At Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC our first contact with homeowners seeking information on our replacement windows and patio doors is usually a call or online message from homeowners just starting to research replacement windows. This blog is meant to provide more in-depth answers than we can on the phone so that you have the information to make an intelligent decision on selecting the right replacement windows for your home and your lifestyle.
Below you’ll find some of the most common questions we hear from homeowners just like you in the early stages of researching replacement window options for your Virginia or Washington, DC home.
#1 Why can’t you tell me how much Renewal by Andersen replacement windows cost over the phone?
If you’ve been comparing prices for stock windows, the kind you go to the local hardware store or home center and buy off the shelf, you’ve probably noticed that prices vary widely based on size and shape.
We design and precisely craft each and every window to the specific window opening in your home. We don’t sell stock windows in stock sizes.
There are many things that determine the price of a Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC factory-built replacement window to ensure that it will look beautiful and perform well for as long as you own your Virginia or Washington, DC area home, including:
- Several glass options that allow you to control energy use, visible light and manage heat transfer to reduce utility bills and increase privacy.
- The style and function of your new windows also impact the price. For example, fixed windows are typically less expensive than comparable sized windows that open like casements, double hungs, sliders, etc.
- Your frame and trim options, color and hardware choices all affect the final price.
- Complexity of design and installation processes are other considerations that affect the final price.
It wouldn’t be fair to you to provide a “rough estimate” of a “base model” based on your approximate measurements, because costs vary widely based upon the selections and options you choose once you have all the information about all your options. We provide a detailed price estimate for your consideration after we’ve measured your current windows and you’ve selected options that fit your home, your decorating goals and your house.
#2 Why can’t I install my replacement windows myself, or hire a contractor I use for other repairs?
You can buy the most expensive, most beautiful custom-built window available, but if it isn’t installed properly, you won’t gain the maximum benefit from your replacement window installation. A window can only perform as well as the installation allows. A great window installed improperly can negate all the benefits you paid for that window.
Renewal by Andersen only uses factory-trained installation professionals to install our windows and patio doors. These carefully selected technicians have extensive knowledge and training about our products and always follow precise installation protocol. They even clean up after themselves and wash your windows before they leave.
We offer a full two-year warranty that covers the installation of our windows so you have peace of mind of being covered if anything goes wrong (not likely). You won’t have to play the finger-pointing game that so often occurs when the installer is not the same as the manufacturer.
When you buy your product from one company and contract with another company to complete the installation, there is always the possibility that the two companies will try to put the blame for product or installation failure on the other. Our process gives you peace of mind and one company to contact if you notice any issues. No hassles, no stress, no excuses.
#3 I’ve heard you can repair windows to control condensation issues. Do you repair windows?
We don’t repair windows. If you have a cracked pane and your windows are fairly new and otherwise in excellent condition, repairing a single window makes sense financially. But, if you have condensation problems on many or all of the windows in your home, it’s likely that you have other moisture issues in your home or your existing windows have other issues that are costing you money in the form of higher heating and cooling bills.
Condensation is typically seen more often in colder weather. Moisture droplets form as heated air comes in contact with cold glass panels. Windows that leak air and moisture and single pane windows should be replaced to avoid rot and mildew formation from excessive condensation. Renewal by Andersen’s patented Fibrex frames are warrantied not to rot or mildew, saving you from the annual scrape, patch and repaint hassles.
Older windows with poor condensation ratings (CR) present the biggest challenges for homeowners in Virginia and Washington, DC. Our double-pane designs, superior weather-stripping and high-performance sealants eliminate excessive condensation problems, even during our cold, damp winter months.
The National Fenestration Rating Council rates replacement windows from 1-100 to give homeowners a guide for comparing window styles and brands. If you plan to compare different replacement windows on the market, keep in mind that the higher the rating, the more effectively the windows control condensation.
#4 Why do you offer so many glass options? Aren’t all new glass choices pretty much the same?
All of our Energy Star certified glass options are energy efficient and designed to save you money. Window placement, style, and tint features give you unique options for decorating your home and controlling your environment. For example, windows that are exposed to strong direct sunlight in the summer months have different requirements than those that are shaded by large trees or other exterior conditions. Using the right glass can reduce the glare in your home and reduce your air conditioning bills in summer.
Windows do more than give you a way to look outside. We offer homeowners so many choices because every home and every room requires different features. You might want to add privacy with a patterned glass or reduce the amount of visible light that comes into some rooms. We even offer tempered glass options which are stronger than standard glass choices for those areas in your home where you need added strength for security or other reasons.
Have More Questions About Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC Replacement Windows and Patio Doors?
We know you probably want more information about what differentiates Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC replacement windows from every other window on the market. We invite you to fill in the short form on this page or give us a call toll-free at 1-877-915-9940. We’ll schedule an in-home inspection and introduce you to our full line of home improvement products and design options at a time that’s most convenient for you.