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An internal comparison paint survey was conducted by the United Home Experts team. We provide siding, roofing, window and door replacement services throughout eastern New England. Unbiased opinions were retrieved based on our individual experience using the products. The ratings provided are opinion based and not the result of lab testing or product specification examination.

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 Homeowners in New England know that the weather can be extreme and unpredictable. Hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters are typical in this region, which is why having the most efficient, high-quality windows installed in the home is crucial. This article will compare and contrast the window products offered by two top names in the industry: Pella, and Andersen. They are two companies that end up measuring up quite even.

Both companies have been succeeding in the window industry for over 80 years, which contributes to their good reputations. When it comes to warranty, both manufacturers deliver, with similar warranties of around 20 years for glass and 10 years for non-glass parts. As for style, this is perhaps the biggest area of variation. While both manufacturers offer homeowners a wide variety of styles of windows, such as bay, single or double-hung, casement, sliding, awning, and specialty or custom, Andersen claims to offer the most options in the business. For example, the company produces a picture window, which Pella does not seem to have. However, Pella offers a specialty feature of its own with its Rolscreen window screen, which is actually the company’s claim to fame. The technology behind this screen enables homeowners to simply roll it away when it is not needed. Overall, the companies offer a wide array of similar styles with just a few slight differences. This also holds true for the types of frames that both companies offer, namely wood, vinyl and composite.

Homeowners can also expect high energy efficiency in their Pella or Andersen windows. Both companies makePellaWindows-resized-600 use of low-E or low emissivity coating. This microscopic metal coating lies in the glass of windows, acting as a self-reflector of heat in the winter, and keeping heat out during the hotter months. Pella windows for the region have this feature, along with “Pella innovation” in the form of the best possible combinations of glass, thermal breaks and shades to achieve maximum results. Andersen offers Low-E4, Low-E4 SmartSun and Low-E4 Sun glass, which are custom-made to work best in different climates.

Pella and Andersen have both become trusted and respected leaders in the window industry for good reason. They offer high-quality products of a huge variety that are overall very comparable in all the areas that matter.

An internal comparison survey was conducted by the United Home Experts team. We provide siding, roofing, window and door replacement services throughout eastern New England. Unbiased opinions were retrieved based on our individual experience using the products. The ratings provided are opinion based and not the result of lab testing or product specification examination.

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When it comes to window replacement, there seems to be a great debate as to which is the best brand between Simonton and Harvey. The manufacturers of both brands offer their window product line to homeowners and contractors within the New England region.

In addition, both have received high praises from experts and customers who have successfully installed windows from both companies. Despite the positive feedback on both of these providers, based on our personal opinion in working with products and personnel from each manufacturer, only one deserves to be called the best window replacement brand which can truly offer ultimate quality, price, and customer satisfaction: Simonton Windows.

Many homeowners living in New England, especially those Energy Starlocated in the eastern area, prefer vinyl windows over aluminum and wood because of vinyl’s energy efficient nature. Installing fixtures that are energy-efficient can help homeowners save on costly energy bills. And when it comes to “going green,” Simonton’s products are an excellent choice, with product lines awarded with the ENERGY STAR seal. Their added features such as double-tower glazing, Intercept, Supercept, and Superspacer, all of which offer optimum condensation resistance, make Simonton an even more energy-saving choice than Harvey’s ENERGY STAR products.

Simonton knows that homeowners have Simonton Logodifferent tastes and a wide variety of specific needs when it comes to their homes. With this in mind, purchasing from a company that offers a wide variety of windows in different shapes and sizes is ideal. Simonton offers a plethora of window styles for both new and replacement construction projects.  On the Generations line, featured by United Home Experts, Simonton offers several interior wood grain finishes that closely mimic real wood. They also offer a variety of exterior finish colors, and polished metal sash locks.  See this page for more. When contrasted with the smaller selection of window collections from Harvey Windows, Simonton is clearly a better choice for a wide variety of homeowner tastes.

The last factor that consumers consider when choosing windows between Harvey and Simonton is durability and ease of use in the long haul. Considering that the company has almost 70 years of experience in building windows, it is clear that Simonton has successfully perfected windows craftsmanship. Simonton’s aesthetically pleasing, innovative design has a legacy of lasting and timeless elegance. Simonton has also won J.D. Powers & Associates award 3 times!

