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We've just returned from the International Builders' Show in Orlando, FL and have tons of amazing new products, trends, and building product research to share with you. First up is this great primer on how to determine your cost-for-windows for your low-maintenance, energy-efficient window replacement project.
We spent some time with the great folks at the Simonton Windows and discovered how their company is eyeing new consumer trends, and, how vinyl windows have quickly become a Top Ten replacement project. All of the windows product images on this page are Courtesy of Simonton Windows.
Additionally, according to a recent NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) survey, energy-efficient products currently top the list of products used by NAHB Remodelers nationwide. Guess what's at the top of that list? ENERGY-EFFICIENT WINDOWS!
NAHB’s quarterly survey of remodelers recently included the following special question: Indicate which of the following energy related savings materials and products you commonly installed in your remodeling projects during the past 3 months (Check all that apply).
The items checked by remodelers most often are shown below. The top four all involved windows or insulation. At the very top, almost 80 percent of NAHB’s remodelers said they commonly used low-e windows.
Rounding out the list were on demand water heaters (commonly used by 29% of remodelers), UV coated windows (26%), thermal barrier (23%), insulated foundation (22%), high efficiency sealed combustion gas/wood fireplace with outside area (13%), space heaters/air conditioning (7%), and energy management system (3%). These results are based on 559 responses to NAHB’s 4th Quarter 2011 Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey.
When the calendar flipped over to 2012, the team at Simonton Windows® didn’t rest. Instead they remained focused on homeowner trends to deliver what consumers want in 2012. “We will continue our ongoing consumer-driven product innovations to provide windows that are attractive and energy efficient to meet homeowner needs,” says Mark Savan, president and COO of Simonton Windows.
Savan says there is an overall homeowner trend currently underway, in which the company says people are “creating a haven for a home.” The pattern involves baby boomers moving from larger homes to smaller, more manageable homes.
In those homes they’re eager to add in comfort features, like low-maintenance, energy-efficient windows and doors. A second pattern involves homeowners who previously settled in suburban areas now deciding to move into more urban areas.
“These people are looking for greater access to the arts, hospitals and an overall city environment,” says Savan. “These resettling homeowners may seek out new windows in their homes for differing reasons, such as sound control, security and energy efficiency.”
Following the federal tax credit incentives offered during the past several years, homeowners have become more educated on energy efficiency benefits and features of windows and doors.
“Consumers have become highly educated on ENERGY STAR® qualified products and believe in the value of these products,” says Savan. “At Simonton, we’ve seen specific consumer requests for ENERGY STAR® qualified windows and doors grow consistently this decade.
These energy-efficient products make up a strong percent of sales for Simonton and we anticipate consumers will continue asking for them for many years to come.”
In addition to increasing their demands for energy efficient windows, Savan believes consumers have elevated their expectations and appreciation of vinyl windows during the past several years. “Along with energy efficiency, consumers want both low maintenance and beauty out of their windows,” says Savan.
“We’re answering that demand with the Decorum™ by Simonton options which offer aesthetic appeal and easy long-term maintenance features.”
The Decorum by Simonton product line features attractive exterior color options of Brick, Chocolate, Bronze, Cream, Driftwood, Pine and Tan. On the interior, woodgrain choices of authentic Antique Cherry, Maple and Contemporary Oak are available.
And, for homeowners who wish to match up their interior window hardware with lighting fixtures, appliances and other household items, custom metal finish options include Brushed Nickel, Oil-rubbed Bronze, Polished Brass, Dark Bronze, White, Driftwood and Tan.
Savan believes that overall for 2011, Simonton’s exceptional high ranking in the J.D. Power and Associates studies reflect both the contractor’s and the homeowner’s appreciation for the company’s value proposition.
“For more than 65 years our company has been dedicated to creating a high-quality, customized product to fit the needs of the individual homeowner,” says Savan. “We do that with a high level of service and with the most dependable lead times in the industry. These are the same core values that our company will rely on in 2012 and beyond.”
Simonton Windows produces ENERGY STAR® qualified replacement and new construction windows and doors, including a line of impact-resistant products. Simonton ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Windows and Doors, Two Years in a Row” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010-2011 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Studies SM.
Simonton was also 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 administered by LBM Journal Research Institute.
