Windows & Doors
Replacing inefficient, outdated windows & exterior doors will decrease utility bills and increase your home’s curb appeal. Like your home’s insulation and HVAC system, windows and exterior doors play an important role in home energy performance. But windows and doors get extra attention because they also need to look good. When the paint cracks or peels around a window frame or the weatherstripping comes loose around a door, these details detract from a home’s appearance.
Although they may seem simple in comparison to a furnace, heat pump, or water heater, windows and doors have actually become fairly complex over the last 20 years or so.
If the windows or exterior doors in your house need to be replaced, you’ll soon discover that there are countless options available. A huge number of manufacturers offer an array of different styles. Materials, energy performance ratings and warranties also vary.
Construction Pros works with many of the most popular window and door manufacturers, and installs top-of-the-line, energy-efficient windows and doors across the country. Our energy technicians will help you identify the best products for your home.
Whether you are choosing windows for a new house or replacement windows for an existing house, it’s smart to have your wish list ready – a checklist of all the features your windows should have.
Good windows should be...
Energy efficient. The National Fenestration Registration Council (NFRC) rates all major brands of windows for air leakage, U-value, and heat-blocking ability –three qualities that determine overall energy efficiency. These ratings are clearly displayed on the standard NFRC label attached to the window unit.
Attractive Different wood grain and color options (available from some manufacturers) provide you with more style choices.
Durable and maintenance-free. Vinyl windows take the lead in this category, because they never need painting and they can’t be damaged by moisture.
Easy to clean. Window frames that tilt inward enable you to clean the exterior-facing glass from inside the house. This makes window cleaning faster and safer.
Available in a wide range of styles and sizes. Double hungs, bows, bays, casements, picture windows and more. Most houses have different types of windows.
Protected with a great warranty. Many manufacturers only warrant their windows for 10, 15 or 20 years.
Installed by experts. Make sure your windows are installed by skilled technicians who place a high value on good craftsmanship.
Exterior doors also need to be attractive, durable and energy efficient
Many of the details explained for windows above also apply to exterior doors. Older, solid-wood exterior doors are often replaced with doors that have fiberglass or steel skins and foam insulation cores. Fiberglass exterior doors are usually considered better for several reasons.
They resist denting and heat transfer better than steel doors. Also, the fiberglass door skin can be textured and stained to resemble a solid wood door. Homeowners interested in improving comfort and energy efficiency often decide to replace older sliding glass doors with new, more efficient units.