For 70 years, homeowners have turned to Simonton for the best in beautiful, durable and high-quality windows. When it comes to the utmost in energy-efficiency, value, design, and durability, the product offerings from Simonton Windows are undoubtedly the better choice for home window replacement needs!

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This article will take a look into two different products, Marvin Integrity and Harvey windows. Integrity windows integrity_logo_205_90feature a selection of fiberglass windows with fiberglass frames, while Harvey Industries windows offer insulating windows in wood or vinyl.

Window Types

Harvey Industries offers 5 different types of windows, including vinyl, wood, impact, acoustic, and storm. The impact windows were designed to hold up against rigorous coastal conditions such as wind, rain, and other debris. Acoustic windows were created to reduce traffic noise and are thus suitable for those living in the city or near a highway. The acoustic windows help to filter out the sound from aircraft, trains, and cars, as well as provide heating and cooling cost savings.

Customers also have the option to choose between some added options screens on their windows, which provide 50% more visibility than standard fiberglass screens as well as improved airflow into the home.wood-ultrex-image2

Integrity offers 7 different types of window frame styles, all illustrated clearly on the company’s website. These types include polygon windows, round windows, single windows, double windows, casement and awning windows, glider windows, and bay windows. This large selection guarantees that customers will be able to find the right fit for them.

Integrity window frames are made up of Ultrex fiberglass. Ultrex fiberglass is the key element used in making Integrity windows. Ultrex is 8x stronger than vinyl, it’s durable, weather resistant, and beautiful.  Integrity windows are available in either “All-Ultrex” meaning fiberglass inside and out, or “Wood-Ultrex” meaning fiberglass on the outside with hand crafted wood on the inside.  This series combines the strength of a fiberglass material with the traditional look of a handcrafted wood frame. The strength of fiberglass means the window frames can be thinner giving the homeowner more glass space and visibility in each window opening.

Homeowners will find that there is a large selection from both companies, which gives them the flexibility to explore all their options and find the perfect windows for their home.

Resources

Harvey Industries maintains a website that is relatively easy to navigate. However, many of the options have to be individually searched for, and the windows types are not distinctly separated on the website. In addition, the website provides comprehensive information on the manufacturer’s warranties on paint and other components.

Integrity offers a full resource library with each of its products, detailing specific measures and other important information. These details are all on PDF files that can be downloaded at any time from the Integrity website.

Buyers can make use of both company’s resources before making a decision. Both companies have a comprehensive online presence, allowing for homeowners to make a selection that they are comfortable with and are informed about.

In summary, one might choose Harvey windows specifically for noise reduction or resistance to damage from coastal weather, but in our experience Integrity windows are superior in beauty, strength, and sleekness (glass space).

It’s rare you’ll get a straight answer over the phone or on a website to the question “How Much Do New Windows Awesome guyCost”—even when you call us (to be honest). One reason you’ll have trouble getting a response on the phone or internet is because some window companies want to meet you in person and use all sorts of high pressure sales tactics to pressure you into signing on the dotted line. The second more legitimate reason is because the cost of new windows really does depend on the situation. There are a number of factors that can drastically change the cost of having house windows installed. As a company who gets this question a lot, I want to share some valuable insights, AND give you some actual window pricing for a rough idea of what new windows might cost you.

Factors Influencing the Cost of New

Windows

  • Brand of windows
  • Window frame material (Vinyl, Wood, Aluminum, Fiberglass, etc.)
  • Size of windows
  • Style of windows
  • Type of components (grilles, grids, hardware, etc.)
  • Glass package (type and quantity of glass panes, coatings, and gas)
  • Insert/replacement style vs. Tear-out/new-construction style
  • House framing type (Wood, Brick, Metal, etc.)
  • Need for new trim or rot replacement
  • Location of windows (access issues)
  • Quantity of windows (larger quantities are often discounted)

Cost of Windows Adjusted With Variables

Installed By a Handy-man / General Contractor

You should know that installing windows properly takes some experience. It’s well documented that the vast majority of window failures that happen in the first few years are a result of bad installation not a manufacturer defect.  Be careful when selecting a window installer not to choose someone who has insufficient experience or a short track record. Also know that a window warranty is virtually worthless without a labor warranty along side it. Most small contractors do not provide a written labor warranty.

