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If you have hail damage from the recent storms in the Madison, WI and southern Wisconsin areas, contact Genesis Exteriors today for a free estimate.

Your insurance may cover the damage but there's a limited window of time where you can submit a claim. The sooner we can come out and look at your home or building, the better.

Ever hear of "Poltruded" Fiberglass Windows?

Chances are you soon will if you haven't already, because everything else being equal, a very good case can be made that “poltruded” fiberglass is your best all-around value.

What the heck is "pultrusion?"

Pultrusion is the process of mixing fiberglass strands with a proprietary1 resin and then pulling them through a heated die. The result is protruded fiberglass, a material with performance characteristics better than aluminum, vinyl, wood, or steel.

Are fiberglass replacement windows the strongest?

Protruded fiberglass is stronger than aluminum, wood, or vinyl. It will not rot or warp as might wood. Nor will it shrink, sag, or crack, as might vinyl. That’s a pretty good start. But more subtly, protruded fiberglass expands and contracts at basically the same rate as glass.

This means that there is less gapping between the window glass and frame as weather changes from one extreme to the other—not like that ever happens in the Wisconsin. So there is much less air leakage and much less stress on locking mechanisms.

To put that into perspective, aluminum expands-and-contracts at triple the rate of glass; vinyl at seven times the rate; and wood is even more active than either, depending on the species. So there are a lot more opportunities with wood, vinyl, or aluminum for gaps to develop, leaking your expensively heated or cooled air into the great outdoors.

Are fiberglass replacement windows more thermally efficient?

Protruded fiberglass has air trapped inside of it, which happens as it’s pulled through the die to create it. Thus it is much more thermally and acoustically efficient than vinyl or wood or aluminum. In contrast:

  • Aluminum is actually an excellent conductor of heat, cold, and sound. So window frames made of it need to have a “thermal break.” In other words, they are hollow and filled with an insulator, which makes them inherently less sturdy and not as acoustically or thermally efficient as fiberglass.
  • Vinyl is not as rigid—let alone as strong as protruded fiberglass. So vinyl window frames necessarily include steel or aluminum stiffeners, either of which is an excellent conductor of heat and cold, thus decreasing the overall thermal efficiency of vinyl relative to fiberglass.

What about fiberglass replacement window colors?

Because protruded fiberglass conducts comparatively no heat, fiberglass replacement windows are available in heat-absorbing darker colors that would otherwise warp vinyl or wood. Color is added to the fiberglass during the protrusion process, so it runs throughout the material rather than just lying on top. That makes it more fade-resistant. If you scratch the surface the color is still there. And protruded fiberglass can be painted a different color if you wish to do so down the road.

How eco-friendly are fiberglass replacement windows?

Fiberglass is essentially made from glass, which is essentially made from sand: definitely a renewable resource. It takes much less energy to make fiberglass than other comparable window framing materials. This is called “embodied energy,” and fiberglass contains approximately 80 percent less embodied energy than steel and 39 percent less than vinyl.

Are poltruded fiberglass replacement windows right for you?

There’s more than one kind of house—and more than one kind of homeowner. Different people have differing budgets—and they certainly have differing tastes. So we would respectfully suggest that you be skeptical of any Madison replacement window contractor who offers only one make and model regardless of your home’s style, its age, or how long you intend to live there.

So what's the bottom line?

At Genesis Exteriors, we’re striving to "differentiate" ourselves from other Madison replacement window contractors by being primarily about choices. How?

Fiberglass, vinyl, wood, or some combination thereof—our sales representatives are not paid by commission, and so the consultant we send to your home will have no financial incentive to advocate one kind of window over another. The style, type, construction, brand, and model we recommend will depend solely on the unique qualities of your home and your personal situation. We promise.

Please contact us at Genesis Exteriors to learn more.

1Simply meaning that each company concocts its own resin formula rather than using a generic product from an off-the-shelf supplier. Heck, we had to look it up, too!

Summertime is when many Madison homeowners turn their attention to exterior home-maintenance projects: new replacement windows being prominent among them. And so work schedules for reputable Madison replacement window contractors fill up fast. And therein lies a danger, because the temporary shortfall provides ad hoc opportunities for marginal operators and fly-by-night companies.

In desperation to get on someone—anyone’s—schedule, you might be tempted to advance 50 percent to some Dane County replacement window contractor that you’ve never heard of. And you really don’t want to do that. Why?

  • Choosing a replacement window installer is nothing like choosing a plumber or electrician, where testing and licensure can ensure a minimal level of competence. Anyone can declare himself a replacement window installer today and be at your home tomorrow doing passable work…or expensive damage. 
  • The category of “remodeling contractors,” among them replacement window installers, leads all others in the numbers of complaints to the Better Business Bureau as well as to other public and private consumer guardians. Your best assurance against fraud and/or incompetence is not what contractors tell you about their qualities—but what they can document.

