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Do you live in Lake Forest? Do you own a home? Are you looking for a great way that you can improve not only the aesthetic quality of that home but also its value? If so, you may be looking at certain home improvement projects that seem to be standard for homeowners in your position. However, have you ever thought about replacement windows to boost your home’s appeal and value?

The most common ways homeowners think to improve their houses

There are a number of ways that people can improve their houses. Renovating and updating their kitchen is one of the most common ways that people boost the value, and enjoyability, of their home.

When you have an old, outdated kitchen, it tends to lead to eating out more often. You turn to going to eat out because you’re not inspired to cook anything, being surrounded by a dirty, broken countertop, stained and chipped floor, small, inconvenient refrigerator, and even little cabinet space.

So you plan on expanding your kitchen or finding a way to make the most of the space that you do have. At the same time, you would be updating all of the appliances, the countertops, and even the flooring so that everything is new. Then you will tend to cook at home more often, and your home’s value and appeal will increase as well.

The same is true when it comes to the bathrooms in the home, especially the main bathroom. When you update and renovate the bathroom, you’re going to be increasing the aesthetic appeal of the home, and you will actually increase the sale value of the house as a result.

What are some other ways that people tend to focus on to increase the value of their home?

The outdoor curb appeal is one of the major improvements that homeowners make a significant investment in. Installing slab walkways or a nice stone patio or wooden deck is one of the most convenient ways to improve the outdoor living space of the home. Now, what about other things that you can do inside the home?

You could buy all new bedroom furniture and enjoy a great, new experience in your bedroom. Painting the walls with fresh, modern colors can do wonders to help make your home more comfortable and enjoyable to live in.

If you have any type of cellar or unfinished part of your house, such as a garage bay that you don’t use for anything, you could even think about converting it into livable space.

Within every home, there are countless ways that you can improve the living space, add living space, and boost the overall value of your home. However, there is that one aspect of home improvement that is simply overlooked by far too many homeowners.

That is replacement windows.

Maybe you’ve been thinking that it’s time to install new windows in your home. Maybe you’ve started to notice that the condition of your current windows is something to be desired and that you’re covering them up more than you’re opening them to the world around you.

When you keep the blinds or the curtains closed over during the day, then you will actually have a darker home in which to live. This can affect your overall emotional frame of mind, leading to depression or a sense that you are not getting to most out of your house. At night, it’s normal to keep the blinds closed or the curtains drawn closed, but during the day, the more that you can open them up and allow the sun to shine in, the more energy you’ll attain in your home.

Also, old windows tend to have a host of problems with them that you might not think about unless you open them every day. They could be painted over and over and over through the years and that can make it almost impossible to open them. The storm windows could be decrepit, the hardware could be corroded and not working properly, and the glass could be damaged, making it unappealing or, when the sun shines through them, highlighted all of the issues with the windows.

All of these factors can have a direct impact on the enjoyment that you have at home. Just take a moment to think about what it’s like when you’re home during the day and the curtains are not thrown open wide. It may be a habit at this point, something that you started to do (not opening the curtains or blinds) when you noticed how dingy and old the windows looked, but not you don’t even think about it.

How dark and drab is the home now? Do you look forward to being home and being inside the living room, maybe reading a book? Do you avoid inviting people over during the day because you don’t want them to see just how poor the windows are?

No matter what your reasons are for looking into replacement windows in Lake Forest, it’s one of the best home improvement projects that you can do. Not only will you actually improve the living space in every room of your house, but you’ll also boost the overall value of your home as well, if you choose the right brand and style of windows. This last statement is very important. If you choose cheap, low end windows, then you’re going to find that the value of your home won’t increase very much at all.

When you realize just how important replacement windows are for home improvement, contact California Window & Solar. We have been helping homeowners throughout Lake Forest and the entire Orange County region for years to get the ideal windows for their homes.

If you have any questions about your current windows, we can help answer them as well. When it comes to windows, we’re passionate about helping others learn as much as possible so that they can make the best decision for their home.

Finding the right company for any major home improvement project is one of the most important parts of the process. If you choose a company that doesn’t treat you right, doesn’t have your best interest at heart, or doesn’t have the experience to help you make the best decisions about products, services, and other aspects, then you could end up spending more money than you should, and end up with something that you don’t really want or need. When it comes to replacement windows, it is absolutely essential that you find the right company.

Qualities to look for in your future replacement windows company

There are plenty of companies that you will find all throughout Orange County and Fountain Valley that promise experience, quality, and results. Let’s be frank … talk is cheap.

