About Lowe’s Home Improvement
Lowe’s Home Improvement began as a small hardware store in 1946. In the last 70 years, the store has grown from a small, local store to a large chain of home improvement retailers providing supplies, instruction, and support for whatever do-it-yourself or do-it-for-me project they can dream up.
The ownership at Lowe’s strongly believes in giving back to the community, focusing on supporting education through their Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® and Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. The company has also supported community improvement in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Today, Lowe’s is a Fortune 500 company with over 1,840 stores in North America, employing over 265,000 employees. Each store has roughly 36,000 items and offers up to 50 different home installation services, including their Professional Window Installation service.
Lowes Windows Replacement and Installation
As the second largest home improvement distributor in North America, Lowe’s offers a wide variety of windows to be used in both new construction and replacement projects. Whether homeowners are replacing a worn or damaged window or creating an add on to their home, Lowe’s has enough options to fit the budget and specifications of any project.
Lowe’s does not manufacture the windows they install, but they have chosen brands with a reputation for building quality projects with high energy efficiency ratings and exceptional durability. When choosing windows, homeowners will have the option of wood, wood-clad, vinyl, and aluminum as well as low-E, tinted, or safety glass.
The home window installation process begins when potential homeowners fill out a simple contact form, indicating which service they are interested in. Next, a qualified Lowe’s employee who has received specialized training and the appropriate licensure for their state will contact the homeowner to learn more about their project and schedule an initial assessment. Upon completion of the assessment, the professional from Lowe’s will walk hand-in-hand with the homeowner, assisting them in choosing windows for their specific needs. When windows and installation are purchased, a home installation will be scheduled right away. Lastly, the homeowners can relax knowing a qualified installation specialist will efficiently install each window, removing the old window and cleaning the space before they leave.
Window Types Offered by Lowe’s Home Improvement
Lowe’s has chosen to offer installation services for any of the windows available for purchase in their retail stores. From high end, customizable windows to more cost-effective, energy efficient options, Lowe’s has a window to fit any need. Builders and homeowners can choose from a variety of window styles, colors, shapes, and features. Choosing the right window for your home depends heavily on budget, location specific climate needs, your home’s design and architectural characteristics, and the operational functions of each window. Continue reading to learn more about the types of windows offered as part of the Lowe’s Home Improvement Window Installation.
Double Hung Lowes Windows
The double hung windows from Lowe’s are practical and classically designed. These windows have two operational sashes, with one sliding upwards from the bottom and another sliding downwards from the top to open, allowing ventilation into the home. Many brands added the function of sashes which tilt into the home for easy cleaning. At Lowe’s, double hung windows are available in JELD-WEN, Pella, ReliaBilt, and ThermaStar by Pella brands.
Single Hung Lowes Windows
Similarly to double hung windows, single hung windows have two window sashes. However, in this specific design only the bottom sash slides upward to open. In same brands, the bottom sash tilts into the home for easy cleaning. At Lowe’s, single hung windows are available in Hy-Lite, JELD-WEN, Project Source, ReliaBilt, and ThermaStar by Pella brands.
Sliding Lowes Windows
These windows have two sashes hung side-by-side. Depending on the brand and design of a window, both sashes or a single sash may be operational, sliding from one side to the other for ventilation. These window slide easily on horizontal tracks and only one sash can be opened at a time. At Lowe’s, sliding windows are available in the Hy-Lite, JELD-WEN, Project Source, ReliaBilt, and ThermaStar by Pella brands.
Casement Lowes Windows
A casement window is a single sash window with a hinge on one side. Operated with the use of a crank, these windows may open inwards or outwards, depending on the brand and buyer preference. These windows offer unobstructed natural light and allow for excellent ventilation of a room. At Lowe’s, casement windows are available in the Hy-Lite and JELD-WEN brands.
Awning Windows from Lowes
These windows are typically wider than they are tall with a hinge at the top of the window. Similarly to casement windows, these windows are operated with the use of a crank, opening outwards at the bottom of the window. At Lowe’s, awning windows are available in the JELD-WEN brand.
Accent and Picture Windows from Lowes
These windows vary in style and function. Some may be inoperable and stationary, while others may be fully operational. Homeowners can choose from a wide variety of shapes and functions from an octagon window to a single rectangle sash. Bay windows project out into the environment using three, typically stationary, windows of varying sizes. Bow windows are created from three or more windows of equal sizes, which may or may not operate, and create a gentle curve outward into the environment. At Lowe’s, accent and picture windows are available in the AWSCO, Hy-Lite, JELD-WEN, and Wellcraft brands.
