Home Visions Inc. has been replacing windows for homeowners in our area since 2003. We specialize in Simonton Windows because they are easy to install, they come in all shapes, styles and colors and they are the very best manufactured vinyl windows in the United States. For example, Simonton Windows has been recognized by several well renown survey companies including Consumer Reports Magazine. With an installation team that has been trained properly to install Simonton brand windows, we are ready to take on your home window replacement project with a high level of professionalism and expertise to satisfy and exceed the highest of expectations.
Simonton Windows offers two distinct series of replacement windows to meet the budgetary and aesthetic needs of our customers in MD, DC and VA. The 5050 Series window is crafted with one thing in mind - simplicity. This entry level window has a classic, clean design with a heavy duty frame and top of the line components so that it lasts a lifetime. The 5050 Series viny window will fit well in homes that are subtle as well as in homes that are extravagant. Most important is that when you choose the 5050 Series replacement window, you will get all of the quality that you deserve at a price point that will be easy to accept.
The 5500 series window has more to offer with a curved bevel on the interior sash, a triple sloped sill for a replicated wood look and a routed weld joint for a cleaner, more elegant finish. The 5500 Series replacement window by Simonton also boasts their patened LapLok™ meeting rail system that is more aesthetically pleasing and provides a tight seal at the contact points. The 5500 Series window is a bit more costly than the 5050 series, but it is still a window that gives a lot more for a slightly higher price point. The 5500 Series windows also come with additional options such as upgraded glass packages, interior wood faux finishes and exterior color options for a unique look.
Home Visions Inc.'s lead installers have successfully completed Simonton Silver Preferred Installation training. This highly focused training provides advanced installation and troubleshooting techniques for all types of installs. Homeowners are nervous when it comes to hiring contractors and obtaining this level of training puts their minds at ease knowing that there is no situation in the field that they are not prepared to successfully handle so that new the new replacement windows work properly and meet and exceed energy efficiency expectations.
Each Simonton Reflection Series window comes with a Double-Lifetime Limited Warranty that covers the vinyl, hardware, screens and insulating glass units. The warranty is transferrable which adds yet another great selling feature to any prospective home buyer.
All products we purchase require maintenance and replacement windows are no different. Although each window is virtually maintenance free, there are some things that local homeowners are required to do in order to keep their new windows in good working order. For starters, drainage systems should be kept free of debris. Although there is very little chance that this will cause any major issues, it is important to check the windows about once per year to make sure that water can drain freely. Another part of general upkeep is to check the movable parts annually to make sure that they are in good working order. Any component of the window that is not working properly should be reported to Home Visions Inc. immdediately so that proper service can be administered. Cleaning the windows regularly is also important and because they are made with high quality vinyl and special modifiers, they will shine right up year after year.
Windows play a key role in home safety. Fire is scary and too many children are found in places they tried to hide from fire. Teach children that they cannot hide from fire and they must escape it. Have a few pre-planned routes of escape and windows can be the fastest, easiest alternate ways out in the event of a burning home. Additionally, most modern vinyl windows have child safety locks for times when windows are easily accessible to curious toddlers. This safety mechanism still allows for you to open your windows while still keeping a safe environment for smaller children.
Aren't all vinyl windows really about the same?
No. There are many different ways windows are manufactured and many different quality levels. Like anything else, you get what you pay for. But be careful, in relatively mild climates like ours, there are companies who will sell you windows that are OVERKILL, like triple-pane windows that are only appropriate for colder temperatures in the North. Also, there are many different types of thermal glass systems. Both contribute to the overall cost.
Yes! Because of the high quality of our Simonton windows and our precise installation techniques, you are assured of energy savings.
Every Simonton glass unit has a non-prorated lifetime warranty against seal failure.
Our own trained craftsmen will install your new windows with pride and expertise. This will ensure both a quality installation and a beautiful job every time. Our installers average over 10 years experience each.
Most jobs can be completed in one day, including clean up.
We can show you several financing options that can help you get the job done within your budget.
Since your windows are custom made to fit your home, it normally takes 3 to 6 weeks, depending on how busy the factory is. We'll give you a firm time estimate at the time of purchase.
Yes, many. Our vinyl windows are all custom made for a perfect fit. Most wood windows are standard size and won't fit without a great deal of construction or carpentry work. Plus the vinyl windows are more energy efficient. Wood windows also require a tremendous amount of finish work (sanding and staining) that takes time and is expensive. Our warranty is much better (longer) than wood window warranties.
Make sure that we have a clear path to all windows and all window treatments are removed.
No, because custom windows are made to fit and therefore we do not have to disturb the interior or exterior of the home.
After the new windows have been installed and the inside of the house is finished, we will go outside to each window and cover all exterior wood casing with custom fit high guage coil stock.
Not very long. Each old window that we take out will be replaced and the opening will be 'weather tight' before we move on to the next window.
