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Replacement Windows and Window Frame Options

When considering the best choice in replacement windows San Antonio residents often consider the hot and humid South Texas climate. Homeowners have many choices when it comes to what material is used, and it is a benefit to know the benefits and disadvantage of each different type. Most manufactures are going to use essentially the same high performance double pane low e glass with argon gas filled. When looking at performance levels for a replacement window or replacement window frame, double pane glass options for most new retrofit units meet or exceed current energy star ratings. So the choice that is left is what material is best for frame construction. To help you better understand the choices available for your replacement window frames, we have gathered information regarding each different material available.

Replacement Composite Window Frames

Composite frames are manufactured with wood material and resin. This bonding process allows for a very strong window frame and yet non conductive. Advantages are a real wood veneer interior and a vinyl clad exterior. Composite frames is one of the most expensive processes in manufacturing and will be reflected in price. If cost isn’t an issue this might be the way to go when replacing windows, and the window frame.

Replacement Fiberglass Window Frames

Fiberglass window frames account for a small portion in the retrofit market. Although the concept is sound since the two most important factors are strength and non conductivity. Fiberglass frames tend to be on the high end scale as far as costs go. Some manufactures have recently started to promote this as an option primarily to compete with the composite market.

Aluminum Window Frame

Most homes come with standard issue contractor grade aluminum windows. The upside to metal is its strength. The downside is it is a good conductor of heat and cold. Replacement grade aluminum window now come with a thermo-break. This helps reduce frame conductivity while providing a very durable long lasting frame material with a low expansion- contraction ratio. You get all the benefits of metal without the conductivity. Also when looking at air infiltration ratios, a good thermally broken replacement window will also be the most air tight. This product offers a good benefit – cost ratio.

Vinyl Window Frames

Most replacement window manufactures offer vinyl windows. Production costs is why this product is so popular. The truth is that profit margins drive most renovation company’s to promote this option. Although there are some very good replacement grade vinyl windows on the market keep in mind the downside. Limited color selection, wide frame exposure, strength, high expansion- contraction ratio.

When considering new replacement windows for your home make sure you consider all your options. Cost, durability, and aesthetics should all factor into your decision. Call Alamo Exteriors at 210-372-9495 for a free no hassle educational consultation, we have been a trusted contractor for replacement windows San Antonio resident can count on. Call Today!

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Choosing a Replacement Siding Contractor

How do replacement home siding Companies determine what they are quoting me?

When considering a renovation project that include replacing the siding on your home, the process can be stressful. You’ve probably done some initial research and may already have received some quotes from various company’s. Here is some additional information that will benefit you to consider when considering a replacement siding contractor: who to hire when looking into replacement siding?

Lets assume that your list of possible replacement siding contractors includes companies that have been verified through the BBB, Angie’s List, and have been established in your area for at least 5 years. You’ve received bids and the price has varied from low to high and you’re wondering what accounts for the difference?

  1. Materials used, workmanship, labor costs, and overhead factor in to the bottom line costs of replacing your home siding. The best bet is to stay with someone who specializes in your own particular project, rather than a general contractor that lists that they can build you a home and perform maintenance on it. Those who claim that they can do it all probably can not do it all as well as you would like.
  2. You should be able to narrow your list of options by choosing to consider only those who specialize in replacement siding services. It is best to stay away from “Off Brand Products”. If you have never heard of a siding or window product being offered before by anyone, you do not want your house to be the test run.
  3. Some companies will keep their bottom line price by using inexperienced, unqualified workers on your home improvement project who could care less about what it looks like when the job is complete. The truth is that great installers get paid well, and they care about the finished look and appeal of the product that is installed. Low bid contractors will usually cut dollars by cutting out the qualified.

Compare equivalent services when receiving replacement siding quotes

Make sure your comparing apples to apples.
Your contractor should be able to go into great detail regarding what products are used, manufacture warrantees and what they entail, and provide you with a thorough understanding of how the project will unfold. Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy. If it sounds like they’re making it up as they go, they probably are.

On the other side of the price spectrum you may have those who spend a lot of time (and your money) claiming to be the best. Do you really want to spend your money financing their next marketing campaign? Stay clear of companies that claim they are offering “exclusive products”, as this gives the replacement siding contractor the ability to charge what they want, which is not necessarily what the product is truly worth. You should be presented with multiple options including an explanation of the benefits and risks of each product offered.

What a homeowner needs to make sure of is that they are getting the most value for their investment. Consider all factors before making the big decision to replace home siding on your home.

Call Alamo Exteriors at 210-372-9495 for a free no hassle educational consultation.

