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Replacement Window Myths Homeowners Keep Falling For

Replacement Window Myths Homeowners Keep Falling For

Unless they’re broken, we don’t think about windows that often. They let in sunlight and heat.  They can let out, or keep in warmth when it is cold, and cool air when it is warm.  Having the right windows can lower utility bills and keep a home and its inhabitants comfortable.  When it is time to replace windows, there are myths that if a homeowner believes, they may end up with the wrong windows or spend too much money.

Myth #1:  Windows Need To Be Airtight 

Windows have vents on them which prove that they do not have to be airtight, in fact, windows need to breathe. With this knowledge in mind, windows should not be cleaned by spraying a garden hose up at the window from the ground, since water can get inside the window vents and not only lead to a mess inside, but also lead to problems with mildew which can eventually lead to other more serious problems.

Common signs of windows with clogged or plugged vents include:

  • Peeling paint around windows
  • Condensation on the inside of a window, or between windows on double pained glass windows
  • Mirrors that fog
  • Mildew

These are all signs that the windows in a home are not breathing properly.  Purchasing new windows that combat problems with mildew and condensation have a “condensation resistance” rating.  The ratings are generally between 0-100 with the higher number better as it relates to condensation resistance.

Myth #2:  Unbelievably Low Prices

The actual cost of windows should take into account how energy efficient they are. As a consumer, you want to learn to look past the upfront costs, and make sure you are getting a comprehensive understanding of overall costs. If it costs more to keep a home heated or cooled, then that is a cost that should be included in the cost of the windows.

Double pained windows and Low-e glass windows (windows with a microscopic layer of metallic oxides that are invisible to the naked eye) save money on utilities. This coating protects a home from UV rays which is not only harmful to skin, it fades carpets and can damage furniture.  Low-e windows keeps homes warmer in the winter by reflecting certain lights in the home, and cooler in the summer by reflecting certain light back outside.

Myth 3:  Heat Shrink Window Film Works Just As Well As Low-e Glass

Heat shrink film is an eye sore on a window, and often has air or other debris between the film and the window – that won’t allow the heat shrink film to help very much. Windows that are made to be energy efficient have a coating in between the panes that can lower the U-factor and reduce heat costs up to 50%. Triple pane windows offer even more energy savings because the windows are built with gases in between the panes that assist with insulation. Plastic over the window just doesn’t cut it as a way to keep cool air out efficiently.

Thanks to National Fenestration Rating Council, nearly all new windows come with a sticker that informs a buyer how that window is rated for energy efficiency.  One thing that it measures is the amount of solar heat gained coefficient, or SHGC and other measures to determine how much good heat is brought into the house, and how much bad light is reflected out.  This is a good way to evaluate how much energy a new window will cost once installed.

Myth 4:  The Windows Have A (FERC) Energy Performance Rating Sticker, Therefore, It Is Energy Efficient

Much of the information you need to make a good window purchase is on the NFRC sticker. The NFRC performance rating sticker simply means that the window has been rated; it does not mean it is energy efficient. For example, if you are interested in receiving a tax credit for installing the new windows, the NFRC rating should be equal to or less than .3, but even those with higher numbers will probably have the sticker.

An Energy Star sticker on a window indicates that the window meets the government standards for energy efficiency.  The NFRC sticker is useful, but just because it has a sticker does not mean it will be a good window for your home.

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Myth 5:  All Window Frames Are Created Equal

The window frame can affect the overall efficiency of a window in several ways.

  • Aluminum windows are lighter and cheaper, but they conduct heat and are poor insulators;
  • Vinyl frames are the best.  They come with a UV stabilizer that prevents sun damage, and they have good thermal performance ratings.
  • Wood frames are good insulators, and they look great, but
    • If moisture gets in them, they will eventually rot, even cedar and treated lumber;
    • They must be caulked and sealed with gaskets.
    • Corners must be sealed.
    • Wooden frames must be checked often to ensure moisture does not get behind them or in them.

