Detroit, Michigan Window Replacement
A Detroit window replacement is the best way to save on a Michigan home's heating and cooling costs. Windows and doors are the biggest place where a home loses its energy. When you do a Detroit window replacement, you will increase the energy efficiency of your MI home while also increasing the value as well. By replacing the windows, you will not only save money on the energy bills, but may also qualify for a tax credit in the process.
The easiest way to shop for a replacement is to shop online. You can compare quotes from a variety of replacement providers. You will be able to peruse the amazing number of designs, choose your perfect Detroit window replacement, and even have it shipped to your Michigan home. You will pleased at the amount of incredible cost savings you can find when you shop online.
A Michigan window replacement is not a difficult project to do, especially if you are handy with tools. You can choose from several types of replacement kits that make replacing the windows in your MI home extremely easy. Before you shop, be sure to measure the length and width of the windows you need to replace in three locations. Record the smallest measurements of each to ensure you get a tight fit.
There are three basic types of kits to choose from. If the window just needs new moving parts, you might want to consider the sash kit. If the frame of the old unit is in good shape and you don't mind losing a little glass area, the insert is the ideal choice. On the other hand, if the frame is damaged, you will need to use the full frame replacement, which is a completely assembled unit that fits inside the rough frame of the opening.
If you plan to use a Michigan contractor to do the Detroit window replacement, it would be a good idea to get several quotes from licensed and insured contractors who specialize in Detroit replacements. If the window you are replacing is smaller than the one you plan to put in, you should also be sure the contractor pulls the proper permits before beginning the work. Anytime a structural change is made to a home, a permit must be pulled.
Window Glass Replacement
If you need to replace the glass in your Detroit home rather than doing a complete Detroit window replacement, you will find there are many options to choose from. You can use Low E glass which is a low emission glass which traps heat inside, or you might want to use insulated glass which is ideal for the winters in Detroit. Double paned glass window replacement is yet another option available. You can also replaced broken stained glass sections if you need to.
To replace the glass in a wooden window, first tape the old one to prevent it from shattering when you remove it. Next, gently tap on it with a small tools to break it enough to get it out of the frame. Make a small rope of putty that will go all the way around the window leaving no gaps. This will ensure a tight fit and will eliminate any energy loss. Apply the putty and install the new glass into place. Press gently against the putty to ensure there are no gaps.
There are many advantages to doing a Detroit window replacement. One is the tax rebate you may qualify for if you use energy efficient material. Look for the Energy Star emblem which will tell you the product you are using has been rated as very energy efficient. The Energy Star program uses tax incentives to encourage homeowners to use energy efficient material for all of their home improvement needs.
In order for a Detroit window replacement to be considered energy efficient, it must have a low U factor, the correct solar heat gain for the area, and a low air infiltration. The U factor measures the amount of heat that travels through the window while the solar heat gain measures the amount of solar energy that comes through the glass. In colder climates like Detroit, it is desirable to have a higher solar heat gain. The air infiltration is the amount of air that passes through the frame.
A Detroit window replacement is the perfect way to beautify your Detroit home and save on your energy bills in the process. You can choose from a wide range of sizes, colors, and styles when you shop online and compare rates from a variety of top providers in your area. Whether your preference is vinyl or wood, casement or double hung, you can find what you need at incredible cost savings. Why not shop now and find the perfect Detroit window replacement for your Detroit home?
Detroit, Michigan U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Detroit, Michigan or any of its counties, including Oakland County and Wayne 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 Detroit 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 Detroit, Michigan and Detroit's metro area counties including: Lapeer County MI, Livingston County MI, Macomb County MI, Oakland County MI, Saint Clair County MI, and Wayne County MI.
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your county in the Detroit, MI 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 Detroit 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.
|Lapeer County MI
Livingston County MI
Macomb County MI
Oakland County MI
Wayne County MI
|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 Detroit, MI 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 Detroit, Michigan 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.
Detroit Window Suppliers
Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Detroit area.