California Window and Solar

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.

No matter where you live, replacing old windows in any home can have a dramatic impact, not only on the quality of life that you experience in that home, but also on its value.

This could be important for those who may be looking to sell in the near future. Living in Newport Beach offers a wide range of inherent benefits, including that fact that you can be at the Pacific Ocean within a matter of minutes, or you could enjoy some of the peace and solitude that living inland may offer.

So how can replacement windows make a decided difference in your life at home in Newport Beach?

This question would likely have a host of answers for different people, depending on where you live, what you do, and what you enjoy. So let’s take a look at some of the benefits and advantages that you can get by replacing the windows in your home with brand new, energy efficient windows.

First, it’s a good idea to have a starting point with regard to replacement windows. For this discussion, let’s assume that the windows in your home are at least twenty years old. The closer that you live to the ocean, the more corrosion your windows –and those all-important hardware pieces- are going to endure. When you have more corrosion, then minor components begin to fail quicker and that can lead to major problems.

Maybe your windows are pitted or stained and no matter what you do, you just can get them clean. This will happen when you have double or even triple glazed windows. The seals between the panes of glass will fail at some point and the vacuum (or gas, in the case of windows that rely on argon or krypton gas) seal fails.

This allows air and moisture to enter the window, between the panes of glass and that can lead to staining, pitting, or other issues and you won’t be able to clean those issues up. This can be frustrating, especially when you notice that the sun is beating into your house, highlighting all of the flaws, dirt, or other issues on the glass.

Maybe those old windows have been painted too many times to even count anymore. It’s common when you can’t get them cleaned to throw another coat of white paint on the sills, frame, and molding around the windows. This can create a number of issues when it comes to functionality.

Have you ever struggled to open your windows because there was too much paint or corrosion on them? If so, then you know what this is like. You might just give up trying to open those windows, and then you’re going to be missing out on some of the great ocean breezes that blow in during the afternoon hours.

Your current windows just might not fit your home or the interior design any longer. Through the years, depending on when your house was built, the interior tends to change far more often than more ‘permanent’ fixtures, like windows. You may have a modern look to your home now and the windows have a rustic, traditional appearance. If so, then it’s time to think about replacing them to liven up the interior of your home.

So what can replacement windows offer?

The answer to this is simple, and a bit complex. The simple answer is ‘just about anything that you want.’

You can open up your home with larger windows, such as bay or bow windows that look out over a garden out back, or the ocean down the street, or the rolling hills to the north or east.

You could enjoy more energy efficient windows in your home that will help you save a lot of money over time. While we certainly don’t need to be overly concerned with heating our homes in Newport Beach during the winter, there are times when the temperature can dip quite low.

However, it’s the summer that can really take a toll on our utility bills. When you’re running the central air conditioning system around the clock just to keep a comfortable indoor atmosphere, it can cost a lost.

More than 40 percent of a home’s heat or cool air (during the summer) will be lost through the windows and doors. The older your windows, the less insulation and protection they will offer. You could save hundreds and even thousands of dollars every year on your energy bills just by replacing your old windows with new, energy efficient ones.

You can also choose from what’s called Low-E glazing. This is a film that is added to the windows that will block out a major portion of the sun’s heat when it comes into your home. Just think about how many times you have closed the curtains or shutters over your windows during the height of a glorious summer day, just in the effort to keep your home from overheating. With Low-E windows, you won’t have to worry about that anymore.

Most importantly, one of the major advantages that new, replacement windows offer Newport Beach residents is that your home will be more valuable when you choose the right windows.

How can you choose the right replacement windows that will bring you these benefits?

Shopping for replacement windows may be confusing at first. That’s likely because you don’t have a lot of experience purchasing new windows. After all, if you’re lucky, you don’t need to bother with this home improvement project more than once every fifteen or twenty years.

The best first step is to find a company that you can trust. They should have experience and a solid track record of helping their customers and putting their customers’ needs first.

California Window & Solar has been serving residents throughout Orange County for decades and we have a BBB A+ rating, which highlights our commitment to excellence and exceptional customer service.

No matter where you are in your window shopping process, we can help. Call us today to learn more.

No matter where you live, replacing old windows in any home can have a dramatic impact, not only on the quality of life that you experience in that home, but also on its value.

This could be important for those who may be looking to sell in the near future. Living in Newport Beach offers a wide range of inherent benefits, including that fact that you can be at the Pacific Ocean within a matter of minutes, or you could enjoy some of the peace and solitude that living inland may offer.

