No doubt about it: windows add a certain extra curb appeal to your home that makes it totally stand out in the neighborhood. In recent years, technology has advanced to such a degree that the modern window installation features much more eco friendly and energy efficient options than have ever before been available.
As a result of these advances, more homeowners than ever before are having their windows replaced or paired alongside their other exterior home projects like siding and roofing.
What brands of windows do you install?
There's no lack of choices of quality window manufacturers in the Albany, Saratoga and greater Capital Region area!
Each brand carries it's own unique feel, benefit and style for you to choose from, so we've compiled a list of some of the most popular window brands we install. Note, if you don't see your preferred window brand listed, that does not mean we can't professionally install them! Just reach out and ask us and we'd be happy to give you a consultation on what we can do for you.
Pella has earned a reputation over the years as one of the most trusted window brands. They offer wood, fiberglass and vinyl window options, PLUS have a range of seven different types of window from the economy brands in Impervia to the premium branded Architect series.
Another well known and premium quality window manufacturer, Andersen offers a large variety of different types, styles and material construction ranging from vinyl windows to composite, wood, aluminum and even fiberglass window options. Some of their most popular model types are Silverline, American Craftsmen and Renewal by Andersen. Because they offer such a wide variety of windows, their options can be a little intimidating to a new customer, so a consultation is recommended.
Specializing in vinyl windows, Alside's main points are providing maintenance free windows that you won't have to worry about with a great price point and high-energy performance. They're a great choice for a mid-range price point, matching both a good aesthetic, efficiency and price.
A popular choice for building contractors, Ply Gem has three primary lines of windows with different quality levels going from "Basic," "Pro," and "Premium." If you're looking for a reliable manufacturer with a wide range of options to precisely fit your window budget, Ply Gem is a great option. There's a reason they're used by so many new construction builders.
Featuring an amazingly broad 14 different window styles built in wood, vinyl and aluminum, Jeld Wen's strong point for the Capital Region is their "ImpactGard" technology, which gives their windows enhanced resistance against storms and heavy winds. Plus, their windows come in six different colors to match your exterior siding precisely.
Weather Shield's build quality is comparable to Andersen's and Pella's, with six different window lines in wood, wood clad and vinyl clad. Weather Shield has been a popular choice for homeowners looking for a modern or contemporary style exterior design.
'Marvin Windows,' 'INFINITY by Marvin' and 'Integrity by Marvin' all fall underneath the Marvin umbrella, offering a diverse build option in wood, extruded aluminum and fiberglass. Although, navigating the complete Marvin product offering can be overwhelming, so we advise a direct consultation for this manufacturer in helping you make the best decision possible for your installation.
Simonton is a great economy brand, featuring a reliable window build and economic price point. Carried by major brand retailers like Home Depot and Lowes and available only in vinyl. While they're not a premium manufacturer, the windows will last when installed correctly.
Energy Efficient Replacement Window Installation
Yes! Energy efficient windows do exist. In recent years, the build quality and manufacturing techniques have improved tremendously, so many manufacturers are able to offer low maintenance options with strong material strengths (better insulated frames means less heat or AC air loss).
In many cases, the actual window is created using two small panes of glass that have air in between them (rather than what appears to be a single pane of glass). This allows hot air to get trapped in between the panes, preventing a lot of heat loss during the winter time.
On average, with a properly built window, statistics have shown that well insulated window installations save about $300 dollars a year on energy costs.
What's not to like about getting amazing looking windows that also save you money!
Common causes of window replacement
Easily the most common type of window replacement done in the Capital Region. If this is your situation, check to see the cause of the break. For example, if the damage done to the window can be repaired, then this is usually the option most customers go with.
However sometimes, the damage cannot easily be fixed (for example, if the glass is shattered or cracked, then it can't easily be repaired, but if the framing is damaged, then it can often be fixed).
Are Outdated Windows Causing Higher Energy Bills?
Another common cause of replacement windows is keeping up with the modern technology that's now available that enhances home insulation (reducing energy costs) while giving the outside look a facelift. Many of these energy saving methods and manufacturing methods for sturdier insulation simply weren't available 20 years ago.
Outdated windows can make your home look less valuable than it is, because oftentimes it's the windows that attract a lot of attention. So giving a boost to your home value by installing new windows that match the aesthetics of the overall house is a great way to invest in your home.
However, if you live in a historic district, or are surrounded by historic homes, you will need a special kind of installation with matching materials AND approval from the city in order to make the changes. Working in historic districts and with the city to ensure designs get approved is one of our specialties at Infinite Roofing, so if this is your situation please give us a call.