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How Long Does it Take to Install Windows?

If you are thinking about replacing your windows, you have a lot of questions. You might already know what frame material you want and you could already have a style in mind as well. But what about the installation? If you have never gotten new windows before, you may have no idea how the process works. First, you need to pursue professional installation from Concept Windows & Doors. Poor window installation can take away from efficiency, impair appearance, and weaken overall performance. But even if you go with professionals, you might wonder how long it takes and what all it involves.

Time Frame

The time frame will vary depending on what you order. Custom windows, for example, take longer to arrive. But it generally takes anywhere from 4-8 weeks to get your window order. On the installation day, the time it takes to complete the installation depends on both the number of windows you have and the type being installed. The crew will probably spend about 30 minutes on each window. They will remove the old one and put a new one in its place before moving on to the next window. For most homes, the job can be done in one day or possibly two if there are a lot of windows.

Before Installation

Before the installers arrive with the windows, ready to install them, you will have someone come out to your house and take exact measurements so they can compile the materials they will need for the installation. They will also review the order with you to ensure everything is straight before they send it to the manufacturer. You will get information detailing the installation process, and then when your order arrives they’ll make an appointment to install the windows.

During Installation

The crew will arrive and cover furniture and floors and then replace the windows. They will take away the old windows and stack everything in an orderly manner, out of the way. Once they clean up, the crew leader will walk through everything with you so you can inspect it and ask questions with them nearby. Once you approve, you sign off on the installation and can start to enjoy your new windows.

Installing Windows Alone?

If you are handy and like working around the house, you might wonder if you can install the new windows yourself. This is not at all recommended. Improper installations can have many negative effects on a home. For the best results, let the professionals at Concept Windows & Doors handle the installation for you. With the proper installation, you can enjoy energy efficiency, guarantees, aesthetics, and the windows your home deserves. Call us today at (818) 786-9100 for a free consultation or in-home estimate. You can also stop by and take a look at the windows we offer in our showroom. We’re located at 6035 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411 and we’d love to work with you on your next Beverly Hills, Ca window installation project.

Reading Labels on Replacement Windows

There’s a huge emphasis on energy efficiency in today’s society…with good reason! If you are considering replacement windows in your Culver City, CA home, energy efficiency is likely at the top of your list of qualities you will demand. You want your home to perform at its best so you can lower your bills and heighten your comfort. The National Fenestration Rating Council understands this, and that is why they require manufacturers to include an NFRC label on their replacement windows that goes over all of the ratings. By understanding the codes and ratings on this label, you can make an informed decision on the replacement windows you choose for your home.

Product Description

On the top of every label, you will see the manufacturer’s name along with the window frame material (like vinyl, wood, aluminum, and so on). It will also give the glazing type, such as double or triple-pane glass along with whether there is an argon or krypton fill. It will tell you if there is a low-e coating on the glass and what window operating style exists, like double-hung, casement, etc.

U-Factor

The first energy performance rating on the window label is the U-factor. That number will range from .02 to 1.20 and measures how well the window prevents heat from passing through it. The lower the number, the better the window is at insulating your home.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

To the right of the U-factor, you will see the SHGC number, which will range between 0 and 1. This measures how well replacement windows hinder radiant heat from coming into the home due to exposure to direct sunlight. You want a lower rating here to get less solar heat into your home.

Visible Transmittance

Check the “Additional Performance Ratings” section to see the VT, a rating that ranges from 0 to 1. This will tell you how much visible light will pass through the window. The closer the number is to 0, the less light passes through the window.

Air Leakage

To the right of the VT number, you will see the Air Leakage rating. This is an optional rating that doesn’t appear on all replacement windows. Most manufacturers choose to include it, and it can tell you how much heat gain and loss occurs through the cracks in the window assemble. The closer the number is to 0, the better.

Test Yourself

If you are considering replacement windows in Culver City, CA, it never hurts to get out there and take a look at the various labels so you can gain an understanding of what replacement windows are available and how they are different. Concept Windows & Doors is here to help if you have any questions. Give us a call at (818) 786-9100 for a free consultation. Or stop by our showroom and start looking at the labels yourself! We’re located at 6035 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411 and our replacement windows on the showroom floor can give you a good way to test your knowledge.