You want to know that you are going to have the right company for you and your family. How do you set out to determine which company is being straightforward and honest with you? How do you know which company is going to place your interests above their own?

That last line sounds like a conundrum … how could a company stay in business by placing the needs of its customers above its own?

Well, to be honest, that exactly how small businesses were successful forty years ago and more: they focused on taking care of their customers, even if it meant helping them find another business that could assist them more appropriately. Yet today, there are more and more small businesses and companies that are waking up to the fact that quality customer service and support are essential.

Sure, people want to save money, but when they want quality, when they want to get the best products (in this case, windows) for their home and they understand that quality is far more important than saving ten or twenty dollars, then they are going to be willing to spend a bit more to get the right service and support, and the best products that they can for their home and their family.

So what are some of the traits that you should look for when searching out the best replacement window company for your Fountain Valley home?

  • Selection
  • Knowledge
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Experience
  • Satisfaction

Let’s look at each of these in more refined detail below.

Selection

Most window replacement companies only focus on a couple of key manufacturers for the windows that they offer their customers. However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t have a wide selection of them to choose from.

From casements to double hung windows, from bay windows to bow, from picture windows and more, you deserve to have a company that offers a full selection of windows and window sizes.

What if you want to expand the current window size that you have in your living room? You should have a company that can handle this requirement. California Window & Solar is that company.

Knowledge

The window replacement company that you choose should have plenty of knowledge about windows. Not only knowledge about windows, but everything that has to do with windows, such as features, things that you may not have thought about or considered, and even about the installation process.

You can gain knowledge by reading a book, but rarely will you have the same exact house as someone else. That means that the person who helps you find the ideal windows for your home should have a special set of knowledge about windows that will guide you through the selection process and answer any questions that you have about replacement windows.

Professionalism

Many companies talk about ‘professionalism’ as though it’s a commodity. Professionalism means that the moment you step through the doors of a business, you are going to be treated with respect.

Professionalism means that there are no such things as ‘bad questions.’ It also means that the person with whom you speak will be able and willing to sit down with you and discuss all of the available options for your home when it comes to new windows.

Integrity

Integrity is built over time. It’s something that you gain through years of serving customers. For a company to have integrity, it means that it places the needs of its customers first and answers all questions and resolves any issues that arise.

It means that the company advertises itself honestly and fairly, as well as the selection and prices for its services and products. Integrity means that there are no ‘hidden’ fees or charges, no ‘gotcha’ moments, and no funny business.

For a company like California Window & Solar, you don’t get a BBB A+ rating unless you have integrity and that’s exactly one of the many things that separates this company from all others in the Fountain Valley region.

Experience

The more that you do something, the more experience you gain. When it comes to replacement windows, the more experience that a company has, the more comfortable you’ll become knowing that you’re going to end up with the ideal windows for your home and that they are going to be installed perfectly every time.

Experience within the window business also means that if you have any issues with your windows at any time, just a quick phone call can allay any concerns, answer any questions, or solve any problems.

Satisfaction

Having a long list of customers through the years who are more than thrilled and satisfied is a great goal, but it’s not what most businesses achieve. In fact, more than 90 percent of small businesses fail within the first two years. 95 percent fail within 5 years.

California Window & Solar has been in business now for a generation. We are family owned and operated and hold fast to the qualities and characteristics that helped us to grow into the business that we are today.

When you want the best window replacement company for your home in Fountain Valley, contact California Window & Solar. BBB A+ rated and more experienced than almost any other company in the Orange County region.

While we’re not going to name either of the major home improvement mega superstores that you can find within a few miles of your home, most of us know the two biggest names. They swooped in ten, fifteen, to twenty years ago, promising homeowners all across Orange County and Irvine the ability to do most home improvement projects themselves. They carry just about everything that you’d need to fix or build anything for your home. They also carry replacement windows and doors.

These stores are tempting. They’re alluring. They truly do make you believe that you can do anything when it comes to home improvement. And many of us can do just about anything to improve our homes.

Yet there are three very good reasons why you should avoid going to these places when you’re looking for replacement windows.

Professionalism is a forgotten art form

When these monstrous warehouse style businesses first rolled into the area, they ran off almost every single small hardware shop in the area. They also hired a host of experienced and professional contractors. The intention was to provide customers with the best advice and encouragement to help them move from hiring contractors to doing things themselves.

It worked and once all of those hardware stores and other businesses were gone, they got rid of the more expensive employees and hired low wage earners who didn’t know much more than the average customer about the products and services that they offered.