So how can replacement windows make a decided difference in your life at home in Corona Del Mar?

This question would likely have a host of answers for different people, depending on where you live, what you do, and what you enjoy. So let’s take a look at some of the benefits and advantages that you can get by replacing the windows in your home with brand new, energy efficient windows.

First, it’s a good idea to have a starting point with regard to replacement windows. For this discussion, let’s assume that the windows in your home are at least twenty years old. The closer that you live to the ocean, the more corrosion your windows –and those all-important hardware pieces- are going to endure. When you have more corrosion, then minor components begin to fail quicker and that can lead to major problems.

Maybe your windows are pitted or stained and no matter what you do, you just can get them clean. This will happen when you have double or even triple glazed windows. The seals between the panes of glass will fail at some point and the vacuum (or gas, in the case of windows that rely on argon or krypton gas) seal fails.

This allows air and moisture to enter the window, between the panes of glass and that can lead to staining, pitting, or other issues and you won’t be able to clean those issues up. This can be frustrating, especially when you notice that the sun is beating into your house, highlighting all of the flaws, dirt, or other issues on the glass.

Maybe those old windows have been painted too many times to even count anymore. It’s common when you can’t get them cleaned to throw another coat of white paint on the sills, frame, and molding around the windows. This can create a number of issues when it comes to functionality.

Have you ever struggled to open your windows because there was too much paint or corrosion on them? If so, then you know what this is like. You might just give up trying to open those windows, and then you’re going to be missing out on some of the great ocean breezes that blow in during the afternoon hours.

Your current windows just might not fit your home or the interior design any longer. Through the years, depending on when your house was built, the interior tends to change far more often than more ‘permanent’ fixtures, like windows. You may have a modern look to your home now and the windows have a rustic, traditional appearance. If so, then it’s time to think about replacing them to liven up the interior of your home.

So what can replacement windows offer?

The answer to this is simple, and a bit complex. The simple answer is ‘just about anything that you want.’

You can open up your home with larger windows, such as bay or bow windows that look out over a garden out back, or the ocean down the street, or the rolling hills to the north or east.

You could enjoy more energy efficient windows in your home that will help you save a lot of money over time. While we certainly don’t need to be overly concerned with heating our homes in Newport Beach during the winter, there are times when the temperature can dip quite low.

However, it’s the summer that can really take a toll on our utility bills. When you’re running the central air conditioning system around the clock just to keep a comfortable indoor atmosphere, it can cost a lost.

More than 40 percent of a home’s heat or cool air (during the summer) will be lost through the windows and doors. The older your windows, the less insulation and protection they will offer. You could save hundreds and even thousands of dollars every year on your energy bills just by replacing your old windows with new, energy efficient ones.

You can also choose from what’s called Low-E glazing. This is added to the windows during manufacturing to block out a major portion of the sun’s heat when it comes into your home. Just think about how many times you have closed the curtains or shutters over your windows during the height of a glorious summer day, just in the effort to keep your home from overheating. With Low-E3 windows, you won’t have to worry about that anymore.

Most importantly, one of the major advantages that new, replacement windows offer Corona Del Mar residents is that your home will be more valuable when you choose the right windows.

How can you choose the right replacement windows that will bring you these benefits?

Shopping for replacement windows may be confusing at first. That’s likely because you don’t have a lot of experience purchasing new windows. After all, if you’re lucky, you don’t need to bother with this home improvement project more than once every fifteen or twenty years.

The best first step is to find a company that you can trust. They should have experience and a solid track record of helping their customers and putting their customers’ needs first.

California Window & Solar, has been serving residents throughout Orange County for decades and we have a BBB A+ rating, which highlights our commitment to excellence and exceptional customer service.

No matter where you are in your window shopping process, we can help. Call us today to learn more.

When you’re considering replacing the windows in your Anaheim Hills home, what should you consider? There are many aspects to new windows and you should discuss and consider all of them before making any decisions, but there are a few that are pivotal, above all others.

Too often, homeowners think about just replacing their existing window with something comparable. In other words, if you have double hung windows in your bedrooms, then you’d just be thinking about getting the same type of windows to replace them. If you have a picture window in your living room, then you might not even want to think about replacing it, just the windows along the sides. However, did you know that while your double glazed or double hung windows wear out over time, making it more difficult to open, the same is true about that picture window?