VinylComposite/FiberglassWood Clad
Cheapest$375-$425Can’t Get / Rarely OffersCheapest$525-$600
Standard$425-$475 Standard $650-$725
Specialty$575-$625 Specialty $860-$1000

Installed by A Local Window Specialist

This type of company is a better option than the alternatives. Although you still have to be careful whom you hire, a window specialist (meaning a company that specializes in installing windows and other things) will have more experience than a generalist, but will be a better value than a large brand franchise or big box store.

VinylComposite/FiberglassWood Clad
Cheapest $425-$475 Cheapest $600-$675 Cheapest $700-$800
 Standard$500-$625 Standard$675-$800 Standard $775-$950
 Specialty$600-$750 Specialty $800-1050 Specialty $925-$1200

Installed by A Big Brand Affiliate or Big Box Store

The most widely used window installation service is that of big brand franchises and big box stores with a national presence. Be sure to do your homework about the quality of installation, warranty track record, and expansive cost of overhead to run to these operations. Make sure you’re not paying for expensive advertising, and sales commisions which often add up to more than the cost of the actual windows and installation.

VinylComposite/FiberglassWood Clad
Cheapest $535-$595 Cheapest $775-$925 Cheapest $975-$1125
 Standard$575-$725 Standard $975-$1225 Standard $1175-$1425
 Specialty$675-$925 Specialty $1275-$1625 Specialty $1475-$1825

Although in many cases it’s true that “you get what you pay for”, in the case of replacement windows you also want to be aware of what exactly you are paying for and what exactly you can expect for long-term value.  There are many people in the industry who have good intentions but are just not in the right system to give you a good value.  There are others who thrive on taking advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. Be cautious and go with your instinct.

Homeowners spend a lot of time purchasing the perfect windows for their homes, so why not go the extra mile and pick the right window screen too? Screens provide the finishing touch to a home’s window needs, but not all screens are the same. Choosing the right one takes time and a bit of research, but the finishing touch will make the outside and inside of the home look perfect.

How to Choose the Right Screen

Not all screens are alike. A homeowner needs to figure out what they are looking for in a window treatment and screens. Some people merely want decoration while others desire usability.  If a window is merely for embellishment, a decorative screen will suffice. For a homeowner who plans to let a lot of the outside in, an adjustable screen might be the best option. For homeowners in the New England area, winters are harsh and double screens might be preferred. Does the homeowner have a cat that spends a lot of time sunbathing by the window seal? Then a tough screen material might be needed. All of these issues add to the process of figuring out the best option for a home.

Types of Screens

Most homeowners are not aware that window screens come in several different varieties. Standard screens are found on most homes and are made of aluminum, copper, or some other lightweight metal. These screens allow for easy installation and often cost less. A pet screen will fit the needs of Fido or Fluffy, being built of sturdy vinyl-coated polyester, ensuring that the pet doesn’t suddenly end up outside rather than on the window seal. Fiberglass screens are sold in several varieties and are flexible and lightweight, and are often used in mobile homes or modular homes due to their inexpensive cost. However, fiberglass is also sold in a sturdier type for regular home use. Adjustable window screens are built for various size windows and adjust vertically or sideways. They are perfect for double-paned windows, designed to insulate homes in cold areas such as Massachusetts, Rhode Island and southern New Hampshire.  Often these screens rise from the bottom, but the upper screen remains stationary.

Whichever design a homeowner chooses, the homeowner should be sure to call United Home Experts. The company serves the areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and southern New Hampshire, and its contractors will be happy to discuss screen options and to give a cost estimate.

Author: Emilio Bonilla

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Replacing vinyl windows is not something that people think as an item for home improvement. That is, of course, unless one has owned the house for more than a few years. Like all other parts of a house exposed to the elements, windows deteriorate. When the time comes to replace it, there are several important things to keep in mind.

The Whole Window Often Does Not Need Replacement

More often than not, the window’s frame does not need to be replaced. It is the sturdiest part of the window and, if properly installed, will last a long time. It is also the most difficult to remove. Leaks, which can potentially raise a home’s energy cost, can easily be remedied by making repairs instead of prematurely “ripping out” the window.

