Saturday, April 18, 2009

What you should know before you buy a $189.00 installed window!!

The $189.00 NEVER offers exterior aluminum capping (or “wrapping”) at this price!
The advantages of aluminum capping are many; it looks much better, it provides a maintenance free exterior and it provides a` superior weather and water barrier.
The $189.00 window generally offers no screen at this price.
Obviously most owners and tenants would like to have screens on their windows and if you rent Section 8, screens are required.
The $189.00 window often uses a window that has welded sashes, but a mechanically fastened mainframe.
We only offer fully welded windows because they are much stronger and better preforming the mechanically fastened windows.
The $189.00 window generally offers No interior trim, L-angles or Moldings.
This usually7 leaves the owner to contend with unfinished wood edges; adding additional cost of paint and labor.
The $198.00 window generally offers No warranty at this price.
So, if you are selling you property, you do not have the selling feature of a fully transferable lifetime warranty, and if you are keeping the property, you have no recourse if a problem occurs.
The $189.00 window dose NOT include clean-up and hauling-away of old windows.
The $189.00 window generally uses a low grade (cheap) caulk.
The $189.00 window may or may not include installed perimeter insulation.
The $189.00 window is generally, to be straightforward, a cheap made window.
The $189.00 window is before tax, approx $202.00 total after tax.
After adding on all the other necessary features that come with other stranded windows, you end up paying more for a lower quality window.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

How has the new Stimulus bill affected the tax credits for energy efficient home improvements?

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed a stimulus bill (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) that made some significant changes to the energy efficiency tax credits. The highlights are:
The tax credits that were previously effective for 2009, have been extended to 2010 as well.
The tax credit has been raised from 10% to 30%.
The tax credits that were for a specific dollar amount (ex $300 for a CAC), have been converted to 30% of the cost.
The maximum credit has been raised from $500 to $1500 for the two years (2009-2010). However, some improvements such as geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, and solar panels are not subject to the $1,500 maximum.
The $200 cap on windows has been removed, but the requirements for windows has been increased significantly. Not all ENERGY STAR qualified windows will qualify.

More on the tax credits