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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New Windows Installed

Buying a home is exciting, however, if you are buying a home that isn't new, repair and remodeling is  necessary.  The home that we bought last year  is more spacious that  what we had  from our old home.  Even though it is in need of a lot of update,  we bought it because we love  the layout inside.  We  have updated  all the  flooring and this month,  all the  old windows was replaced with new ones.  
 We had  a little money left from the  sale of our old home so we used it to buy new windows.  We have 31 windows  all in all in this home so it was a bit expensive but we had to do it because the old windows isn't  efficient anymore.  Our gas bill from last month  was almost 300 dollars, a huge jump from the regular amount we  pay every month.  Granted  that it is winter, it is  expected that it would  go  up but we've never had  that high of a gas bill before.  I think  those old windows  have contributed to the issue.
 Our old windows only have a grid on top but we wanted it to have grid even at the bottom.  I actually didn't want the grids at first  because it is just an added expense but my husband is right, it looks better with grids.
 See how  rotten the woods are from the old windows?  It did not have a good seal anymore that's why we can hear the outside noise.  Now that we have new windows, it is very quite inside the house compared before.
 We also ordered  window sills for five windows but they did not  do it so they will just  deduct it from our bill.  My husband  decided that he will just do it  himself, it  might  be cheaper that way.   We will find out how soon he can do it lol.
 I like the windows we ordered for the bathrooms.  I think they were my favorites.
 The  grid  inside are  wood grain color while the grids from the outside are white.  It's a  little  extra to have a wood grain  but we wanted it to match  the wood floors.
 I also love the fact that  they  are a little tinted inside.
 All in all, the cost of it all is $17, 076.  We asked  two companies for an estimate before we went with this one.  The other one  gave us a 45 thousand  estimate and we thought, that's a lot for new windows.  We decided to  go with this one because they  guarantee their  products for life which means that whatever is need to be done in the  future, they will do it for you for free.  So if there's   something to be repaired, we will just need to give them a call and they will do it which is nice because you know how much it cost for  repairs these days.
 It took them 4 days to finish the job but we didn't mind because we wanted them to do the job right.
 I just wish that they could have  installed these windows before the winter hits but because  we have so many windows, it took time to  make them.  All of these are made in the US which is nice.
 All the  windows were installed last week but   they have to replace three  of them  because two windows have white grid inside (it is supposed to be  wood grain).
 I told my husband that I don't even have to hang  curtains on them now because they  look really good but I  put all the  window treatment back when they got done.
My least favorite window that they did is the  picture window.  The left side has a broken glass and they put duct tape on it temporarily.  This is the most important window of all but it's the one with issues.
 The middle glass wasn't a perfect fit for the size so they used wood to fix the gap but I didn't like it because it would cause moisture to get in.  I told them that  I want it fix and my husband did not like the fact that you can see the screws that  they  put in to  put it together.  I also don't like it that they did not replace the existing wood and it is an eye sore.
 The other  4 big windows  looks like the one in the bottom so I don't understand why they didn't do it on the picture window.  We wrote the issues on the paper and the installers  gave  the report to them.  They came back and assessed the situation and told us that they are going to  fix all the issues.  We will have to wait until next week for them to fix it.
 When we order the one kin the family room, we specifically told them that  we want this one to  be different because we   have to put an air conditioning unit  there during the summer time.  They forgot to do it that way so they are going to replace this too plus the grid inside was also wrong, it need to be wood grain color.
 So now, everyone sees the defective  picture window, the one that we wanted to look beautiful.
 They will come next week to fix it and if I am not satisfied, I will have to make them redo it.  I want every piece to be in great shape since  it is an expensive purchase so it has to be done  correctly.  Their customer service is great though so I am hoping for the best.  

16 Smart Readers SAID::

Alli Smith said...

When we moved into our home several years ago, we replaced the windows with energy efficient windows and I love that they are double-paned and so easy to clean. Hopefully, your heating bill will not be as high.

Masshole Mommy said...

Those windows are really nice. They are so bright and definitely make the room shine.

Candace Kage said...

When purchasing an older home replacing the windows with really efficient windows is a must. Will save you tons of money in the long run.

Jacqui Stewart said...

They look great! I've always loved those frosted windows. Lets the light in without prying eyes lol. Thanks for sharing!

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

I love the windows. I always wanted natural light in my home and the choice of windows is also important for me. I hope you get the issues fixed. You are right, windows do not come cheap.

Anosa said...

Your windows are pretty nice. It's nice to buy something that will be an efficient one. Buy a furniture r something that will be worth the price. By the way i like your working space.

Maureen Hitipeuw said...

The new windows looks beautiful and with that much window you must have a lot of natural lighting during the day :)

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz said...

Replacing windows in your home can be really expensive. I agree with you that all of the work should be satisfactory and you need to be happy with all of your new windows after that investment. Good luck!

Rebecca Swenor said...

If you don't like something workers do to your home you have every right to have them redo what you are complaining about. I love the style of windows you ordered. Thanks for sharing your experience and can't wait to see how it turns out next week when they come to redo them.

S. Graham said...

31 windows?! Boy, you guys had your hands full with a job, huh? We are having to buy new windows as well in our new home. Although we don't have 31, I have a feeling it will still be expensive, they're huge.

Emily, Our house now a home said...

They look great, that is a lot of windows to replace! I am sure it is nice to have new windows though.

Dawn McAlexander said...

At least maybe now your energy bill will be a lot less. I am sorry that your picture window isn't shaping up like you wanted. Maybe they will fix that when they get back out there.

Ricci said...

Love your new windows! It;s crazy how something like new windows can change the look of a room!

Nikka Shae said...

Your windows look great and you should see a savings on your energy bill too.

Garf said...

My husband has yet to install our new bay window. I want a bay window in the living room so I can put my flowers on it during winter.

Eloise Maoudj-Riley said...

new windows are such a value to a home, and while it is expensive to replace it will save you a lot of money in the long run... great choice and good luck!

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