Founded in 1946, Simonton’s hallmark has been to deliver the industry’s shortest, most dependable lead-times. Part of Fortune Brand Home & Security (NYSE: FBHS), Simonton delivers award-recognized products nationwide to key markets throughout the 48 continental United States.
Simonton Windows received the highest numerical score among window and door manufacturers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010-2011 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction StudiesSM. 2011 study based on responses from 2,605 consumers measuring 11 brands and measures opinions of consumers who purchased new windows or patio doors in the previous 12 months.
Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in March-April 2011. Your experiences may vary.
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.
Even during these belt-tightening economic times, homeowners are adding value to their homes by continuing to invest in remodeling projects. And, according to the Remodeling 2011–12 Cost Vs Value Report, the replacement of older, inefficient windows with upscale vinyl replacement windows is one of the ten most popular projects with payback for homeowners.
“Adding energy-efficient, low-maintenance vinyl windows to the home can have an average payback of 69.1 percent according to the Cost Vs Value Report,” says Gary Pember, vice president of marketing for Simonton Windows.
“The same study shows that the average cost for such a replacement (involving 10 double-hung 3-by-5 vinyl windows with Low-E glass and simulated woodgrain trim) is $14,328.
“The good news is that, according to this study, the cost recouped at the time of selling the home with these new windows would be about $9,898. Even more importantly, homeowners investing in this type of remodeling project can save energy costs every single day once the new windows are installed.”
Pember points out that, in the study, vinyl replacement windows had a higher return-on-investment than wood replacement windows. “Today’s homeowners are seeking top-quality vinyl windows due to their aesthetic value, low-maintenance features and long-term energy efficiency benefits,” says Pember.
According to the study, a vinyl replacement window project for a homeowner had a higher projected return-on-investment than several other popular home upgrade projects, including a bathroom remodel or addition, a major kitchen remodel, the addition of a master suite or the replacement of the roof.
A window replacement project can be especially valuable for homes built prior to 1978 due to the importance of replacing lead-based painted windows in older homes.
"Lead-safe awareness should be a priority concern for homeowners,” says Pember. “The potential dangers of lead dust poisoning from window frames in homes built prior to 1978 is frightening – especially for households with small children and pregnant women.”
One homeowner who has seen stunning results from replacing his home’s windows is Stu McDowell of Evergreen Park, IL. A year after replacing 11 old wood windows in his 1954 ranch-style home with ENERGY STAR® qualified Simonton windows, Northern Illinois Gas representatives asked to inspect his gas meter for possible faultiness.
Because McDowell’s energy usage was so low compared to prior years, the gas company as concerned that his meter was malfunctioning. “There was nothing wrong with our meter,” says McDowell.
It was our window investment paying off. We requested triple pane glass, Krypton gas filler and the Simonton Super Spacer® System in the glass package to maximize the efficiency of the windows. So, at a time when gas prices are soaring all over the country, our bills are like something out of yesteryear!”
Another homeowner, Mark Clement, in Ambler, Penn., found similarly impressive results when replacing the windows in his 100+ year old home.
“I’m a professional contractor, so I knew to look for quality-built windows when we decided it was time to replace our old mangled windows,” says Clement, co-host of MyFixItUpLife radio show and website. “For my money, Simonton is the best brand available in the marketplace.
Their multi-chambered construction and fusion-welded corners truly help reduce air and water infiltration into the home. “As soon as we installed the Simonton windows, we noticed a reduction in our heating and cooling bills, plus our home was definitely more comfortable to live in year-round.
I advise all of my customers that replacing older windows with top-quality vinyl windows is definitely a project that has both immediate and long-term benefits.”
Simonton Windows produces ENERGY STAR® qualified replacement and new construction windows and doors, including a line of impact-resistant products.
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Cost-For-Windows Inspiration I: The bold brick red exterior trim on this window is the perfect complement to the brick colored scalloped shakes and makes a dramatic statement.
Cost-For-Windows Inspiration II: Beautiful Bronze adorns the exterior of these windows, contrasting perfectly with the grey and blue tones on the exterior of this home.
Cost-For-Windows Inspiration III: NO window dressing needed here! This homeowner has used this Powerful Palladium Window Assembly as a major design element of the room and it's THE focal point of the room.
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