Window and Door Tips:Replacing windows not only will completely change the look of the house, but also if chosen with care, will help you save energy and reduce the amount of outdoor noise getting through.
Please Note:Accordingly, the tips referenced here are meant only as suggestions to be considered for the listed problems. RSF Windows Replacement cannot be responsible for any damages arising from any actions or inactions taken pursuant to tips provided herein.
A good showroom would be a first place to go to get familiarized with brands and styles as well as to get some information and answers for the questions you may have.
New Construction is always recommended vs Retrofit installation type, as retrofit windows make the glass surface smaller, require more maintenance and don’t look as neat. But if you have a tight budget, you can definitely save on retrofit.
Low-E Glass is a MUST, energy efficient technology is here, helps you save on energy bills. PGE would give a rebate for many Low-e windows.
Self Clean Technology sounds too good to be true, our experience showed that it is not a good option for investing.
Window Tints , and polarized tints are not popular at all, but in some cases work well to meet the design idea.
Vinyl windows became very popular these days, and there is no wonder why, they are relatively inexpensive and efficient, the only disadvantage of having vinyl windows is, that it is not recommended to paint them due to lack of good paintability.
Cut noise with special insulated or double-pane windows that have 1/4 inch to 1 inch of air (or argon) between the panes. Consider getting such noise control windows installed if you live in noisy neighborhood.
We recommend to check the hardware for the product you are planning to get, before the order, because usually the choices are very limited and sometimes it becomes a design issue.
Bi-fold doors vs Sliding: Bifold doors save space, look nicer, but have weaker construction. Mostly it is a matter of efficient use of the space and personal preference.
Handle vs knobs: we recommend handles, as they make a huge difference in overall appearance.
Interior doors : SOLID CORE is the way to go, more durable, less noise penetration, will not greatly affect the final invoice.
Old and inefficient windows, skylights, and glazed doors account for more than 25 percent of the household’s energy bills. You can cut energy costs by as much as 15 percent by buying windows with double-pane insulated glass, heat-resistant coatings, airtight frames, and/or Energy Star ratings.
Windows should be replaced after about 20 years, according to some of the manufacturers. Signs of a failing window include being sealed or painted shut, draftiness, and panes that collect condensation, ice, and frost.
Skylights provide 30 percent more light than vertical windows of the same size.