Replacement Windows FAQs
Replacing your windows is a big decision, hopefully one you will only have to make once. We want to help make this an unforgettably easy experience, so we have compiled some of our most frequently asked questions. However, if you have one you don’t see on this list, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We love answering our customer’s questions and teaching people about windows.
Which Windows Are Best?
Q: How do I know what are the best replacement windows to buy?
A: From just looking at a window, it can be hard to tell one window from another if you don’t know what to look for and what questions to ask.
But, despite appearances, all windows are not created equal. First, there are Builder-Grade windows. These are cheaper windows that builders use on new homes to keep costs as low as possible. These windows have lots of issues, including being made from 100% recycled vinyl, the cheap kind of vinyl that yellows over time.
Then there are Specialty-Grade/Replacement Grade windows. These are definitely a step-up from builder grade quality. But there can still be significant issues, including frames constructed using a surface weld that makes them subject to warping and separation. These windows can also vary a great deal in terms of glass quality. Many times these windows are produced in cookie-cutter style, instead of specifically made for a particular climate.
Then there are the next generation of replacement windows that capitalizes on all the latest technological advances. These windows have T-Core Insulated frames, Low E coated glass with Argon gas between the panes, and non-metal spacers at the edge of the glass to eliminate seal failure.
We believe strongly that homeowners should get the most technologically advanced windows – that’s what will give the best performance for a lifetime. The comfort and energy savings are maximized with these ‘next generation’ windows.
It’s why ImproveIt only sells the SolarTech Energy Efficient Windows. These windows are the most advanced available and come with the exclusive SolarGold Spacer at the edge of the glass to prevent seal failure.
For more detailed information on the best replacement windows, visit our Windows page.
Q: I saw an ad for $189 windows installed. Why shouldn’t I just get those?
A: The $189 windows aren’t really $189 windows. Once the salesperson comes to your home, they’ll explain that to make the window even close to acceptable, you’ll be needing a number of “upgrades.” Typically, this will get you up to around $700 per window installed.
This type of ‘bait-and-switch’ advertising + the ‘hard sell’ can lead homeowners to make terrible decisions. Even with upgrades, this is still an inferior quality window.
The good news is there is no need to put up with these tactics. ImproveIt Home Remodeling will give you a reasonable price on exceptional windows. But whatever you do, don’t fall for low-priced, low-quality windows that will cost you much more in the long run.
Q: Are the windows you install energy-efficient?
A: Yes they are! All of our windows are Energy Star certified.
Most window companies are going to say their windows are energy efficient. And the truth is, unless you buy an extremely cheap window, most replacement windows are going to be at least a little bit of an upgrade over windows that are older or were lousy builder-grade windows put on a new home.
What really matters is not that your windows are a little energy-efficient, but that they are A LOT energy efficient:
- Do they have a T-Core Insulated Frame?
- Is the glass the right kind for the very hot then very cold climate we live in?
- Are non-metal spacers used to prevent seal failure?
ImproveIt can answer a very definite ‘YES’ to all those questions.
To learn more, please visit our Energy Efficient Windows page.
When do i replace my windows & get a quote?
Q: How do I know if it’s time to replace my windows?
A: We’ve put together a 12-point checklist to help you know if it’s time. Go here to read the checklist.
Q: How can I get a quote for new replacement windows?
A: It’s easy – go here to schedule an appointment to get free pricing. We come to your home and do a needs assessment and give you a no-pressure window education. It’s free and there is no-obligation.
Installation, Warranties & Financing
Q: Is your installation guaranteed?
A: Yes. And not just on installation day or 1 to 2 years later. Our workmanship is guaranteed for a lifetime. As long as you’re in the home, our workmanship is guaranteed. It’s part of our ‘No Fine Print’ window warranty to include a 100% Lifetime Labor Warranty. Any defects or issues related to our workmanship is always covered. (And, of course, every part of the window is covered, too).
For more details, please visit our Guaranteed Installation page.
By the way, you should also know that our installation is a pleasant experience for the homeowner. Our team is polite, friendly, and good communicators. We’re also stickler for details and cleanliness – booties are worn to protect your floors, drop cloths are used, and we always leave it “cleaner than we found it!”
Q: Do your windows come with any kind of warranty?
A: Yes, but the truth is every window comes with a warranty. But the warranty that comes with our windows is full coverage for a lifetime. It covers both the window itself and the workmanship. You’ll find many so-called “lifetime warranties” that cover only some of the window or are prorated with reduced coverage over time. Not ours.
Here’s what’s covered with our ‘No Fine Print’ Lifetime Window Warranty:
- All Window Parts and Pieces
- Lifetime 100% Thermal-Seal Warranty
- Lifetime 100% Labor Warranty Included
We even cover glass breakage for a lifetime. For more information, please visit our Window Warranty page.
Q: Can I finance my windows?
A: Yes. We’re one of the best window companies for financing because we make it fast and easy and can offer you different options customized to your situation. For window financing in Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, and Kentucky, call on ImproveIt Home Remodeling.
For more details, please visit our Financing page.
More information about ImproveIt
Q: How long has ImproveIt Home Remodeling been in business?
A: Since 1989. We’re proud that we’ve been in business for 30+ years. And we’re happy to be that rock-solid, financially stable company local homeowners can turn to for guaranteed results. But even more, we’re proud of why we’ve stayed in business so long and continue to thrive. It’s because we keep it simple: we do what we say we’re going to do. It turns out keeping your promises is a surefire way to stay in business for a long, long time.
Q: What is your rating with the Better Business Bureau?
A: We are a fully accredited business with the BBB and always maintain their highest rating: A+.
Check it out for yourself. View our profile on BBB
Q: How can I get a free Anniversary Inspection?
A: Go here to contact us and let us know you’d like to schedule your Anniversary Inspection. We offer a free annual inspection on any and all replacement windows we install, and it’s absolutely free. It’s our way of demonstrating our commitment to your long-term, lifetime happiness with your replacement windows.