The new windows are maintenance free. The exterior of the window is vinyl and the window trim is finished with high guage coil stock. The adhesive sealant used to caulk the windows has a forty-year guarantee.
No. The windows will be delivered to us and we will bring them with us when we begin installation.
Simple. If the glass every breaks for any reason we'll replace it free of charge. Since the factory is local it will be a hassle free experience should the need arise.
You are more than just a number to us – you are the key to making our business successful!
We install the very best exterior home remodeling materials and products in the market.
Each of our installers are factory trained and they have all been working with us for at least two years.
You can speak with the owner at any time prior to signing a contract or after.
We have a very good track record in the community with over 7000 installs and no unresolved complaints.
We have a quick turnaround to have your project installed.
Our staff is well trained and organized and ready to provide a high level of communication.
Our sales representatives are friendly and do not pressure customers into signing a contract.
Our prices are affordable and we provide great value to our customers.
We love what we do and we strive to be the best!
How to Compare Replacement Window Costs
The cost of replacing windows can vary greatly and there are several factors that play into the wide range of prices a homeowner might find when shopping for new replacement windows. Here are some of the biggest factors that drive replacement window pricing up and down:
Marketing and Advertising Budget
Does the company you are considering spend a lot of money on radio and television commercials? Do they hire famous personalities to endorse their products? If so, chances are the consumer will pay a premium for each window to pay for those extremely expensive campaigns.
The Manufacturer of the Window
Purchasing power plays a huge role in the cost of a replacement window. Smaller, local manufacturers will pay higher prices for vinyl, glass and other parts required to build a replacement window. Larger manufacturers are able to buy larger quantities of the required materials which drives down the cost. Additionally, look for those manufacturers that have their own extrusion process, rather than having the vinyl outsourced which drives up the cost. Finally, larger manufacturers are able to offer more options which makes it more likely for a homeowner to be able to find a window that fits their budgetary needs.
Custom or Stock Windows
Stock sized windows are typically less expensive because they are mass produced. Most homes require custom sized replacement windows due to settling and shifting that occurs over the years. The highest quality replacement windows are custom made to order so that each window has a perfect fit for each individual opening in an older home. This does drive up the price when compared to stock sizes on the shelf at a local hardware store.
A lot of companies advertise windows that are 100% pure virgin vinyl and claim the window will never fade, rust, become brittle or chip. If the first part of that statement is true, the second part is false because 100% pure virgin vinyl will fade in color and will become brittle and crack. For example have you ever purchased or seen one of those green lawn chairs that you can get at your local hardware store? Well, if you leave it out in the sun for a few years eventually it fades, gets chalky and starts to crack. Manufacturers have to add impact modifiers to the vinyl. Additives are the LIFEBLOOD to any high quality window and this will drive up the price, but it is money well spent.
Another replacement window cost driver is the style and size of the windows being replaced. For example, a double hung window that measures three feet wide by five feet tall will be less costly than a casement window that is the same size. The main reason for a variance in this example is the hardware that must be included in a casement window is more expensive than that of a double hung window. Another example is putting a flat bay window (three part slider) in an opening rather than a bay window. Bay and bow windows are built by hand and typically cost much more than a flat window that requires less material and labor to produce.
Find a company willing to talk to you about all of your options and you will feel comfortable with your decision and the price that you pay.
There is no doubt that the pace of roof replacement projects slows down in the winter, but there is also very good evidence that homeowners experience the most problems with their roof in the damp, colder, snowier months. This article examines a few key things to consider if your roof is ready to be replaced, but you are hesitant because of the time of year.
With roofing installations slowing down in the colder months it is easier to negotiate a better price. Discounts during winter range from 10-25% compared to the spring and summer. The main reason for this is that it is important to keep roofing crews busy. Nobody wants to their top roofing installation crew to experience a lack of work.
Pro: Quick Turnaround
With the winter slow down comes more openings in the schedule which translates to a quicker turnaround time for actually having the installation occur. This is especially helpful if you are experiencing a leak and need an emergency work order.
Con: Shingles Take More Time to Seal
Asphalt shingles are manufactured with a seal strip on them which keeps the shingle laying flat against the surface of the row below it once it seals. In our region this is not as big a concern as in other regions because although we do have cold snaps, we can usually squeak out enough mild days and sun to promote proper sealing. Additionally, the roof is always several degrees warmer than the actual temperature, particularly if the area is exposed to the sun.
Overall, roof replacement can take place in winter and the pros outweigh the cons in our region. If you choose a certified roofing company such as Home Visions Inc. you can not only have your roof installed properly, you can also do it for a lower cost and the only risk is that you will have to wait a bit longer than in warmer months for the shingles to “lay down” or seal properly.
YOU CAN ALSO CALL AND ASK ABOUT OUR WINTER REPAIR AND REPLACE APPROACH!
