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Why Vinyl Windows fit NWI like a Glove | FAQ with Kusiak & Contractor Bob

Today, you’ll learn why vinyl windows fit Northwest Indiana like a glove. You’ll discover why it’s not just the best value, but also why vinyl window replacement is the best choice, even when the price is not a factor.

To answer this, we turn to local home improvement celebrities, Dave Kusiak and Bob Popovich. This dynamic duo makes everything fun!  Today, we put their 60 years of combined experience in window replacement to work. While both contractors don’t agree on everything, one thing they do agree on is that vinyl windows are the best fit for most Northwest Indiana homeowners. Today, you’ll learn why.

You’ll also want to watch this month’s episode of their new home improvement video series called, “Window Replacement | FAQ with Kusiak & Contractor Bob.”  Dave and Contractor Bob will help you learn about the different types of replacement windows, what to ask a contractor, and what to look for. They also talk about why vinyl windows fit Porter County and Lake County like a glove! So, without further ado…. let’s make it happen!

 Window Replacement Video | Learn why Vinyl Window is the smart choice!

As you can see from the video, Dave Kusiak and Bob Popovich love to keep it fun and are passionate about home repairs, remodeling, and virtually every form of home improvement under the roof…. and even includes the roof. Kusiak started his home improvement company as a roofer.
Ironically, it was through running their own separate home improvement companies that these two home improvement contractors became friends. Contractor Bob’s company, Steel City, established over 50 years ago, would often work shoulder-to-shoulder on significant projects with Kusiak Construction. Mutual respect for each other’s work, integrity and reputation lead to working together and referrals.
Over the years, the two became close friends. Kusiak would often have Popovich as his guest on his popular radio show found on WJOB. Fans of the radio show loved learning about such home improvement topics as handyman services, carpentry, and remodeling.  People had fun calling in when these two contractors were on the radio… perhaps nobody had more fun than these two friends.  That’s when Kusiak came up with the idea of merging the two companies to create a home improvement dream team. Merging Steel City and Kusiak Construction was a natural fit.

Window Replacement | The Essential Guide for Northwest Indiana

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If you missed Kusiak Constructions’ first blog on Window replacement, now might be a good time to read it. It can help you discover the fundamentals of window replacement and explore the different types of windows. Read More: Window Replacement | The Essential Guide for Northwest Indiana
 According to Kusiak, there is no such thing as a dumb question when it comes to your home. The best solutions start with a homeowner’s question. Here are a few common questions people often ask Dave Kusiak and Bob Popovich….

More Frequently Asked Questions |  Retrofit Window Replacement

Contractors and homeowners love to cal Kusiak's rdio program to learn questions like, which window replacement is best, vinyl windows or wood?

Kusiak’s popular radio program helps contractors & homeowners with home improvement solutions.

Q.  What questions do I need to ask when shopping for vinyl & other replacement windows?

According to Contractor Bob, there are two classes (types) of windows that homeowners will want to consider, and/or, be aware of;

A. According to Contractor Bob, there are two classes (types) of windows that homeowners will find in the market.
New Construction Windows; made in standard sizes. Once a size is selected, the builder will frame the opening to fit the windows and install it before brick, siding, drywall, and trim are installed. “This is not a good choice for replacement windows because the home will require extensive work in order to make the home fit the window. The smart choice is selecting a window made to fit the home’s existing window opening.”
Remodeling or Retrofit Windows; these replacement windows are custom-made to fit into your existing frame openings. According to Contractor Bob, “With the correct measuring and evaluation, no siding, interior drywall, or trim needs to be replaced. In most cases, all existing window blinds or treatments remain in place. Many vinyl windows have the advantage of being produced regionally to the unique needs and requirements of the climate. They are also ordered to the specifics of the customer’s home. When combined with professional measurement and installation, the vinyl window offers superior performance while reducing the total cost to the homeowner. “

