If replacement windows are on your mind, you’ve probably realized that there are basically 5 bajillion choices that must be made before a product can be purchased. At Tashman Home Center, we like taking the burden off of our customers. So, here are 10 tips to help you pick a product that makes sense for you and your home.
Energy Star Windows Can Save You Tons of Money
Energy Star rated windows are made by companies that are Energy Star partners. They’re made according to strict guidelines and are even designed for maximum efficiency depending on your climate. All in all, Energy Star windows are a very smart product that can save you as much as $460 per year in your heating and cooling bills. They can even boost property values more than other replacement windows.
Low-E and Tinted Windows Can Prevent Furniture From Fading
You know that the Southern California sun is a force to be reckoned with. Buying Low-E or tinted windows can save your furniture and your home’s hardwood from fading in the intense summer (and winter) sun.
Pay Attention to the Warranty
Dual paned windows have a way of fogging up when that annoying Southern California sun causes the seal on the panes to deteriorate. Shopping around for a good warranty will help ensure that your dual paned windows will be clear and functional in years to come.
Wood Frames Are Best in Historical Properties
If you have an old home and you’re replacing old wooden windows, we recommend replacing your wooden windows with more wooden windows. This can help preserve your home’s unique qualities.
Dual Pane Windows are a Good Idea Even In Southern California
A lot of people wonder if we need dual pane windows here in Southern California. After all, it doesn’t get that cold. However, dual pane Low-E windows can help save as much as 17% on cooling costs, according to the Gas Company (and if that won’t convince you, what will).
Ask Yourself if Window Replacement is Actually Necessary
A lot of people choose to replace their windows when performing some standard maintenance would have done the trick. If you’re not sure if your home’s windows should be replaced, call a contractor for an assessment.
Know the Difference Between Replacement and Retrofit
When that contractor comes, he or she may recommend a retrofit instead of replacement. Replacement windows require you to pull out the old windows, frames, trim, etc. Retrofitted windows are placed in the frames of old windows. Retrofitted windows are really hard to do right and a lot of times you can end up with an inferior product, so be careful.
Doing Window Installation Yourself is Not a Good Idea Unless You Happen to be a Certified Installer
There’s a time and place for everything, including doing it yourself (“DIY”). Windows are expensive and improper installation can do serious damage to your house and its value. Unless you’re a certified window installer, like Tashman is, we recommend leaving installation up to the experts.
Double Hung is Better for Cleaning and Ventilation
Double hung windows are easier to clean and can provide for better ventilation, because you can move both panes. …but single hung windows are less expensive. If you’re struggling with the single-hung/double-hung debate, stop by our store, tell us about your property and we can help you decide.
Pick the Right Professional Installer
Not all professional installers are created equal! Look for a professional installer with a good reputation in your community and, if possible, a good sense of humor.
Tashman Home Center
Tashman Home Center specializes in replacement windows and can provide you with any size, style or construction you can possible imagine from vendors that include Milgard, Western, Windsor, Heritage, Paramount and Arcadia. We are also registered Installation Masters – a certification program that covers all aspects of window installation.
We’ve been in West Hollywood for over 50 years and have a knowledgable staff of trained professionals that can help you find the products you need.
Give us a call to set up an appointment or stop by the store and we’ll be happy to show you our portfolio of replacement windows. We also provide free estimates and are happy to work with your contractor or architect.