Milwaukee, Wisconsin Window Replacement
Milwaukee window replacement projects offer homeowners a way to beat the heat and cold of the Milwaukee region. A replacement window offers superior protection from drafts that result from heat lost through gaps in the frame of an older single pane model. Today's high performance double pane model generates the energy efficiency that gives WI shoppers the best return on their investment. Learn about how a Milwaukee window replacement upgrade can insulate your Wisconsin home from a blustery December storm or a humid summer afternoon. Technological advancements in the replacement industry work in our favor so that we not only get to enjoy a beautiful new look for our homes, but also enhanced comfort and reduced utility bills.
Insulating our Milwaukee Homes
Its close proximity to Lake Michigan makes Milwaukee a region prone to extremely cold, harsh winters and hot, muggy summers. Milwaukee window replacement is a way to shield our houses from both types of weather extremes. WI consumers will be delighted by the attractiveness of both wood and Wisconsin vinyl replacement windows, as well as the numerous models available that add style to our homes. This selection process is certainly an exciting part of our Milwaukee improvement project. Functionality and utility are also key considerations to ensure that our residences are protected from the elements. The glazing we select is more critical than the style because it makes the difference between energy savings and energy loss.
A double glazed window, also known as a double pane, refers to a window that has two panes of glass placed together to create a middle buffer space. In some cases the buffer zone is filled with air, although argon gas is much more energy efficient than dead air for our Milwaukee, Wisconsin homes. Argon gas' superior resistance to heat transfer increases its overall energy performance. This insulating glass system keeps our homes from losing heat in the winter and absorbing heat in the summer, which we will notice in the steady temperatures and increased comfort levels we experience inside our residences. Look for a double glazed window that carries the Energy Star label to ensure that the product will perform well in extreme temperatures.
Replacing the single pane windows common in older homes is a sensible reason for a Milwaukee window replacement purchase. Single pane models offer inherently less insulation, which means we actually lose heat and wind up wasting energy by bumping up our thermostats. The thickness and durability of a double pane window makes it more secure from intruders and destructive weather. A replacement project is immediately beneficial in that it offers us an added security measure against home invasion, and a notable reduction in the amount of energy consumed by our household. Milwaukee window replacement contractors can provide free advice and answer any questions we may have about our project, wheter it's new glass or an awning window replacement, so we feel confident we are making a smart decision.
Window Replacement Costs
The cost for Milwaukee window replacement may be a concern as you start researching options. The price for this renovation varies depending on such factors as the material you select, the type of glazing, how many models you wish to have installed, and the company you work with. Perhaps you have considered hiring a handyman to do the job or are considering completing it yourself. Certainly both are doable options and will reduce the overall expense of the project. The importance of proper installation must not be overlooked. Frankly, the amount of money we save may not be worth the time involved if we are not completely certain we can install the products properly.
Professional crews have perfected the Milwaukee window replacement installation process. Depending on the project's scope, as many as half a dozen or more workers will be on site working on your Milwaukee home. The work that could take them a few hours may take you days to complete. Also, Milwaukee window replacement companies have ready access to many more available products and styles than the average Wisconsin consumer would. There is a learning curve to getting the exterior cladding sealed just right, and these skilled workers have it down to a science. In theory, a homeowner can save money by doing their own installation or hiring a handyman, but in practice the time it will take and learning involved likely will not be worthwhile.
Milwaukee window replacement experts not only advise us on achieving the particular look we desire, but they also help us find affordable products that protect our families and the environment. They understand that a replacement project is a huge undertaking, and make sure that our questions are answered at every stage. Our free service can put you in touch with numerous contractors in your area so you can gather quotes and information today.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - located in Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Milwaukee's metro area counties including: Milwaukee County WI, Ozaukee County WI, Washington County WI, and Waukesha County WI.
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your county in the Milwaukee, WI 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 Milwaukee 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.
|Milwaukee County WI
Ozaukee County WI
Washington County WI
Waukesha County WI
|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 Milwaukee, WI 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 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 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.
Milwaukee Window Suppliers
Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Milwaukee area.