Myth 6: It Doesn’t Matter Who Installs The Windows

Even triple pained windows, some of the best available windows, will not do their job properly if they are not installed correctly.  A professional window installer understands how much space to leave so the window can be properly shimmed and insulated.

A professional insulator also understands how to make existing trim work, or if it will need to be replaced to get the most value from replacement windows.  The professional window installer can ensure that the window is installed correctly, and they will ensure that the window and the frame are properly insulated.

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Advanced Window Products is Utah’s leader in energy efficient windows because we make and install our own windows. Our customers don’t have to pay a middle man at a large box store who marks the prices of the windows he sells up.  We make our own windows so you can ensure that your custom made windows will fit your home perfectly.

Our warehouse and showroom is conveniently located right off the 3300 South Freeway Exit in Salt Lake City.  Contact Advanced Window Products for dependable window installation.  We offer limited lifetime warranties, and we’ll help you find the best and most efficient windows for your home and we’ll install them the right way.


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This is such a good company!! Their windows are great quality, their employees are kind, and their service is very professional. Best window company in Utah!
kaylee bills
kaylee bills
18:14 19 Oct 20
We ordered new window's for the entire home. From start to finish the service we received was excellent. Everyone was very nice and professional. We felt very comfortable with the installers being in our home. It has been about six months now and we love the windows. They have improved the look of our home inside and out. Our home stays cool when it is warm, and warm when it is cool. We highly recommend this company.
Loura Flick
Loura Flick
18:50 04 Oct 20
I must say, that during my tenure of perusing, shopping, and installing windows, AWP has been hands down, bar-none the most helpful, and thorough throughout this experience. You can tell that quality, honesty, and integrity are key axioms in which they choose to due business under. With that said, you have a customer for life. Thank you for all you do AWP!
Mike Lundquist
Mike Lundquist
18:39 29 Sep 20
Ken Jankowski was my Salesman. I had heard commercials for Advanced windows and as a Realtor for over 17 years I see what type of windows fail over just a few years that the newer and most of the large builders use. CHEAP! I wanted quality windows with a warranty against a failed seal, or blemishes and that looked good and solid.Ken showed me the windows, and explained his lifetime warranty..... I have used the warranty twice.... No issues no hassle. They came out and fixed a scraped piece of vinyl. Also after the installation the screen guy said that one of the screens was not right.... I didn't see it but he did and the next week installed a new one.I cannot say enough good things about this company. THanks for being so honest and professional in every step of the way.
Ted Twogood
Ted Twogood
17:42 29 Sep 20
We are finishing replacing our windows using Advanced. They replaced some of them a few years ago. Ken is very professional and we like that we are supporting a Utah company. The windows are also the best we could find as well. Would recommend to anyone.
Marissa Burns
Marissa Burns
02:31 13 Aug 20
We replaced 1/2 of our windows using Advanced Windows almost two years ago. They have been a big improvement! We are now replacing the other 1/2 using Advanced. Ken is very friendly and knows his stuff. Thank you Advanced!
Josh Burns
Josh Burns
02:25 13 Aug 20
Advanced windows replaced most of our windows 10+ years ago.. they have honored their guarantee throughout the years. We had the rest of our windows recently replaced, again, they continued to be a great experience! Ken, John and the phone staff were polite and professional. Thank You Advanced
Carrie Gause
Carrie Gause
01:06 06 Aug 20
The ladies in the front office great you with a beautiful smile and are so helpful and knowledgeable about the products.
Christopher Harris
Christopher Harris
19:41 04 Aug 20
