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What Are Energy Efficient Windows?
Window materials and options have changed a lot over the years as energy codes have become more strict, and as utility rates have climbed. Generically, they are white vinyl double pane windows, usually with a low-e (low emissivity) coating that will help control heat flow in and out of the home. Be aware that there are regional differences and climate zones that help determine what would be a good product for your area. This is best shown as the Energy Star Map. Here in California, the minimum required energy rating is called the Title 24 Section 6 requirement. Most window manufacturers’ meet this criteria because it is pretty easy to achieve these minimum ratings. A savvy dual pane window consumer would be wise to find a window that exceeds these rating for the maximum energy savings.
What Are New Construction Windows
These are most often what a new home builder installs in new residential developments. Often these are ordered as “stock” sizes and are made in bulk, and are installed over the framing and moisture barrier before the final exterior of the home. These windows and doors are typically the least expensive brands and series because builders are selling a home, and the windows are just one piece of a larger home. Often they only carry a one-year warranty as that is all a new home builder needs to have. Typically they are specified with the minimum required energy ratings (Like Title 24) and are built to be a low-cost as possible. Unfortunately, homeowners who have been in a new home after 15 to 20 years will experience numerous problems ranging from difficult operation, locking, seal-failure, and other issues. There has been a tremendous surge in replacing windows in homes less than 20 years old in Sacramento as these cheap vinyl windows are showing their age. Some local manufacturers here in the Sacramento area focus on this segment and produce low-priced windows for the builder market. Homeowners seeking to fix problems should look at quality replacement windows, not the low budget builder-grade windows as they would not really be getting anything better.
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ABOUT OUR COMPANY
Good News Home Improvement is your reliable local window replacement contractor. Trusted by thousands of homeowners, we have the ability and skill to make your energy-efficient window and door project as simple and affordable as possible. We are an established reputable window replacement contractor offering only the best top-rated replacement windows and doors in the Greater Sacramento Area.
Installing Replacement Windows
Meet with Homeowner to discover needs and offer suggestions. Contract with specifications filled out.
Measure existing openings to determine correct sizes, and other installation needs. Window order form completed and verified with the window factory.
In 2009 and had all of the windows and a sliding glass door replaced on a two story home, including the sliding glass door. I had three proposals for replacing the windows and chose Good News Home Improvement and had a wonderful experience with them. The owner was very knowledgeable, courteous, and provided helpful recommendations without any sales pressure. He also walked me through everything step by step to ensure I did everything needed to maintain the warranty on the windows. Three of his employees installed the windows and were also very courteous, answered any questions I had, and gave tips on some other remodeling tasks I had underway, and they did a great job. I've had other contractors leave behind nails, garbage, etc. in the past and these guys did a really decent job at not leaving anything behind. The owner followed up later on to ensure I was happy with the product and the install.
The only complaint, and it isn't really a complaint, is that I did not want to have the very large sliding glass doors, but wanted stationary windows and french doors to the back porch--the owner explained that they did not make windows and doors that would fill the space left by the existing slider and that doing the framework needed would put me over my budget. He did provide some slider replacement options that had more of the look I was desiring. Several months later I was at a neighbors house and noticed they had installed something very similar to what I was asking for when they replaced their slider and it didn't appear additional framework needed to be done, but I have zero construction experience and I am happy enough with the slider replacement to not do the research; lesson here is don't be afraid to ask or be pushy if you really want something.
We replaced all the windows in our house through a SMUD energy efficiency program, and Good News did a fantastic job. There was no high pressure sales pitch, and Ed really listened to what we wanted as far as the look of the new windows. When the time came to sign the contract, it was discovered that three of our windows would have to be completely refitted. Good News immediately took responsibility for the mis-measurement and ate the extra cost-we didn't even have to put up a fuss. The windows were installed in three days, and they are BEAUTIFUL. I would absolutely recommend Good News to anyone in the area who needs new windows for a fair price, with fantastic customer service.
In November 2011, I received three bids to replace 5 windows in my home. All three gave a good presentation but Chris with Good News Home Improvements was the best. He explained how the windows worked and how they would be installed. There was no high pressure and no "if you sign up today" kind of thing like the other two companies.
The windows were install in two days only because some dry rot was discovered and a portion of a wall had to be replaced with new sheet rock, tape, etc. When I learned about the dry rot I thought I'll bet here is when the price goes way up. I was shocked and pleased when the additional cost was much lower than I thought it would be. If there had been no dry rot, the windows would have been installed in one day.
The installers did an excellent job and the wall repair was perfect. The work areas were covered and there was not a speck of dirt or debris left when the job was finished.
I would recommend Good News Home Improvements to anyone. I will be having the rest of my windows replaced later this year.
These guys just installed windows in my home about 2 weeks ago. I got to say that these guys are really good and profesional. When they arrived they got straight to business. They were very efficient and they cleaned up after themselves. So far the windows have been spectacular and look great. Although only time will tell how they hold up for now I have no complaints.
The owner is the salesman and I got to say that is the best possible scenario. He was able to give me a price that I couldn't turn down. He made me feel comfortable and not pressured.
Overall the experience with this company is flawless. I would definately recommend these guys to friends and family. If I had to do it again they would gave my business. Five stars, no doubt.
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