While it’s true that quality and brand will heavily impact how many years you’ll get out of new replacement windows or a new exterior door, it’s not the only factor to consider. Installation makes a difference, too. If done improperly, it can dramatically shorten your new windows’ lifespan.
Installed correctly, a window (or door) is supported on all sides by the opening that surrounds it. This gives it structural integrity, according to DunRite Windows & Doors Owner Sal Sucato. It needs relatively equal pressure on all sides from an opening), and a strong foundation underneath that can bear its weight.
Wondering if solar screens can save as much energy as new windows? It’s a common idea for homeowners who aren’t quite sure they’re ready to invest in window replacements to consider solar screens. But can they save as much energy as new windows? Are sun screens a good alternative to new windows?
Just in case you missed it, here’s DunRite Windows & Doors Owner Sal Sucato, joining Rosie & Romey Romero on the Rosie On The House podcast. Give it a listen, or jump down to the transcript below, then let us know what you think!
The term “custom windows” is often misunderstood by homeowners. It can refer to a window that’s a one-of-a-kind design, made for a specific home. Perhaps it’s a unique material, includes stained glass by a local artist, or it’s handmade by a local craftsman, rather than a window manufacturer… That’s a custom window in the truest sense of the word, right? But “custom window” can also refer to the most common type of window: one that’s made to fit specific measurements provided by the installer.
It’s manufactured to fit.
Most window and door companies operate this way, and it’s the only way they order product. Nothing is off-the shelf.
Are you thinking of installing new windows? Then it might be time to dust off your measuring tape and put your skills to the test! You’ll need to know how to measure for replacement windows if you’re planning to purchase and install them yourself, or if you’re comparing DIY pricing to those from window and door companies.
However, if you plan on outsourcing the job to professionals, measurements are unnecessary. Don’t waste time doing it, unless it’s a virtual appointment and they specifically request measurements. Allowing them to handle measurements ensures they’re responsible for any mistakes, not you, and they’ll take measurements multiple times throughout the estimate and installation process.
DunRite Windows & Doors will happily measure and order the correct windows for a flawless install every time, if you’re interested in a price quote. However, here’s a quick tutorial if it’s something you prefer to do yourself.
Touted everywhere as the most energy efficient window option available, triple-pane windows can seem like an ideal choice to most homeowners. After all, there are two pockets of argon gas to insulate, instead of the single pocket on a double-pane window. Wouldn’t that help reduce a home’s energy bills?
But here’s the thing. In some climates, they can really save money—but they just aren’t something we recommend for homes in the Phoenix area. Flagstaff? Maybe, but not Phoenix.
There’s a reason you don’t see too many aluminum windows being installed around the Valley of the Sun these days… What was innovative in 1912 is no longer the leader 100 years later.
There are more energy efficient options available, and with the exception of one Milgard product that we sell, most aluminum products are outdated or in the process of being phased out. Based on DunRite’s 20+ years of experience? They’re the least desirable option for Phoenix area homeowners, right alongside entry-level vinyl windows, which can warp and melt.
Summary: Yes, most Pella replacement windows have a lifetime warranty; however, it’s not all-inclusive and only applies to the original purchaser, or for ten years from the date of purchase if the home is sold. Coverage varies by product and each individual component, finish or feature.