Those six questions:

There are minimally six important questions you should ask any Madison replacement window installer before hiring one. If it’s a reputable company, their representative will not only have the answers to these questions, but proof for each.

  1. How long have you been in business under the same name?
  2. How many projects have you completed in that time?
  3. Do you have a list of references from which I can randomly call?
  4. To what trade, professional, and business organizations do you belong?
  5. Are you fully bonded and insured?
  6. Can you show me independent surveys about your rate of customer satisfaction?

Did you know?

Genesis Exteriors craftsmen have been providing quality remodeling services to Dane County and South Central Wisconsin homeowners and businesses since 2004, having completed well over 1000 exterior remodeling projects in the last six years alone: roofs, siding, windows, doors, and gutters.

Our crew supervisors have a minimum of 15 years experience each. In addition we are:

  • Licensed, bonded, and insured in the State of Wisconsin
  • Recipient of the Angie's List® Super Service Award in 2012, 2011, and 2010
  • Proud member of the Madison Better Business Bureau, with an A+ rating Registered in Wisconsin under the S & B Building Contractor Program, which ensures that all work completed at your home or business will meet the latest state codes and building requirements (registration #10657 d.b.a. Everyday Interiors)
  • As well, we maintain a list of 75+ references whom you can call with specific questions about our principles, practices, and workmanship.

Genesis Exteriors Quality Control

Genesis Exteriors employs a fulltime Quality Control Supervisor whose primary job is to ensure that any roofing, siding, window, door, or gutter installation project they complete meets a strict set of written standards that are explained to you in advance of your contract. Such standards include but are not limited to:

  • Precision Estimates. A Genesis estimator will provide you with a written, guaranteed, fixed-price proposal that includes a detailed breakdown of the recommended work. In the case of roofing, he will climb onto your roof to measure it accurately and closely inspect it.
  • Photographic verification before the sale. Genesis Exteriors will provide digital photos of your existing roof, siding, windows, doors, or gutters to document the reasons for all recommended work.
  • Photographic verification after the sale. Genesis Exteriors will provide digital photos of any work the company completes that is not plainly evident. For example, if it's determined during the course of a roofing installation that certain pieces of plywood substrate need to be replaced before shingles can be correctly applied, you will be provided with photos to verify that such additional work was indeed necessary and properly completed.
  • 29-Point Inspection. At the conclusion of work at your home or business, you and a Genesis Exteriors Quality-Control Supervisor will complete a 29-point checklist to ensure to your mutual satisfaction that your project is completed satisfactorily.
  • Free 10-year warranty. In addition to the manufacturer's warranty on materials, Genesis Exteriors offers a free 10-year warranty on labor and installation, meaning you assume no risk for any failure of materials or workmanship for the duration of the manufacturer’s warranty.

Find out more.

Book your exterior remodeling contractor now because it’s going to get busy around your neighborhood!

Many home- and business-owners turn their attention to replacing exterior window after a long winter dealing with drafts, condensation between the glass panes, arthritic sashes that no longer go up-and-down, casements that have become too cranky to crank open, or any combination of the above.

Happily, along with better warmth, comfort, and ease of operation, new windows can help you realize significant energy-cost savings. To help ensure that’s the case, pay close attention to various Industry ratings that measure the relative energy-efficiency of whatever new windows someone is trying to sell you.

Probably the two most important ratings are U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), which are briefly reviewed below. Others are Visible Light Transmittance (VT), Air Leakage (AL), and Condensation Resistance (CR), which you can find out about here.

U-factor

U-factor is the rate at which the window assembly passes heat in either direction. The lower the number, the better the window’s insulating properties. High-performance double-pane windows can have U-factors of 0.30 or lower. Some triple-pane windows boast U-factors as low as 0.15

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

SHGC quantifies the amount of solar radiation allowed into a room by a window, some by direct passage through the window, and some that is initially absorbed by the window and slowly released into the room. SHGC numbers are between zero and one, and the lower the number the better the window.

New or Replacement?

One of the first decisions you must make when replacing exterior windows is between new windows and replacement windows.

  • Replacement windows are specified when you only want to remove your old or poor-quality windows without disturbing the surrounding trim and/or frame. The replacement window is designed to fit the existing opening.
  • New windows are specified if you wish to change the dimensions of the openings to accommodate completely new window styles and shapes. Their appeal is that you can transform the appearance of your home or business—both its exterior and interior.

You can learn more about new vs. replacement windows here.