Today, you may find a few people who know where to find the right products, but few who have actual real world experience working with them. That includes the windows that you may be looking at purchasing.

Professionalism is a forgotten art form because these large corporations are more concerned with their bottom line and moving products than they are about building relationships. After all, once they ran out the competition, they had little to worry about.

However, there are plenty of window replacement companies still in the area that can do a lot to help you find just what you need for your home.

Your choice of windows is … well, minimal

When you walk into one of these mega home improvement warehouses, you’re going to think that they have a lot of windows to choose from. However, most of the windows that they have for sale, available right at that moment, are basic, to the core. Double hung windows from a manufacturer that you might recognize.

They must be high quality, right? Wrong. The windows that you’ll find at these stores are mostly low end, low cost windows that make homeowners believe that replacement windows are all the same, or that you don’t need to spend much money on new windows.

While you shouldn’t overpay for anything, especially windows, when you purchase these brand of windows, you’re getting the very basic, the bottom of the barrel cheap windows that won’t improve the value of your home and won’t last nearly as long as other brands of windows that you can find elsewhere.

While small window companies may only carry one or two manufacturer brands of windows, the quality of those windows is going to be light years ahead and beyond those cheap, entry level windows.

You want to know something else?

They aren’t that much more money, either. Just think, you could be one of those homeowners who are fooled by the major corporations and their slick salespeople into thinking that you’re getting decent window when your neighbor goes to a place like California Window  & Solar and gets a much higher quality window that will actually save them money on cooling bills and improve the value of their home, all for just a little bit more than what you spent.

If you want to talk to someone who is more interested in understanding what your wants and needs are when it comes to replacement windows, then choose a family ran company like California Window & Solar. If you just want to save as much money as possible and you don’t care about quality, service, or selection, then by all means, head on down to that store where they encourage you to ‘Let’s do this.’

Installation is another mystery

Lastly, when you shop at one of these stores, you’re going to also find that installation is a different creature altogether. You’re going to be led to believe that the store is in charge of installation.

That would be great, wouldn’t it? After all, a major, international company like that being in charge of installation for your new windows … now, what could be better than that? All the resources that they have access to, you would be in good hands.

The only problem with that situation is that those companies don’t install the windows, doors, or anything else they sell. They subcontract that work out to other contractors.

As long as they have a current, operational license and insurance, they can install windows for these companies. That doesn’t mean that they have experience installing many windows. Their expertise might be in kitchen renovations and remodeling.

Does that matter? Absolutely.

While the old window may be the same size as the new one, there could be a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration when you’re installing the new window. Is it level? Is it flush? Are there any aspects of this new window, or features, that require a slightly different installation process?

Many new windows have specifications that can affect the functionality of the window. Did you know that if your windows aren’t installed by a certified installer (for many particular brands), then the company may not honor the warranty.

Do you want to take that chance? You’re going to be investing thousands of dollars in replacement windows for your house in Irvine; don’t take chances. Make sure that you not only get the windows that your house deserves and that fit within your budget, and have them installed by certified professionals you can trust.

If that sounds good, then choose California Window & Solar. We have been helping homeowners choose the ideal windows for their families for generations. BBB A+ rated. Call us to see why California Window & Solar is the best choice for all of your window needs.

You might be having some trouble opening a few of the windows in your home. The older that windows are, the more susceptible to corrosion and other damage that can affect the way that they operate. However, do you really need new windows for your Mission Viejo home? Or could you get them repaired and working great at a fraction of the cost of replacement windows?

The starting point

When you’re trying to determine whether you need to get brand new windows or not, you need a solid starting point. That would be the age of your windows.

Do you know when the existing windows were installed? If your home was built ten or fifteen years ago, then they are probably the same windows that were installed at that time. If so, then those windows are probably not of high quality.

The lower the quality of windows, the less time you’ll have to enjoy them, and you might not be getting all of the benefits that brand new, modern replacement windows would offer you, such as the ability to clean both the inside and outside of the windows from inside your house, the energy efficiency that more modern windows offer, and even coatings that can block out the sun’s harmful and heat generating UV rays.

If you don’t know when the windows were last installed and your house is older than 20 years, you might try to determine the overall condition.

What condition are your windows in right now?

The closer that you live to the ocean, the more you’re going to have to deal with corrosion. The salt air can be harmful to any type of basic metal, which is what you’ll find on most window hardware points. When these locking mechanisms, handles, catches, and releases become corroded it can make opening and closing your windows more difficult.