Window Replacement – How to Prepare for The Project

Windows Replacement PreparationFinally you will get your new windows! You have just been called by Alamo Exteriors confirming day and time of the upcoming installation. What can you do to help running the project as smoothly as possible. Here is our list with some suggestions.

  1. Be available

Our advise is to be within calling distance when the installation crew is working in your home. When our crew members are replacing the windows, they might have some questions for you to answer to accomplish the best results.

  1. Review the project

We like to walk through the house with you before starting with the installation. This is our and your chance to catch any errors we might have made in ordering the windows.  We can address additional requests or specific needs this way.

  1. Make storage space available

When our installation crew arrives, we will also deliver the windows. Depending on the size of the project – for example more than ten windows- it might take more than one day to replace all the windows. We need to put materials and windows that are not installed the same day in a secure and safe area to avoid damage. When extra space in your home is not available, you might want to rent a container to store all the items.

We also need some storage outside to temporarily store old windows before we take them away.

  1. Clear the area near the windows – inside and outside.

Our crew will work inside and outside your house. The window areas need to be easy accessible for the crew to allow the project to run smoothly.  Before the crew arrives, remove all furniture, objects and breakable valuables close to the windows. Also take down curtains, blinds, and shutters. Remove outdoor obstacles as well. Although our crew will do their very best not to step on your plants, you might want to protect vulnerable flowerbeds.

  1. Cover your furniture

Our team will protect working areas with tarps. However, taking out old windows will create dust, so consider covering couches and chairs. When the windows are installed, our crew will leave the rooms behind broom-cleaned.

  1. Deactivate your alarm

Check with your security company what to do with your alarm system the day of installation. Several solutions are available depending on your system.

  1. Protect your pets

Your home is your pet’s home. A renovation can be stressful for your pet. Maybe your pet can stay with a friend during the day of installation. Or you can lock up your pets in a safe area in your home. You want to avoid that a stressed pet escapes the turmoil by jumping through an open window.

During installation you can always ask our crew members questions or address concerns. They might come up with great suggestions.

Fall is a great time of year for replacing your windows

Fall is a great time of year for replacing your windows since –  in the summer – the temperatures in Texas can rise above 100+ degrees . Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Moderate outside temperature to do home improvements
    Fall brings that favorable weather with a balancing temperature of not too hot and not too cold!  You don’t have to worry about dollars flying out of the empty windows while contractors install your new windows. It still comfortable in your house without your cooling or heating units turned off.
  2. It is time to impress your guests
    The holidays are around the corner. Why not impress your guests with beautiful focal points in an updated, warm and welcoming home.
  3. Is your home cold-weather winter proof?
    By installing your windows in the fall, you can maximize home energy saving during the winter. Replacing old windows with Energy Star qualified windows can lower your home’s energy costs by 7% to 15%, according to EnergyStar.gov.  Look for the following signs to see if your windows need to be replaced:

    1. Do your windows open and close easily? If your windows get stuck, it is difficult to let fresh air in on the nice cool days. More problematic, the windows can let warm air out even when the windows are shut.
    2. Do you feel warm and cold spots in your home? Old and energy inefficient windows are not effective as insulators anymore; they will let cool air in in the winter.
    3. Do you have drafty windows? You can check for draft by holding a candle near the window frame to see if it flickers. Drafty windows also allow let air in during the cold season.
    4. Do you see condensation on your windows? This is considered a red flag, read more about this topic here.

 

Alamo Exteriors offers several types of energy efficient windows. if you are considering replacement windows, contact us and we can help you to choose the right window for you, within your budget meeting your needs and your desires. Contact or call us today for a free estimate.

Why should I choose a sliding window over another window?

A sliding window can have the same advantages – energy efficient, durable, and easy to clean – as any other window style. So why would you choose this type of window. What are the features of a sliding window?

Alamo Exterior - Sliding WindowA sliding window is also called a slider or a gliding window, is a window with horizontally movable panels. These so-called “sashes” can glide smoothly in either direction. Your choice for this type of window can be based on personal taste or ease of use.

Personal taste:
A sliding window has a clean, elegant look, and therefore will fit easily in any architectural style. They are available with or without muntins to give the appearance of a divided pane.

Easiness to use:
The slider window is often placed in a difficult to reach area. This because a sliding window allows you to slide one sash of the window open with a simple push. This window is therefore also an excellent choice for people who have mobility problems or have difficulty lifting or pushing up a hung window.

Letting the outside in:
A slider window is ideal for any window opening with a width greater than the height. These windows allow for an unobstructed view and an abundance of natural light to enter into your home. The windows also allow for easy natural ventilation.

Confused of what type of window is the best suited for you?  Simply contact Alamo Exteriors. We offer free consultations to help you better understand your window options.