FAQs

How much does it cost to have someone install a window?

Pricing for window installation varies depending on the exact need of our clients. If it is only the glass that is broken or foggy we can replace just the glass instead of the whole window in most cases. This solution is much cheaper and less time consuming. Glass replacement for residential applications can run anywhere from $250 for smaller windows to $1500 for larger windows and custom shapes. Full new windows (Frame and Glass) can run from $350 for small windows up to $3000 for large windows or customer shapes. The same applies to sliding patio door replacements.

What does the window installation process look like?

We try to make the process as simple as possible. To begin the process we will come out to the property to inspect the existing windows and get all needed dimensions and information pertaining to the installation. With the dimensions we can provide pricing options for the type of windows our clients are interested in. Once our customers accept the bid we typically collect half down for materials and secure the project. If the client is interested in financing options we can assist in that process as well. New windows do take some time to manufacture so we will get everything ordered to the specifications of the project. In one to two months when the windows are delivered we will get back in touch to schedule the installation date and time. On site, the existing windows, trim, drywall and sills will be prepped for demo. All of the windows will then be removed or cut out. With the window removed we will then prep the opening for the new window. This can include vacuuming, cutting the sill or drywall if needed, applying insulation or replacing rotted would components. The new window will then be installed and fastened to the opening either by nail fin or through the jams of the window. New window wrap is applied to the
exterior of the window if applicable. Any flashing and trim that was removed is nailed back in place around the perimeter of the window. The window is now ready to be sealed with calking both on the inside and outside of the window.

What does the glass replacement process look like?

Glass replacements are less involved. We will still come out to the property for a consultation. Dimensions and other vital information will be recorded. *Note: Some window manufacturers do not allow the glass to be replaced in the window and require ordering a whole new sash or window directly from them if they are still in business. With the sizes we can then quote our clients pricing options. Most projects will require some sort of manufacturing. This is done locally and therefore has a much lower lead time, 1-2 week in most cases. Single pane glass is inventoried and can be cut on site. We can usually get the client on the schedule within a week. After the materials are delivered we will reach out to set up an installation date and time. Each window is different in detail but will let us replace the glass one two ways. Some windows allow the frame to be disassembled around the glass, some allow glazing bead (trim around the edge of the glass) to be removed and the glass cut away from it’s frame. The glass and sash are cleaned and prepped to be reassembled. We use silicone to seal and adhere the new glass to the frame. In some cases double sided foam tape is used but not often as this is more of a manufacturing line process with clean surfaces. The new glass is installed in the sash or frame of
the window and everything put back into place the way it was found.

How long does window installation take?

The window installation time varies depending on the size and scope of the glass installation. It can take anywhere form 30 minutes to 2 hours per unit. Lead times for glass that has to be manufactured is 3-10 business days. New window installations take 1-3 hours per window. Lead times for new windows will depend on the manufacturer and take 5-8 weeks.

How do I prepare for a new window installation?

It is important to have a clean and safe working environment when dealing with glass. That is why the first step for window installation is for the techs to don any safety apparel or equipment and to make sure everything is cleared away from the windows and walkways inside and out. Ladders, scaffold drop cloths, floor coverings and tools are then made ready for use.

How often should I replace the windows in my house?

Windows are quite durable and should last from 10 to 20 years on average. However, it is a good idea to replace them sooner rather than later if the windows are not operating correctly or the glass is foggy and failing. It is important to stay up on maintenance for your windows. Not doing so can result in costly repairs and replacements; or energy costs in the case of single panes and foggy units.

Should I replace all of my windows at once?

Whether you want to replace them all at once or a couple at a time, we’re happy to help and
work with your situation. However, replacing all your windows at one time is recommended for a few reasons. There is a good chance money can be saved on the installation if you do all your windows at the same time. This eliminates the need to make multiple trips out to the property and it allows us to provide bulk discounts. Second, window manufacturers are always changing the designs, operations and looks of their series. If you install a couple of windows one year and plan to do the rest the following year there is no guarantee that the windows will look and operate the same. If energy efficiency is your thing a full window replacement project is for you. These benefits can only be realized if there are no weak links in the chain so to speak. Lastly, there are small tax credits in place for increasing the efficiency of your home through window replacement but you can only claim it once. If price tags are a bit daunting ask us how we can assist in financing options.

How do I know if I need new windows?

There are a number of symptoms to let you know when it is time to replace your windows. If you have single pane windows, we recommend updating those right away to decrease your heating and cooling bills. If your windows don’t operate correctly, are too stiff, or threaten your fingers via guillotine by falling down unabated, then you might need new windows. Some vinyl windows can yellow and warp in extreme heat and sunlight. Wood windows are prone to rot if regular painting schedules are not adhered to. If your glass is fogging up and you see condensation between the panes it could mean your windows are approaching the end of their useful life. It is a good idea to mind your windows for drafts and whistles, especially if you have aluminum windows. It is true that some issues can be remedied with parts and service and we’re happy to help with this but a word of warning. You may be approaching a time of cascading window issues throughout the property.

What time of year is best to replace windows?

Denver can get pretty cold and snowy in the winter months. For this reason it is best if you plan your window installation projects from April to November. If you’re part yeti and don’t mind, we can install them in the winter too. Glass replacement projects are less involved and we can minimize the time of the interior being exposed to the outside down to a few minutes making it less of an issue to replace in the winter months.

What type of windows are best?

Every type of window will have its own merits for certain situations. Vinyl windows provide the best bang for your buck. They have tubular extruded frames and insulated glass units (or double panes). The glass will also come standard with energy efficient glass. They are lightweight and easy to install. Being the easiest to manufacture (lead times around 4 weeks) and install makes them easiest on the budget. Fiberglass windows employ many of the same traits as vinyl windows but are a bit more sturdy than the vinyl window. Thicker and tougher frames make them a little more energy efficient. However, it also makes them a little harder to manufacture (6-8 weeks) and install. You’ll see this reflected in the price tag. They are great windows guaranteed to last you 15-20 years. Lastly, wood windows are going to be your top shelf products. With solid wood frames they are the most energy efficient but take substantial time to manufacture (8-12 weeks) and install. These windows are heavy duty and look amazing. Installation will take multiple days for an installation of 3 or more windows. We only recommend these windows if you are willing and able to keep up with their price maintenance. Regular paint and stain are a must for these windows.

Which windows are most energy efficient?

Wood windows are the most energy efficient, with solid core frames and top of the line glass products.

Should I choose single or double pane windows?

We recommend double pane windows over single pane windows. You’ll want to avoid single pane windows at all costs unless it’s going into a structure that you don’t live in.

How much does it cost to install a sliding glass door?

Sliding glass doors cost about $1,500 to as high as $5,000. This will depend on the type of door you decide to go with (vinyl, fiberglass or wood).

How long does it take to install a mirror?

Installation times for mirrors vary depending on the project. A simple bathroom mirror that is glued to the wall will typically take about an hour to install. This time will increase from there if you have multiple pieces that need to be hung, such as a wall of mirrors in a home gym. Those can take anywhere from a half day to a full day. Of course there will be other things to consider when getting a new mirror for your home or business that will increase lead times. For example, there are occasions when mirrors need to have outlets and light fixtures cut into them. If this is the case we will set up a time to come out for a free consultation. With dimensions in hand we can then cut the mirror to spec at the shop. We will then come back out for the installation. This process can take 4-7 business days depending on the extent of fabrication needing to be done.