The glass panels and the moving parts of the window are what commonly gets worn out or damaged. Simply replacing these with new ones will save money. Vinyl can also be repainted, as the color scheme becomes boring or faded.

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Although vinyl is an inexpensive material, the job of taking out an old window and putting a new one in place is costly. Damage to the part of the wall to which the old window was attached has to be repaired first before it can properly support a new one. If the new window is different from the old one in size, shape, or type, then the hole should be adjusted accordingly.

Some people hire a handyman to save on the labor cost. Unfortunately, their expertise is limited as these people are really generalists instead of specialists who have extensive experience in removing old vinyl windows and replacing them with new ones. United Home Experts is one such specialist in the New England area. Their long experience in window installation ensures that potential problems are prevented.

Replacing A Window Is Not A Do-It-Yourself Job

Although many people pride themselves in their ability to learn something new quickly, a homeowner will basically be experimenting most of the time. This is not the case for a professional contractor who will know all that need to be done and who is experienced enough to be able to do the job quickly with pleasing results.

The Professional Advantage

Replacing old windows is a process that entails many steps. There are several things that could go wrong during the process if an amateur handles the job. This will lead to more expense because a professional will then need to be hired to solve whatever mistakes were made. Immediately approaching professionals who have had many successful projects, say, United Home Experts, will help the owner enjoy the new window early and with less hassle. For more information about our window replacement services, visit our main window page!

Bow windows give a room an atmosphere of elegance and romance.  It also provides the occupant with a wider view and a brighter room.  It is similar to a bay window in that it extends beyond the wall of the house.  However, instead of the angular arrangement characteristic of bay windows, bow window glass panels are arranged to form a curve or a bow.  A typical window consists of four to five panels.

Like any other man-made structure, normal wear and tear will cause it to deteriorate in time.  Unlike more conventional windows, it is susceptible to gravity and may sag as well.  Usually, how well it is installed and maintained will determine how long it lasts.  There are five steps in replacing a damaged bow window.

We highly recommend that you hire a professional that has much experience with replacing windows, especially because of the size of a typical bow window. This is not an easy task for the do-it-yourselfer and recommend that you allow the professionals like United Home Experts to handle this task as replacement windows has been one of our specialties for over 15 years.

The following is just a example to get an idea on the process of replacing a window.

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Step 1

Before removing the old window, inspect it carefully and determine the main cause of its deterioration.  This will aid the installer institute a preventive measure that will help the new window stay beautiful longer.  After this is determined, measure the frame of the window to be replaced.

Step 2

When removing the old window, first take out the glass panels.  A pry bar will greatly facilitate this step.  Visible fixings and screws should also be removed.  The old frame can be broken up if the job needs to be finished quickly.  Sometimes the new window cannot be installed immediately because of time constraints or the need to allow the repairs to set.  Cover the space with tarpaulin to protect it and the room from the weather until work on the window can be resumed.

Step 3

Inspect the wall around the hole for the window for damage.  Any damage seen should be repaired prior to installing the new window.  If a larger or smaller window is to be used to replace the old one, the hole should be adjusted accordingly.  It is also essential to make sure that the supports for the new window, such as the roof above it and the header, are still viable or in good condition.  This will prevent the window from sagging too early.

Step 4

Different windows are put in place differently.  One of the most common methods is by using screws to secure it in place.  The frame, minus its glass panels, is installed first and then glazed.  Once this is done, the glass panels are then attached to the frame and secured.    The window’s manufacturer will include detailed instructions on how secure the frame and the glass panels.

Step 5

The outer portion of the window is then protected from the weather by proper flashing.  This is material placed around the window to waterproof it.  The exterior finish, such as sidings, is then replaced.  Any gaps in the frame should be caulked to ensure that water does not penetrate to the interior.  If there are spaces left beneath the windowsill, fill these up to increase the room’s energy efficiency.

The Professional Option

Not everyone has the experienced eye needed to spot potential problems during installation.  Faulty installation will cause the window to deteriorate early.  Also, If there are adjustments to be made, such as in the case of choosing a larger or smaller window, the job becomes significantly more difficult than just changing old bow windows with new ones of the same make.

United Home Experts has the experience and the expertise a homeowner may lack.  We can replace an old bow window and make it better and longer lasting than the old one.  Our long line of satisfied customers and successful bow window replacement projects attests to their workmanship.

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