Replacement Windows FAQ, Answered!

For most homeowners, the need for new windows is only addressed when the current ones sport a crack that’s too long to ignore. What many don’t realize is that window damage isn’t always visible. Some can be so insidious as to leech your home of heating and cooling and cost you larger energy expenses.

If you are unsure whether you need replacement windows for your home, our expert installers can inspect them for you. They can also provide you with a free, no-obligation quote to get you started on the project. For more information about replacement windows, dial (281) 358-2553.


In the meantime, we answer ten of Houston homeowners’ most frequently asked questions about replacement windows:

1. When is the right time to replace windows?

  • When your windows are not energy-efficient
  • If outdoor noise filters into your home
  • Condensation appears inside the glass on double- or triple-glazed windows
  • Windows get stuck when opening or closing

2. What styles of replacement windows are available?

  • Vinyl
  • Aluminum
  • Wood
  • Fiberglass

3. Why are vinyl windows the most common choice?

  • Least expensive
  • Just as durable as more pricey options
  • Excellent thermal efficiency
  • Easily customizable look

4. Can I choose my replacement windows hardware?

Yes. Options include cam locks, lift rails, lift handles and crank handles in different finishes.

5. What glass options are available for replacement windows?

  • Insulating Glass Units
  • Low E Coated Glass
  • Gas-Filled

6. Insulating Glass Units – What does that mean?

IGUs are manufactured with glass in range of thickness from 3 mm to 10 mm or more in special applications.

Laminated or tempered glass may also be used as part of the construction. Common options include:dual-pane, triple-pane, and impact-resistant glass.

7. What is Low-E coated glass? How does it differ from regular glass?

Low E coated glass reflects infrared light to keep heat inside during the winter and out in the summer.

It blocks damaging ultraviolet rays better than regular glass.

8. Gas Fill Glass – What is it?

Odorless and colorless gases provide better insulation in between glass panes compared to regular air.

Recommended options are argon and krypton.

  • Argon – helps reduce temperature transfer
  • Krypton – denser than argon, maximizes energy efficiency

9. How do spacer systems work?

A spacer system keeps the panes of the windows separate to reduce heat transfer. They improve windows’ insulating capacity.

10. What spacer systems are available for replacement windows?

  • Foam – Provides a tight seal for energy efficiency
  • Metal – For increased durability and thermal efficiency


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