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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When you have an old, outdated kitchen, it tends to lead to eating out more often.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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.

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