Replacement Window FAQs

Replacement Window FAQs
  • How Can You Get An Over-The-Phone Quote for Replacement Windows?

    First, we have you fill out the simple form on our Get A Quote page. One of our owners will then email you to schedule a quick phone call to collect additional info about your project. After the call, they will contact you with an ironclad quote on the best windows for your situation in less than 24 hours. It’s that simple.

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  • How Much Should You Expect to Pay for Replacement Windows?

    Replacement window cost depends largely on the window material and which features/upgrades you choose.

    Out of the most popular window materials—vinyl, fiberglass, and wood—vinyl is the least expensive. Fiberglass tends to be in the middle to medium-high range. And wood windows are usually the most expensive.

    But the real question isn’t “How much do replacement windows cost?” It’s “Which replacement windows provide the most VALUE?”

    For most homeowners, the answer varies. Vinyl windows are the most popular because of the value they provide for the price point. But fiberglass windows have also gained popularity over the past few years. Whichever window material you choose, you want to be sure it comes from a reputable manufacturer with a great track record for making excellent windows. A quality installation is equally important as choosing an excellent window. A window is only as good as its installation.  These are the true keys to getting the most value.

  • What Types of Replacement Windows Are There? What’s the Difference?

    When it comes to types of replacement windows, you’ve got options. And how to choose the right replacement windows for your home starts with knowing about the styles of replacement windows out there. Here’s a quick rundown of some of your choices…

    Awning windows: Hinged at the top, awning windows open from the bottom outward, typically with a crank. They can be installed in small spaces, such as over the kitchen sink, above a tub, or as a part of a bigger window. Awning windows have also gained popularity because of their use as daylighting windows.

    Bay windows: Three windows side by side to form a three-dimensional profile. The middle window is fixed, while the side windows are typically either double hung or casement windows. An excellent choice for expansive views and elegant curb appeal.

    Bow windows:Made of three to five equally sized windows, usually casement or fixed. Bow windows have a more rounded appearance than bay windows.

    Casement windows:Casement windows are hinged on one side and open outward. Casement windows lack top and bottom rails, allowing for an unobstructed view of the outdoors and superior ventilation.

    Double hung windows: Double hung windows are the most popular window type because of their functionality, efficiency, and convenience. They open vertically from both the top and bottom sashes for excellent airflow. Sashes can tilt inward for easy cleaning.

    Picture windows: A fixed window that’s meant for letting in sunlight, providing amazing outdoor views, and delivering stunning curb appeal. Since picture windows are fixed, they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.

    Single hung windows: A more “old-school” version of the double hung window, single hung windows open only from the bottom sash. Though single hung windows are a little less expensive than double hung windows, they lack some of the features and easy maintenance of double hungs.

    Slider windows: Think of these as a mini version of a sliding glass door. Slider windows have one fixed panel and one movable panel than glides along a track. Sliders are a good option for homeowners who have difficulty opening and closing vertical-operating windows like double hungs.

    To determine which replacement window types are right for you, you’ll want to consider your budget, the size of the window you’re replacing, and the overall look you want for your home. If you need help, that’s why we’re here!

  • What Are the Differences Between Window Materials?

    This basically boils down to a battle of vinyl vs. wood vs. fiberglass windows. These are the three most popular window materials, and they all bring something different to the table. So let’s take a (very) brief look at each…

    • Vinyl windows are the most popular because they combine excellent value, high-quality performance, elegant curb appeal, and low maintenance. They can last decades with bare-minimum upkeep and reduce your utility costs with their innovative energy technology.
    • Fiberglass windows are made with special fibers and use a protrusion process. Fiberglass windows are typically a higher investment than vinyl windows, but the sturdy-yet-lightweight material makes fiberglass windows attractive to some homeowners. Like vinyl windows, fiberglass windows can come with an insulated frame to allow for exceptional energy efficiency.
    • Wood windows are the most expensive and require the most upkeep. But if maintained, wood windows can last a very long time and provide excellent curb appeal for decades. Treat wood windows right, and they’ll treat your HOME right for decades.

    Certain windows are better suited for certain types of homes and homeowners. Which window material is right for you depends on your needs, budget, and what you want your new windows to accomplish.

    Broken Windows—Should You Get Them Repaired or Replaced?

    It depends on the problem and the severity of the issue. The type and extent of the problem can also determine the question of DIY window repair vs. replacement from a window company. Let’s take a look at common window problems and how you should handle them:

    Rotting wood

    Repairing rot vs. replacing the window depends on the amount of rot.

    If a significant portion of your window frame is rotted, that means it’s probably past its prime—in addition to rot, it’s likely causing you other problems like leaks and substandard performance. In this case, replacement is typically the better option. But if it’s a small patch of rot—and your window isn’t that old or worn down—a DIY with some epoxy can do the trick. It’s important to not dismiss rotting wood, even a small amount can quickly turn into a much larger amount if not addressed.