Take a look at the condition of your windows at this time. Check different rooms in your home. Compare the north and south facing sides of your home along with the east and west. You will likely find one side of your home being more susceptible to corrosion, wear, or damage, depending on the sun, wind, rain, and other factors. Do you notice more problems with only a couple of windows in your home?

If so, then you may only need to replace those particular windows. The most cost effective solution for this situation is to replace those windows with the same size and style windows. This will make it appear as though they are the same windows, only cleaner and operating the way they were designed.

Can you still clean the glass?

When you clean your windows, do you get frustrated because no matter what you do to them, no matter what kind of cleaning products that you use, they just won’t clean properly?

Perhaps you keep getting streaks across the glass. Perhaps you notice that it appears as though a thin layer of film over the glass is beginning to become pockmarked. Or perhaps there are stains that are situated between the panes of glass (the glazing). This is often due to the seal between those panes of glass failing and moisture, dirt, and other corrosion getting in between them.

What can you do about this situation? Not much, aside from having a professional window repair specialist come to your home and reseal the windows. Of course, in order to get the glass clean, you would need to completely take the glass out, clean it, then sit it again and then seal it.

Often, the cost of that can be more than the cost of new windows, and then you’re still stuck with older windows that might not be as functional as you’d like, or if you want to have a completely new appearance to the rooms in your home, then this won’t help you improve your home.

How important is home improvement to you?

If you prefer to improve the value of your home, or the comfort of your house, through improvement projects, such as renovating the kitchen or bathroom, or getting a new bedroom furniture set, then you may not have even though that replacement windows are one of the best home improvement projects that you could invest in.

If you look around your house and wish that there was something different, or something better, then look at the windows and determine whether or not brand new windows might actually give you that improvement that you’re longing for.

Do you need new windows for your home? The simple answer is no, you don’t need new windows for your home. Just like you don’t really need the new refrigerator if the old one is actually working still. You don’t need a new shower or tub surround, or new glass doors for your shower if the old one isn’t broken.

There might be corrosion, stains, and a host of visual problems that don’t do any justice for your home or what it could be, but technically you don’t need any of these things unless they break. So why do you invest in them? Why do you spend the money on these home improvements if you don’t need them?

It’s because with new items, you end up making your house a more comfortable place in which to live. When you spend money on new appliances or furniture, it is to make the environment more comfortable and more in line with the things that you enjoy.

Think about your windows in the same manner. If you find that you would benefit (or your home would benefit) from new windows, then you should look into making this investment.

If you don’t believe that replacement windows would make any difference to your home, the enjoyment of your home, or the ability to open and close them more easily, then there’s nothing else to think about.

For the rest of us, when you realize that your home could benefit from replacement windows, call on California Window & Solar, the window experts serving Mission Viejo and the rest of Orange County.

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Believe it or not, one of the most common questions that homeowners in Rancho Santa Margarita have when it comes to replacement windows is how much they will cost. You may very well have been thinking the same thing, and wondering the same question, and while it’s an important question for many homeowners, let’s talk about why it’s not what you should be asking at the beginning of your process to find the best windows for your home.

Focusing on cost leads to limited choices

When was the last time that you went car shopping? It could have been last year. It might have been earlier this year. Maybe you’re one of those people who keep their car until it no longer runs and you haven’t shopped for a car in years (if so, then you’re a rare exception to the rule).

Whether you have shopped recently for a new or used car, one thing can be mentioned and that is the process that you used when searching for the car you wanted.

What did you focus on first? Was it the price of the car? You probably had a certain price range in mind when you began shopping around, sure, but more than that, you likely had a particular brand or model of car that interested you the most.

When you have a type of car in mind, it opens up a wide range of opens. Maybe you want a ‘family’ car. That could point you toward a minivan or SUV. Maybe it guided you to a sedan. The price range could run from anywhere between $12,000 and $50,000. You might have even been tempted to stretch just slightly beyond your budget to pay for the actual car that you fell in love with.

Now, what happens when you limit your budget? You say, ‘I’m not going to spend more than $18,000 on a new car. What happens? There are far fewer choices available to you. You might find a decent ‘family’ car, but will it have all of the features that you want? Would it have all of the roominess that is important to you? Maybe, but maybe not. If not, then you might not be thrilled with it for long. There are going to be things that you’re missing out on and those will become more important over time, the longer that you own the car and drive it around.

Now, why would we mention cars when you’re looking for replacement windows for your home? That’s a good question. It was to highlight the dangers of focusing on price or a budget when you begin your search for replacement windows for your home. It’s also meant to highlight another very important factor.

