Decatur, Illinois Window Replacement
Last updated on 11/15/2019
Decatur window replacement projects give homeowners quite a few different options for creating the exact project that they want to complete. Not only do residents of this central IL city have several choices to make regarding the type of window frames that they'll have installed, but they also have numerous options to pick from regarding the style of Illinois replacement windows that they'll choose. In addition, there are going to be a wide variety of price ranges available for this type of project, which should allow it to fit within the budget of almost any homeowner.
To make a Decatur window replacement fit within your budget, you'll want to make sure that you obtain plenty of price quotes for the work. You'll want to make a request for bids for both the replacement window products that you'll be installing, along with a bid for the labor costs for having the new frames installed. Some replacement window companies that provide Decatur window replacement products will also perform the installation for you, but others won't offer any installation help. You'll then have to make a separate request for bids for the installation.
With a Decatur window replacement, you always have the option of performing the window installation yourself. Although installing replacement glass isn't the easiest home improvement project you'll ever undertake, it can be done by those with just a little bit of experience in construction work. Your window replacement will require a few days. The most important consideration you'll need to follow is to make sure that each new window will fit into the opening for the frame, so the process pf matching each frame to its corresponding opening is important.
Weather in Central IL
Decatur is famous for having been the home of Abraham Lincoln for a time in the 1830s, before he eventually moved to Springfield, IL, to practice law. Decatur was also home to the Bears of professional football in 1919 and 1920, before the franchise moved to Chicago. Decatur is a city of about 76,000 residents, and it's located directly in the center of Illinois, almost equidistant between Chicago and St. Louis.
Because there is such a large population base here, it's pretty easy to find suppliers of Decatur window replacement products, which should contribute to you receiving a reasonably good price on the materials. Just be sure to shop around, and you'll have very few problems making the right choice. Some Web sites that offer some basic information on window replacement projects also can help you make a request for bids, which is the fastest way to find a lot of quotes.
When making a selection for the contractor who will perform the installation work for your Decatur window replacement frames, be sure that you select someone who knows the Decatur area well. The installer will have a much more successful project if he or she is familiar with the type of weather that Decatur experiences. You won't find winters that are too harsh in Decatur, with about 25 inches of snow on average and high temperatures slightly above freezing most of the winter. However, replacement glass can still provide plenty of benefits in this area of Illinois, even when the winter temperatures aren't too harsh.
Making Smart Replacement Selections
You'll want to pick a contractor who has done this type of work in this area of Illinois in the past. Selecting someone with this type of experience may mean that you won't be selecting the lowest bidder. However, having the peace of mind of an experienced installer is worth a little more money.
Keep in mind that with your Decatur window replacement you don't have to stick with the exact style of glass that you had in the past. For example, if your home had double hung frames in the past, you can replace any of those frames with casement style glass. If you're considering swapping out some styles of frames, be sure that you let the installer know, so the proper steps can be taken before the new glass is ordered. There might be a few instances where you cannot make a change to a particular style of Decatur window replacement product because of the orientation of the frame.
All of your Decatur window replacement products must be ordered for the specific sizes of the openings for the frames in your home, so the measurements must be extremely accurate. For those homeowners who want to try to do this type of installation work themselves, you must be certain that you're comfortable with taking all of the necessary measurements, as well as ordering the correct styles of products. This isn't as easy as it sounds, thanks to the large number of styles and types of new frames that are available, so take your time in this phase.
Decatur, Illinois U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Decatur, Illinois - located in Macon County - it is extremely important to purchase windows (and doors) with the correct u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) as rated by Energy Star.
Energy Star determines the u-factor and SHGC that will give you the most energy efficienct replacement windows, skylights, and doors based on your county's climate zone.
The climate zone assigned to your county takes into account how extreme the seasons are in your area. How warm and cold it gets in Decatur determines how well your new windows will need to keep out the cold air and the hot sun.
Below, you will find a table with the climate zones and corresponding u-factor and SHGC ratings for Decatur, Illinois and Macon County IL.
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your county in the Decatur, IL area will help you to determine which replacement windows, skylights, and doors will maximize energy savings for your home.
To find the Energy Star recommended u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) for your county in the Decatur metro area, simply do the following:
- Find your county in the left most column.
- Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your county's name.
- Under the orange box with your climate zone, find the dark grey box with the product you are looking for - window replacements, new doors, or skylights.
- Under the product type, you will find the best u-factor and shgc as determined by Energy Star.
- When getting quotes from contractors, be sure that your window replacements, new skylights, and/or replacement doors have these ratings to maximize energy efficiency in your home.
|Macon County IL||Northern Climate Zone|
|0.30 or less||0.00 or more|
|0.31||0.35 or more|
|0.32||0.40 or more|
|0.50 or less||Any|
|Solid Doors (No Glass)|
|0.17 or less||No Rating|
|Doors with Less than Half Glass|
|0.25 or less||0.25 or less|
|Doors with More than Half Glass|
|0.30 or less||0.40 or less|
If you don't see your home's county above, use the u-factor and solar heat gain co-efficient (SHGC) search tool below to search for your Decatur, IL area county's recommended window efficiency ratings.
Use the table above or the tool below to search for the specific u-factor and SHGC for your county so that you are educated and have this information on hand in order to maximize the financial return on your investment in new windows, new skylights and/or new doors in the Decatur, Illinois area.
Remember to research thoroughly prior to making a window replacement or replacement door purchase, regardless of whether you are installing the windows and doors yourself or having them installed by a licensed professional contractor.
Decatur Window Suppliers
Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Decatur area.