the Peachtree, Crestline, and Weathershield brand names that are available in multiple replacement and new-construction lines in popular double-hung and casement styles.

Peachtree made window lines include wood, clad, vinyl, and composite construction and low-E and argon-filled glass for high efficiency. Peachtree windows are primarily sold through independent home centers and dealers and are premium priced.

Pella.

Pella windows are available in multiple replacement and new construction lines in popular double-hung and casement styles.  Pella window lines include wood, clad, vinyl, and aluminum construction and low-E and argon-filled glass for high efficiency.

Pella markets a line of stock sizes and has extensive special-order and custom options. Pella windows are widely available through Pella Company owned stores, dealers, independent home centers, and Lowes.  Pella markets a line of windows under the ThermaStar by Pella name at Lowes.

Looking for advice or information on upgrading your windows or any remodeling questions please give us a call at, 508-596-7377 or email [email protected]We are always happy to try and help.   

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