Tucson, Arizona Window Replacement
Last updated on 11/15/2019
Tucson window replacement is something that all homeowners in Tucson, AZ may want to consider. When looking into a Tucson window replacement you should always familiarize yourself with your options. One way to do this is to compare the different prices and contractors online. The more you understand about the various materials, styles and cost, the better decision you will be able to make. Furthermore, by comparing the different Tucson window replacement companies in Tucson, you will be confident in knowing that your contractor will get the job done quickly and affordably.
Replacing Windows in Tucson, AZ
Tucson, Arizona is hot hot hot. While this can be great for sun tanning and for outdoor living, it can also be hard to handle, especially during those humid summer months. Temperatures soar during July and August which means almost every home in Tucson has the air conditioner cranked. A Tucson window replacement can keep the cool air circulating inside, thus reducing the hot mugginess that comes from the direct sunlight. Although you will get the light from the sun, Tucson window replacement will keep the harmful UV rays as well as the hot air from getting through. When you reduce these warm drafts, you also reduce the need to constantly crank the air conditioner thus increasing your energy savings in the process.
Window Replacement Cost Factors
In addition to the money you will save on your annual electricity bill, you can also save a small fortune on Tucson window replacement costs by taking advantage of the Energy Star Program. This is a government sponsored cash back incentive that gives a tax savings to anyone who replaces their windows. Because a Tucson window replacement is lowering your electricity input, you are doing your part to help the environment and keep Arizona beautiful. Because of this, you are rewarded with up to $3000 cash back during tax time.
When you are looking at the various costs involved in any Tucson window replacement, it is important to consider more than just the cheapest price quote. If you are offered an extremely low quote then it might be because the service is also quite low. You want to be sure that the Tucson Arizona window contractor you choose has the experience, the credentials and the licensing to back up his work. You do not want to be left with an unsatisfactory job.
Vinyl Replacement Window Designs
You also need to consider how your material choice factors into the costs. One of the most common material types is vinyl. Vinyl has come a long way since its tacky hay day and now offers one of the best and most cost effective ways to replace your windows. It provides excellent insulating properties even when used in horizontal slider window replacement and can be welded to eliminate air and moisture leaks. Vinyl replacement windows are engineered to provide optimal thermal and operational performance for the life of your home. They are as practical as they are beautiful and will instantly brighten up your home and lower your energy bills. Vinyl windows will not rot and deteriorate from the harsh Arizona sun.
Keep in mind, however, that vinyl is not the only option. You can also choose a wood or metal replacement window or you can choose to go with a combination. Furthermore, you can even get a vinyl replacement window that comes in a wood finish. Advances in vinyl technology allow quality wood vinyl laminates to come very close to the look of real wood. It's very attractive and it often matches the color of the wood trim in homes. You will get the look of wood but without the rotting and deterioration or the price tag to match.
Be sure to compare the different styles that are available as well including sliders (slide open for tight spaces), double hung windows (open at both the top and bottom), single hung windows (open only one way), bay windows, casements (open at the bottom), awnings (open at the top), garden windows (provide a ledge) and picture windows (offer a panoramic view of the outdoors). You might want to look at a different replacement window design for each room. For example, you might consider sliders for your kitchen and bathroom but a garden window to open up your bedroom. Or, you might want to choose the same windows for every room to give your home a symmetrical look. It all depends on you and what you are looking for.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to choosing a Tucson window replacement is to know what's out there. There are so many options and details to consider that rushing your decision could result in a bad choice. Be sure to compare quotes and options carefully before accepting any offer.
Tucson, Arizona U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Tucson, Arizona or any of its counties, including Pima County and Pinal 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 Tucson 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 Tucson, Arizona and Tucson's metro area counties including: Maricopa County AZ, Pima County AZ, and Pinal County AZ.
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your county in the Tucson, AZ 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 Tucson 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.
|Pima County AZ||Southern Climate Zone|
|0.40 or less||0.25 or less|
|0.60 or less||0.28 or less|
|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||0.25 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 Tucson, AZ 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 Tucson, Arizona 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.
Tucson Window Suppliers
Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Tucson area.