What if you have a great looking lawn or view from your home and it’s not being done any justice at the moment? Wouldn’t a beautiful bay or bow window be something that you’d consider?

You may also be thinking about the cost of the windows. So let’s talk about a couple of things that you should consider before making any decision about replacement windows for your Anaheim Hills home.

How windows can alter the entire feel of your home.

Did you know that windows can completely transform your home? Did you know that if you change out one simple thing to do with your windows in your living room that you could create a more open feel to the room?

You could end up having windows that expand your view of the outside world, whether you have rolling hills in the background or a view of the ocean. One reason why some of the homes in Anaheim Hills are small and don’t take full advantage of the incredible views that many of us have is because of the sun and the heat that it brings in with it.

When you have the sun pouring into your house at any time of the year, you’ll notice that it gets incredibly hot inside. You may close the shutters or blinds or curtains just to keep that heat from forcing you to run the air conditioning system around the clock.

What if you had wider, larger windows that are coated with something that blocked the heat inducing UV rays (ultraviolet radiation) from the sun? You could end up having all that natural light flooding into your home without much of the heat that comes in with it.

Imagine what you could do with that scenario. You would have a completely different atmosphere in your home during the daylight hours. It would be incredible for the days when you’re not at work or on the weekends when you have friends and family coming over for a visit.

It’s called Low-E3 and it is added to the windows to  block out the harmful UV rays of the sun. But don’t worry, the angle of the sun has a lot to do with how much of the heat gets blocked, so during the winter, in the early morning hours when it’s cold out, the sun rising will get some heat into your home.

Consider how you want your home to look with new windows. Would you want to open up some of those areas that have smaller windows at the moment? Or would you prefer to have some of the larger windows brought down to a smaller size? When you change the size or style of window, it will require more work as a result. More work is going to increase the cost as well.

When you’re thinking about replacement windows, now is the time to make these types of decisions. If you can’t imagine what your home, or individual rooms, might look like with a larger window, or smaller one, you can contact California Window & Solar. Our professionals have many years of experience helping homeowners just like you sift through all of the options available to them, and to choose the perfect windows for every room in your home.

What else should you consider when starting to look into replacement windows?

The next thing that you should consider when looking into replacement windows for your Anaheim Hills home is financially related. You’re going to be spending a considerable amount of money on this home improvement project. In fact, it’s one of the top three home improvement projects, based on cost, that you’ll likely consider during the time you own your home (kitchen and bathroom renovations are the top two).

While most homeowners look at a kitchen remodel or bathroom renovation as being an investment in their home, that’s not the same when it comes to replacement windows. It’s strange that homeowners tend to think about the cost of new windows as being an expense, rather than an investment, but it’s something to think about now.

When you think about an expense, what do you tend to focus on first? Price. You aren’t so worried about quality or some features, as long as you can get the products for a decent price. The more you save, the better off you’ll be.

Yet when it comes to windows, when you spend more, you get more. That means for energy efficiency, more convenience, and more return on your investment.

New windows can actually increase the value of your home. That means your home will be worth more with the right new windows (not just any windows), so your investment will actually pay off almost instantly.

As long as you begin the process of searching for replacement windows with these two thought swirling around in your head, you’re going to be much more likely to find the right windows for your home.

Finding the right window company will make the difference. So when you’re ready to replace your existing windows, contact California Window & Solar today. We’ve been helping homeowners like you find the perfect windows for their home for decades.

Do you have a need for replacement windows in Anaheim? If so, you might be trying to figure out where to start. Knowing where to start when replacing the windows in your home is one of the most important aspects, and it can be crucial to determining whether you end up with the kind of windows that you truly want and need, or regret your decision.

Take a moment to consider some of the aspects of replacement windows so that you will be able to refine your search and, at the right time, choose the ideal company for those new windows.

Starting points … price.

Let’s be clear about one thing right from the start: living in Southern California, you know what it means to demand excellence. We live in the best place on the entire planet to live. The sun shines almost every single day throughout the year, we don’t have to worry about snow during the winter, and if you love to surf, it’s something that you can do just about all year long, with the right equipment and wetsuit, that is.

Living out here in Anaheim, you want your home to be the best that it can be. You want to know that you have the highest quality parts, furniture, and appliances for your entire home. Especially with the rising cost of oil and electricity these days, making sure that you buy energy efficient products is a crucial step in having a great home.

So why is it that so many homeowners throughout Anaheim, when it comes to replacement windows, think that they are a ‘necessary’ evil, that they should go out and focus on saving as much money for their new replacement windows?