What style new or replacement window is for you?

  • Single- and double-hung windows are the most common. They’re composed of two separate frames, called “sashes,” each of which contains a glass pane. If both sashes can move up and down, the window is called “double-hung.” If only the bottom sash can be moved, it’s called “single-hung.”
  • Casement windows are probably the second-most common. They’re typically composed of a large framed pane, taller than it’s wide, and hinged along one side. They open by swinging door-like, controlled with a hand crank, lever, or similar mechanism.
  • Slider windows—also known as “gliders”—have no springs, pulleys, or other mechanisms for opening and closing, making them a low-maintenance, cost-effective choice for residential homes. You just release a latch and slide the window open.

Learn more about various window styles here.

Make sure your exterior remodeling contractor is an expert

Exterior windows must provide security, weather-proofing, and aesthetic appeal to your home or business. So it’s important that they be of high quality and properly installed. Genesis Exteriors offers you nearly a decade of award-winning service and expertise installing windows and doors at homes and businesses throughout South Central Wisconsin. Find out more.

Did You Know?

Genesis Exteriors craftsmen have been providing quality remodeling services to Dane County and South Central Wisconsin homeowners and businesses since 2004, having completed over 1000 exterior remodeling projects in the last five years alone: roofs, siding, windows, doors, and gutters.

Our crew supervisors have a minimum of 15 years experience each. In addition we are:

  • Licensed, bonded, and insured in the State of Wisconsin
  • Recipient of the Angie's List® Super Service Award in 2010 and 2011 and 2012
  • Proud member of the Madison Better Business Bureau, with an A+ rating
  • Registered in Wisconsin under the S & B Building Contractor Program, which ensures that all work completed at your home or business will meet the latest state codes and building requirements (registration #10657 d.b.a. Everyday Interiors)

Find out more.

The start of the new year places us in the icy throes of winter, when the drafty inadequacies of older, original windows make themselves evident. This is when the thoughts of many home- and business owners turn to installing either “replacement” or “new” windows.

As reported elsewhere, replacement windows are designed to fit the existing opening and specified when you only want to remove your old or poor-quality windows without disturbing the surrounding trim and/or frame.

Contrarily, new windows are specified if you wish to change the dimensions of the openings to accommodate completely new window styles and shapes.

After deciding between new and replacement windows, the next decision is the style or type. The four most popular types are:

Single- and double-hung windows

Single- and double-hung windows are the most common. They’re composed of two separate frames, called “sashes,” each of which contains a glass pane. If both sashes can move up and down, the window is called “double-hung.” If only the bottom sash can be moved, it’s called “single-hung.” The advantage of a double- over a single-hung window is better ventilation, which you can achieve by opening both the bottom and top sashes. Double-hung widows are also safer for children, as you can leave the bottom safely closed and air the room solely through the top sash.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are probably the second-most common. They’re typically composed of a large framed pane, taller than it’s wide, and hinged along one side. They open by swinging door-like, controlled with a hand crank, lever, or similar mechanism.

Casement windows are a preferred decor feature for many architects and designers because they can be much taller than single- or double-hung windows, even floor-to-ceiling. They also admit more light and air, since they open door-like with no horizontal interruptions.

Awning windows

Less common—at least in the Midwest—are awning windows, which are hinged at the top and are opened by tilting out from the bottom. This effectively creates an “awning” that allows you to leave them open during rain. Also, the design lends itself to better sealing against air and moisture. For this reason, awning windows are ideal in particularly wet environments.

Slider windows

Slider windows—also known as “gliders”—have no springs, pulleys, or other mechanisms for opening and closing, making them a low-maintenance, cost-effective choice for residential homes. You just release a latch and slide the window open Sliders offer many of the advantages of casements but open from side to side, so work well when there’s limited outside space to swing a window open. They aren’t heavy, so easily glide along the window frame, requiring very little effort, strength, or dexterity to open or close.

Did You Know?

Genesis Exteriors craftsmen have been providing quality remodeling services to Dane County and South Central Wisconsin homeowners and businesses since 2004, having completed over 1000 exterior remodeling projects in the last five years alone: roofs, siding, windows, doors, and gutters.

Our crew supervisors have a minimum of 15 years experience each. In addition we are:

  • Licensed, bonded, and insured in the State of Wisconsin
  • Recipient of the Angie's List® Super Service Award in 2010 and 2011 and 2012
  • Proud member of the Madison Better Business Bureau, with an A+ rating
  • Registered in Wisconsin under the S & B Building Contractor Program, which ensures that all work completed at your home or business will meet the latest state codes and building requirements (registration #10657 d.b.a. Everyday Interiors)

Find out more.

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