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Replacement Windows Are One of the Best Home Improvements in Terms of ROI

Replacement window ROI imageLet’s face it, replacement windows are a major investment. Angie’s List estimates that installing an entire set of brand-new windows for the average-sized U.S. home can easily cost more than $10,000. Many of our customers in St. Joseph and surrounding areas want to know if it’s worth the investment. They want to know what they can expect to save by replacing their old windows with energy efficient windows. We think those are great questions. Obviously, every situation is different and estimates can vary according to what kind of windows are being replaced, what kind of windows are being installed, and what part of the country you live in. But, we did a little research and found some answers that may help you make a decision.

Vinyl Replacement Windows Have a Great ROI

For starters, window replacement is one of the best home remodeling projects in terms of investment return. In general, homeowners can expect to recoup about 60% of their window replacement investment in their home’s overall resale value. According to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report for vinyl windows specifically, you can recoup 79.3% of the project cost in added home value.

Get Additional Savings in Heating and Cooling Costs Every Year after Installing Replacement Windows

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for almost half of the average home’s utility costs. The Energy Star website estimates annual savings on energy bills when replacing single pane windows to be $303. Annual savings when replacing double pane windows is $120.

Replacement Window Shopping Tips from the US Department of Energy

  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label.
  • Check with local utilities to see what rebates or other incentives are available for window replacement.
  • Choose high-performance windows that have at least two panes of glass and a low-e coating.
  • Choose a low U-factor for better insulation in colder climates; the U-factor is the rate at which a window, door, or skylight conducts non-solar heat flow.
  • Look for a low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC)—this is a measure of solar radiation admitted through a window, door, or skylight. Low SHGCs reduce heat gain in warm climates.
  • Select windows with both low U-factors and low SHGCs to maximize energy savings in temperate climates with both cold and hot seasons.
  • Look for whole-unit U-factors and SHGCs, rather than center-of-glass (COG) U-factors and SHGCs. Whole-unit numbers more accurately reflect the energy performance of the entire product.
  • Have your windows installed by trained professionals according to manufacturer’s instructions; otherwise, your warranty may be void.

If you are interested in purchasing replacement windows for your St. Joseph home, call Thermo-Seal at 660-258-4747 for a free estimate. We are so confident in the quality of our windows that we offer a lifetime warranty on glass and vinyl and components! Thermo-Seal is the replacement window company you can trust for quality products and excellent customer service.


Pick ProVia for Your Next Door

photo of thermoseal window and doorPicking the right exterior door for your Mid-Missouri home is important. Not only is it the first thing people see before entering your home, it keeps out the elements from your home. Make sure the door you pick is a ProVia from Thermo-Seal. These doors are beautiful as well as super durable. Here’s what you’ll get when you pick ProVia, and why their doors easily beat out the competition.

ProVia Door

  1. 20 Gauge Steel Skin (Heavier)
  2. Foam Filled Slab With No Wood
  3. Composite Adjustable Threshold
  4. Ball Bearing Hinges
  5. PVC Coated Aluminum Molding & Trim
  6. Lifetime Warranty On Glass & Seal Failure
  7. 20 Gauge Steel Security Plate in Deadbolt Jamb
  8. Pre-Painted or Pre-Stained With 7 Year Finish Warranty
  9. Comes With Door Knob & Deadbolt & Lifetime Warranty
  10. Q-Lon Weatherstripping = Tight At The Corners
Competitor’s Door

  1. 26 Gauge Steel Skin (Lighter)
  2. Foam Filled Slab With Wood – Will Rot Over Time
  3. Wood Non-Adjustable Threshold
  4. Standard Hinges (Squeaky)
  5. Wood Molding & Trim – Will Rot Over Time
  6. 5 Year Warranty, Then Prorated Over Time
  7. No Extra Reinforcing In Deadbolt Jamb
  8. Must Be Painted Within 15 Days Or No Warranty
  9. No Door Knob Or Deadbolt Included
  10. Magnetic Weatherstripping = Loose Corners = Air Leaks

More Steel

ProVia doors are composed of a 20 gauge steel skin, which is 49% more steel than the competitor’s door. This means it’s a higher quality door that will do a better job of standing up to the elements and protecting your home from intruders.

Never Worry About Rot

Less wood means less rot. And the little wood that does come in our door systems is pre-treated to withstand the elements. The slab of ProVia doors are filled with foam and do not consist of any wood whatsoever, and all ProVia door wood jambs are treated with a Pine-Guard and carry a full Lifetime Warranty against rot.

Great Warranties and Value

Thermo-Seal gives you more when it comes to exterior and entry doors. ProVia doors come standard with a Lifetime Warranty doorknob and deadbolt. Most door manufacturers don’t supply the doorknob or deadbolt, let alone a warrantied one. You have to purchase those parts separately. Thermo-Seal’s ProVia doors give you more bang for your buck, and are always a great value.

PoVia doors also have a lifetime warranty on glass against glass breakage and seal failure. Plus, all doors come pre-painted or pre-stained and carry a 7-year finish warranty. Most door manufacturers do not warranty glass, and do not carry pre-painted doors.

Call Thermo-Seal today at 660-258-4747 to get a free price quote on ProVia doors for your home.