How much would you be willing to spend on a new car? Would it be $20,000? $30,000? Or more? For most new car owners, they keep their vehicle for about three to four years before trading it in. During that three to four years, you may actually lose about half of the value of the vehicle. That’s a loss of between $10,000 to $15,000 every four years!

Now, when you’re thinking about replacement windows, you’re looking at 15 to 20 years of use from those windows. They won’t depreciate over time until they begin to fail, until they begin to look old and outdated or no longer function the way that they were designed to.

Plus, you will be able to save money on your utility bills with the right kind of windows. You could end up saving hundreds of dollars, or more, every year when you replace the windows in your home with energy efficient windows. Low-E glass can help cut down the sun’s UV rays that are what cause your home to heat up during the summer. This means that you will save money on your cooling costs.

Also, when you choose the right windows for your Rancho Santa Margarita home, you will realize that the value of your home actually increases. That’s right. When you invest in the right new windows for your home, you can actually sell it for more, if you want to put it on the market.

So there are a number of benefits that you can take advantage of when it comes to replacement windows, but when you focus on cost as the most important factor, then you’re likely to miss out on most, if not all, of the real benefits.

How should you begin your search for replacement windows?

The best thing that you can do from the beginning of your search for replacement windows is to decide what you’d like to do with new windows. Do you think that the current style of windows that you have in each room of your home is fine? Would you think that replacing the double hung windows in your bedroom with two new double hung windows is the best open?

Or are you thinking that you could have something different in the room? What if your bedroom overlooks a beautiful scene, such as a flower garden that you’ve built outside your home? Why not consider having a bow or bay window installed in place of the two double hung windows? You could even at a casement window along the top if you want to invite in the fresh air of those beautiful spring or summer days.

Take a look around your home and determine if the current style and type of windows are ideal for your home, your family, and your future. If not, and you don’t know what you could choose to improve all of it, then contact the professionals at California Window & Solar. We have been helping homeowners just like yourself review their options, go over all of the choices available, and make the right decision on replacement windows.

Right now is a great time to get replacement windows for your home in Rancho Santa Margarita. Contact California Window & Solar today to find out what you can get with new windows, not what it will cost. By the way, we offer some of the best prices on windows and installation that you’ll find anywhere, too.

Whenever you have any major home improvement project that you need done, you’re going to be faced with a number of key decisions. First, you’re going to have to think about your budget with regard to the work that you want to have done. Next, you’ll need to determine what level of work is needed, and what is not really all that necessary. This is because when you begin the process of searching for the right company to take care of this home improvement project, you could end up maxing out your budget just from the basic level of work, or you could find that you can get a lot more done within the budget that you set. It’s best not to go into this process without having concrete plans and contingencies because if you do, you’ll end up choosing things that don’t improve your home that much.

When it comes to replacement windows, this means that you should determine which rooms in your home are the most important to have new windows, at this time. This doesn’t mean that you’re going to have to forego other rooms, but if you set a budget and you can only get certain rooms done right now, then you want to make sure they are done first. You can always get new windows for the other rooms later on.

Once you have your budget set and you have your priority list in place, if you end up coming in under your budget and get everything that you want done, there is still room for other improvements, but only if it’s something that is going to benefit you and your home. For example, when you’re considering replacement windows for the entire home and you have money left over in your budget, you may be interested in French doors for your patio, or some other room in your home.

That could be ideal, but it’s not necessary.

So what do you do when you have your budget and you know what you’re looking for? You search out for the best contractor or company to get the work done. You’re a homeowner and your house is likely your largest single investment that you’ll ever have in your life. As such, you want to be sure that any work that is done to it is done best.

You want first rate, top of the line, best of the best when it comes to home improvement professionals. Of course, you know that the best usually means more expensive, so many of your fellow homeowners in Laguna Niguel actually cut corners and choose a company or contractor who might not have as much experience, or the same level of equipment, might not be as professional in his demeanor or attitude. You choose him because you see a brief portfolio of work and you assume that he did all that work and that all of his customers have been happy with the work.

You ask for a state contractor’s license, one that deals with window installation and he provides you with a number. The problem is that you don’t check to verify that it’s legitimate or current. That’s one of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when searching for the right home improvement contractor. They don’t do their homework.

Or you might decide that you’d rather play it safe and choose a company that has a physical store location, somewhere that you can go, look around at samples, and talk to someone to get a sense of their experience and professionalism.

That’s the best option when it comes to replacement windows. Not only will you be able to talk to someone before making any kind of decision, but you’ll also be able to go through and physically see, touch, and try out different windows to know whether or not they will work in your home.

