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    A Look at the Professional Window Installation Process

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Perhaps your current windows are drafty, or maybe you just don’t like the way they look. No matter why you decide to invest in replacement windows, the professional contractors at Progressive Insulation & Windows will provide you with top-notch customer service during every step of the process:

    Selection
    Aluminum, wood, and vinyl each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Wood offers a classic, attractive appearance, but it is more expensive than vinyl. Aluminum is less expensive, but also less energy-efficient. Your window contractor will help you decide which frame material is best suited to your budget, aesthetics, and personal needs. Remember that you can save money in the long run by choosing the right windows now, because energy-efficient glass and framing materials help lower heating and cooling costs year-round.

    Measurement
    The window openings in homes do not come in standard sizes, and here in California they often shift due to earthquakes and minor tremors. To ensure a proper fit, your contractor will carefully measure your windows and order custom replacements. A correctly sized window is easy to seal and insulate properly, which will help reduce heat loss and protect your home from temperature extremes.  

    Removal
    Before we install your custom-made replacement windows, we will completely remove your current windows. Our skilled and experienced contractors take care to avoid damaging exterior siding, so your home will stay beautiful.

    Installation
    Once we have removed your old windows, we install the replacements. During this process we shim and level the frames, then seal your new windows for maximum energy efficiency. Improperly insulated windows can increase your energy bills, so we take extra care to make sure that we apply the correct type and amount of insulation. After your window is installed, we provide you with new interior trim for a finished look.

    For more than 30 years, Progressive Insulation & Windows has served homeowners in Thousand Oaks, Woodland Hills, and surrounding areas of Southern California. To speak with us about professional window installation, call (818) 709-0988 today.

    Replacing Your Old Windows Means Energy Savings

    Last updated 5 years ago

    The windows on your home could be wasting energy and driving up your monthly heating and cooling bills. Older windows do not insulate very well, which means that they let the outdoor temperature affect your home’s indoor temperature. If you notice fog on the glass or feel drafts from closed windows, it’s time to replace them.

    You can reduce your utility bills by up to one-third by replacing your outdated windows with new energy-efficient models. The boost to your home’s value will mean that you can eventually recover up to three-quarters of the money you spend on the project. Watch this video to learn more about window installation.

    Let Progressive Insulation & Windows replace the windows on your Southern California home. For quotes on window replacement in the area around Woodland Hills and Thousand Oaks, call us today at (818) 709-0988.

    Hockey Player versus Integrity Window

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Ever hear of pultruded fiberglass windows?  These windows are specially designed to withstand cracking and fading.  In this video, you'll see a hockey team shoot pucks into Integrity's ultrex window system.  Amazingly, these windows never break.

    If you would like to learn more about Ultrex windows, you can contact us to find out more.  Progressive Insulation & Windows sells these plus many other windows to meet your home's needs.

    How Replacement Window Energy Performance is Rated

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Replacement windows are an investment in your home’s appearance and value. Besides boosting curb appeal, replacement windows can make your home more energy-efficient, which can save you money now and also add to its potential resale price. Not all windows have the same efficiency ratings, however. Window energy performance is measured by calculating several different factors:

    Visible Transmittance (VT)
    This rating tells you how much visible light your window will let into your home, with a higher value indicating more light. Although the visible transmittance doesn’t affect how well the window insulates or conducts heat, it is still a useful number for determining energy efficiency. Windows with a high VT can help light your home naturally and save you electricity during the day.

    Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)
    Measured on a scale from 0 to 1, the solar heat gain coefficient indicates how much the window will allow sunlight to heat your home. The lower the number, the less heat the window allows to pass through. Windows on different sides of your home receive varying amounts of sun at different times of year, so not all of your windows should have the same SHGC.

    Air Leakage (AL)
    Because homeowners often use air conditioning and heating to maintain comfortable inside temperatures when the weather is extreme outside, air leakage around windows can increase energy consumption. This is because the HVAC system will have to run longer to counteract the effects of outside air on inside temperatures. Energy-efficient windows have low AL ratings, but it’s also important to have professionals install and seal the windows correctly to minimize air leakage.

    U-Factor
    The U-Factor measures how much the window assembly resists heat transfer. Quality replacement windows should help insulate your home. To prevent heat from escaping your home in the winter and entering it in the summer, choose windows with a low U-Factor.

    When it’s time to upgrade your windows, contact Progressive Insulation & Windows of Southern California. Call us today at (818) 709-0988 to discuss installing energy-efficient windows in your home.

    The Happiest Accountant

    Last updated 5 years ago

    How do you make home improvement purchases? Do you research and carefully compare products and companies? At Progressive, we encourage you to go on line to understand the benefits of a whole-house system and then to make a full cost/product comparison with at least two other contractors.

    However, for some people, when it comes to product comparison, price is the only consideration. It is absolutely important to consider the price. But there are other elements that demand attention. Like the installation and final results in terms of benefit and durability. Am I going to benefit from this product for a long time? That says something about the price.

    There was once an accountant who loved to examine just the numbers for every home improvement purchase. He had budgeted $1,000 to insulate his attic, and was intent on spending only $1,000 for attic insulation. Nothing could budge him from that consideration. “I’ll die here!” he grimly announced.

    Fortunately, his wife listened to the story of whole house insulation with benefits to air quality as well as comfort. She had an idea that her allergies were being made worse by the bad air in the house and was very interested to hear how air-sealing the house and the cooling/heating duct system could noticeably improve home air quality. She was even more interested in knowing that she could save a lot of money by not allowing conditioned air – hot or cold – to escape from the house because of a poorly sealed system.

    When the job was complete, Mrs. Accountant settled back in her easy chair and smiled as her husband sat at his desk and figured out exactly how long it would take for their utility savings to pay off the full cost of an energy efficient house. Grudgingly, when he finished his computation, he said, “So, that’s how long it will take to pay it off. But the real kicker is that we get to enjoy the health and comfort for the lifetime of the house. Glad I decided to go with Progressive!” And his wife simply smiled comfortably. 

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    This was written by Progressive Insulation & Window's very own Ray Adams.  This is a fictional piece loosely based off a real story.  Please share this if you enjoyed reading Ray's work.

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