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When The Home Depot was founded in 1978, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank had no idea how revolutionary this new "hardware… More
Paul is wonderful and I am thrilled with the service, product, and warranty! Full review
  • 43 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Renewal by Andersen’s process begins with a free in-home consultation to listen to your needs. We then custom-make beautiful, energy-efficient composite… More
Good but overpriced. Full review
  • 26 Years in Business
  • Insured
Family-owned and -operated since 1996, WindowWorks has gone through an evolution to become the respected home repair company it is today.… More
I called in regard to an issue for repair and spoke with Michele Ortega. She was very pleasant and helpful. She… Full review
  • 25 Years in Business
It's pretty common in the roofing industry to hear that reputation is everything. After more than a decade in the construction… More
Chip, Courtney, Victor and the crew were awesome. They did an excellent job placing my new roof on my home. They… Full review
  • 19 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
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A&D Home Improvement has serviced Chicago and the Chicago Suburbs for almost 15 years. During that time A&D has given over… More
We would highly recommend this company. From the planning of our project Roman was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. We never felt… Full review
  • 13 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Our success was built on three basic beliefs: Always be punctual, Always listen to our customers’ wants, needs and concerns, Always… More
  • 23 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Transform Home Improvements, has been a leader in the home improvement space for more than 30 years. Whether your home is… More
Salesman came quick (Tuesday) and quoted 3 - 4 weeks. Contractors called on Thursday with install on Friday - same week.… Full review
  • 71 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Beldon is an established family-run company that has been producing highly satisfied customers for well over half a century. We have… More
Representative was extremely helpful and honest. Did not try to sell me anything I don't need.i value honest people! Full review
  • 75 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
C&L Ward has been family owned & operated since 1972. We take great pride in customer satisfaction & treat homeowners like… More
  • 49 Years in Business
  • Licensed
Compass Window & Door is a family owned and operated Home Remodeling Company serving New Lenox and the surrounding Chicagoland area.… More
  • 2 Years in Business
  • Licensed
We’re a family-owned company since 1953 specializing in removing old windows and installing beautiful new double pane or triple pane energy-efficient… More
  • 68 Years in Business
  • Licensed
Brian Murphy and Bob Domek have been providing thermal window replacement services since 1982, serving over 70,000 customers. The years of… More
  • Bonded
  • Insured
It's pretty common in the roofing industry to hear that reputation is everything. After more than a decade in the construction… More
Chip, Courtney, Victor and the crew were awesome. They did an excellent job placing my new roof on my home. They… Full review
  • 19 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
For more than 25 years, Power Home Remodeling has been the most trusted name in replacement windows, siding, roofing, and doors.… More
Michael and Jarad came to our home and showed us the choices we had for windows. They were very knowledgeable about… Full review
  • 29 Years in Business
Euro-Tech Inc. has been the Midwest's premier home improvement company for over 20 years in replacement windows, entry doors, vinyl siding,… More
We had great service and wonderful products on all our windows in our house in 2003 and workers were awesome and… Full review
  • 29 Years in Business
Euro-Tech Inc. has been the Midwest's premier home improvement company for over 20 years in replacement windows, entry doors, vinyl siding,… More
  • 24 Years in Business
Siding-1 Windows-1 Exteriors has provided top quality home exterior improvement in Chicago and suburbs since 1987. Our Design Consultants will give… More
  • 34 Years in Business
Whether you live in a historic home in Rock Island, on a scenic, riverbank property in Davenport, or somewhere in-between, HCI… More
Allyn came to my home on Sunday to inspect my windows. He was very professional and explained how I could take… Full review
  • 7 Years in Business
Paramount Improvements was started as a one-man operation in 1990. Since then we have served over 39,000 customers in mid-Michigan. We… More
  • 9 Years in Business
We specialize in replacement windows, vinyl and fiber cement siding, roofing, as well as hail/wind damage inspections. More
  • 12 Years in Business
Our goal is to make our customers feel good about their decision about new windows, doors, siding, roofing and more. Products… More
Excellent salesman helped us out !! Now waiting for our new windows. Full review
  • 11 Years in Business
Serving the Chicago Metro and Suburbs since 1982. Window, Doors, Siding, Roofing, Gutters & Insulation. Visit our Website Gallery of Projects.… More
  • 39 Years in Business
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Window Replacement in Elgin, Illinois

Could your home benefit from a new window, Elginians? Old, air-leaking, outdated glass could be causing you a small fortune in heating costs–and causing that unfortunate draft in the kitchen as well.