Updated review:After playing phone tag with Ken, we were able to setup a time for a quote. Product looks great and Ken is a nice salesman. After a little hiccup at the beginning with communication, I was happy to see them work so hard to make an appointment to give a bid. I will more than likely be purchasing windows through them. As mentioned, their product looks great and they look to have many benefits when buying through them. Ken even explained the process of wrapping the original wood exterior so there would be no need to paint and maintain (house is an old ‘50s style with original wood and brick exterior). I did appreciate him taking the time to explain that process.Thanks for the work on reaching out and fitting in a time to swing by to bid out these old, wood windows.Well, I was ready to buy windows and placed an inquiry on their website. Received a call the next business day, even got a text message. I missed the call because I was in meetings for work. I even replied to the text message. I called back the next day and haven’t heard back. I suppose they must have enough business since they clearly don’t want mine
Kevin Cruise
Kevin Cruise
16:51 28 Jun 20
I bought windows from Darren at advanced windows, I couldn’t be happier with the price, and the way they turned out, I can really tell a difference. I would highly recommend advance windows to everyone.
Ryleigh Marie
Ryleigh Marie
01:14 26 Jun 20
Advanced Window was so great to work with! They were super responsive for me and even texted me back when I asked if the lead test was going to cost me (which it didn't). I also loved how much they respected social distancing and wore masks during COVID. Very professional!
Olivia Gochnour
Olivia Gochnour
18:22 09 Jun 20
Darrin came out to give me a quote and was AMAZING!!! I was recommended to him from my cousin who had her windows done and spoke very highly of every person who came to her house, but Darrin made the biggest impression and I can see why. Great service, was on time, very professional, and gave it to me straight of what is needed in my house - and at a great price! Thanks Darrin!!!
Kaitlynd Wagner
Kaitlynd Wagner
18:03 09 Jun 20
I'm very happy with the quality of my new windows. The staff was very professional. If I need anymore to do with windows I will be using them again.
Daniel Roberts
Daniel Roberts
12:30 08 Jun 20
I love my new windows! The staff was very friendly and professional.
Danielle Roberts
Danielle Roberts
01:15 02 Jun 20
Advanced Window Products was absolutely wonderful from start to finish. Darin came out and gave us our estimate. He was respectful of our budget and answered all our questions about the difference in window options, financing, and different rebates available. It took 5 weeks between ordering and the installation. Chris and Trent came and installed our windows. They worked quickly and efficiently. They cleaned up after themselves and made sure the window looked great! I'm very impressed with Advanced and would recommend them any day.
Katie Call
Katie Call
03:23 14 May 20
We couldn’t be more pleased with our interaction with the personnel at Advanced Windows. From the salesman (Todd) to the two installers John & Dale. Both installers arrived on time gave us an advance call to let us know they were on the way. The installation was excellent especially the wrap they installed around our front windows.When the job was done everything was cleaned up. They also knew their products and were excellent representatives of their company. They also were very careful to observe social distance with the virus guidelines.Very pleased with all 12 windows.
Dale Cherrington
Dale Cherrington
01:19 10 Apr 20
Awesome new location!
Dave Bacigalupo
Dave Bacigalupo
20:25 18 Mar 20
Advanced Window Products were amazing to work with! Not only were they professional, on time, and efficient, but they made me feel comfortable and helped explain the whole process to me! The quality of the window is amazing and we could tell a difference instantly after it was installed. We will definitely be using them again in the future!
Emily Hickok
Emily Hickok
21:33 13 Mar 20
I priced around and felt Advanced by far had the better price and quality. The price was so good that I did all 14 windows instead of the 10 I had originally planned. The salesman was punctual and friendly he explained things well. The same with the installers. They were on time and worked quickly very nice people. I would strongly recommend them.
Thomas Cavanaugh
Thomas Cavanaugh
18:29 25 Feb 20
During the whole process from the initial call, to the quote, to the measurements, to the installation, to financing Advanced Windows staff was so helpful and professional! They also had the best price (by far) of any of the window companies I contacted, the quality of the product is amazing, and I love that they manufacture the windows in Utah in an environmentally friendly facility! If I ever need windows again, Advanced will be my first call!
