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Questions Related to Windows and Window Replacement

What is a replacement window?

A replacement window is tailored to fit precisely within the dimensions of an existing window opening. A professional window replacement contractor customizes the window to seamlessly integrate into the designated space without causing disruption to the surrounding interior or exterior areas. Custom replacement windows are crafted to optimize energy efficiency, resulting in significant savings on energy expenses. Although stock windows may appear initially cheaper, the incurred additional labor and disruption to your home render them less cost-effective compared to custom options.

Do I need to replace my windows or can I just repair them?

To cut down on expenses, numerous homeowners opt to mend their windows rather than replace them. Although it's feasible to repair and refurbish older windows in many cases, the exerted effort and associated costs often outweigh the benefits. It's advisable to consider window replacement in the following scenarios:

• Widespread decay

• Presence of single-pane windows

• Fogging or condensation between glass panels

• Unavailability of window hardware

•Risk of lead-based paint exposure during repairs

When is the best time to install window replacements?

You can have replacement windows installed throughout the year, except during severe weather conditions like heavy rain or strong winds. Typically, a complete window replacement for an average-sized home can be completed in just one day. Energy-efficient windows contribute to year-round savings on energy expenses, making the timing of window replacement irrelevant. At Gemini Windows, Doors & Siding, our contractors undergo extensive training to efficiently replace windows, ensuring minimal heating or cooling loss during the process.

What type of replacement windows are available?

The variety of window types you can obtain depends on the available space. For instance:

Bay and bow windows

Bay and bow windows both extend outward from the home, providing a stylish addition and creating additional floor space. Bay windows typically complement modern homes, whereas bow windows enhance the aesthetic of older or more traditional-style homes.

Picture windows

Picture windows, typically larger than standard ones, offer unobstructed views of the outdoors. They are perfect for homes with picturesque surroundings like gardens, lush valleys, or mountain vistas. However, as they usually do not open, they are not suitable for rooms requiring ventilation.

Double-hung and single-hung windows

Double-hung and single-hung windows represent the two predominant styles in window design. In single-hung windows, the lower sash is operable, moving up and down, while the upper sash remains fixed. Conversely, double-hung windows allow for both the upper and lower sashes to be maneuvered, either raised or lowered. Both types offer the convenience of inward tilting for easy cleaning.

How much do replacement windows cost?

For numerous homeowners, cost proves a significant consideration in window replacement decisions. Home Advisor indicates that window prices typically span from $300 to $700 each, with an average around $500. Additional expenses, including installation, diverse options, and upgrades such as enhanced hardware, custom colors, paints and stains, triple-pane or laminated glass, SDLs or grids between glass, full screens, etc., alongside construction costs, can significantly fluctuate above this average. The total project expense largely hinges on the material selected, window size and type, and the chosen contractor.

Do replacement windows really pay for themselves?

You might have encountered claims that replacement windows can essentially pay for themselves. While it's accurate that top-tier, energy-efficient windows can lead to savings on monthly energy bills, the exact amount saved can vary based on numerous factors beyond the immediate window project. Nonetheless, it's generally accepted that meticulously crafted and energy-efficient windows will notably reduce a home's energy usage. These long-term energy savings can gradually offset the initial window investment, while simultaneously enhancing the property value.

Questions Related Exterior Door Replacement

What do I need to know before replacing a door?

To proceed accurately, we'll require the following measurements and specifications: the height and width of the door, locations of hinges (including whether they're pass-through or mortise), hinge sizes, distances from the top of the door to the lock and deadbolt locations, and the backset measurements of both the lock and hinge locations.

How long do door replacements take?

On average, replacing an exterior door typically takes around five to six hours. In contrast, an interior door can be installed slightly faster, typically requiring two to four hours. This quicker installation for interior doors is because they don't involve the same level of caulking, flashing, and other weatherproofing measures necessary for exterior doors.

How often should exterior doors be replaced?

