Skilled Window Company Texas, From Dallas to Corpus Christi
Windows are the way to your home’s soul and provide a layer of protection from the elements. There are many benefits to windows themselves, yet the biggest benefit you’ll see from our windows here at Americraft is the quality, the craftsmanship, the expertise, and precision where we focus on window installations meant for many years of use.
Americraft Siding & Windows serves the greater southern Texas region, and we are committed to providing quality replacement windows for your home. Try us out today and see why we’re one of the best window companies in the business when it comes to quality construction meant for beautiful homes like yours.
What to Expect From Window Replacements at Americraft Siding & Windows
Quality, Affordable Windows
Skilled Replacement Window Contractors
100 Years of Combined Experience
Service Throughout Southern Texas
Superior Customer Support
Installation of Several Styles of Windows
Single & Double Hung
Bay or Bow Windows
Exceptional Service and Replacement Windows in Texas
The contractors at Americraft Siding & Windows are committed to providing quality customer service and replacement windows with the highest level of craftsmanship and integrity. Our team has a combined 100 years of experience installing a variety of window types that can increase your home’s efficiency, security, and its overall appearance. Whether you’re needing a few windows repaired or it’s time for a complete replacement of all your home’s windows, we have affordable, high-quality products that you can trust for decades to come. We serve the greater southern Texas area, including the major cities Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Corpus Christi. However big or small your project is, get in touch with us today for a free consultation.
Single and Double Hung Windows
These are two of the most popular types of windows and are commonly found throughout the house in bedrooms, the living room, and bathrooms. Each type of window is made up of two halves, or sashes: an upper and a lower sash.
With double-hung windows, the bottom sash can be opened upward and the top sash can be opened downward. Double-hung windows can provide greater air flow, but over time, the top portion may develop problems where it won’t stay all the way up.
With single-hung windows, only the bottom sash can be opened, while the top portion remains stationary. Single-hung windows are less expensive, but don’t allow for the same amount of air circulation, which is important for any Texas home.
Bay or Bow Windows
If you want to add some architectural appeal to your home with your replacement windows, a bay or bow type window is a great choice. Both types of windows protrude from the home, creating additional interior space, which makes for a great seating area.
Bay windows are typically constructed with a single fixed window in the middle with either a single- or double-hung window on either side. Since the windows on either side are functional, the window can provide some air flow into the home.
Bow windows consist of four or five fixed windows, creating a more circular protrusion from the home and allowing for more natural light. However, bow windows are commonly fixed, or non-operational, so they don’t provide any airflow.
Picture, or Fixed Windows
A beautiful and traditional style, picture windows are typically larger, yet stationary or fixed windows often seen in living rooms. They allow a lot of natural light and can highlight views seen from the house. If air flow is important, and there aren’t any other windows in the room, single- or double-hung windows can be added to either side of the picture window so that there is some ventilation. Because there aren’t any window sashes, there isn’t the problem of gaps and leaking air. However, because picture windows are generally larger, they also let in a lot of heat, so a window covering will be important in the Texas climate. Talk with your replacement window company about the pros and cons of a picture window in your home.
The distinguishing feature of a casement window is that they open up from either the left or right instead of the top or bottom; they are opened by turning a crank. Casement windows can come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and can feature internal grilles giving them a look similar to single- or double-hung windows. Casement windows are typically more energy-efficient as well; on a windy day, the air will push against the window, strengthening the seal and preventing air from leaking. If you’re debating between casement or single/double-hung for your window replacement, the deciding factor for many homeowners is how the window is opened: pushing or cranking.
Awning windows feature a hinge at the top and open outward from the bottom. This type of window is also opened with a crank and is a great way to get natural ventilation into a space. Awning windows are generally wider than they are tall, making them a good choice for rooms that need privacy, such as a bathroom. This style of window works well in rainy climates, where they can be opened to let air in but avoid water getting inside the home. Awning windows can also be installed in combination with a fixed window, which will allow more light into the room.
As the name implies, sliding windows open on a track, one window moves from left to right over or past a second window. Sliding windows are commonly seen in basements as they’re easy to find the right size to meet egress requirements. However, they can be used throughout a home, especially in combination with a fixed window. If you’re having trouble choosing the right type of window for your replacement project, it often comes down to the room, the desired size and shape, and how the window opens.
Common Window Materials
When planning a replacement window project, along with the type of window you want for your home, you’ll also need to decide on the window material. The most common materials include wood, vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum, and composite.
If having an eco-friendly window material is an important factor, then wood is a great choice. Wood replacement windows are long-lasting, especially when maintained properly. Wood windows can be stained or painted to patch your home’s exterior siding; the material provides greater insulation which helps keep Texas homes cooler in the summer; and the material offers a high level of aesthetics. On the other hand, wood windows are more susceptible to rotting and warping and insects like termites. Wood requires regular maintenance, including painting, staining, caulking, and cleaning. Wood is also more expensive when first installed.
Greater design options
Susceptible to rotting and insects
Made of PVC, vinyl is one of the more popular materials for replacement windows. Vinyl windows are easy to maintain since there is no need for painting or staining, they are energy-efficient, and prevent rotting and corrosion. Vinyl will last around 20 years and costs less than other materials, such as wood and fiberglass. The disadvantages of vinyl windows are that there are fewer design options, darker colors may fade as the windows are exposed to the sun, and vinyl is difficult to recycle.
