WINDOWS

Q. How long does it take to replace windows?
Q. Do your windows qualify for the $1500.00 federal tax credit?
Q. How do I obtain my $1,500.00 federal tax credit?

Q. How much will it cost to replace my windows? 
Q. Should I use wood or vinyl replacement windows? 
Q. Can my windows be replaced during the winter months?
Q. What is Low-E glass?
Q. What is Argon?
Q. Do you offer a warranty on your labor and products?
Q. Can my windows be installed on the weekend?
Q. Do you have references in my area? 
Q. How long have you been in business?
Q. How long have your installers been in the business?
Q. Do you have the proper licenses, bonding and insurance?
Q. How can the companies that advertise in the newspaper install a window for $189.00?
Q. Do you need to install new trim around replacement windows?
Q. What is Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)?
Q. What is a U-Value or U-Factor?
Q. What is a casement window?
Q. What is a double-hung window?
Q. What is a single-hung window?

Q. What is a slider window?
Q. What is a hopper window?
Q. What is an awning window?
Q. What is a picture window?
Q. What is a bay window?
Q. What is a storm window?
Q. How do I clean a vinyl replacement window?
Q. Do vinyl windows require any maintenance?
Q. How long does it take to get an accurate quote?
Q. Are permits required to replace the windows in my house?
Q. What manufacturer’s windows do you use?
Q. Why is there condensation on my windows?

SIDING
 
Q. How long does it take to install vinyl siding on a house?
Q. Do I need to be home during the installation?
Q. How much will it cost to have vinyl siding installed on my house?
Q. How long does it take to get an accurate quote?
Q. Does your vinyl siding have a warranty?
Q. Do you have local references for me to look at?
Q. Are permits required to put new vinyl siding on my house.
Q. What should I consider when picking a vinyl siding? 
Q. What siding manufacturers products do you carry?
Q. How long does vinyl siding last?
Q. Can vinyl siding be installed during the winter months?
Q. Does vinyl siding require any maintenance?
Q. Does vinyl siding increase the R-value of my home?
Q. What is Dutch-lap siding?
Q. What is straight lap siding?
Q. What is shake siding?

DOORS
 
Q. How much does it cost to replace a door?
Q. Does my casing need to be replaced if I replace my door?
Q. If I get a new deadbolt and doorknob will my old keys still work?
Q. Can I have my door pre-finished before it is installed?
Q. How long does it take to install a door?
Q. What door manufacturers products do you sell?
Q. Do doors qualify for the $1500.00 federal tax credit?
Q. Can my old storm door be installed on my new entry door?
Q. Do you install patio doors?
Q.  Do doors have a warranty?


WINDOWS

Q. How long does it take to replace my windows?
A. All of our windows are custom manufactured specifically for your home. Manufacturing times vary from one to six weeks depending on the manufacturer. After your windows are made it only takes one day for a typical installation. We go to great lengths to make this process as quick and convenient as possible. At the end of the installation when our crew leaves you will have energy efficient windows properly installed inside and out with no mess or additional work to be done. We even re-install your blinds and window treatments.


Q. Do your windows qualify for the $1500.00 federal tax credit?
A. Yes, all of our windows have the required U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) rating of 0.30 or less to qualify for the Federal tax credit. These rating can all be verified by reading the NFRC labels on your windows.

Q. How do I obtain my $1,500.00 federal tax credit?
A. To obtain the $1,500 federal tax credit the homeowner will need the following:
(1) The purchase receipt for the qualifying products from the dealer excluding labor cost. 
(2) The manufacturer’s certification statement.
(3) The NFRC labels from the windows. (Not required, but handy)
(4) You will need to complete IRS tax form 5695 

Q. How much will it cost to replace my windows?
A. Replacement window cost varies depending on the products you choose and the specific details of your installation. We are happy to speak to you on the phone and give you a rough estimate, or we can measure your window and give you an exact quote. (Typically we can measure your windows in less than 20 minutes)
 