After all, would you be willing to spend $2,000 or even more for a new, stainless steel refrigerator? You very well might be, even though you could easily get a decent, basic white one for a third of the price. What is it about the stainless steel appliance that is worth the investment?

Maybe it’s roomier. Maybe it looks better. Maybe it has more features that you enjoy. Do you use the external water or ice feature? Most likely you do, but there are plenty of white or black models that are half the price. So why choose that particular kind (and if you don’t have stainless steel, that’s fine … it’s just to highlight something that is far too common among homeowners in Anaheim and all of Southern California)?

You choose those features because it makes your home look nicer. It makes the kitchen appear cleaner, more professional, even more sterile. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Yet when the average homeowner in Orange County begins to search for replacement windows, it’s amazing because too many of them focus on saving as much money as they can from the very start.

Yes, replacing the windows in your home is going to be expensive. There’s no way around that, but at some point in time, you’re going to have to face the reality that you simply can’t avoid it.

That doesn’t mean that you should try to go after the cheapest windows. What happens when you focus on price as the starting point in your search for new windows for your home? You will end up with low quality windows that don’t do your home justice and won’t help your save money over the long-term aspects of owning a home.

What you get when you focus on price first when it comes to replacement windows.

There are so many different manufacturers, brands, models, and much more to choose from when it comes to new windows for your home. There are high end, triple glaze windows that are heavy, expensive, but can provide incredible noise reduction characteristics and make your home as energy efficient as possible.

Then you have the low end, entry level style windows. Some of these are from manufacturing companies that you might recognize. You’ll find these windows at your local home improvement mega store. Why are they considered entry level? They’re basic. They are most likely vinyl and thin glass. They may or may not be sealed with argon or krypton gas, and they are the first choice of new home builders.

That should tell you a lot right there about these types of windows. New home builders are in the business of making as much as they can with every single home that they build. They know that most homeowners, especially new homebuyers, are not going to pay that much attention to the quality of the windows when they’re searching for their next home to purchase.

They’ll see brand new everything, and they likely won’t think much about those windows. As long as they last five years, the builder doesn’t care what else happens.

So why would these mega stores sell them? Because they get you in the door with their low prices. You are made to think that those windows are ideal for your home, that you don’t need anything better. The salespeople just neglect to tell you that those windows won’t help much with energy efficiency and they won’t do anything to improve the value of your home.

So when you’re focused on price as the starting point for replacement windows for your home, you’re going to immediately limit your choices. When you limit your choices, you’ll find that getting the quality of results that you want (or that you deserve) will be limited. Unfortunately, too many homeowners don’t realize that they made a mistake until a year or two after they purchased their new windows, when the condition of those new windows no longer appears as good, when the salt air of the ocean or the sun’s power has pitted them or faded the finish.

Focus on design and function first.

So when you’re looking for replacement windows for your Anaheim home, focus on the design, functionality, and quality first and foremost. It’s an investment … treat it as such.

When you want to learn more, contact California Window & Solar. We’re here to help you make the best decision for your home, your budget, and your family.

California Glass & Window specializes in windows and doors designed for homes in Rancho Santa Margarita, Trabuco Canyon and Mission Viejo, CA. We feature high quality brands such as Milgard Windows and Doors in vinyl, fiberglass, wood and aluminum.

These beautiful, energy efficent windows provide special attention to details which add curb appeal. Since we are your neighborhood window and door specialist for Rancho Santa Margarita, Trabuco Canyon and Mission Viejo, we make sure all of our products are ENERGY STAR Certified. This means they can help lower your energy costs while keeping your family more comfortable and blocking out up 95% of harmful UV rays.

Additionally, these new construction or replacement windows and doors provide you with choices which include: Bay and Bow windows, casement, horizontal sliding windows, awning windows, picture windows, single or double hung windows, sliding glass doors and French doors.

We know your home is a valuable asset, so our installations are completed by our own professional installation employees, not subs or piece work pick-ups. We treat your home as if  it were our own. After all, you're our neighbors.

If you're a home owner in Rancho Santa Margarita, Trabuco Canyon or Mission Viejo, and want to save on your energy bill while enhancing your home with these beautiful windows and doors, call us today at 1-888-831-2001 for a free in-home consultation. If you prefer, click here to email us. You will receive professional, expert advice and recommendations, without obligation or a high pressure sales pitch.

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