Rot and corrosion-resistant
Susceptible to fading
Made of reinforced glass fiber and resin, fiberglass windows also require little maintenance and can be manufactured to look like wood. Fiberglass has been growing in popularity due to a variety of benefits. The material features foam-filled cores which can help increase your home’s energy efficiency; fiberglass is fade-resistant and doesn’t require painting, making it easy to maintain; fiberglass is also completely recyclable, making it an eco-friendly choice. The downside is that there is a higher upfront cost and there are only a few colors to choose from.
Can look like wood
Higher installation cost
Lightweight and strong, aluminum replacement windows are affordable, durable, and easy to maintain. If you are installing custom shaped windows in your home, aluminum is a flexible material that works well with circular windows. However, aluminum windows are not an ideal choice for hotter climates are areas near salt water. Aluminum is one of the least energy-efficient materials.
Although composite windows are much more expensive than other materials, there are several benefits that can make up for it. Composite windows are made from a combination of wood, metal, and vinyl, creating a strong product that can last around 40 years. The material offers a high resistance to moisture, rotting, and warping, it is energy-efficient and eco-friendly, and can be made to look like wood.
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Should You Repair or Replace Your Windows?
Buying replacement windows for an entire house can be quite an investment. While it’s worth it if the windows are old and you’re noticing signs of inefficiencies, it’s common for homeowners to avoid a complete replacement if possible. But when is repairing one or two windows a better option than having all of your Texas home’s windows replaced?
When to Repair Your Windows
Having windows repaired typically comes down to what is wrong with them. A few problems that warrant a simple repair include:
If the glass on a window is cracked
A window sash is stuck or keeps falling
The exterior window casing is damaged or worn down
There is minor water leakage
If the window’s muntin (frame) or grilles are broken
If you choose to replace one or two windows, also keep in mind that they will most likely look different than the other windows in your home, especially if other windows are older. This may be an acceptable compromise if the windows are facing the backyard and won’t directly affect the home’s curb appeal; however, it can have an impact on the home’s appearance if the windows are more visible. If you’re needing to replace or repair several windows, the cost may make a complete replacement more cost-effective.
When to Replace Your Windows
Replacing all of your home’s windows may be the better option when damage is significant enough and there are too many windows needing repairs to make that a reasonable choice. You may want do a full window replacement if:
There is major water leakage
There are structural problems
The windows are fogging
You have noticed an increase in utilities
Too many windows need to be replaced
Cost of Window Replacement
As with many home improvement projects, the cost is a significant factor. At Americraft Siding & Windows, our window company strives to provide products and services that are affordable for everyone. In some cases, replacement windows are essential for the home’s health, and we’ll do what we can to work within your budget.
There are several factors that determine the overall cost of new windows, including the number of windows, the type, material, the glass, and the style of grille. Generally, homeowners in Texas can expect to pay between $150 and $750 per window. Aluminum windows are typically the least expensive (around $150 per window), vinyl and wood are comparable (between $400 and $600), and fiberglass windows are the most expensive ($500 and up per window).
The type of window is also a significant factor.
Single-Hung: $150 - $360
Double-Hung: $300 - $850
Awning: $400 - $750
Picture: $350 - $800
Casement: $250 - $750
When you schedule an estimate with Americraft Siding & Windows, we’ll discuss all of your options and determine the best price based on your needs. You can always count on our team for trustworthy and reliable estimates.
Energy Efficiency and Glass Options
A common reason for needing new windows is when there is an increase in energy costs. In the hot Texas climate, this increase is typically due to increased cooling costs, as air conditioned air is able to escape through poorly insulated or inefficient windows.
When it comes to energy-efficient windows, what you want to look for is either an ENERGY STAR® or NFRC (National Fenestration Ratings Council) label. The NFRC developed an energy rating system based on the overall performance of the window. The system includes a U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC).
U-Factor: The lower the number, the better. This represents the heat rate that flows out of the window.
SHGC: This measures the amount of solar radiation that enters the window as heat. The lower the number, the less heat that is let inside.
There are several types of glass that can be installed with your windows, including safety laminated glass, insulated glass, and low-E glass.
Safety Laminated Glass: Similar to the glass in your car’s windshield, this type of glass can provide greater protection with two panes fused around an inner layer of PVB (polyvinyl butyral).
Insulated Glass: For greater energy-efficiency, insulated glass features two or three panes with a space in between that is filled with a type of gas, typically argon.
Low-E Glass: This type of glass window features a low-e, or low emissivity, coating that blocks infrared rays while still allowing light to pass through. This can allow your home to remain cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Schedule an appointment with your local Texas window company to learn more about energy-efficient windows and which type of glass is best for your home and budget.
Enhance Your Home With Quality Replacement Windows From Americraft Siding & Windows
Choose Americraft For Your New Windows
The contractors at Americraft are here to help ensure that you get the best possible experience for your window replacement project. Whatever the scope of your project, we can provide affordable products that will protect your home for years. Based out of the Austin, Texas area, we serve the greater Southern Texas region, and we are confident that we can provide a better service and higher quality installations. Contact us today for a free quote.