When selecting a new window and finishing the work, there are a few city regulations you’ll need to take into consideration, as well as some best practices that can make sure you get the most energy-efficient product, and hopefully save some money as well. Here’s a briefing on window replacement in Elgin, from selecting a contractor to applying to rebates.

Window Contractor Requirements in Elgin

While you’re not required to use a contractor in Elgin for repair work you to do your home, if you haven’t tried your hand at a window replacement before, it’s a good idea to use one, especially if you’ll be enlarging the wall surrounding the window as a part of your repair.

Of course, picking out a contractor can be difficult–after all, this is your home and your family’s safety we’re talking about. The first thing to check is licensing–always select contractors that are licensed to do the work you require. You can also check with the city to make sure there are no outstanding debts in the contractor’s name. And lastly, ask any contractors that interest you for references. This should give you a more accurate idea of whether or not your potential candidates can be trusted.

Applying for Window Permits in Elgin

In Elgin, the city requires permits based on the size and scope of the project. If you are making a direct replacement of the window, for instance, you may not need to file for one at all; however, permits are required for many small projects in the city. The best way to be sure that your replacement is legal is to describe your plans to a city official at the Elgin Community Development office, located at 150 Dexter Ct., Elgin, IL 60120. An employee will let you know whether or not your repair or upgrade requires you to apply.

A copy of the residential small projects permit application is available here if you’d like to review it before you stop into the office. Note that if you’ll be using a contractor to complete the work, you’ll need to have that person selected before you fill out the form.

Window Requirements in Elgin

Elgin follows the state’s Energy Conservation Code, which sets forth some restrictions for the kinds of windows that can be installed in your area. Mostly this boils down to a single measurement, the windows’ U-factor, which indicates how well the windows you’ve selected will insulate your home. In Kane County, windows are required to have a U-factor that measures at least 0.32 (the lower the U-factor, the better the windows are at insulating). You’ll be able to find the windows’ U-factor and other specifications on the labeling or brochure that accompanies them.

However, that’s just the minimum U-factor your windows can have to be considered up-to-code in the city. If you’re really interested in keeping your home heated and saving money on your energy bills, however, you may want to consider a window with an even lower rating. Windows that are certified by the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program are generally a good choice, for instance. The ENERGY STAR certification means that they’ve been tested for maximum energy efficiency.

Of course, after you’ve spent a winter in Elgin, you know that heating isn’t your only concern. Wind speeds here can easily reach over 25 mph during a good blow, and so the city has added an additional requirement that windows be approved for wind speeds of 90 mph. This should be listed along with the manufacturer’s specs, as well.


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Window Inspections in Elgin

When you receive your building permit, you will be given a handout describing the city’s basic code and inspection requirements, which can vary depending on the scope of your project. To schedule an inspection, contact the Community Development office after the work is completed. You’ll need to make the permit, the manufacturer’s specifications, and any other pertinent documentation available to the inspector when he or she comes to visit.

Insulation and Window Care in Elgin

Your windows’ U-factor isn’t the only way to reduce heat loss, of course. Windows also need to be properly insulated, as well, to cut back on phantom drafts and save energy and money, too. In Elgin, the right insulation is a legal requirement, too. Due to the area’s cold weather, the city requires all window frames to meet an insulation measurement, or what’s know as an R-factor. In Elgin, the R-factor must be rated at 20 or higher.

You’ll also see the least heat loss if your windows are properly caulked, as well. The caulk should be applied in a neat, smooth bead around the window glass. Meanwhile, the windows’ moving parts should be sealed with weatherstripping.

Rebates and Incentives in Elgin

While Elgin doesn’t provide any residential rebates for window upgrades, homeowners who purchase ENERGY STAR products can still see a return of up to $200 by applying for a federal rebate along with their taxes. The incentive is worth up to ten percent of the cost of the upgrade. You can apply by filing form 5695 along with your taxes.