How Do I Know If I Need to Replace My Windows?
People need replacement windows for many reasons, including functional and aesthetic improvements. Installing new windows will always be a way to help you save on energy costs and enhance your home's curb appeal. The following are signs that your windows probably need to be replaced: - Metal frames that raise your energy bills. - Wooden frames that always need painted and have a high level of expansion and contraction with moisture. - Windows that don't slide up and down anymore due to a broken balance cord, which leads to safety hazards. - Broken or cracked glass. - Condensation between the panes of glass, which is caused by glass seal failure. - Inefficient or old glass. - Air leaking into your home even when the windows are completely shut, which is a sign of poor installation and/or aged windows. If any of the above problems exist with your current windows, replacement windows could be a wise investment that reward you with lower energy bills and a better-looking home for years to follow.
Is a “Swing” Window Really All That Different Than a “Tilt” Window?
It is if you consider being much easier to clean and operate to be a lot different. Tilt windows have been around for decades, and they are better than windows that don't tilt/swivel at all. But for ease of use, nothing beats a swing window. Our swing windows offer superior energy efficiency as well. They were specifically engineered for Western PA's cold winters, and can lower your energy bills by a significant amount.
What Kind of Windows Does Energy Swing Windows Offer?
The good thing about a custom window replacement company is that the possibilities are endless when it comes to the window openings in your home. At Energy Swing Windows, we custom make all of our own vinyl swing-in windows in our manufacturing facility in Murrysville, so we should be able to fill most any request! However, the most popular window styles include: Double-hung windows Slider windows Bay windows Bow windows Picture windows Casement windows Awning windows Arch windows. In addition to our vinyl swing windows that can be coated in almost any color you can imagine to fit your home's exterior or interior, we also offer a line of beautiful custom wood windows for homeowners who are looking to maintain their homes' wood look.
What Makes Your Window Glass So energy-efficient?
The simple answer is our use of Low-E, argon-filled glass. But what does that mean? Low-E glass uses an atom's thick silver coating on the inside of the glass and works like a heat reflecting mirror, bouncing heat back toward the direction it came from. In the hot summer months, Low-E reflects heat back to the outside of your home, keeping your house cooler. During long, cold winters, Low-E reflects interior heat back toward the inside of your home, keeping you and your family warmer. Low-E coatings also protect your home's interior from sun damage. It drastically reduces the fading of any carpet, wood, furniture, and drapes. All of Energy Swing Windows' swing-in windows have extensive Low-E coatings. High-performing insulated glass units replace the air space between the two panes of glass with a lower conductivity gas, such as argon. This helps to reduce the transfer of heat because argon is more dense than oxygen and slows the conductivity of hot and cold air. Ultimately, this feature helps lower the cost of your energy bills each month. Whether you're getting new windows or simply replacing the glass in your current ones, these are two features you should look for in your new glass. They're energy-efficient and, hey, energy efficiency saves you money in the long run.
What’s the Difference Between U-Value and R-Value?
R-Value is a rating given in construction to indicate how well a material insulates. The higher the number, the more insulation you are getting and the more money you are saving in energy costs. Please be aware that a lot of window companies will say they have an R-Value of 25 on one component (say, just the frame of their window). However, you need to be sure to get the R- Value of the window as an entire unit, which is realistically between 2 and 4. U-Value is similar to R-Value, but there are two major differences. First, the U-Value rates an entire window or door unit, whereas the R-Value only measures specific materials. Second, the lower the U-Value, the more energy-efficient your home will be (as compared to the higher R-Value being more energy-efficient). This difference in scale exists because R-Value rates how much heat is retained, whereas U-Value rates how much heat is lost. Energy Swing windows meet Energy Star efficiency standards with a U-Value of .3.
What Can I Expect During Installation
Chances are, if you have a construction crew in your home doing renovations, you want to know what you are in for as they work. Our installation crews not only replace your windows, but they also check for rotted wood and bad insulation, and replace them as necessary (which is included in the installation at no charge to you). We take careful consideration to send out installation reminders and a list of things to do before the installers arrive. We also take the time to discuss the project before, during, and after the installation. Once the installation is complete, our installers will review how the windows work and also go over the warranty information. We want you to be informed and understand how everything works to ensure your 100% satisfaction. Our installation crews are very receptive to any questions you may have and are trained to perform at an extremely high level as experts in their field. If you have any questions during the installation, please don't hesitate to ask an installer. Furthermore, no one wants to clean up a mess they didn't make, so we will remove and dispose of your old windows (and other materials) at no charge. In addition to removing unwanted materials, the crew also lays down plastic carpet covering and dropcloths at every opening to respect your home and your belongings. After the job is complete, the windows and surrounding areas are cleaned, leaving your home in the same condition as when the installers first arrived. Some of our customers have even said that our crews have left their homes cleaner than they were before we showed up. Now that's a compliment that makes us really proud!
How Much Should You Expect to Pay for Replacement Windows?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions from homeowners. In comparing price, it is critical for you to understand what you are getting for the money you will be investing. Make sure you are making an "apples to apples" comparison. Finally, make sure that you get everything that was promised in writing. If it is not in writing, it's not going to happen, no matter what the nice salesperson said. If a price sounds too good to be true, it probably is and some critical ingredient is missing. For a quality window, properly installed by a good company with a solid reputation for repeat customers and referrals, the price range is $600 - $1,500 per window for replacements placed inside existing (and structurally intact) window frames. Double-glazed windows with Low-e glass, or those filled with argon gas increase energy savings but bump the cost to the higher end of the scale. New replacement windows ranging in the $200-$400 range will leave you with what is called a rental window. A "rental window" means that you put a band-aid on your home, and in the near future, you will be replacing your window again. There are many reasons for this and they range from being an inferior product to a poor or severely lacking window installation done by an uninsured subcontractor. You also need to look for pitfalls in the warranty. Extensive dry rot or other damage around existing windows may require repairs before new windows can be installed; the cost will depend on the amount and type of work needed. Be sure the estimate includes disposing of the old windows. So, why the diversity in price? While some companies are only in the business to engage in a "one-shot" transaction, the more reputable companies are in business to build relationships and make a small profit. These type of companies build their business slowly through word of mouth and impeccable reputation for integrity, honesty and service. This type of window company has clients that know that at any given moment they can call on their company and know the phone will ring, someone will answer, and their problem will be solved.