Q. Should I use wood or vinyl replacement windows?
A. Wood and vinyl window both have pros and cons. Vinyl windows are completely water resistant and often have a lifetime warranty. In addition to their durability vinyl windows also offer a variety of interior and exterior colors including wood grains, and they tend to cost less than wood windows. On the other hand wood windows can be custom finished to any color paint or stain and they offer a variety of exterior colors. Some neighborhoods require wood windows to maintain the historic beauty that wood windows offer. While the beauty of real wood can not be beat it comes at a price, wood windows often cost twice as much as vinyl and often have a much shorter warranty. There is no right answer; ultimately it is up to you to decide which is better for your situation.

Q. Can my windows be replaced during the winter months?
A. Yes, our installers understand the importance of keeping your heat in and the cold out. To minimize heat loss we only tear out one old window at a time, and then quickly set and seal your new window before moving on.

Q. What is Low-E glass?
A. Low E stands for low emissivity; it is a transparent coating on glass that reflects radiant energy. This keeps the warmth of the sun outside of your home in the summer and your heat inside your home in the winter. Low-E glass is one of the most cost effective ways to improve the efficiency of your house, and it also reduces fading caused by the sun on your furniture and carpet.

Q. What is Argon?
A. Argon is a colorless, inert and odorless gas used to fill the airspace between the panes of glass in a double paned window. Argon is less conductive than air so it acts as an insulator between the interior and exterior of your home

Q. Do you offer a warranty on your labor and products?
A. Yes, we are proud of our installation crews and the products we sell. In addition to the manufacturers product warranty we also offer a lifetime warranty on our labor.

Q. Can my windows be installed on the weekend?
A. Yes, we do have installers that work on the weekend. If you request a weekend installation date we will do everything we can to accommodate your request.

Q. Do you have references in my area?
A. We have thousands of satisfied customers throughout Ohio, and we would be happy to give you references in your area.
 
Q. How long have you been in business?
A.  We have been an Incorporated business since 1973 and we have an A rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Q. How long have your installers been in the business?
A. Our installers are the best in the business; they have been installing windows for over 20 years.

 
 Q. Do you have the proper licenses, bonding and insurance?
A. We are a licensed contractor, holding a city of Columbus License and a Commercial License as well as being fully bonded and insured.
 
Q. How can the companies that advertise in the newspaper install a window for $189.00?
A. Often companies that advertise installed windows for $189.00 end up charging you considerably more after they give you their sales pitch and tack on costly options that should be standard. Click here to see what is included when you pay $189.00 for installed window in comparison to what you will receive when we install your windows.
 
Q. Do you need to install new trim around replacement windows?
A. No, a proper replacement window installation does not interrupt the existing trim of your windows. When the installation is complete the new window and your existing trim should appear seamless as if your new replacement windows were always there.

Q. What is Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)?
A. SHGC is the ratio of solar heat gain through your window compared to that of an unobstructed opening. Essentially the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient is a measurement of how much radiant energy a window allows through.
 
Q. What is a U-Value or U-Factor?
A. U-value is a measure of the total heat flow through a window or door. Lower numbers indicate greater insulating capabilities.
 
Q. What is a casement window?
A. A casement window is a window that is hinged on either side and opens and closes like a door. Casements can swing in or out and often utilize a crank handle that operates the opening and closing mechanism.
 
Q. What is a double-hung window?
A. A double-hung window is a window that contains two movable sashes that slide vertically (up and down) within a common mainframe. A double-hung is the most traditional style of window. Many modern double-hung window sashes can also be tilted inward for easy cleaning.
 
Q. What is a single-hung window?
A. A single hung window has a similar design to a double hung window. It is composed of two sashes that are within a common mainframe. However, in a single hung window the top sash is fixed and only the bottom sash can be opened. Single-Hung windows traditionally cost less than comparable double-hung windows.
 
Q. What is a slider window?
A. A slider window is composed of two or more sashes in a single mainframe that slide horizontally. Sliders can have one, two, or three moveable sashes. Slider windows are often used when a window opening is wider than it is tall.
 
