Window Replacement Background
Old windows represent a substantial source of heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer because they provide 5 to 10 times less thermal protection than an insulated wall. With typical window replacements, the existing frame is left in place to minimize the disruption and cost. However, existing windows were often never air sealed behind the trim at the rough opening around the window frame and the window may also lack pan flashing. Homeowners who are replacing windows must decide whether to address these areas of potential air and water leakage by doing a full-frame window replacement or to minimize costs and leave the existing frame in place.
Tips to Sell Quality Installed Home Improvements
Home Improvement Expert is a valuable tool for organizations committed to quality installed work. The following tips help optimize the value of this tool when selling home improvements:
Trust Matters: Inform homeowners how your work conforms to this world-class expert guidance. Recommend they visit the DOE website as evidence these are indeed official best practices.
Knowledge Matters: Take advantage of the Building America Solution Center as a resource for becoming an expert on these projects.
Clarity Matters: Tell prospective clients to contrast your expert-recommended best practices with other contractors.
Value Matters: Advise prospective clients to insist other bids also include these checklists to ensure equivalent quality work.
Message Matters: Showcase on your website and marketing materials that your company uses the highest quality best practices specified on HIE Checklists.
Experiences Matter: Provide visual evidence contrasting the difference between poor and high quality work such as infrared images; pre- and post-energy bills; short and long warranties; and simple charts and graphics depicting performance advantages.