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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.
Looking for a Window Company in Roseville?
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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.
Good News replaced 10 of 25 windows in our home in 2012 and when we had to replace the remaining 15 windows (2 were sliders) we did not hesitate to get a quote from Good News Home Improvements. We had two other quotes from different companies and decided on Good News because of their customer service, quality products, and workmanship. Our consultant, Brian, was very knowledgeable and patient as I was undecided on replacing the master bedroom slider with a French door. Their office manager, Jennie, was a delight to work with regarding pre installation paperwork and we can't say enough about the window professionals who installed 13 windows, 1 slider and a French Door. Brian and Travis were prompt, professional, and meticulous to all details. We are extremely happy with the customer service and product that Good News Home Improvements provides and because of that we have been loyal clients since 2012.
As my girlfriend and I were recently contemplating doing some home maintenance and upgrades we had decided to begin with replacement of several sliders and a large window. Fortunately, two others in my downtown-Sacramento condo complex had recently engaged Good News Home Improvements and both been extraordinarily pleased with the quality of product and technical expertise displayed in the installation of their windows. As someone who values word of mouth recommendations above commercial marketing messages I therefore had full confidence in Good News HI from the start. And I was not disappointed.
Our installation team, Brian and Travis, showed up when expected on the designated morning and over the next five hours did a masterful job of removing my old windows, sliders and frames, and then installing our new ones. I was thoroughly impressed by their attention to detail. This wasn't their first rodeo, obviously; Brian and Travis are a well-oiled team.
Before even touching our windows and sliders, canvas runners were laid out and nearby objects were covered with dust shields. Then Brian and Travis got down to business. Once started, they remained in constant motion for the next five hours and were totally focused on the job.
We cannot overstate our complete satisfaction with the job that Good News Home Improvements did for us.
From the beginning Brian in sales was incredible and worked with us on our new house and what windows to pick. We had no answers for him and he was patient and worked with us on quality and cost to get us what we wanted. Jenny who worked with me on coordinating the installation was so nice and easy to work with too. She responded right away and made it such a smooth process. Then Brian and Travis installed our windows and doors and did an amazing job on the windows and doors and also working around our four chaotic dogs. They cleaned everything up at the end of the first day and it doesn't even look like all this work was done! Overall it was just an amazing experience and we would recommend this team to anyone. By far the best home improvement experience from start to finish.
Lon was incredible from beginning to end. He was timely, kind, thoughtful, and overly communicative (which we really appreciated). Working with Lon and his crew was refreshing. We always knew what was happening and when and if they hit a snag, Lon shared right away and came at it with a solution. He worked with our budget and gave feedback and suggestions which we needed! The cherry on top is that they finished early and surprised us with a few extras that made life easier on us. We recommend them to EVERYONE needing new windows and/or siding. 10/10.
We could not be happier with our new Anlin windows, or our experience working with Good News making them happen. Top to bottom, from sales, to scheduling, all the way to the install -- everyone was responsive, respectful, professional, friendly, honest, and a pleasure to work with. You can really tell the entire team is committed to making the process as perfect as possible. Our sales visit left us confident in our purchase. The office was always easy to get ahold of for scheduling. The attention to detail by the installers was outstanding (they're wizards with sealant). And to top it all off the final product has been such a remarkable improvement for us in noise reduction, sealing out smoky air, and smooth operation that it feels like a major quality of life upgrade. We only did half our windows this time and we're already trying to figure out how soon we can get Good News back to do some more. 🙂
I'm so surprised how long it's taken me to leave a review for Good News Home Improvements. I've been using them for years for our window I stalls on different projects and I wouldn't go anywhere else. Their prices are fair and their service from the office staff to install crews are out of this world good, honest and top notch. Thanks for always taking care of our homes.
I had my sliding door removed, and French doors put in. So much easier to open and close. The installer's were very neat, knowledgeable, and friendly. Lon was a great salesman, Ed very helpful, price quality very pleased.
I wanted to replace the original windows in my house, because the house was built in the late eighties, and the window insulation had become very poor. I compared different window companies, including Good News Home Improvements ("Good News"), because Good News provided more benefits and advantages than the other companies. Not only did Good News match the prices of other companies, but the representative who came to my house, Lon, was thorough in his explanation of window operation and of the different features of the most energy-efficient windows (e.g. U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient, argon gas filling, etc.). He lugged the sample Anlin windows for me to view and called out the different energy-efficient features of the windows. His tutorial helped me to be confident in selecting the window and patio door types for my house. Lon spoke with me and my mom multiple times and was always patient and knowledgeable. After I reviewed the Anlin pamphlets and asked Lon numerous questions, I ultimately decided to choose Anlin windows (because of Anlin's reputation in the field and warranties) and to go with Good News, as Lon showed that he cared about customer service and provided the most competitive price.
The window installation process was smooth, even though it had to be rescheduled once because of the rain. Brian and Travis were the consummate professionals and finished the job (10 windows, 2 doors) in two days. They were attentive to detail and cleaned everything well.
I am very satisfied with Good News. From the very beginning, Lon emphasized that the company values excellent customer service and delivering the best window products in the field. He and his team (Brian, Travis, Jenny, Derek) worked together seamlessly and provided effective, continuous communication throughout the entire process. For example, I live in Roseville, and the City of Roseville provides rebates for new window installations. I needed various specific information from Good News, and Jenny promptly provided all of the required documents. I was stunned by how rapidly I received all the information I needed to apply for a window rebate. I ended up receiving the window rebate with the City shortly thereafter.
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