Now, where should you turn when it comes to these companies? What should you think about when you’re finding a number of providers within the Orange County area?

All window replacement companies are NOT the same

The most important thing to note is that not all window replacement companies are the same. Not by a long shot.

Some are going to have a very small selection of windows that you can choose from. Some will have a wide range of manufacturers. Those with just about every major brand of window on the market are not necessarily better. Why? Because most windows, at their core, are essentially very similar. So you could very well be overwhelmed by too many brands, thinking that they all offer something different when in fact they offer just about the same benefits: energy efficiency, functionality, durability.

A small to medium sized window replacement company will generally have your best interest in mind when you contact them. The larger the company, the more overhead it has to contend with and that means they are going to try and make the sale, even using tired, old sales tricks to make you think that you’re getting the best deal.

At California Window & Solar, we believe in being straightforward and honest with regard to the windows that we sell. We have been family owned and operated from the day we first opened our doors and that continues to this day. That means we have a vested and very personal interest in making sure that our customers are treated right from the beginning of the relationship.

It also means that we understand fully well that you may not be comfortable with us as your window replacement company. That’s okay. We believe that spending ten or twenty minutes with us will set your mind at ease, but if you decide to choose another company, it’s fine, as long as you’re happy with the end result, which will be windows that you absolutely love.

So when you’re looking for the right replacement windows and the company to help you best in Laguna Niguel, contact California Window & Solar.. We’re confident that you’ll realize how special we are, and how we believe you’re even more special.

Whenever you have any major home improvement project that you need done, you’re going to be faced with a number of key decisions. First, you’re going to have to think about your budget with regard to the work that you want to have done. Next, you’ll need to determine what level of work is needed, and what is not really all that necessary. This is because when you begin the process of searching for the right company to take care of this home improvement project, you could end up maxing out your budget just from the basic level of work, or you could find that you can get a lot more done within the budget that you set. It’s best not to go into this process without having concrete plans and contingencies because if you do, you’ll end up choosing things that don’t improve your home that much.

When it comes to replacement windows, this means that you should determine which rooms in your home are the most important to have new windows, at this time. This doesn’t mean that you’re going to have to forego other rooms, but if you set a budget and you can only get certain rooms done right now, then you want to make sure they are done first. You can always get new windows for the other rooms later on.

Once you have your budget set and you have your priority list in place, if you end up coming in under your budget and get everything that you want done, there is still room for other improvements, but only if it’s something that is going to benefit you and your home. For example, when you’re considering replacement windows for the entire home and you have money left over in your budget, you may be interested in French doors for your patio, or some other room in your home.

That could be ideal, but it’s not necessary.

So what do you do when you have your budget and you know what you’re looking for? You search out for the best contractor or company to get the work done. You’re a homeowner and your house is likely your largest single investment that you’ll ever have in your life. As such, you want to be sure that any work that is done to it is done best.

You want first rate, top of the line, best of the best when it comes to home improvement professionals. Of course, you know that the best usually means more expensive, so many of your fellow homeowners in Laguna Woods actually cut corners and choose a company or contractor who might not have as much experience, or the same level of equipment, might not be as professional in his demeanor or attitude. You choose him because you see a brief portfolio of work and you assume that he did all that work and that all of his customers have been happy with the work.

You ask for a state contractor’s license, one that deals with window installation and he provides you with a number. The problem is that you don’t check to verify that it’s legitimate or current. That’s one of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when searching for the right home improvement contractor. They don’t do their homework.

Or you might decide that you’d rather play it safe and choose a company that has a physical store location, somewhere that you can go, look around at samples, and talk to someone to get a sense of their experience and professionalism.

That’s the best option when it comes to replacement windows. Not only will you be able to talk to someone before making any kind of decision, but you’ll also be able to go through and physically see, touch, and try out different windows to know whether or not they will work in your home.

Now, where should you turn when it comes to these companies? What should you think about when you’re finding a number of providers within the Orange County area?

All window replacement companies are NOT the same

The most important thing to note is that not all window replacement companies are the same. Not by a long shot.

Some are going to have a very small selection of windows that you can choose from. Some will have a wide range of manufacturers. Those with just about every major brand of window on the market are not necessarily better. Why? Because most windows, at their core, are essentially very similar. So you could very well be overwhelmed by too many brands, thinking that they all offer something different when in fact they offer just about the same benefits: energy efficiency, functionality, durability.

A small to medium sized window replacement company will generally have your best interest in mind when you contact them. The larger the company, the more overhead it has to contend with and that means they are going to try and make the sale, even using tired, old sales tricks to make you think that you’re getting the best deal.