Lilly Leiran
Lilly Leiran
19:02 21 Feb 20
We had quotes from five other companies before we went with Advanced. They had the best quality windows, pricing, warranties, and rebates. They replaced all of our upstairs windows and they look awesome! We had some really cold weather when they were put in so some of the caulking cracked. We called them and they came back and recaulked without a problem. We will definitely be using them again!
Jenny Hamson
Jenny Hamson
22:27 20 Feb 20
We loved Advanced Windows. We had them do a sliding door for us a few years back and now they are replacing all our windows. They are well constructed sturdy windows! They are very professional to work with without being overbearing or pushy. Ask for Ken! He is so easy to work with.
Tyler Hickok
Tyler Hickok
20:43 10 Feb 20
They did a good job of getting what I need (just one window) for a good price.
Levi and Becca Darrington
Levi and Becca Darrington
00:57 17 Jan 20
Great people, great products, and great service!
Jason Taukiuvea
Jason Taukiuvea
04:38 16 Jan 20
Advanced came out quick and installed my entire house's windows in about 7 hours. The windows are amazing quality, and the installation was effortless.
Logan Cottle
Logan Cottle
04:08 15 Jan 20
Great experience all around from purchase to installation. Low pressure sales and he actually advised when not to add in certain types of doors. The installation crew was awesome and incredibly fast. The best part for me was they obviously had a new guy on the crew who had tons of questions. One of the Sr installers was patient with him and helped him learn as they were putting in a big complex window.
MICHAEL CRESSLER
MICHAEL CRESSLER
14:39 11 Jan 20
This is my second time using Advanced Windows. They redid all of my main floor windows and now I am using them for my basement windows. They are knowledgeable, patient, and kind! I’m so grateful! Thanks!!!
Lauren Kitchens
Lauren Kitchens
23:04 17 Dec 19
Have worked with Ken and Advanced Window Products on two projects. Both completed professionally and timely. Sales was a consultative, no pressure experience and installation on this latest project of 10 windows and a sliding door was completed in less than a day with friendly installers. Love the new features of their products. Thanks guys!
Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison
23:12 22 Nov 19
Very reasonable price and good service. I was given them wrong information of my windshield type because I know nothing about car parts when I made appointment with them on the phone, so they ordered the wrong thing. They just found out when I made it to my appointment. However, they handled it beautifully and quickly order another one for me right away. They finished it in the next 3 hours, which was fast over my expectation. Well done!
Châu Minh
Châu Minh
14:58 09 Nov 19
Thank you for your help in fixing my dog door. The gentleman that came out was awesome. Thank you, Patty Jones
Patty Jones
Patty Jones
21:54 07 Nov 19
Grate company grate sales men rob is the best
Chris Huffaker
Chris Huffaker
00:17 27 Oct 19
They worked with us on price the salesman was informative and listened to what we needed and could afford. And then there's the two installers John and Dale 🙄 what great guys. They put up with me wandering around and dying to help. They showed up on time and worked all day finishing both at the same time what a great pair of guys. I'm so happy with the finished product five stars + would recommend Advanced window hands down. GREAT JOB GUYS 👍
Peter Crookston
Peter Crookston
23:47 16 Oct 19
Great service. For some reason, the previous 5 glass companies I called for help ignored me, but Advanced Glass got to me within the hour. While they weren't able to work on my specific window issue, Darren went above and beyond to point me in the right direction and referred me to a company that was able to get me the help I needed. Thank you!
Tyler Norman
Tyler Norman
16:50 14 Oct 19
This company is great! GAVE MY A GREAT PRICE ON GREAT WINDOWS. The installers were fantastic ! they are master craftsmen. They were fast and cleaner up after they finished the job. You could not even tell they were here, the job was so clean. I love my new windows, should have replaced them years ago. If you need windows, Advanced Window Products is for you! Thanks for a great job!!
Clarisse Lunt
Clarisse Lunt
03:39 14 Oct 19