In this type of arrangement, we will repair the area that is causing the issue and then schedule an installation day for the spring. This will solve the immediate concern and lock in a winter discounted price!
Installing vinyl soffit (roof overhang) to your home is a great investment for several reasons and they vary based on the situation you are in.
Vinyl soffit is mainly a product that covers the existing soffit area and it is extremely rare that any work needs to be done to the existing material that is covering the area currently. In rare cases, if the soffit is rotted out it may be beneficial to replace the damaged area, but usually installing vinyl soffit will take care of the issue. One common misunderstanding is that if the current soffit (usually wood or particle board) is damaged, that it absolutely has to be replaced before vinyl soffit should be applied and the reason this is wrong is because in actuality, in most homes, the covered area should be open or ventilated so that air has a path to the attic so that there is a healthy amount of circulation. This way the space below the roof stays dry and free of heat and moisture build up which ultimately promotes longevity for the roof decking and the roof shingles. In the winter, by having good air intake, when snow builds up on the roof and conditions are right for ice damming, homeowners will find that if the attic can stay cool enough the ice-damming issue is less likely to occur. A well insulated attic also helps with this problem as well.
♦ Vinyl soffit looks great! The product is uniform and brightens up the overhangs very nicely.
♦ Keeps rodents out. Installing vinyl soffit is a deterrent to animals finding their way into the attic.
♦ Promotes ventilation in the attic. In some cases, a home may have solid plywood that is painted covering the overhang. If the overhang leads to the attic, this is a great opportunity to create air intake holes for good air circulation.
♦ Soffit comes in a variety of styles and price ranges therefore, it does not cost too much to upgrade the exterior of your home.
♦ Maintenance-free. Vinyl soffit is maintenance free so it never has to be painted or washed and it will never rot or fade.
BEWARE: Builder grade
It’s a common term most people are familiar with. A simple web search turns up countless entries on the topic. From a contractors to a neighbors, when talking home-improvement most every home owner has heard someone use the term “builder grade”. The real meaning of the phrase and the truth behind it however may still surprise you. What if we told you that one out of every five homes that we install new windows in was constructed since the year 2000. It’s hard to imagine technology has evolved much since then, so why is it that we can offer so much more efficiency and comfort with the windows and other products that we install just a short time later? Thanks to that little term we have all heard so much about.
Why are builder grade products so common?
They are cheaper; it’s as simple as that. Building homes isn’t cheap. Just like anything else, the best way to do it is by doing it a lot, maximizing efficiency along the way. That’s why so many homes are built by just a few large builders. The “big-builders” purchase building materials like windows and roofing shingles by the truck load. The more they buy of the same thing, the cheaper it is. The windows look similar to their high-quality counterparts so it’s difficult to detect that there is no Low-E coating or argon gas fill to conserve energy. Vinyl siding looks the same, but is thinner, more brittle, and has little to no insulation between it and the plywood sheathing of your home.
Builder grade doesn’t stop with the products either. The same principles apply to finding the cheapest labor. Work is done on multiple properties at a time and in terms of installation practices, the minimum is typical. Usually very little warranty is provided on these products when purchasing the home so the workers have little to no recourse for doing a bad job. Finish your job, move on to the next.
It happens every day. It’s certainly not fair to say that every builder does it this way; sure some are installing longer lasting, more efficient products. In this industry that would be the exception and not the rule, and it’s up to you as the home-owner/buyer to know what you are getting.
Why are builder grade products so difficult to detect?
The simple answer here is that they basically look the same. The lower quality products are constructed the same way, and often function similarly to their high-quality counterparts. The
difference is in how the products are made, how they are installed, and maybe most importantly the warranty behind the product. Many people are fooled into thinking they have high-quality products simply by the look.
The other way to look at it is that some of these things really are quite detectable; you just have to know what you are looking for. Not everyone can be an expert on everything, but
with the internet today we can all pretend. It can take some research, but every building product has some form of comparison or rating that you can use to differentiate between the good the bad and the ugly. Often the government is even involved in helping you find quality products. The Energy Star program provides a set of standards for comparison on this and other types of products.
What do I do if I think I have builder grade products in my home now?
If you fear that you have builder grade products wasting your home’s energy you should check it out! Try some research first to learn about what you currently have installed on your home. Who made it? What is the warranty on this product? Can you find any performance or efficiency ratings for this product? Are there any reviews?
If you discover you have less efficient or failing products then prioritize. A dangerous roof situation obviously takes precedent over a lack of insulation so focus on the most important thing first. Finally call HOME VISIONS! We will come out to your house for free and provide an in-home consultation for your needs. We will show you samples of the various options and while there we will give you a quote that is good for a full year. Many of our products and installations carry lifetime warranties. We enjoy providing consultation on what sets our products apart from “builder grade”.