Focus on Replacing Windows During Home Improvement Month in May

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Experts at Simonton Windows are offering tips for replacing windows during May's National Home Improvement Month. Adding top-quality vinyl windows can increase the energy-efficiency of the entire home while eliminating maintenance hassles that can occur with wood and aluminum windows.

Simonton vinyl Slider windows meeting ENERGY STAR qualifications will help the owner of this condo enjoy reduced heating and cooling bills.

Break out the tape measures, paint brushes and hammers --- National Home Improvement Month is here!

According to the “Remodeling 2010-2011 Cost Versus Value Report” approximately 71 percent of the cost to replace your home’s windows with energy-efficient vinyl windows can be recouped with long-term savings on energy bills and added resale value on your home. If you’re considering window replacements this year, the experts at Simonton Windows® can help. Here are several tips from Simonton for window replacements that can add both style and return-on-investment to your home’s improved window package.

    Tip #1 – Request ENERGY STAR® qualified windows and doors for your home to help lower your energy bills and qualify for tax incentives from the government.

    Tip #2 – Select vinyl windows with unique options, like those found in the Decorum™ by Simonton series, to add style and decorative appeal to your home. With this product line, you can choose exterior window frames in Brick, Tan, Pine, Driftwood, Cream, Chocolate and Bronze. You can even request interior frames in woodgrains of Antique Cherry, Contemporary Oak and Maple.

    Tip #3 – If you live near an airport or in a busy neighborhood, request laminated glass or double-paned windows to help reduce noise transmission into your home.

    Tip #4 – For hard-to-open window locations (such as above a kitchen sink) replace existing windows with a Garden window. This mini-greenhouse style features dual,
fully-operational casement side windows that crank open to bring air and sunlight into the room. As a bonus, you can grow small plants on the shelves or use the space for displaying collectibles.

    Tip #5 – If your home was constructed before 1978, make sure to hire a window replacement expert certified in lead safe renovations (see http://www.simonton.com/leadsafe). Many homes built prior to 1978 had paint on the exterior and in the window cavities that contain lead so it’s critical to use a qualified window contractor to remove that paint when windows are replaced.

                    Tip # 6 - Consider replacing older Single or Double Hung windows with easier-to-operate Casement windows. These crank-open windows are less stressful on aging backs and hands because they require no lifting action. Slider windows also operate easily and can be a good option.

    Tip #7 – Comparison shop before purchasing replacement windows. Make sure to
research a company’s history, industry achievements, the product warranties and the reliability of the product line before investing in windows for your home.

                 Tip #8 - Make certain to purchase windows with sturdy, easy-to-operate locks to
secure windows in the home. For added security, order impact-resistant glass in windows. And, for decorative appeal on the inside of the home, consider the hardware options of Brushed Nickel, Oil-rubbed Bronze, Polished Brass, Dark Bronze and Antique Brass in the Decorum by Simonton product line.

    Tip #9 – Make sure the replacement windows you select meet or exceed industry standards set forth by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). These tests assure that the windows meet stringent qualifications for thermal, air, water, operating force and structural performance.

                    Tip #10 - For ease of maintenance, order windows with vinyl frames. With vinyl
window frames like those from Simonton Windows, you never need to worry about upkeep such as the scraping and repainting hassles you have with wood frames. Vinyl windows resist rotting, decay, insect infestations and provide years of effortless beauty in the home.

Simonton entered its 65th anniversary year as a leader in the vinyl window industry. For the third consecutive time, Simonton Windows® ranked “Highest in Builder and Remodeler Satisfaction among Residential Window and Patio Door Manufacturers” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Builder and Remodeler Residential Window and Patio Door Satisfaction StudySM. Simonton Windows also captured the “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Window and Door Manufacturers” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction StudySM.

Simonton Windows produces ENERGY STAR® qualified replacement and new construction windows and doors, including a line of impact-resistant products. The company was ranked #1 in quality in the 2009, 2007, 2002 and 1998 Brand Use Studies sponsored by Builder magazine and has won three Best In Class Awards currently administered by LBM Journal Research Institute.

Founded in 1946, Simonton’s hallmark has been to deliver its made-to-order products in five days or less. Part of the home and security business of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE: FO), Simonton delivers award-recognized products nationwide to key markets throughout the 48 continental United States. Simonton is a founding sponsor of The Weather Museum and a supporter of Homes for Our Troops. For information, call (800) SIMONTON (1-800-746-6686) or visit http://www.simonton.com.

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ENERGY STAR is a government program that helps consumers protect the environment through superior energy efficiency and is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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