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Window Nation is a perfect fit for your home and wallet! Our goal is to make our customers feel good about… More
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  • 14 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
For over 30 years we have been designing windows to fit your world. We offer a wide selection of top quality,… More
Bruce was a typical sales person however very up front and I appreciate up front people. He made the sale with… Full review
  • 43 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
When The Home Depot was founded in 1978, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank had no idea how revolutionary this new "hardware… More
Honest down to earth sales team. Windows orderEd to be installed shortly. Full review
  • 42 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Family-owned and -operated for over 60 years, our staff here at Install America will treat your family and your home with… More
Friendly and knowledgeable people from beginning to end. The whole process only took a few weeks from the time they they… Full review
  • 65 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
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Capital Construction Contracting Inc Capital Construction Contracting Inc. was founded in 2005. We are an award winning exterior contracting specialist. We… More
  • Licensed
  • Bonded
With over six decades of experience and expertise, Champion Windows and Home Exteriors is one of the nationâ??s leading home improvement… More
Andrew Klinker did an amazing job helping us with our windows. He was very informative and knowledgeable. He answered any concerns… Full review
  • 5 Years in Business
  • Bonded
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
Excelente service quick respond Full review
  • 25 Years in Business
  • Insured
Sure-Lok Homes is a family run business that has been serving New England homeowners for over a decade now. Ron Lewis,… More
Ron did my neighbors home last year and when he came by to give me an estimate I was in the… Full review
  • 22 Years in Business
  • Licensed
The LONG name has been trusted by homeowners throughout the Mid-Atlantic region since 1945. Long Fence and Home carries a 4.6… More
Wow. I paid a premium to have Long Roofing put on my certainteed max def roof and I'm very pleased with… Full review
  • 75 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
Andy Barnard did a very good Job explaining the details on the window product including the installation the person who came… Full review
  • 28 Years in Business
D's Homeworks provides a wide variety of residential and commercial roofing services in the Nashua, NH, area. Whether you need a… More
Mr. Dyer was prompt, knowledgeable and courteous. He shared a lot of knowledge about roofing. Full review
  • 22 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
Service is super:) Full review
  • 10 Years in Business
Since our founding in 2004, Clear Choice Home Improvements has earned a reputation as the clear choice for exterior and interior… More
My old asphalt roof was failing. I did my homework, and read reviews of a few companies. I scheduled appointments with… Full review
  • 16 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
Very professional. We met with Jeff, who was following the covid suggestions of social distancing, which is nice at this time.… Full review
  • 18 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Started in 1979, Incorporated in 1995 we specialize in shingle roof replacement, vinyl siding and vinyl replacement window installations. We offer… More
  • 41 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
  • 74 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
We understand the frustration that comes with looking for a trustworthy contractor. I was once taken advantage of myself. Yankee Home… More
My husband recently had a stroke. There was so much to do to make our home safe for him to be… Full review
  • 12 Years in Business
  • Licensed
Freezing or overheating? It's time to call CSH Heating & Air Conditioning. Rely on your Merrimack Valley HVAC technicians for reliable… More
  • 5 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Diamond Construction, Inc is a residential and commercial remodeling company. The business services includes roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters, and other… More
  • 9 Years in Business
  • Licensed
High End Home Improvement provides Professional Residential Remodeling and Custom Project Management. More
  • 3 Years in Business
  • Licensed
Here at Diamond Construction, Inc., we are dedicated to providing you with exceptional customer service. We specialize in all areas of… More
  • 11 Years in Business
  • Insured
Hi Tech Windows & Siding Installations Inc. is a locally owned and operated business, and a leading choice for replacement windows… More
This is such a great company! Everybody I interacted with (customer service, sales representative, installers and supervisors) go out of their… Full review
  • 25 Years in Business
Rescom has been providing local homeowners with top quality door and window replacement in Auburn and the surrounding areas for more… More
We had 5 windows replaced by Rescom this past spring. While they are quite pricey, we have already saved money on… Full review
  • 27 Years in Business
We're changing the face and reputation of the home improvement industry by uniting top quality products, 20+ years of experience on… More
I just had my housed resided with United Home Experts and I cannot begin to tell you what a wonderful and… Full review
  • 22 Years in Business
As a family-owned-and-operated business for three generations, our dedicated team has a deep, shared knowledge and passion for its craft, is… More
I got three quotes through Modernize. Newpro was by far the most expensive. For this reason I chose one of the… Full review
  • 75 Years in Business
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Boston Window Replacement Guide

Boston is well known for its brutal winters and record-breaking snowfalls; but most people don’t realize that summers can be just as bad with high humidity levels and temperatures that soar well into the 90s. With a climate like that it is virtually impossible for old, worn out windows to be able to offer a homeowner much comfort, let alone energy efficiency. In fact, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that 47 percent of survey participants chose to replace their windows was for just those reasons.