    Water leaks

    Is the coming directly from the window, or around the window? Water leaks from around the window can have many causes. They may include, improperly sealing and weather-proofing the window during installation, a water leak elsewhere in the house that has made its way past the window (water finds the most available path of least resistance), or sometimes even an ice dam.

    If the leak comes from the window itself, you’ve got bigger issues. Moisture build up can lead to mold, rot, or decay. Leaky windows are all but begging for you to replace them.

    Condensation between the panes

    Condensation on the inside or outside of a window isn’t necessarily a problem. Condensation on the inside of a window in a humid area like the bathroom or kitchen is not abnormal. Condensation on the outside of a window is due to the inside of your home being a different temperature than the outdoors.

    But condensation between the panes means the window’s seal has broken. In this case, you may be able to replace the glass or the sash. But if you have this problem with more than one window, replacement can usually be the more prudent, time-saving, and even cost-effective choice.

    Poor operation

    Poor operation—like sticking sashes and windows that are hard to open and close—means there are underlying problems with the window. It could be swelling. It could be broken or worn parts. It could be moisture build up.

    No matter the case, poor performance is often due to the age of the window. Your windows take a beating over the years. So if your windows aren’t operating like they should, it could be  time to replace them.

  • What Is the Replacement Window Process Like with Zen Windows Des Moines?

    When homeowners need new windows, the first question they ask is typically, “How, exactly, do I replace my windows?” The truth is that it can be confusing to know where to start—especially since window companies don’t have the most stellar reputations.

    That’s why we’ve made getting new windows as simple as possible. And it starts with online window quotes instead of in-home quotes.

    We understand you don’t have time for a two-hour appointment. So we email you a firm and accurate quote on replacement windows—without the sales pitch, pricing games, and arm twisting. Find out more here.

  • Who Will Be Installing Your Project?

    Craftsmen of the highest caliber. They have decades of installation experience and ensure every single detail (even the small things you can’t see) are done 100% correct. Not only that, but our installers are also friendly, approachable, family-oriented people who are obsessed with creating a pleasant, low-stress project experience for you. You’ll feel completely comfortable having them in your home.

  • What Are “Energy Star Ratings,” and Why Are They Important?

    Energy Star is a program launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992. Energy Star determines the qualifications for an energy efficient window. Replacement windows that meet or surpass Energy Star ratings are labeled as such on the window. Here’s an example of the label on an Energy Star-certified replacement window:

    Example Energy Star Label
    Example Energy Star Label, Courtesy of https://www.energystar.gov

    And here’s a quick rundown of the individual replacement window Energy Star Ratings:

    U-Factor: Measures the rate of heat loss in a window on a scale of 0 to 1. The lower the number, the better. For homeowners in the northern United States, Energy Star recommends windows with a U-Factor of 0.27 or lower. U-Factor is the most important rating for homeowners in the cold parts of the country.

    Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): Measures solar radiation that comes through a window on a scale of 0 to 1. The lower the number, the better. SHGC is especially important for homeowners who live in warm climates.

    Air Leakage (AL): Measures how much air enters a room per one square foot of window on a scale of 0 to 1. In order for a window to achieve the AAMA gold rating, the AL must be 0.3 or lower. The lower the number, the better. You’ll likely want to stick with windows that have an AL of 0.2 or lower (many high quality vinyl windows even achieve ratings of 0.1 or lower).

    Visible Transmittance (VT): Measureshow much visible light a window transmits on a scale of 0 to 1. The higher the number, the more light gets through.

    Condensation Resistance: Measures how well a window resists condensation on interior surfaces on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher the number, the better. Look for windows that are rated at least 50 or higher.

  • Will Replacement Windows Save Money on Energy Bills? How Much?

    Absolutely! New windows save money on energy bills, which is one of the biggest reasons homeowners install them.

    The exact amount energy efficient windows can save you depends on a few factors, such as how poorly your current windows perform and the type of energy features you buy with your new windows. Energy Star reports that Iowa homeowners save up to $352 PER YEAR when they upgrade from single pane windows to energy efficient Energy Star replacement windows.

    Source: https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=windows_doors.pr_savemoney

  • Do Our Windows Come with a Warranty?

    We provide TRUE lifetime warranties on both installation AND materials—including broken glass! No prorating. No exclusions. No hidden charges. No loopholes. Fully transferable. Bottom line: If there is a warranty problem—5, 10, or 50 years from now—you pay $0.00. Period.

  • How Can You Get An Over-The-Phone Quote for Replacement Windows?

    First, we have you fill out the simple form on our Get A Quote page. One of our owners will then email you to schedule a quick phone call to collect additional info about your project. After the call, they will contact you with an ironclad quote on the best windows for your situation in less than 24 hours. It's that simple.

  • Have a Question That You Didn't See Answered Here?

    Get in touch! We'd be happy to help answer any and all of your questions.