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Windows FAQs

Why should I consider replacing my old windows?

New replacement windows fit properly because they are custom made to fit the existing opening. Windows installed by us give your home added beauty, security, and energy efficiency. You will see significant savings in your energy bill, and a much quieter experience in the home after replacing existing windows with new, energy efficient replacement windows.

Are there differences in how vinyl windows are made?

There are two types of construction. 1 type of vinyl window is mechanically fastened, or screwed and glued together at the corners. The 2nd and superior type is welded. Welded windows use a chemical heat process to join the corners. The result of this process produces much stronger, longer lasting bond.

Is all glass used in replacement windows the same?

No. Special consideration should be given to glass options such as tempered glass, Low-E glass, Argon gas, Krypton gas, and Heat mirror. Each option offers various levels of energy efficiency and safety. Your Sunset Exteriors representative will be happy to help you determine which options are best for you.

What should I look for in a replacement window warranty?

At Sunset Exteriors & Restoration, Inc.we believe that a manufacturer’s faith in its own product should be reflected in their Product Warranty. Simply put, if the manufacturer believes in its own product, that product should have a great warranty. The windows we will install are covered by a Lifetime Transferable Warranty.

What are various windows made of, and what will work best for me?

There are three basic materials used in making windows. Aluminum, wood, and vinyl. Aluminum windows are primarily used in commercial applications. They are very strong. However, aluminum is a conductor of heat and cold so residential use is not recommended. Wood is the conventional choice for new construction. Most people discover that as the years pass, wood windows require maintenance, including painting and caulking. In the end, wooden windows eventually give way to rot and need replacing.
Vinyl windows offer excellent insulation value, never need painting or scraping, and do not rot. The new construction market has started installing vinyl windows in new homes as part of an effort to market a more maintenance free home. For homeowners that prefer the look and warmth of wood inside their homes, we offer a vinyl replacement window with a wood vinyl veneer to eliminate problems associated with their original wood window exteriors.

What exterior design options do I have with vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding is one of the most versatile exterior design products you can work with. Alside, for example, offers many different vinyl siding lines. That broad selection lets you choose among a wide variety of design options, including horizontal and vertical siding; traditional clapboard and authentically detailed "shaped" sidings; wide and narrow panel exposures; smooth, subtle and deep wood grain textures; plus a wide assortment of traditional and contemporary colors.
Not sure what "exact look" you want? Just check out the many styles that are available, right here on our Web site. Or for more information on using Alside vinyl siding to create a beautiful, affordable, easy-care home, call a local siding contractor who sells and installs Alside products. Ask for a copy of Alside Trim and Accessories or Alside's Color Guide for Your Home's Exterior. Both are filled with ideas and suggestions that can help you plan your special remodeling project.

Are all vinyl frames and sashes the same?

No. However, it is hard to tell, just by looking, which frames and sashes are made of high quality materials and which are not. Window frames and sashes made from low quality materials have a slight blue or gray hue. Sunset Exteriors sells and installs windows using pure PVC powder, not reground or recycled vinyl. The result is a painter's white or linen white appearance. In addition to looking better, higher quality material produces a stronger frame.

Which is more important in saving energy, the frame or the glass?

Seventy percent of an average window is glass; therefore, your biggest opportunity to save on energy comes from the glass. For this reason, Sunset Exteriors & Restoration, Inc. offer a window with a glass pack that has an R-value that exceeds industry standard. Remember, however, that the frame still makes up 30% of the window. Quite often, a replacement window will feel drafty around the edges. That's why we ensure that every vinyl window we install is welded on the corners. In addition we insulated the opening and use Quad caulk to seal the frame.

Should I use a professional to install my windows?

​The quality of any product is only as good as its installation. An improper installation could reduce the energy efficiency of the window, do structural damage to your home, and even void the manufacturer’s warranty. 

Sunset Exteriors & Restoration, Inc. have installation experts that are trained to do the job right the first time. This ensures maximum performance from your windows and eliminates future problems. From start to finish, you will be satisfied with your installation experience.

For any questions

Bruce Schimkus: VSI certified / 5 Star Rating / N.A.R.I / Safety Services OSHA / Lead Safe for Renovation, Repair & Painting / Master Shingle Applicator / CSI / LCCC / Wauconda Chamber
Email : bruceschimkus@aol.com
Cell : (847) 302-1646


Sunset Exteriors & Restoration, Inc. has been meeting and exceeding client expectations by providing quality roofing, siding, and window replacement services to our clients.

Our staff are experts at what they do and our customers benefit from having seasoned, certified workers and not general laborers working on their projects. We provide remodeling, repair and installation services in the following areas:

• Doors
• Siding
• Soffit
• Fascia
• Handyman & Maintenance