Frequently Asked Questions for Gemini Windows, Doors & Siding

Questions Related to Windows and Window Replacement

What is a replacement window?

A replacement window is a window that is custom built to fit within the opening of an existing window. A window replacement contractor will build a window that will be able to fit exactly into the existing space, which can be installed without disturbing the interior or exterior areas around the window. And, because custom replacement windows are designed to fit perfectly, they offer the best energy efficiency, which saves you on energy costs. While you can install stock windows, this is generally not the best option. Standard windows may be cheaper to begin with, but other expenses like additional labor and disruption to your home greatly outweigh any cost savings.

Do I need to replace my windows or can I just repair them?

In order to save on costs, many homeowners choose to repair their windows instead of replace them. While most of the time you are able to repair and restore old windows, it is often not worth the effort or the expense. In the following instances, it is best to replace your windows:

• Pervasive rot

• Existing windows are single pane

• Fog or condensation in between glass panes

• The window hardware is no longer manufactured

• Repair would cause exposure to lead-based paint

When is the best time to install window replacements?

Replacement windows can be installed year round, outside of extreme weather such as precipitation or very high winds. For an average whole home window replacement project, installation takes only one day. Effective, energy-efficient windows can help you save on energy costs year-round, so it does not matter what time of year you replace your windows. At Gemini Windows, Doors & Siding our contractors are highly trained and skilled at replacing windows, meaning they will do what they can to minimize any heating/cooling loss during the replacement period.

What type of replacement windows are available?

Depending on the space available, there are a number of different window types you can get, for example:

Bay and bow windows

Both bay and bow windows project out of the home, which is both stylish and adds extra floor space. In terms of appearance, bay windows are more suited to modern homes, while bow windows look great in older or more traditional style homes.

Picture windows

Picture windows are often larger than normal windows and provide a clear view of the outside. Picture windows are ideal for homes that look out into beautiful scenery, such as a nice garden, green valleys or mountain views. However, they do not normally open and are not suitable for rooms that need ventilation.

Double-hung and single-hung windows

Double-hung and single-hung windows are the two most common styles of windows. With single-hung windows, the lower sash moves up and down while the upper stash remains still. In double-hung windows, both the upper and lower sash can be lowered or raised. Both double and single-hung windows can easily be tilted inwards, which makes them easy to clean.

How much do replacement windows cost?

Cost is a major factor for many homeowners when it comes to window replacements. According to Home Advisor, prices per window can range anywhere from $300 to $700, with the average cost sitting at around $500. Installation costs, various options and upgrades (such as upgraded hardware, custom colors, paints and stain, triple pane, laminated or tempered glass, SDLs or grids between the glass, full screens, etc) and construction costs on top of this average can vary widely. The overall cost of the project will be highly dependent on the material you choose, the size and type of the window, and the contractor you hire.

Do replacement windows really pay for themselves?

If you have already done some homework or even spoken to some contractors, you may have heard that replacement windows pay for themselves. While it is true that high-quality, energy-efficient windows will offer you savings on your monthly energy bills, the amount you will save can vary significantly based on a number of factors outside the scope of a typical window project. However, it is safe to say that expertly engineered and well-built windows will significantly lower a home’s energy consumption. These energy savings over time will allow you to recoup your window investment, while also offering an increased value to your home.

Questions Related Exterior Door Replacement

What do I need to know before replacing a door?

The measurements you need are door height, door width, hinge locations, hinge type (pass-through or mortise), hinge size, lock and deadbolt locations from the top of the door, and the backset of the lock and hinge locations

How long do door replacements take?

Replacing an exterior door will take, on average, five or six hours. An interior door can be done slightly quicker, as it does not require the same caulking, flashing, and other weatherproofing steps. Installation of an interior door can usually be completed in two to four hours

How often should exterior doors be replaced?

Doors. Exterior doors are expected to last the lifetime of a house while screen doors and vinyl doors typically last 20 to 40 years. French doors usually last 30 to 50 years.

Can I have doors replaced without replacing the frame?

In many cases, you can replace a door without replacing the frame, as long as the frame is in good shape, and not warped or worn. ... A door slab is essentially a pre-cut piece of wood in the shape and size of a door.

What are jambs on doors?

A jamb is the flat surface that runs vertically up either side of the door frame. The door jamb is vital to the running of the door. This is where the hinges are placed to hang the door, as well as the striker plate on the opposite door jamb which helps you to open, close and lock your door.

How much does it cost to replace an exterior door?

The average cost to install an entry door ranges from $600-$2,000, with the average homeowner spending around $1,200 to install a pre-hung fiberglass door.

Questions Related Siding

What do I need to know about replacing siding?

Since moderate temperatures are ideal, it's best to plan your siding replacement for the Spring or Fall months. Before replacing your siding, you should also consider the state of your roof, gutters, and shutters. Many experts recommend performing roof repairs and replacements prior to installing new siding.

Does insurance pay for new siding?

Homeowners insurance only covers replacement of the siding that was damaged, and will not typically pay to replace the siding on the other parts of the home. As a result, homeowners can end up with new siding on one portion of the home that looks different than the rest.

What is the most durable siding?

In terms of price, maintenance, and strength, vinyl siding is the most durable siding material to choose from. It's also available in many different colors and styles such as dutch lap, shake, scalloped and more.

What is the average life expectancy of vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding, which has been used since 1950s and improved over time with regards to durability, lasts on average between 30-40 years.

What is better than vinyl siding?

By contrast, Hardie® fiber cement siding is more durable and up to 5x thicker than vinyl siding. It easily stands up to the elements, resisting damage from wind, rain, freezing temperatures and hail, and gives homes years of protection with low maintenance.

Does vinyl siding fade in the sun?

Vinyl siding will fade after years of being exposed to UV rays, and the elements like rain and snow. The sun's rays will deteriorate the color off of vinyl siding, and other things like boats or jungle gyms that sit outside for an extremely long time.

Questions Related to Soffit & Fascia

What type of soffit is best?

Aluminum soffits are popular for many reasons. They are highly durable, lightweight, and easy to handle. If your overhangs feature irregular shapes, aluminum soffits are a great option because they are highly malleable.

How long do aluminum soffits last?

How long do aluminum soffits last?

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Wood, and vinyl can become faded, and look as if the sun took a personal disliking to it after only a few years, while aluminum colors are baked in, and once installed will continue to look great and protect your home for up to 20 years

Should I use vented or solid soffit?

Vented Soffit Panels Increase Air Circulation

Due to the small perforations, vented soffit panels increase the air circulation of the attic area. Solid soffit panels, on the contrary, effectively seal off the attic space from fresh air, causing the air inside to become trapped and grow stale.

Can I have too much soffit venting?

You can't have too much soffit venting, but it's worth noting the minimum requirements. Usually, 4-in. by 16-in. soffit vents are rated for 26 sq

What should soffit be made of?

While soffit comes in wood and aluminum, they are most commonly made of vinyl for durability. Soffit can be non-vented or vented to allow for maximum roof ventilation. Non-vented or continuous soffit works best when your roof has narrow eaves or if you need to ventilate a large amount of attic space.

What are the advantages of using aluminum fascia?

Aluminum is a fireproof metal, and can withstand extreme heat without melting. Because of these properties, you can rest assured that an aluminum fascia will not only protect your home from water damage, but also fire damage. It's the best defense against any disaster.

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