Q. What is a hopper window?
A. A hopper window has one sash in which the top hinges inward. Hopper windows are often used in basements where there is not enough room for a window to open outward.
 
Q. What is an awning window?
A. An awning window has one sash that is hinged on the top and opens outward giving the window the appearance of an awning when it is open. Awning windows often utilize a crank handle to operate the opening and closing mechanism.
 
Q. What is a picture window?
A. A picture window is a window that does not open. Picture windows come in all sizes and shapes.

 
Q. What is a bay window?
A. A bay window consists of 3 separate windows inside a common frame. Typically the center window is a fixed picture window and the two side or flank windows are operable. The flank windows are set at an angle causing the window to protrude out from the house. This protrusion creates an allusion of more interior space. 
 
Q. What is a storm window?
A. A storm window is a single pane window that is often installed onto an existing window. Some historic neighborhoods do not allow replacement windows making storm windows the only viable option to increase efficiency.
 
Q. How do I clean a vinyl replacement window?
A. Vinyl is extremely resilient and can be cleaned with many over the counter cleaners.

 
Q. Do vinyl windows require any maintenance?
A. All components of a vinyl window are water resistant and non corrosive: because of this little maintenance is necessary. You should periodically clean out the exterior weep holes of the window, lubricate the tracks and balances once a year with silicone based lubricant, and keep all moving parts and tracks clean.

 
Q. How long does it take to get an accurate quote?
A. We are more than happy to give you a rough estimate over the phone immediately, or if you want an exact quote  we will measure your window and have a quote within one day. Typically it only takes about 20 minutes to measure windows.

 
Q. Are permits required to replace the windows in my house?
A. All townships, cities, and villages have different requirements, and some require no permits at all. We will obtain the necessary permits for your job.

 
Q. What manufacturer’s windows do you use?
A. Because we are a division of a wholesale building materials supplier we offer products from many different manufactures. We are proud to supply and install windows from the following companies; Vinylmax, Sunrise, Polaris, Silverline, Trimline, U.S. Block, Viwinco, Malta and more. This selection allows us to install the very best windows for your needs and budget. 
 
Q. Why is there condensation on my windows?
A. Condensation is caused by excessive humidity in your home. Everyday activities such as cooking, cleaning, showering, drying laundry, breathing and even household plants add moisture to the air in your home. In addition to human activities common heat sources such as kerosene, propane and burning moist wood also add to your humidity levels. When new energy efficient windows are installed in a house the flow of air between the interior and exterior of your home is stopped and the humidity inside the home is trapped causing the interior humidity levels to rise above the recommended levels of 30% to 35%. When the humidity reaches levels higher than 30% to 35% the warm moist air is drawn to cool surface of the window glass. When this happens water condenses on the surface of your windows. Moisture does not harm vinyl windows and this is not a cause for concern, however if you want to eliminate the condensation the best cause of action is to use a dehumidifier.
 
SIDING
 
Q. How long does it take to install vinyl siding on a house?
A. A typical siding installation takes about 3 to 5 days.

 
Q. Do I need to be home during the installation?
A. No, we do not need to enter your home for a typical siding installation.

 
Q. How much will it cost to have vinyl siding installed on my house?
A. The cost of a siding installation varies tremendously from one job to another. Scope of work, differences in materials, and the size of your house are just a few factors that go into determining cost. We are more than happy to give you a rough estimate over the phone, or if your want an exact quote we will measure your home and give you an accurate quote for free.

 
Q. How long does it take to get an accurate quote?
A. We can typically measure your home and give you an accurate quote in less than 24 hours. If we have access around your house you do not even need to be there when we measure.

 
Q. Does your vinyl siding have a warranty?
A. Yes, all of our siding materials have a lifetime warranty, and our siding and accessories have an acrylic coating on all dark colors to resist fading.
 
Q. Do you have local references for me to look at?
A. We have thousands of satisfied customers throughout ohio, and we would be happy to give you references in your area.

