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Your estimate is based on data from thousands of residential projects, completed across the United States in 2019. This data was provided by RSMeans data, a cost database used by construction professionals to create budgets; estimate projects; and validate material, equipment, and labor costs.
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Transform Home Improvements, has been a leader in the home improvement space for more than 30 years. Whether your home is… More
I am the GM of a restaurant, in a pinch I needed a new, reliable and fast acting Plumber. I called… Full review
  • 70 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
My car is finally running smooth again!! I had a great experience dealing with The Home Depot. Customer service is excellent.… Full review
  • 42 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Able Roof started out in 1986 with Steve Weyl, his pickup truck, and his keen sense for what homeowners were looking… More
I was extremely pleased with my experience with Able Roof last Fall. I had an appointment with Zach Harmon to get… Full review
  • 31 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
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
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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
Sam has been great to work with! It's a nerve racking thought to have someone working in and on your home… Full review
  • 25 Years in Business
  • Insured
COVID-19 Update: We will respond to inquiries from our customers for both installation and service and are taking precautions seriously. We… More
They were on time, professional and friendly. Full review
  • 32 Years in Business
Since our founding, Bay to Bay Building Concepts has been known for quality services, exceptional efficiency and the highest level of… More
The end result of a project completed by Bay To Bay is amazing. They take time to answer questions and will… Full review
  • 3 Years in Business
  • Licensed
We are family owned and operated. We offer consistent quality and pride in our products and craftsmanship. We'll take care of… More
Five star service. Five star quality. Five star good looking crews!!!! Full review
  • 10 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Raising the bar in the home improvement industry was our goal when we started Sir Home Improvements in 1980. Our mission… More
Andrew G, Adam H and Fred B were awesome remodeling my bathroom. They were courteous respectful clean and efficient. I feel… Full review
  • 7 Years in Business
At All-Weather Seal Co., Inc., we are the exterior home improvement specialists trusted by residents in communities throughout Michigan. Since our… More
Alec stop out today for a quote on my roof. He was very knowledgeable about the products. Very friendly yet thorough.… Full review
  • 39 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
  • 8 Years in Business
B.A.M. Builders has successfully been in business for over 25 years. We bring "Old Fashion" values & ethics to the construction… More
  • 31 Years in Business
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Buying Windows in Grand Rapids, Michigan

If you are considering replacing the windows in your home in Grand Rapids, there are a few things you should know before getting started. First, windows are built to last for a minimum of ten years and many will last beyond 15 years. Replacing your windows prematurely is not a worthwhile investment, because the energy savings provided will not match the cost of window replacement for several years after they are installed. Instead, as a homeowner you should wait to buy new windows until your existing windows are 15 years or older, or have begun to show signs of poor performance such as air leaks and drafts or moisture collecting between the window panes.

The next thing you should know before replacing your windows is how the climate where you live should affect your window purchasing decisions. In order to increase the energy efficiency of your home, it is important to invest in windows that are specifically designed for the cold and snowy winters in Michigan.

Lastly, before moving forward with installation of your newly purchased windows, you must be sure your are complying with the window replacement guidelines put in place by your city’s government and that you have applied for a building permit if necessary.

In this window buying guide, we will outline the information you need to make smart window purchasing decisions and move forward with installation in your home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Prepare Your Home for Cold Weathers and Heavy Snowfall

Each year, Grand Rapids experiences cold and snowy winters, with an average low temperature of 18 degrees, and mild summers, with an average high of 83 degrees. Grand Rapids receives an average snowfall of 76 inches each year, over 50 inches more than the national average.

In order to simplify your search for the best windows for you climate, ENERGY STAR® places a National Fenestration Ratings Council label on new windows. This label includes a U-Factor rating that indicates how much heat can leave or enter your home through the window.  Grand Rapids is located in the Northern Climate Zone, an area of the country known for long winters and short and mild summers. ENERGY STAR®  guidelines suggest that, if you live in the Northern Climate Zone, you buy windows with a U-Factor Rating of no more than 0.27.

The ratings listed on the National Fenestration Ratings Council label are a great start for finding energy efficient windows for your home, but you will also want to consider the materials use to build your windows. A wood frame is the most efficient frame in cold climates, but it is also the most costly of materials used to build frames. If you are looking for a more budget friendly option, consider fiberglass or vinyl frames. Both offer remarkable insulation, but cost significantly less than wood frames. The glass in your window also plays a role in maintaining the energy efficiency of your home, and a two layered pane with inert gas filling and low-e coatings is considered to be the best option for cold climates.

According to Ready.gov, the United States weather preparedness website, if you are a homeowner living in an area of the country that receives a significant amount of snow, installing storm windows will provide the added protection your home needs from the winter weather.

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Applying for Permits and Hiring a Contractor in Grand Rapids

The city of Grand Rapids does not require homeowners to apply for a building permit when replacing their windows as long there are no changes being made the surrounding wall. If you will be installing windows that are a different size than your existing windows, and this requires you to make changes to the surrounding wall, you will need to submit a building permit application to the Department of Design and Development Services. A printable permit application can be found here and can be submit to the department directly at their offices at 1120 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506.

If you plan to hire a contractor to install your new windows, the city suggests that any contractors making major renovations or repairs have a general contractor’s license that allows them to work in the state of Michigan. Additionally, it is important to protect yourself in case one of the contractor’s employees is hurt in an accident while working on your home. Because of this, you should always hire a contractor who carries both general liability and workers’ compensation insurance.

Using the information provided above, you can find the windows most appropriate for the cold climate in Grand Rapids, and your choice could save you between $91 and $465 on heating and cooling your home each year. Decreasing your reliance on your HVAC system not only saves your money, it also decreases your consumption of energy created from non sustainable sources, allowing you to embrace a greener way of life.