Glass Block Windows from Lowes
These windows are created from multiple, smaller glass blocks. These windows are decorative in nature and their textured or frosted characteristic allows light into the home while still providing privacy for residents. Their exceptional energy efficiency and added security have made them a popular choice for many homeowners. At Lowe’s, Glass blocks are available in the CrystaLok, Hy-Lite, Pittsburgh, and REDI2SET brands.
Skylight Windows from Lowes
These small, and stationary windows are placed within ceilings to bring extra natural light into the home. Since they are small, and inoperable, they can typically be added to any roof no matter the structural characteristics of the home. At Lowe’s, skylights are available in the FAKRO, Sun-Tech, U.S. Sunlight, and Velux brands.
Storm Windows from Lowes
These windows are mounted to your existing windows on the outside of your home. Because these windows add an additional layer of glass between the outdoors and your home, they are very energy efficient, decreasing the flow of air into your home. At Lowe’s, storm windows are available in the Comfort Bilt and Larson brands.
Choosing the Right Material for Your Lowe’s Windows
Typically, homeowners or builders select their window material based on their aesthetic, durability, and energy efficiency preferences. At Lowe’s, homeowners can choose from window frames constructed from wood, clad-wood, aluminum, or vinyl.
Wood Lowes Windows
Wood windows are popular at Lowe’s because of their aesthetic appeal and the fact that they can be purchased unfinished, primed, or painted in a small selection of standard colors.
Clad-Wood Lowes Windows
Clad-Wood windows give you the aesthetic appeal of wood for the interior of the window with a more durable, weather resistant exterior such as vinyl or aluminum. Typically, vinyl windows are colored throughout making them very durable and virtually maintenance free. Aluminum is more susceptible to scratching but is easily painted and available at Lowe’s in a wide variety of colors.
Aluminum is a cost-effective material for constructed window frames and they are lighter and more durable than wood. At Lowe’s, the aluminum windows are insulated with an extruded vinyl break and in some cases foam is used for additional insulation.
These windows are popular for their durability and energy efficiency. Vinyl window frames are constructed from PVC built with chambers inside the vinyl, making them exceptionally weather and condensation resistant. Typically, vinyl windows are durable and long-lasting. However, when it comes to vinyl, you get what you pay for, inexpensive vinyl is known for air leakage and operational difficulties.
Choosing the Right Glass for Your Lowe’s Home Improvement Windows
At Lowe’s, homeowners typically choose from three types of glass—low-E glass, tinted glass, or safety glass.
Low-Emissive (Low-E) Glass
This glass has a special film applied to the windows which allows for natural sunlight to enter the home but blocks some solar rays from entering the home. In the winter, Low-E glass prevents the radiant heat inside of your home from leaving and during the summer, it keeps your home cooler by preventing the radiant heat outdoors from entering.
This glass is chosen for its added energy efficiency. Using a a bronze or grey cast, the glass is tinted to reduce glare and prevent heat from the sun from entering your home.
Using heat-treatment, safety glass is tempered which causes it to crumble when broken instead of shattering as most windows normally would. This glass is typically chosen in environments where there is an increased risk of broken glass.
Lowe’s Window Installation Warranty
Since the Lowe’s team will be installing a product which was manufactured by another provider, there will be two warranties to consider.
First, each window brand typically has a unique warranty created for the item you are purchasing. Before purchasing any windows from Lowe’s, we suggest you contact Lowe’s about providing the manufacturer warranty on both the frame and glass. Lowe’s provides a labor warranty for any products installed by the professionals on their team which covers complete replacement of windows for up to two years if damage occurs as the result of a mistake made during installation. Since warranties are different for each product and some exclusions may apply, be sure to carefully read each warranty before making a purchase.
Paying for Your Lowe’s Home Improvement Windows
Replacing the windows in your home can be a costly endeavor, with the average homeowner spending between $2,500 and $7,500 to replace all of the windows in their home. It is helpful to creatively consider the different options available for paying for your windows.
At Lowe’s, they regularly run sales on their windows which applies to the product alone, so you can expect to pay full price for the cost of installation and delivery. In general, August is considered to be the best time to purchase home improvement products. While families are distracted preparing their children for schools, they are not spending as much time on their homes. To aid with this drop in revenue, home improvement stores will regularly offer their higher end products at a deep discount to attract shoppers during this time.
Year round, Lowe’s offers 6 months interest free to brand new credit card holders. When a Lowe’s customer spends at least $299 on their first credit card purchase, they can choose from a 5 percent discount of interest free for 6 months if the card is paid in full at the end of the 6 months introductory period.