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Benefits of Replacing Old Windows
Don't let your time, energy and money slip out of your drafty windows. Michigan winters can be cold and the summers can be hot! 

Don’t spend your money on high heating and cooling bills caused by inefficient windows. Replacement windows can give your Michigan home style and charm and may help reduce your energy costs!

Window Replacement -  Tip #1

Many homeowners are under the assumption that when rotting occurs on their wood window, replacements are necessary. Many window contractors have systems that will extend the life of the windows substantially at a much lower cost than replacement.

Window Replacement -  Tip #2

New windows can lower your monthly heating and cooling bills, increase your home’s resale value and increase the security and safety of your home

Window Replacement -  Tip #3

Windows and doors are typically responsible for about 40 percent of your home's heating bill. Thermal windows are typically two to four times more efficient than older single pane windows.

Window Replacement -  Tip #4

Find out the NFRC Rating.  The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) provides unbiased energy performance ratings for windows, doors and skylights. Independent NFRC ratings provide the basis for the Energy Star's® window performance requirements.

Window Replacement -  Tip #5

Remove window treatments (including shades and blinds) before the installers arrive to give them easy access to the windows

Window Replacement -  Tip #6

When selecting a window installer, make sure to request paperwork that assures you that the entire installation team is bonded and insured.

Definitions / Glossary

Casement Windows - Casement windows are more common in newer homes and are typical in the western part of the United States - but you will find them more and more in Michigan. Casement windows are a great choice where windows can be difficult to reach, such as over the kitchen sink. 

Awning Windows - Awning windows are commonly used for ventilation when placed above or below a window or door; they provide more light. 

Double-Hung Windows - Double-hung windows are common in older homes. Double-hung windows come in larger widths (up to 45") and may help save money. 

Common Window Brands Used in Michigan

  • Sunrise Windows
  • Andersen Windows
  • Marvin Windows
  • Pella Windows
  • Oxbowindo

Common Window Types

  • Entry Doors
  • Angle Bay Window 
  • Bow Window 
  • Casement Double-Wide Window 
  • Gliding Windows 
  • Storm Doors 
  • Garden Windows
  • Casement Windows
  • Awning Windows
  • Double-Hung Windows
  • Circlehead Windows
  • Fixed Windows (No open windows)
  • Storm Windows: Storm windows serve as a protector from harsh weather. 

Common Window Materials used in Michigan

  • Aluminum: Aluminum has flaws that can make aluminum a poor choice for your home. 
  • Steel: Weather-resistant, durable and energy efficient, steel is also expensive. 
  • Vinyl: Moderately priced in Michigan, vinyl windows come in a variety of styles, and are durable.
  • Wood: These windows can be expensive and require a high level of maintenance. 
  • Fibrex® is structural wood composite that merges the reclaimed wood fiber from Andersen's standard window milling production, and combines it with a thermoplastic polymer.

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