At California Window & Solar, we believe in being straightforward and honest with regard to the windows that we sell. We have been family owned and operated from the day we first opened our doors and that continues to this day. That means we have a vested and very personal interest in making sure that our customers are treated right from the beginning of the relationship.

It also means that we understand fully well that you may not be comfortable with us as your window replacement company. That’s okay. We believe that spending ten or twenty minutes with us will set your mind at ease, but if you decide to choose another company, it’s fine, as long as you’re happy with the end result, which will be windows that you absolutely love.

So when you’re looking for the right replacement windows and the company to help you best in Laguna Woods, contact California Window Solar. We’re confident that you’ll realize how special we are, and how we believe you’re even more special.

Living in Long Beach, you have a lot to be happy about, so why would you even consider replacement windows for your home? We’re going to give you just 3 simple reasons, or things to think about, and that should open up a wider array of things to think about.

You keep your curtains or blinds closed

Do you find that you have a tendency to keep the curtains and blinds in your home closed because you just don’t like the way your windows look? This is a common trait that homeowners have when they realize that their windows have been painted too many times, have a dingy or dirty appearance to them, or that they just simply ‘look’ old. They tend to keep their window coverings closed.

What could this do to the entire atmosphere of the home?

It can lead to a more depressing, less appealing home environment during the day. At night, most of the time homeowners draw those curtains and blinds down anyway, but during the day, when you could be basking in the glow of a warm sun and the natural light that it brings in, are you instead living in a darker environment?

While dirty windows can generally be cleaned (it may take a lot of elbow grease and time), there’s not much you can do for old windows that have been painted over one too many times, aside from stripping the paint off of them.

If you notice that you’re keeping your windows covered more now than you did in the past, find out why that is. It could also be related to the third reason why you might want to consider replacement windows for your home here in Long Beach.

The windows don’t open or function like they should

Living in this part of the world, we enjoy some of the best weather. We also have to contend with the salty ocean air and for those that know, it can mean corrosion of many basic hardware components.

A lot of the hardware that is found on older windows have a tendency to rust or corrode, which can lead to having more trouble opening and closing them. This can make it frustrating when you want to enjoy some nice, fresh ocean breezes coming into your home during the morning or evening hours.

When you can’t open or close your windows easily, then you likely don’t bother trying at all anymore. As a result, you’re missing out on some wonderful moments in your home, as well as some health benefits.

Fresh air from outside cleanses the home. It helps to remove some of the allergens and bacteria that hide out on the window sills, the furniture, countertops, and more. It’s the same basic concept that distinguishes a lake and a swamp. A swamp becomes a breeding ground for bacteria because the water doesn’t move. A lake enjoys constantly moving water so it is cleaner and fresher.

It’s the same for your home. When you want to enjoy cleaner, fresher air inside your home, you really need to have outside air moving through.

You may be thinking about pollen and those outdoor pollutants that can get into your home, but in reality, with screens that are intact and the right size, you can enjoy some great spring, summer, and autumn breezes blowing through your home without the burden of allergens that might be floating around outside.

However, if you can’t open your windows, or it’s too much work to force them open and closed, then you probably don’t even bother. If so, then you might want to consider replacement windows for your home.

Energy savings

This third reason why you might want to start considering replacement windows may seem a bit out of place for this part of the world. Throughout Orange County, we tend to enjoy sunshine almost every day of the year. Any time it’s going to rain, it’s a major news event.

Our winters are not tough, we don’t deal with any snow (aside from the extremely rare conditions inland), so why would we need to be concerned with energy efficient windows?

It’s because the one major expense that almost every homeowner contends with every year is their utility bills. Heating and air conditioning a home consumes, on average, about 40 percent of the monthly household expenses. Just because we don’t have to contend with harsh winters doesn’t mean that we’re not spending a lot of money on utility bills.

Running your air conditioning system around the clock during the summer will cost a lot of money, as anyone in this area will know.

How can new windows help you save money on your utility bills?

Today’s energy efficient windows are better than ever at keeping the ambient air inside the home inside the home. They cut down on drafts so that if it’s 90-degrees outside and 70 in your home, you won’t have to keep running the air conditioning nearly as often to keep your home cool when you have the right, new windows installed.

You can also choose from Low-E windows. Low-E is a film glazing that is added to windows, when you choose, that block out a high percentage of the sun’s harmful UV rays. It’s the UV rays (ultraviolet radiation) that heats of your home. UV rays will also cause your carpeting, furniture, and other items to fade over time.

