Jul 13, 2019

Details About Home Window Replacement You Never Thought to Ask

What are the window replacement details you never thought to ask? Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on a recent program.

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While insulation, ventilation, and drafty windows tend to be top of mind during the winter months, they should not be left ignored as exterior heat and humidity levels rise. Excessive levels of home humidity can lead to mold growth and wood warping.  In simple cases, exhaust fans and dehumidifiers can remedy the issue.  This, however, is not the case with wet attic insulation which requires complete replacement.  Windows that have mold, mildew, drafts, and fogginess in the glass are also past their lifespan and a reputable professional should be leaned on for window replacement.  When selecting a contractor, their reputation should be a much bigger consideration than how fast they’re able to complete the work.  Reliable contractors quickly book up, while those less experienced can often jump on work much quicker.

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Window Warranties

While home windows often look similar in appearance, the difference in warranties can be substantial.  Verify whether the window companies you’re interviewing offer a lifetime workmanship warranty.  This means that the installing contractor will replace any windows that fail prematurely due to subpar workmanship.  There are fewer things more frustrating than having a home improvement product deteriorate only to have the installing contractor and the product manufacturer bicker about which party is responsible.  Until the issue is resolved, the homeowner is left high and dry.  

It’s also to a homeowner’s benefit to ask what kind working relationship a contractor has with the manufacturer and of the window they’re installing and what kind of training their installation team has been provided with.  Window product warranties should be accompanied with a lifetime transformable warranty on all parts.  If the manufacturer opts to put a cap on the warranty duration, look for a warranty that extends at least 30 years.

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A Window’s Spacer System

Window panes are often filled with argon gas. Crypton is also available and will increase a window’s R-value over argon, but at a significant cost.  It’s worth noting that how a window is filled and sealed are more important than the gas being used.  A window’s spacer system is comprised of the materials utilized to hold the pieces of glass together.  It’s a material other than glass and therefore has a different expansion and contraction rate.  

Top priorities should be a material that’s durable and doesn’t conduct energy well.  The best manufacturers utilize stainless steel in their window spacer systems in order to avoid catastrophic seal failure which results in the need for window replacement.  Frustratingly enough, seal failure can occur in less than a decade in windows with inferior spacer systems, made from materials, such as foam and vinyl. 

For more information about our replacement window services, contact us today. Our team of window professionals is ready to serve you.

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Window Replacement Reviews:

"Our total experience with Lindus was amazing! Very responsive. Provided great egress windows at a reasonable price. Would use them again and recommend them to others."

Randy R.
St. Croix Falls, WI
July 25, 2023

"We hired Lindus to replace block windows at ground level. The workers were meticulous in doing the job right.  Very professionally done. We were very impressed with the customer service."

Elise B.
Prescott, WI
June 24, 2023

"It was great. Lindus does quality work and completed the work on time.  Lindus is a very reputable company and we were very pleased with the results."

Eric I.
Cumberland, WI
June 20, 2023

"Professional and courteous installment."

Daniel B.
Fridley, MN
March 20, 2023

"We live in an old house with old windows, including a large round window on the second floor that was leaking. We searched for 18 months for a company that would replace the round window and had no luck. The response was always that replacing it would be too hard and that they wouldn’t be able to guarantee the work. We were so relieved and happy to finally find Lindus. They replaced the round window and three other problem windows, including an old egress window.  We will definitely use Lindus Construction again for our old house needs."

Sharon L.
Minneapolis, MN
March 20, 2023

"Perfect.  Great job!"

Russell C.
New Richmond, WI
February 17, 2023
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