 
Q. Are permits required to put new vinyl siding on my house.
A. All townships, cities, and villages have different requirements, and some require no permits at all. We will obtain the necessary permits for your job.

 
Q. What should I consider when picking a vinyl siding? 
A. Not all vinyl siding is the same. When choosing vinyl siding you should consider the thickness of the panel, how long the siding is warranted, if the siding has an acrylic coating to resist fading, is the siding VSI (Vinyl Siding Institute) certified, and is the panel made by a reputable manufacturer. Proper installation of vinyl siding is as important as the materials you choose. While many “jack of all trades” believe they can install siding this is not the case. You should always have an experienced professional install your siding. Proper nailing, panel spacing, and an understanding or the unique characteristics of vinyl siding are all required for a successful siding installation. If properly installed, vinyl siding will add value, beauty and protection from the elements to your home for a lifetime. However, if improperly installed siding can buckle due to the expansion and contraction caused by the changes in temperature. This will cause a less than desirable appearance and possibly diminish the sidings ability to create an effective weather barrier.
 
Q. What siding manufacturers products do you carry?
A. We install siding from the most trusted siding manufacturers in the business, including products from Crane, Mastic, Certainteed, Wolverine, RMC, Nailite and more.

 
Q. How long does vinyl siding last?
A. If properly installed vinyl siding will last a lifetime. Advances in siding technology have made the product remarkably durable and fade resistant. Many manufacturers now offer a lifetime guarantee on their products.
 
Q. Can vinyl siding be installed during the winter months?
A. Yes, vinyl siding can be installed anytime.
 
Q. Does vinyl siding require any maintenance?
A. No maintenance is required on vinyl siding. If you want to clean your siding you simply spray it off with a  pressure washer.
 
Q. Does vinyl siding increase the R-value of my home?
A. That depends on the products you choose. Some vinyl siding has an R-value of 5 while others has no effective change on the R-value of a home.
 
Q. What is Dutch-lap siding?
A. Dutch lap siding has a beveled top that creates additional detail to the profile of the siding.

 
Q. What is straight lap siding?
A. Straight lap siding is flat panel of siding that overlaps the panel directly below it. The overlap conceals fasteners creating a clean look.
 
Q. What is shake siding?
A. Shake siding is a shingle style siding that was traditionally made of cedar.

 
DOORS
 
Q. How much does it cost to replace a door?
A. The cost of replacing a door varies depending on which style door you choose and the scope of work that needs to be done. We are more than happy to give you a rough estimate over the phone, or if your want an exact quote we will meet with you, go over your options and give you an exact quote.

 
Q. Does my casing need to be replaced if I replace my door?
A. No, if your existing casing is in good shape and you want to keep it we are more than happy to remove and re-use it. However, if you want, we can install new custom finished casing in any profile.

 
Q. If I get a new deadbolt and doorknob will my old keys still work?
A. Yes, we can re-key your new hardware to match the existing hardware in your house.

 
Q. Can I have my door pre-finished before it is installed?
A. Yes, we can custom stain or paint your new doors and trim to any color you like.
 
Q. How long does it take to install a door?
A. Depending on your particular door a typical installation will take about 2 to 4 hours.
 
Q. What door manufacturers products do you sell?
A. We only sell doors from the most trusted manufacturers, such as ThermaTru, Masonite, and Provia.

 
Q. Do doors qualify for the $1500.00 federal tax credit?
A. Yes, doors do qualify for the federal tax credits as long as they meet the performance criteria.
 
Q. Can my old storm door be installed on my new entry door?
A. Yes, we are more than happy to re-install you old storm door on you new entry door, or we can also provide you with a new storm door.
 
Q. Do you install patio doors?
A. Yes we have a wide variety of sliding and swinging patio doors to meet your specific needs.

 
Q.  Do doors have a warranty?
A. Yes, in addition to the manufacturers warranty every door we install also has a labor warranty guarantying your installation.