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Springfield, Massachusetts Window Replacement

Last updated on 01/06/2022

Gathering Springfield window replacement quotes is an important initial step in this home improvement project. Instead of accepting the first estimate you're offered, compare quotes from several Springfield window replacement professionals to get the most value for your money. Even if a company is recommended by a friend or neighbor, you may find quality Springfield window replacement at a lower price by shopping around.

Like other communities in New England, Springfield experiences cold winters and warm, humid summers. Because of these distinct seasonal patterns, Springfield window replacement must prepare homeowners to face temperatures on either end of the spectrum. Springfield replacement windows must have superior insulating properties in order to keep homes warm and cozy in the winter and cool in the summer months. High performance, Massachusetts energy efficient replacement brands are a wise investment for any MA homeowner.

Springfield Massachusetts Window Replacement

MA Window Replacement for Older Homes

The city of Springfield has earned several nicknames, including the "City of Firsts" because of the many innovations that arose in Springfield, and the "City of Homes" because of its classic Victorian architecture. The owners of older homes take pride in their dwellings and invest a great deal of time and money in maintaining these residences inside and out. If you own a historic house in MA, you may have struggled to keep the rooms comfortable during the winter. The window frames of older homes often leak air and compromise insulation.

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Window frames in historic dwellings made of wood can be damaged by dry rot and insect infestation. Termites, carpenter ants and wood boring beetles can devour entire segments of a frame. Once a frame has been damaged, the accumulation of moisture in this humid subtropical climate can damage not only the wooden structures but the drywall underneath. Before Springfield window replacement can occur, these older frames must be repaired and resized to accommodate new, energy efficient replacement products.

Many homeowners in Massachusetts, especially the owners of older dwellings, are partial to wood as a Springfield window replacement material. Wooden replacement products can maintain the authenticity of an older Massachusetts dwelling. Springfield homeowners often swear by the strength, durability and insulating properties of wood. If wooden frames are carefully maintained and stained or painted with weather resistant products, they can keep a house comfortable and enhance the beauty of its exterior for years.

If you're open to exploring a variety of replacement materials to find the most value at the lowest prices, consider vinyl as an alternative to wood. New products made with this synthetic material are more long lasting than ever, and vinyl is easy to customize to fit frames in non standard sizes. Springfield window replacement professionals often recommend vinyl because of its relatively low price tag, its durability and its low maintenance requirements. Like wood, vinyl is energy efficient enough to keep even a large older house warm in the winter.

Air Leakage in Springfield Windows

Drafts are common in New England homes in the fall and winter, when the temperatures drop. Drafts aren't always caused by the movement of air in a room, however. When warm air from the furnace strikes a cold window, a draft may be created. If you're sitting next to a window and you feel a rush of cold air, it may be a result of an underperforming window. Drafts may also be caused by air leakage, or the movement of air through the unit.

Air leakage can be a sign of inefficient models or improper installation. If there are tiny cracks between the panes, muntins or sashes, air will pass through the assembly, making your house chilly and drafty. Although you may not be aware of obvious drafts, the cumulative effects of air leakage can result in higher utility bills uncomfortable, poorly insulated rooms.

The National Fenestration Council, or NFRC, rates Springfield window replacement products on the basis of their energy performance. Air leakage, or AL, is one of the factors that the NFRC considers when evaluating the efficiency of a brand. The lower a product's AL factor, the better its performance at reducing the loss or gain of heat due to air escape. When you're shopping for products for your home, the AL factor is an important consideration. The U factor, which measures heat transfer, is another factor that every New England homeowner should consider.

The U factor measures a model's efficiency at preventing heat escape through the Springfield window replacement assembly. The lower the U factor, the more effective a product is at keeping the interior climate comfortable throughout the year. For the most affordable products with the best insulating value, compare quotes from several local providers. Local experts know the New England climate and can help you find the most efficient brands for your traditional or contemporary home.

Springfield, Massachusetts U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows

When shopping for replacement windows in Springfield, Massachusetts - located in Hampden 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 Springfield 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 Springfield, Massachusetts and Springfield's metro area counties including: Franklin County MA, Hampden County MA, and Hampshire County MA.

The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your county in the Springfield, MA 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 Springfield metro area, simply do the following:

  1. Find your county in the left most column.
  2. Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your county's name.
  3. 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.
  4. Under the product type, you will find the best u-factor and shgc as determined by Energy Star.
  5. 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.

Counties
Franklin County MA
Hampden County MA
Hampshire County MA
Northern Climate Zone
Windows
U-FactorSHGC
0.30 or less 0.00 or more
0.31 0.35 or more
0.32 0.40 or more
Skylights
U-FactorSHGC
0.50 or less Any
Solid Doors (No Glass)
U-FactorSHGC
0.17 or less No Rating
Doors with Less than Half Glass
U-FactorSHGC
0.25 or less 0.25 or less
Doors with More than Half Glass
U-FactorSHGC
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 Springfield, MA 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 Springfield, Massachusetts 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.

Springfield Window Suppliers

Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Springfield area.

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Baker Floor Refinishing Get Quotes Online Claim this Listing  In business since 1984
 663 Dickinson St Springfield, MA 01108
 (413) 734-6026
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Ecko Building Bargain Get Quotes Online Claim this Listing  In business since 2013
 83 Warwick St Springfield, MA 01104
 (413) 788-6900
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Emery Development LTD Get Quotes Online Claim this Listing  In business since 1989
 179 Cooley St Springfield, MA 01128
 (413) 782-1990
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Gotta & Lavallee Electric Inc Get Quotes Online Claim this Listing  In business since 1984
 57 Bither St Springfield, MA 01118
 (413) 755-1700
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In Home Screen Repair Svc Get Quotes Online Claim this Listing  In business since 2017
 119 Massreco St Springfield, MA 01109
 (413) 363-0553
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Ld's Unlimited Home Imprvmt Get Quotes Online Claim this Listing  In business since 2011
 217 Hanson Dr Springfield, MA 01128
 (413) 782-0098
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Nick's Affordable Home Imprvmt Get Quotes Online Claim this Listing  In business since 2011
 173 Johnson St Springfield, MA 01108
 (413) 734-0231
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Sun Roofing Co Get Quotes Online Claim this Listing  In business since 1990
 71 Walnut St Springfield, MA 01105
 (413) 734-7774

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