Securing Vinyl Windows

It’s important to feel safe in your home, and your vinyl windows are a big part of that process. Windows and doors are the most prevalent way for burglars and intruders to get into a home. If you have ground floor windows, it might feel all too easy for someone to get in uninvited. But there are things you can do to your Culver City, CA vinyl windows to decrease the likelihood of that ever happening. You can have some peace of mind knowing you are as safe as possible. Use these tips to secure those vinyl windows.

Tip 1: Use the Locks!

The most obvious thing you need to do is lock your vinyl windows. It sounds obvious, but nearly one-third of burglaries occur because intruders are able to enter homes through unlocked windows. Make it a habit to lock your vinyl windows every time you close them, and consider secondary locks on the most vulnerable ground floor windows.

Tip 2: Consider Security Glass

If the windows are locked, the next thing a burglar might do is break the window. If you have impact resistant glass, the vinyl windows are much harder to break and get through. Windows like these are resilient and they don’t break even when crow bars are in use or bricks are thrown. Security glass helps with storm protection as well, and they are highly energy efficient.

Tip 3: Security Bars and Grilles

If you have bars on your windows, burglars can’t get through them no matter how hard they try. They can break the glass, but then what? Nothing! Putting these bars on the inside or outside of the windows prevents anyone from getting into your home, and if you get different designs, they look nice too.

Tip 4: Security Screens

Security screens look like insect screens to keep bugs out, but they are steel and much stronger than the normal mesh screens. They are very had to cut through with a knife. It would take a burglar more time to get into your home and they would likely give up rather than risk being caught.

Vinyl windows are most vulnerable when they are on the ground level and when they are out of sight. If your windows are visible from the street or from a neighbor’s house, they are safer because burglars won’t want to be seen and caught. Concentrate on windows that don’t show well and go from there.

Energy Efficiency-What Do Panes Have To Do With It?

If you’re thinking about putting new windows in your Culver City, CA home, you  know one thing for sure…you want energy efficiency above anything else! In addition to choosing an energy efficient frame material and style, you will also want to think about glass options. Sure, there are glazing choices to consider, but even more important than that is the number of panes on the glass. What is the difference? Do you get higher energy efficiency with more panes of glass? Let’s take a look and find out!

Single-Pane Windows

Windows used to come with just single-pane glass as a standard. If you have older windows, that might be what they have. It’s good enough to give you a view of Culver City, CA, but it’s not good enough to keep the drafts out. Glass is a pretty poor insulator when it works on its own. The outdoor conditions can drastically affect the indoor temperature of the home. Builders don’t put single-pane windows into new homes any longer, but they are still found in older homes that don’t have upgrades.

Double-Pane Windows

If you have only single-pane windows, going to double-pane with new windows will make a big difference. The glass itself isn’t the insulator, but rather the pocket between the two panes. Sometimes, that pocket is simply filled with air, which will act as an insulator. Other times, it can be filled with argon or krypton gas, which is even denser and insulates further. There are specific benefits that come with double-pane windows including:

Lower energy bills

With less heat transfer, the heating and cooling bills go down. You could decrease those bills 20-30% when you go from single to double-pane glass.

Higher comfort

Less drafts and heat transfer means more comfort inside your home with less over-use of the HVAC system.

Less Noise

More layers between you and the outside world means less noise coming through the windows. The panes block noise as well as hot and cold air.

Less condensation

Water dripping down the pane can be a big concern, but double-pane windows are warmer to the touch and have less condensation.

Triple-Pane Windows

Triple-pane windows perform better than double pane, but they do not stand out as much as double-pane does compared to single-pane. They cost more, but they also save you more money. Consider triple pane if you plan to live in your home for 10-20 more years so you can recoup the investment. You might also consider them if you want to increase the value of your home as much as possible.

Now that you know a bit more about what panes do for energy efficiency, it might be easier for you to make the decision between double and triple-panes for your new windows in Culver City, CA. Give Concept Windows & Doors a call today at (818) 786-9100 to get help with the process. We can give you advice and help you make smart, informed decisions. Stop by our showroom at 6035 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411.