Considering most window renovations come with a price tag between $10,000 and $20,000, it’s important to have a solid base of understanding about when a replacement window is actually necessary, what materials will best be able to combat Boston’s intense weather, and any municipal regulations that might be involved in a renovation of this magnitude. This Boston Window Replacement Guide will help give you just that, so you can confidently make decisions that will improve your home.

How to Know When a Window Replacement is Necessary in Your Boston Home

Depending upon the materials, a window assembly can last anywhere from 10 to 40 years before needing to be replaced; so, age alone isn’t always the best indicator as to whether a window is past its prime or not. However, if your older windows have begun to leak or rot, or are are no longer dimensionally stable, then it is time to give them some much needed attention. Rotten wooden frames can easily be repaired with some epoxy and a little elbow grease, allowing them to eek out a few more years of use, so long as the damage is not too extensive. With warped windows, on the other hand, there are very few tricks that will help them to have a tighter seal; although, you can use inexpensive weather stripping to add a small layer of insulation against the elements. If these windows are no longer able to open easily or at all, it is wise to move forward with a replacement so that your family has a usable emergency exit if it were ever needed. Similarly, leaky windows can present a host of issues for both your home and your family in the form of structural decay within the exterior walls and mold growth. In this instance, before you place your new windows, have your contractor thoroughly inspect the integrity of your walls to make sure that any issues are not present.

Even when a window’s framing is fairly sound, the glass itself can be incredibly energy inefficient, especially if they are single-pane windows. If your budget will not allow for a complete window replacement, installing inexpensive insulation sheeting on the glass itself or hanging thicker draperies over the windows is a great improvement, albeit a temporary one. A more permanent solution that will definitely improve your home’s energy efficiency is to install storm windows with a low emissivity (low E) coating. These windows are incredibly easy to hang and are a fraction of the cost of a full window with most ranging in price from $60 to $200 a piece. If none of these options provide you with the security and efficiency you are looking for, then it’s time to start researching new windows and budgeting for a major renovation. Most homeowners who go this route, though, are elated that they did. Plus, they get the added bonus of a major bump in their home’s property value, sometimes upwards of 80 percent of the cost of the renovation, according to NAR!

Window Materials Matter in Boston

The most important step in this process is making sure you make a wise investment, and the best way to do that is to understand what types of window materials are suited to the extreme Boston climate.

Energy Star and the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) have made it incredibly easy to determine which windows will give you the best energy efficiency by only providing their stamp of approval to windows that have met very strict benchmarks. These windows will have been evaluated to determine the rate at which heat is transferred from the home’s interior to outside (U-value), how much solar heat radiation is able to enter the home through the glass itself (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, SHGC), and the volume of air leakage due to pressure and temperature changes. In general, you should look for windows with a U-value less than or equal to 0.22 and a SHGC of 0.4 or below. In order to ensure sufficient insulation and limited air leakage, a triple pane window that has been gas-filled are definitely ideal. Low E coatings are, also, a wise addition since they further aid in blocking out any unwanted radiant solar heat. Obviously, there is a fair amount of latitude when it comes to what will work best in Boston, and you should have a professional evaluate your own home’s orientation and level of shading to determine which specific criteria will work best for you.

As for framing materials, technology flooded the market with new options and greatly improved upon the classics; however, the three most common materials are still wood, vinyl, and aluminum. You will absolutely want to avoid any type of metal framing, like aluminum, or windows that contain interior metal workings since this will greatly reduce their ability to block out freezing temperatures. So long as you choose thermally improved and insulated framing, either wood or vinyl will be excellent choices. In deciding between the two, it all comes down to aesthetic, budget, and longevity. Wood is easily the most classic, durable, and versatile of the two, though, it will require some maintenance and is one of the more expensive options. On the other hand, vinyl is completely maintenance-free, quite affordable, and vastly improved from the vinyl of the past in terms of durability. However, color selection tends to be limited and is unchangeable, and it is still prone to structural degradation over time from the elements.

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Window Building Permits, Inspections, and Fees for Boston Residents

The City of Boston requires that a building permit be obtained before beginning a renovation of this time. Though a homeowner can file the necessary paperwork, it is prefered that your registered Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) be the one to do so. An application can be submitted either in person at the Permits and Licenses office located on the 5th floor of 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 or online at the Permits and Licenses webpage.  So long as no structural changes are planned and your home does not fall within a historical district, you will not most likely not need to submit plans for review.

A fee of $20 plus $10 for every $1,000 of the projected cost of the renovation will be assessed for most applications at the same time you file your paperwork. For example, if your renovation is projected to run $12,000, your fee should be $140.

Once work has been completed, you can schedule a final inspection with a city official on their website. If you have any questions along the way, feel free to contact the permit counter at (617) 961-3271.