Replacement Windows in Raleigh, NC

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Replacement Window Contractors in Raleigh, NC

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Best Choice Roofing is a national roofing company with offices all across the United States. Ever since our start in 2009,… More
Thank you to Chance McBay at the Corporate Office of Best Choice Roofing. After great confusion with the local representative, leaving… Full review
  • 12 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
Paul is wonderful and I am thrilled with the service, product, and warranty! Full review
  • 43 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
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  • 6 Years in Business
  • Bonded
From replacement windows and doors to siding and insulation, Ameritech Construction has been providing high-quality home improvement products and the most… More
I absolutely love the design, construction and security of the new door. I was very satisfied with my previous experience with… Full review
  • 6 Years in Business
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As one of the highest ranked exterior remodelers in the county, HCR aims to improve the value in each customer's most… More
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  • 31 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
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
  • 32 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
West Shore Home is changing the face of home improvement! We pride ourselves on being the fastest, most convenient solution to… More
This was our first experience with West Shore Home and it was a very positive one. The installers, Charlie and Tyler… Full review
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Our fully insured, locally owned and-operated business has 20+ years of experience. We go the extra mile for our customers by… More
  • 21 Years in Business
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What if your window contractor was your neighbor? What if it was the person you saw at the grocery store or… More
  • 19 Years in Business
  • Bonded
Trust your home to One Day Roofing. Understanding that quality of product means nothing without a quality install, we put nothing… More
  • 8 Years in Business
When learning more about US Home Exteriors, you need to start with a more detailed look at who we are, what… More
Our house was built in 1964, and we bought it in 2013. When we bought it, we did major renovations. US… Full review
  • 17 Years in Business
Since its inception by co founders William Barr and Michael Strmac in 2002, Universal Windows Direct has lived by the philosophy… More
Great company to work with, very reliable, their products and prices are great, very reasonable and windows are energy efficient, please… Full review
  • 19 Years in Business
The House Doctor has been offering a wide-variety of quality home improvements to homeowners in North and South Carolina since 2007.… More
  • 14 Years in Business
We're Here To Help! Home remodeling and renovation can be daunting. Here at Triangle Home Care Construction we understand the ins… More
  • 30 Years in Business
Our focus on promoting and improving energy-efficiency in America's homes shows through in our product lines. From our Super Paradise Siding,… More
Amazing service! They did an excellent job on my roof there went ahead and purchase windows in gutters This time around… Full review
  • 8 Years in Business
Paradise Home Improvement is your comprehensive renovation specialist. Thousands of customers like you have chosen Paradise for bathroom updates, window updates,… More
Amazing service! They did an excellent job on my roof there went ahead and purchase windows in gutters This time around… Full review
  • 8 Years in Business
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Window Replacement in Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh’s windows do a lot of heavy lifting. They keep our homes nice and warm during the winter months, and then turn around and help our houses stay cool and comfortable during the hot summer days. And, if you’re careful when you shop, they can help you save money on your heating and cooling bills as well.

This guide will get you ready to pick out the perfect windows, and provide you with a guideline to permitting, hiring a contractor and inspections as well. Read on to get your replacement project under way today.

Window Contractor Requirements in Raleigh

The city of Raleigh does allow homeowners to make repairs to their own homes, rather than requiring you to use a contractor. To do so, you’ll need to sign an owner affidavit when you visit the Raleigh Development Services department to file a permit. This form certifies, among other things, that you own the property where you’ll be doing the work, and that you will not use an unlicensed worker to perform the work for you.

When you do complicated repair work on your own, however, you’ll also be liable for ensuring that the project stays up-to-code and that the work is performed safely. If you don’t have a solid background in construction or thorough experience with home repairs, you may want to elect to use a professional contractor to do replacement for you. Although a window replacement may not seem like a large job on its face, it can easily turn into a much larger job, especially if you’ll need to make alterations to the wall area surrounding the window–if you’re going up or down in size, for instance. That kind of work requires familiarity with permits and city building codes–remember, any large unpermitted repairs you make around your home must be inspected if you attempt to sell in the future, meaning the inspector may require you to rip the work out in order view the framing and rough-in.

That said, there are a lot of contractors out there, and of course, their work has varying degrees of quality. If you want to narrow down the selection, you can perform a few quick checks into a candidate’s background to give you a feel for their history. Licensing is the first obviously indicator–your contractor should have the required certifications for construction work in your area. Next there’s a clear name. Good contractors hold no outstanding debts with the city. And lastly, ask your contractor for a list of references–if they’re professionals, they’ll be happy to oblige.

Applying for Window Permits in Raleigh

In Raleigh, you can apply for permits one of two ways: a same-day permit to get the job going quickly, or a next-day permit that takes an extra day to process. Generally, if window replacements are eligible for a same-day permit. However, if the scope of your replacement is large, the city may require you to go through the longer review process.

For same-day processing, you need to visit the Development Services department’s satellite office at 8320 – 130 Litchford Road, Raleigh, NC 27615. The main office, however, is located at One Exchange Plaza, 1 Exchange Plaza, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Regardless of the speed of your application, you need to be ready to offer a very detailed outline of the work you plan to complete. And if you live in the city’s historic district, be prepared for your plans to be scrutinized based on their curb appeal alone–the city has strict guidelines for architectural design for historic buildings. You can read about those guidelines here.

Window Requirements in Raleigh

Raleigh is in that sweet spot in the East, weather-wise. Your home probably sees mild winters and enjoys moderate summer temperatures. However, that also makes it a little bit more difficult to select an appropriate window model–you’ll need something that can keep your home warm and insulated in the winters and cool during the summer heat. In windows, these qualities are defined by two different industry measurements, the U-factor and the solar heat gain coefficient. U-factor indicates how well the window insulates your home–how much heat is lost through the glass. Solar heat gain coefficient (abbreviated SHGC), on the other hand, gives you an idea of how much solar radiation can come in through the glass–essentially, how well the window shades your home. In your area, you’ll want a balance between these two measurements. Generally, look for windows with a U-factor no greater than 0.50 and a SHGC no higher than 0.40. However, if you’re looking for superior energy performance, consider investing in windows with lower rates than these minimums. Products that bear the ENERGY STAR certification, for instance, are rated for efficiency in your area, which will save you more money in the long run.


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Window Inspections in Raleigh

Any project that requires a permit also needs to be inspected by city official. You can use Development Services’s online scheduling tool to book a visit–and be prepared to have all the documentation associated with you permit, and the permit itself, on display at the time of the visit.

Insulation and Window Care in Raleigh

In addition to the U-factor, however, you also want to make sure your window’s frame has proper insulation as well. Sealing the frame for air leaks is your most important measure here–make sure all glass and stationary parts of the window are cleanly caulked, without any breaks or gaps in the seal. Additionally, you can add weatherstripping to the moving parts to give yourself some extra insulation.

If your windows are rated for low energy emissivity, you’ll also want to be careful how you wash and care for the glass, as well. Don’t use chemical cleaners–wash with soap and water only. And make sure not to clean them during the hottest parts of the day, as this can damage the glass.

Rebates and Incentives in Raleigh

Energy efficient windows won’t net you any rebates through the state or city government. However, if you choose products labeled with the ENERGY STAR symbol, you may be eligible for a return of up to 10% of the cost on your federal income taxes. There is a $200 maximum for the rebate. File form 5965 to see if you qualify.