Windows are the essence of every home. Not only do windows allow the sun to beam into a home, but they also ensure that the elements never enter the home. While new windows are able to do this adequately, older windows start to deteriorate and will slowly allow the outside air to enter the home. This is where over 30 percent of a home’s energy bill will accumulate.
American Home Contractors is an industry leader in window installation and replacement. We install windows from all leading manufacturers.
Our customers have been extremely satisfied with their new replacement windows. From helping them upgrade their home to reducing their energy costs, you too will love what we can do for you.
Other Top Brands of Windows We Offer
Types of Replacement Windows Available
When you begin looking at replacement windows, you have a number of choices. Not only will replacement windows add beauty to your home, you have the option to enhance the way your home looks overall.
Fiberglass windows are a premium option that provides exceptional value for money. Fiberglass windows offer increased efficiency, better sound proofing, and are extremely durable and long-lasting.
Vinyl windows are a popular option and they help with controlling the temperature in your home. Our extensive selection of vinyl windows will give you the style and options you’re looking for.
Wood windows are another choice and also quite popular. Nothing beats the character and beauty of real wood windows. You can purchase wood windows that are pre-painted for your convenience.
Benefits of Replacement Windows
If you are trying to decide whether you should replace your windows or not, there are some benefits you should consider.
- Reduce your energy bills
- Add light to your home
- Protect against harmful UV rays
- Reduce outside noise
- Add value to your home
- Beautiful appearance
We Make Replacing Your Windows Hassle-Free
When you work with American Home Contractors, you can expect superior quality and workmanship.
When we install your windows, we strictly follow all manufacturer guidelines.
Important Factors To Consider When Selecting New Windows
Energy Savings – Summer & Winter
Thermal efficiency delivers value in two ways. The first, by providing real comfort year round. Second, by helping to save money on cooling and heating. We only use windows that are designed to deliver outstanding thermal performance.
Easy to Maintain
Tilt-in sash windows save time and trouble. They make cleaning quick and easy. A good balance system makes sashes easy to open and keeps them in place and never need adjustment for years of normal use.
Choosing the Right Glass
With more than 75% of your window comprised of glass, it is paramount to select the proper glass package for your specific application. Many options are available to increase the efficiency of your windows. Low emissivity glass along with argon gas is an example.
The R-factor is a measure of the resistance of the insulated glass unit to heat flow. A high R-factor window has a greater resistance to heat flow, and thus a higher insulating value. American Home Contractors is proud to offer a variety of replacement and new construction windows, which offer R-factors ranging from R-2 up to R-10, the highest R-factor available in today’s market.
U-value is a measure of the rate of non-solar heat loss or gain through a material or assembly. Tests are usually performed under conditions which simulate 0° outside and 70° inside, with a 15 MPH wind. The lower the U-value, the greater a windows resistance to heat flow and thus the better its insulating value. Also, the U-value can be determined as the inverse of the R-factor. For example, a window with a R-factor of 5 has a U-value of 0.20.
Double Hung Windows
The Double Hung window consists of two “sashes,” one on top and bottom, which slide up and down as well as tilt in for easy cleaning. The sliding action is made possible by coils (balance system), which support the weight of each sash. The bottom (inside) sash is primarily used for opening the window, although the top (outside) sash can also be slid downward for ventilation.
These windows “crank out,” acting like a door on a hinge. Casements open outward to either the left or the right. These windows can be joined together (mulled), and it is not uncommon to see “double casements” and “triple casements”.
Picture & Geometric Shaped Windows
Picture Windows are the perfect style of window to provide you with a panoramic view of your outside world. While they do not ventilate, they provide for maximum visible light and can make the room that they brighten seem larger and more open wide. Picture Windows can be combined with any other window style to create truly unique and sometimes massive combinations. Picture Window profiles can be made into many dynamic geometric shape windows. Use your imagination and design the window of your dreams. We can have them custom manufactured for you.
Awning & Hopper Windows
Awning windows are similar to a casement window that is turned on its side except that they have very different and special hardware. This special hardware allows the window to be hinged at the top and open towards the outside from the bottom. Awning windows can actually provide some protection from the rain in the open position just like an ‘awning’. Awning windows can be combined with Casement windows and Picture windows to create dramatic sightlines and combination windows.
Hopper windows are windows somewhat similar to Awning windows yet almost the opposite. Hoppers are hinged at the bottom of the window and open up from the top falling into the inside of the home. Hoppers are commonly used in basements, and especially in places where there is minimal room for a window to project into the outside.
Sliders have two or three sashes; the end sashes have the ability to slide left and right. In the case of a “2-lite” slider, each sash (or sometimes called a vent) slides freely. With 3-lite sliders, the center is stationary. This window is usually used when width is greater than height.
Bay & Bow Windows
These style windows project into the outdoors and create additional space and dimension within your home. At first glance, bay windows and bow windows can look a lot alike. Both bay and bow windows will do much to open up a room and let it breathe, giving the appearance of more space and letting in more light. Bay windows protrude farther from the wall out into the exterior space, and thus add a bit more space on the interior. Bow windows frequently allow more light to come into the room, since they have more glass panes than bay windows do.
A bay window has three openings, available in angled projections. A bow window, on the other hand, has more than three openings, usually four or five. A bay window’s overall structure consists of a picture window with two other windows, usually casements or double hungs, on either side. A bow window’s structure is curved, creating a rounded appearance on the outside of the home. (These bow windows are usually referred to as a “4-lite bow” or a “5-lite bow” depending on how many windows are used to construct the complete unit.)
Plants thrive on the shelves of a garden window as it allows light in from four sides of the unit. Insulation abounds in the high performance glass units and insulated seat board while easy operating end vents allow for maximum ventilation. Add elegance to any surrounding with a three dimensional garden window. Air and light fill the interior with casement style side vents and angle glass skylight. Ideal for plant lovers, the garden window is perfect for kitchens and breakfast nooks to bring the outdoors inside.