Return on Investment

Everyone talks about how you’ll save on your energy bills, but what exactly is the return on investment per each home improvement project?  Check out this useful guide:

For the complete ROI tables and topic page with details on over 50 ways to SAVE Money and the Environment visit: Home Remodeling ROI.

And remember, we always provide FREE estimates. Just complete our online form for Hawkins Exteriors to come out and provide you with your FREE estimate.

Simonton: Quality Product

Congratulations to Simonton Windows for ranking highest in satisfying homeowners in the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Survey for the second consecutive year.  Consumer customers who purchased new windows or patio doors within the past 12 months rated Simonton highest amongst all other brands in the category of overall satisfaction.  Simonton received the highest ranking in a study that looked at: operational performance and durability, appearance and design features, warranty, price, ordering and delivery, and overall satisfaction.

Hawkins Exteriors is proud to be a Simonton Windows partner and has proudly installed their product for years.  Simonton receiving this recognition for the second year in a row is confirmation we continue to always deliver the BEST in quality products.  We take pride in our service as well, which always gives YOU, the customer, the best of both worlds.

Contact us today for a FREE estimate on your next home improvement project.

Window Replacement Tips

We know you’re probably shopping around when it comes to looking for a window installer and while we want to earn your business, we want to make sure you are armed with the right items to look for in narrowing down your search.

Here are some tips from Consumer Reports to help you know what to look for:

Good windows installed badly won’t deliver the look, comfort, or savings you expect. So in addition to getting multiple bids and detailed contracts, here are some specific tips on choosing a window pro:

Seek certification

Many major window manufacturers train and certify installers on their specific lines. Using the same contractor for purchase and installation can avoid finger-pointing if there is a problem later.

Interview the installer

Go online and read the installing replacement windows instructions for the window you’ve chosen. Ask whether the installer plans to follow them—down to details such as the type, amount, and placement of flashing and insulation. If not, he should be able to explain why. Remember that some changes while installing replacement windows could void the warranty.

Know what to expect

Any seasoned installer should be able to tell you how long the actual task of installing replacement windows should take. Ask about the installation process. It’s better if each new window is put in immediately after the old one is removed. If one crew removes all the windows first and another installs, you’ll be left with multiple openings for the duration. And be sure the installer measures each replacement window before he rips out the old one. Otherwise, you could end up with a boarded-up hole waiting for the right window to arrive.

Mind the little details

If you want to paint after installing replacement windows, have the installer use acrylic-latex caulk, which is paintable, not silicone. And be sure the window works well before the installer applies interior trim.

And remember, we always provide FREE estimates.  Just complete our online form for Hawkins Exteriors to come out and provide you with your FREE estimate.