When you block out those rays, you can still enjoy the benefits of natural sunlight filling your home during the day, taking in the wonderful views beyond your windows, and not have to constantly force the central air conditioning system to work.

These are just three reasons why you might want to start considering getting replacement windows for your home. If you find that either of these three reasons are something that you already have thought about or experienced, then call California Window & Solar today.

We can help you decide if new windows are the right decision at this time, and if so, which ones would be ideal for your home and your budget. Contact California Window  & Solar to learn more.

Finding the right company for the things that you need is perhaps, arguably, the most important part of the process, especially when it comes to home improvement projects. When you’re in the market for replacement windows for your Huntington Beach home, finding the right window company could very well be the difference between an investment that works out in the long run and one that falls short.

Three kinds of window replacement companies

When you stop and think about it, there are three basic types of window replacement companies. First, there’s the small ‘company’ that is essentially little more than a one person operation.

This type of ‘company’ will generally not have a gallery where you can go and actually see the windows, touch them, and get an idea about how they work before you buy. They may have a website, look impressive, but then they show up at your door, one guy in an old, beat up pickup, and you’re left wondering the whole time if you made the right decision.

The second type of window replacement company that you’ll find is the large corporate style. This could include the mega home improvement superstore that carries just about everything you might need to do home improvement projects yourself. This category will also include very large companies that have 50 or more employees and they’ll generally have a number of ‘specialties,’ not just windows or doors.

Finally, the third type of window replacement company is the medium size operation. These are generally family owned and operated, have a handful of highly experienced professionals working for them, and a ton of experience. They also focus specifically on windows and doors, and that’s it. They don’t get into patio renovations or trying to sell you on roof repairs.

Now that you know the three main types of window replacement companies, let’s talk about what you should look for and why one is better than the others.

Personal service

As a homeowner, you want to make the best decision for your house and your family. That means you want the best windows that you can get within your budget.

Are you going to find that at the first or second type of company? It’s not likely going to happen. Why? That’s simple: money. Those major companies are in business to make money. That’s how they got to be so big in the first place, and they spend a lot of money on marketing and studying customer buying habits.

They know that they can draw you into their store with promises of low prices, then they get you hooked and push to ‘close the deal,’ all while you’re still trying to wrap your head around some of the features of the windows you’ve been looking at.

If you have a question that could highlight some issues with the windows for the long-term, they will usually deflect it subtly, and while you might think it was answered, they’ve already moved onto the next, ‘Our sale only lasts until …’ line.

That’s not personalized service. It’s not even support.

Buying new windows for your home is a major investment. It’s not something that you should be taking lightly, so you shouldn’t be manipulated into making a decision because some sale is going to end soon.

You won’t get personal service from those large companies and the small, one-man operations are desperate to make deals, so you never know what you’re going to get.

However, with the medium sized window replacement company with 10 or 20 employees, you’re going to be treated like royalty. Like at California Window & Solar. You will be met by experienced professionals who are more interested in educating you on windows to make sure that you get what you need and want, not what we want to sell you.

You’ll be allowed to ask as many questions as you need about windows in order that you are assured to get the right ones for your home, and your budget. This is a significant investment, and it deserves the right level of attention to you, the consumer.

Experience

Large companies usually have high turnover. They also have ‘salespeople.’ Do salespeople tend to have the customer’s best interest in mind? Not usually. Nor do they often have the same level of experience that you’ll find with a company like California Window & Solar.

One-man independent contractors may have a ton of experience working in carpentry, construction, or other types of work, but do they have experience with windows? Is it enough to ensure that your windows will be the right ones for your home or that they will be installed properly? You may get lucky.

But this is your home, your castle. This is your sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the world. You deserve to have a place where you can go and enjoy, and if you end up with windows that aren’t right, or you pay too much for them, you’re always going to be reminded of that decision.

Having experienced professionals who put your needs and interests above making a profit is the best option. That’s what you get when you choose California Window & Solar.

Selection

What do you get when it comes to selection at California Window & Solar that you don’t get anywhere else? You get the best windows from some of the most well respected manufacturers in the industry.

At the large warehouse home improvement stores, you get to choose from low end, familiar brand names, but they aren’t high quality. That’s why they’re less expensive. They simply won’t last as long as the windows we offer at our store.

Plus, when you choose California Window & Solar, you will be able to actually see, touch, and try the windows that we sell. Our showroom gives you the best perspective on how your new windows will look in your home.

So when you want the best replacement windows for your Huntington Beach home, look no further than the best company in Orange County: California Window & Solar.

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