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What is a replacement window?

A true replacement window for Richmond, VA is a window that’s custom built to fit within the opening of an existing window. It’s built to fit precisely, and can be installed without disturbing the interior and exterior areas around the window.

How do I know when to replace my windows?

That’s a great question. Here are the main reasons you might want to consider window replacement near Richmond, VA:

  • When your windows appear foggy.
  • When your windows are difficult to clean.
  • When your windows have air leaks and drafts.
  • When your windows don't block outside noise.
  • When your windows are difficult to open and close.
  • When your heating and cooling bills continue to rise.
  • When your windows allow dust and dirt into your home.
  • When your windows cost you time and money in maintenance.
  • When your windows do not provide adequate security for your home.

What styles of vinyl windows are available?

Vinyl windows are available in all popular models. Harvey offers you multiple choices in vinyl windows; Single and double hung, casement, picture windows, awning, rolling, hopper, bay & bow, garden, and hopper. Vinyl windows can be custom made to fit any size or shape required by the architectural style, existing openings, or personal taste. We also provide fantastic window treatment options for Richmond, VA to create a truly beautiful look.

How will vinyl windows affect the appearance of my home?

Vinyl replacement windows for Richmond, VA greatly improve the appearance of virtually any home. Vinyl windows are easy to clean, and look great for many, many years.

What are some other advantages of vinyl windows over windows fabricated from other materials?

Vinyl does not swell and shrink when exposed to extremely moisture conditions. They operate smoothly regardless of weather, and have very high insulating qualities when compared to other window materials. Vinyl does not rust, pit or corrode. They never need painting, are easily cleaned with a damp cloth and mild detergent… and, vinyl is comfortable to the touch in either sub-zero or tropical weather conditions.

How do vinyl windows compare to others in price?

Vinyl replacement windows in Richmond, VA compare quite favorably in price with quality windows made of ALL other materials.

How does vinyl compare to other windows regarding “how they operate?”

Because vinyl doesn’t warp, twist or swell, it is easy to operate. The vinyl’s self-lubricating properties enhance its ability to slide.

How do I care for my vinyl windows?

Since the color is actually a part of the vinyl window, it never needs painted. If particularly dirty, a mild non-abrasive detergent solution will clean your vinyl replacement windows in Richmond… to as-good-as-new appearance. Normally, cleaning with a damp cloth is sufficient.

How about extreme temperatures? How do vinyl windows hold up?

No worries. From the Canadian border down to the Florida coast, vinyl windows remain impervious to weather. Heat loss through windows is reduced drastically due to the natural insulating quality of vinyl, and the design of vinyl components with insulating air spaces.

How much household energy do leaky, energy inefficient windows use?

About 25% - according to the U.S. Department of Energy

What is an Energy Star rated window?

The Energy Star insignia on the label means a Richmond replacement window has met the U.S. government's standards for high energy-efficiency.

What are the differences between Vinyl, wood-framed windows and aluminum?

In Richmond, VA, vinyl replacement windows are the least expensive window type. They require little maintenance, and have the best warranty available.

Wood framed windows are good as far as insulation, but cost more and need greater maintenance. They can also swell or contract with temperature changes.

Aluminum windows, on the other hand, are relatively affordable, durable and require little maintenance. They do not, however, offer good insulation.

What is an R-Value?

R-value measures the resistance a material has to heat flow. The higher the R-value is the greater the resistance, and the better the insulating quality.

What is a U-Value?

U-value measures the amount of heat transferred through a material. The lower the U-value is the slower the rate of heat flow, and the better the insulating value.

Will replacement windows eliminate condensation?

Actually, no. Condensation is moisture vapor suspended in the air, and that's something no replacement window in Richmond, VA can guarantee to eliminate. However, high-quality vinyl windows, such as those offered by Simonton or Berkshire Elite will help to reduce condensation because they're much less thermally conductive than other window types. They can help keep the temperature of the window warmer—minimizing the hot and cold differences that turn moisture into condensation.

How can I prepare my house for my replacement windows?

Please take down curtains, blinds, or any other window treatments. Security sensors should also be removed and turned off by your security company. Please provide our installation expert with a clear path to the window(s) being replaced by moving anything that may be in the way. It is also advisable to remove all wall decorations from the walls close to the windows as they may fall during removal or installation. Ask for assistance, if needed.

How long will it take to install my new windows?

Most window replacements for Richmond, VA can be completed in one to two days.

If you're looking for best-in-class windows installed by Richmond's top home improvement comapny, call Jacob's Ladder today at: (804) 255-9142 or complete our Estimate Request Form.