Window FAQ

Make an informed decision when it comes to the products used for any exterior renovation. Our licensed window contractor in St. Louis, MO, is ready to answer all of your questions, so you have the peace of mind needed to move forward with any project.

Why don’t you have windows for $200 like I see other Minneapolis window companies advertise?

Those $200 windows you see advertised are commonly referred to as builder grade windows. They are made of lower-quality materials and won’t last in the Midwest weather. You also have to consider the fact that the $200 price tag more than likely does not include installation.

Unfortunately, these cheap windows are also used as a bait and switch tactic to get you to call the companies that sell them. Once the company comes to your home, expect a sales presentation that’s more than two hours. This technique gives them the opportunity to push windows you can’t afford and probably don’t need.

What’s the difference between your windows and windows I can buy at a retailer in St. Paul?

The windows you see at national home improvement chains (and even sold by some St. Louis window companies) are mass-produced in a factory according to overly generic specifications. They are designed to be a one-size-fits-all solution. But as you know, no two homes are exactly alike. So there is no one single window that’s right for every home.

Unfortunately, many window installation companies in St. Charles buy these off the shelf windows and then try to force them to fit. This requires a number of shims and countless tubes of caulk and it does not look pretty. That’s why you need windows that are custom measured and built to your home’s specifications. Our custom windows are precision-engineered to 1/8” increments and manufactured to fit your specific window opening. This will provide you with the best looking, best performing window.

What does “fusion welded” mean pertaining to windows?

“Fusion welded” refers to the corners of a window being welded together for weathertight performance. The corners are heat-welded in the same way metal pieces are welded together. This is going to provide you with the most efficient, highest performing windows.

Is there really a difference in the quality of vinyl used in Window Frames?

Absolutely. Think of a name-brand water bottle like Dasani® or Aquafina®. Then consider a generic brand that is exceptionally cheap when compared to the name-brand water. The generic brand feels flimsy and has a completely different texture that the name-brand bottle. It’s the same as the plastic used in vinyl windows. Some are higher quality than others.

To help you determine the difference in quality, remember that lower-quality vinyl has a dull blue or gray cast. When shopping for vinyl windows, look for vinyl that is a bright white. In the event of a storm or other significant weather event, this precision will serve you well when the time comes for emergency glass replacement.

What should I look for in terms of window performance in Fenton?

Look at the window’s Energy Star label, especially the U-Factor. This indicates how well a window insulates against the transfer of thermal energy. The lower the U-Factor number, the better the window performs. For reference, Missouri homeowners in the uppermost northern part of the state should have windows with a U-Factor of 0.27 or less, while homeowners in the rest of the state should have windows with a U-Factor of 0.30 or less.

You also need to check the quality of the glass being used. Remember, a window is about 80% glass, so the quality of the glass used is going to have a profound effect on a window’s performance. Our windows feature glass that is 3mm thick instead of 2mm, which is the industry standard. We also have exclusive insulation packages like ClimaTech®. ClimaTech combines Low-E glass with argon (or krypton) gas and the Intercept® Warm-Edge Spacer System to achieve optimal energy efficiency in Missouri and Minnesota.

Contact our licensed window contractor today to start the planning process for your next renovation project. We proudly serve customers in Roseville, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as St. Louis and St. Charles, Missouri, and surrounding communities.