How Long Will My Appointment Take with Energy Swing Windows?
That mostly depends on you — how many questions you have and how much detail you want us to go into regarding the project. Generally speaking, we're in and out in about 45-60 minutes per visit. We'd be happy to stay as long or short as necessary.
What is Condensation Between Glass Panes in Windows?
Generally, this indicates a seal failure of the insulated glass unit. While there are companies who claim to be able to repair these units in place, it is better to have the glass replaced. Depending upon the age of the windows, it might make sense to upgrade everything with new replacement windows If your windows are relatively new, it is worth checking to see if the glass unit is under warranty. However, the labor to replace it might not be covered.

kathy baker
2024-05-10
We are extremely happy with our new bay window. The bay design with the bench seat provided a nice expanse to our living room. The beautiful woodwork for the seat and trim matched perfectly with our hardwood floors. We were very pleased with each step of the process. Don was very professional throughout the estimate appointment and assured that we were totally informed of the entire process and the window designs and options available to us. Jeff and his assistant were very thorough and informative during the measure/planning visit. Tony, Dale, and Steve S. were fantastic throughout the entire installation process. They were very courteous and their installation expertise and attention to detail were quite evident and very much appreciated.
mb wilson
2024-05-08
I had front windows done in 2017 and the experience was great. I am limited with HOA requirements, which they were able to supply the correct style & color. Finally did the back now. The installers were professional, courteous & were able to work with my schedule. I am now enjoying all my windows from Energy Swing.
Kim Vivirito
2024-05-06
Energy Swing was absolutely wonderful to work with from start to finish!!! We had a vision for what we wanted the entrance of our house to look like and they made our design a reality! The front door and side windows are top quality, and the work they put into enclosing everything and adding the lights was done with expert care. All communication between us and Energy Swing was handled in a timely manner, and everyone was very helpful, friendly, and efficient throughout the whole process. They also replaced our kitchen window and we are equally happy with the quality of the product and work involved. We definitely recommend Energy Swing to others and hope to work with them again!
Janet Poague
2024-05-04
I couldn't be happier with the two new entry doors and windows I got from Energy Swing! The quality of the products is immediately noticeable, significantly upgrading both the appearance and efficiency of my home. Chris was a huge help during the selection process, making it easy to understand the quotes and navigate the various door configurations available. The installation process was smooth and professional, thanks to Tony and Dale. They were incredibly considerate, especially around my cats, taking extra precautions to ensure the pets didn’t escape while they worked—this was a huge relief for me. They completed everything on schedule and left no mess behind. The transformation in how my home looks and feels is absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend Energy Swing and commend Chris, Tony, and Dale for their excellent work!
Gloria Andrejcik
2024-05-02
My new front door and storm door have been in for a week now and I am so pleased! I replaced a 20ish year old Provia door which I thought was a good door but the new generation of Provia is an excellent product. I also appreciated all the care and attention to detail from every one involved. The office staff is great, very helpful with questions. Donnie gave a great presentation and helped us configure the best doors for us. They measured very carefully and the installation guys were fantastic. Very efficient and cleaned up really well after everything was done. This is a wonderful company providing a great product. Will definitely use them for future needs.
Ritu Bansal
2024-05-01
We love our new door and Energy Swing Windows made it so easy.
Cherie Gartner
2024-04-30
Installation was done efficiently and they cleaned up the work area. Was extremely pleased with the level of professionalism of the installers.
Robert Sirkoch
2024-04-30
Excellent workmanship and installation. Very knowledgeable and courteous installation professionals. Extremely happy with the product and installation.
Mary Caughell
2024-04-28
This is the 2nd house I've had Energy Swing Windows replace windows. The 1st house I did shop around. This time there was no question about who to call for window and door replacement. The quality of the window is unmatched. The quality of the workmanship is 2nd to none. Fred and Steve took their time and triple checked to make sure the windows were installed properly. They went above and beyond when cleaning up. Even though they covered their paths through my house with plastic, they still vacuumed to make sure they left their work area even cleaner than they found it! The swing in windows installed in my 1st house made window cleaning sooo easy. When I was done, they resealed like the day they were installed. They even significantly decreased the noise I used to hear from train traffic going by! I moved 7 yrs after they were installed and never had a problem with them. The windows and storm door installed currently also decreased the traffic noise of the neighborhood. My neighbors have actually stopped to tell me what a beautiful job was done. I can't say enough good things about my experience with Energy Swing Windows from the initial presentation to the final detail of installation. They are not the cheapest, but they more than deliver quality beyond the price tag and your expectations.
Duane March
2024-04-28
We had a beautiful new front door installed in our home by Energy Swing. We love it! The installers were great, quick and very professional! But the best thing about Energy Swing is their service! Any issue that we have had is taken care of immediately by Tony! He is the best service person that I have ever dealt with. He goes above and beyond his duties and is super knowledgeable and friendly. Give that man a raise!! Thanks Tony and thanks Energy Swing!