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22 Jan 2013

What is the residual value of replacing your windows?

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What is the residual value of replacing your windows?

In this barren real estate market, many people are said to be doing home improvements instead of buying a new home. The idea is to put more equity in to an existing home that may have depreciated simply due to the economy. Like any investment, one should consider the payback they can expect on their outlay.

There are only so many basic ways to improve any home. You can improve on siding, doors, windows (of course), additions, swimming pools, etc. Each method of improving your home has a payback, which varies according to the part of the US you live in. In New England, it turns out that windows are one of the top things to do when considering just what to do to improve your home. This is not without debate, however. Some people feel that potential home buyers overlook the windows. And, it is intuitive to Suntech, that the entryway door is another simple and cost effective method of improving on your home’s equity. In fact, many websites rank the entryway door as one of the number 1 ways to increase the value of your home.

Many people sling internet data at us these days. The internet is clogged with spam and surveys. What’s missing are people who can compile the data and explain why it is the way it is. Why does an entryway door provide such a good return on investment? It’s the very first feature people see when they look at your home. In my opinion, it’s that simple. Along with entryway doors, there are windows (of course). Windows are in almost every single structure in the world, since the beginning of time. Doors and windows are simply not optional. Even mud huts have windows and doors.

Furthermore, in 2010, wood windows eclipsed vinyl windows on the return in investment. The very next year, it appears that Vinyl was a better investment. However, wood windows as it turns out, last longer than vinyl, which is an unproven material to work with. Vinyl windows simply don’t go back far enough to have proven to last as long as wood, and the first generation of vinyl windows are all being replaced now. So what is the residual value of replacing wooden windows? About 74%

Some useful links / sources of information:
Payback (2011-2012)

Payback (2010)

Payback (2009)

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09 Dec 2011

R Value is Not Always The Inverse of The U Value

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Many people are familiarizing themselves with the Energy Star label on windows these days. U Values, while once reserved for architects, are thrown out there as selling tools now to many home owners. What prompted Suntech to write this article is that Harvey Building Products has the Tribute series of windows, which have extreme U and R values. When I looked at the typical U values for the Tribute window with the High Performance Package, they are not listed as the inverse of the R Value! No, it’s not a type-o. I found this great PDF which explains more about it:


Before you click away, know that R is a complete measure of the insulation of the whole window, while U is typically only measured at the center of the glass. So, when you do things like filling the frame of a window with insulation, you can boost the R Value while keeping the U value the same.

18 Aug 2011

Marvin Andersen Pella Window Comparison

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Here is a simple comparison of several leading window manufacturers.


Suntech Window and Door Outlet.
2351 Boston Post Rd. #404
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 222-1000 (T)
(203) 222-1001 (F)

FEATURES Pella Architect Series Bonneville Gold Series Marvin Ultimate Series Andersen 400 Woodwright Series

Eastern White Pine (Slow Growth Pine) X

Rapid Growth Pine X
Red Cedar X

Vertical Grain Douglas Fir X X X
Generic Mahogany X
Cedro Macho
Factory Prime All Wood Types X

Jamb Jack Screws X



Alder X X

Extruded Aluminum or Roll Form X X X Vinyl
Cladding Thickness 0.5mm 0.5mm 0.5mm NA
Custom Colors X X X
Coastal Finish with 20 Year Warranty Non-prorated X

Multiple SDL Sizes X X X X
Spacer Bars X X X X

Double Hung Design Pressure Rating DP55 DP55 or above DP50 DP30
U Factor – Clad Double Hung with Low – E and SDL w/ Spacers 0.30 0.30 0.32 0.29
SHGC – Clad Double Hung with Low – E and SDL w/ Spacers 0.49 0.29 0.24 0.20
Visible Light Transmittance 0.54 0.51 0.40 0.47
Stainless Steel Spacers on IGU’s X
Multiple Surface Low-E or Advanced Low-E Available X
Extra LEED points for being within 500 Miles of CT and NYC X
Argon Retention Rate +/- 1% +/- 1% +/- 5% +/- 1%
31 Mar 2011

Windows in CT on Thumbtack

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Thumbtack is a great new service! I like their website; it’s easy to use, and is a great way to find service such as ours!
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02 Mar 2011

Common Window Types

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Suntech is a turnkey company. We can supply almost any type or window shape needed. Some typical shapes to consider are:

Fixed – This type of window cannot be opened.
Double hung – The window consists of two sashes that move up and down. Only half of the window can be open at one time.
Casement – Another common window, casement windows are hinged vertically to swing in and out like a door and operated with a crank.
Awning – Awning windows are similar to casement windows but are hinged horizontally.
Jalousie – Jalousie windows are horizontally placed narrow strips of glass, lowered by crank. Out of favor today, they were very popular in the mid-century.
Sliding – Sliding windows move on top and bottom tracks. They are very common and can be inexpensive.
Paladian – A paladian window consists of group of three windows with an arch over the center. These windows have become very popular in the last decade. They provide visual interest and drama to a home.
Picture – Picture windows are especially popular in ranch-style homes. They are large fixed windows flanked b y 2 casements or double-hung windows.
Clerestory – Clerestory windows were especially popular in Craftsman homes. They consist of a strip of small horizontal panes set high on a wall.
Elliptical or Arched – Elliptical or arched windows often placed above double hung or fixed windows in today’s new homes.
Bow – A curved window or set of windows that expands outward from the wall of a building.
Bay – The same as a bow window yet typically with fewer than 5 joined windows.

Common Window Types