Exterior doors are typically designed to last the lifetime of a house, providing long-term durability and structural integrity. However, screen doors and vinyl doors generally have a lifespan ranging from 20 to 40 years. French doors, known for their elegance and sturdy construction, often endure for 30 to 50 years.

Can I have doors replaced without replacing the frame?

Often, you can opt to replace a door without the need to replace the frame, provided the frame remains in good condition without warping or significant wear. A door slab refers to a pre-cut piece of wood shaped and sized to fit as a door.

What are jambs on doors?

The jamb serves as the vertical flat surface running along each side of the door frame, playing a crucial role in the door's operation. It supports the hinges for door hanging and accommodates the striker plate on the opposite jamb, facilitating the opening, closing, and locking of the door.

How much does it cost to replace an exterior door?

Installing an entry door typically costs between $600 and $2,000 on average. The average homeowner tends to spend around $1,200 for the installation of a pre-hung fiberglass door.

Questions Related Siding

What do I need to know about replacing siding?

For optimal conditions, it's advisable to schedule your siding replacement during the Spring or Fall months when temperatures are moderate. Before proceeding with siding replacement, it's important to assess the condition of your roof, gutters, and shutters. Many experts suggest addressing any necessary roof repairs or replacements before installing new siding.

Does insurance pay for new siding?

Homeowners insurance generally covers the replacement of damaged siding only, typically not extending to replacing siding on other parts of the home. Consequently, homeowners may find themselves with new siding on one section of the home that appears different from the rest.

What is the most durable siding?

Vinyl siding stands out as a top choice in terms of affordability, low maintenance requirements, and durability. It offers exceptional strength and is available in a wide array of colors and styles, including options like dutch lap, shake, scalloped, and many others.

What is the average life expectancy of vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding, introduced in the 1950s and continually enhanced for durability, typically boasts a lifespan averaging between 30 to 40 years.

What is better than vinyl siding?

In contrast to vinyl siding, Hardie® fiber cement siding offers enhanced durability, being up to 5 times thicker. It effectively withstands various weather conditions, including wind, rain, freezing temperatures, and hail, providing homes with long-lasting protection while requiring minimal maintenance.

Does vinyl siding fade in the sun?

Over time, vinyl siding may experience fading when exposed to UV rays and various elements such as rain and snow. The sun's rays can lead to color deterioration on vinyl siding, much like other outdoor items such as boats or jungle gyms that endure prolonged exposure to the elements.

Questions Related to Soffit & Fascia

What type of soffit is best?

Aluminum soffits are favored for several reasons. They offer high durability, are lightweight, and easy to manage. Additionally, if your overhangs have irregular shapes, aluminum soffits are an excellent choice due to their exceptional malleability.

How long do aluminum soffits last?

Aluminum soffits typically have a lifespan of up to 20 years. Unlike wood or vinyl, which can fade relatively quickly and show signs of sun damage, aluminum's colors are baked in during manufacturing. Once installed, aluminum soffits maintain their appearance and protective qualities for an extended period, providing lasting durability and aesthetics.

Should I use vented or solid soffit?

Vented soffit panels are designed to enhance air circulation in the attic area through small perforations. In contrast, solid soffit panels seal off the attic space, preventing fresh air from entering and potentially causing the air inside to become stagnant and stale.

Can I have too much soffit venting?

You can't really go overboard with soffit venting, but it's important to consider the minimum requirements. Typically, 4-inch by 16-inch soffit vents are rated for around 26 square inches of ventilation.

What should soffit be made of?

Soffit materials include wood, aluminum, and most commonly, vinyl, chosen for its durability. Soffit can either be non-vented or vented, providing options for maximizing roof ventilation. Non-vented or continuous soffit is ideal for roofs with narrow eaves or when significant attic space ventilation is needed.

What are the advantages of using aluminum fascia?

Aluminum is indeed a fire-resistant metal, capable of withstanding extreme heat without melting. With these properties, an aluminum fascia offers reliable protection against both water and fire damage. It serves as a robust defense against various disasters, providing homeowners with peace of mind.

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