Q. How much does it cost to replace windows?

According to Contractor Bob, there are two classes (types) of windows that homeowners will want to consider, and/or, be aware of;

 A: Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. If anyone can answer this, they are likely low-balling you and you might want to look elsewhere. There is a wide range of grades with different features and benefits. A seasoned pro with proven experience will want to visit your home for an evaluation of your unique needs, requirements, and budget. While this approach takes time, it’s the only way to accurately determine the best value for the homeowner or business.
There are also many types and styles of Replacement Windows. In Northwest Indiana, the most common retrofit windows are double-hung, sliders, casement, and awning style. While factors must be determined through an evaluation, the general rule homeowners can expect to invest in is between $550-800 for a typical double-hung window when completely installed. While the cost of a replacement window itself should be considered, the cost savings in labor associated with vinyl windows are significant.
Simply said, having your windows made to fit your home’s existing opening saves money and prevents leaking and other issues. This is also why warranties on vinyl windows are often lifetime warranties.

Q. Is it worth it to replace windows?

Your windows is an important element of your house. The benefits include comfort, security, curb appeal, and low maintenance all help make it a worthwhile investment. 

A: Your windows are an important element of your house. The benefits include comfort, security, curb appeal, and low maintenance that all make it a worthwhile investment.
    Construction Bob also notes that most home inspections for appraisals will evaluate the windows. A low-performance window or window installed incorrectly will affect the value of your house.

Q.  Why are vinyl windows such a good choice for replacement windows?

Q.  Why are vinyl windows such a good choice for replacement windows?

A: Vinyl is a non-conductor of heat and cold. Homeowners with vinyl windows don’t have wear and tear issues, such as rotting, fading, or rusting. With modern technology, vinyl replacement windows are the perfect material that provides low maintenance and comes in a wide range of colors and interior finishes. Since vinyl windows do not absorb water, tolerances are much tighter than wood windows.

Q. What should a homeowner look for in a vinyl replacement window contractor?

You should look for windows manufactured by a well-established company that stays current with new technology.

 A: You should look for windows manufactured by a well-established company that stays current with new technology. Contractor Bob cautions homeowners against companies that are making windows with 20-year-old innovations. He compares this to buying a 20-year-old computer. While it might be considered new, it’s antiquated and can not compare with the performance of selections that come with a modern vinyl replacement window.
Older vinyl windows also don’t hold up to the warranties or energy efficiency of modern design. Contractor Bob advises you to confirm the warranty is transferable. It can come back and haunt you later!

Q. Can I replace windows myself?

To properly measure and install a replacement window will require carpenter skills and specialized tools.

 A: To properly measure and install a replacement window will require carpenter skills and specialized tools. Also, the best vinyl replacement window manufactures will not sell to homeowners. They know it is likely that a window will have issues if a vinyl replacement window is not professionally installed by trained craftsmen.

Q.  Should I replace all my vinyl windows at once?

Not everyone can afford to do all windows at once. A window contractor will let customers know that there is a savings of doing windows at least 4 at a time due to travel and set up time required for each job.

A: Not everyone can afford to do all vinyl windows at once. A window contractor will let customers know that there is a savings of doing windows at least 4 at a time due to travel and set up time required for each job. Replacement windows, especially modern vinyl windows, save energy and can help pay for themselves. Many homeowners choose to finance the cost of the total job.

Q. What custom features are available with vinyl window replacement?

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A: Choices vary. The best window replacement companies are generally complete home improvement contractors and offer a range of options. Some will bring samples to your home. Others will also have planning centers to offer you a complete options list. Dave and Bob both agree it is best to give the customer the choice of having samples brought out to the homeowners or scheduling a visit at the showroom.
Dave likes welcoming customers to visit Kusiak’s planning center but realizes many people don’t have time.  Kusiak also offers to bring the samples to the homeowner as an option. “Having options and choices are important. We like to give our customers solutions when they, where they want and the way they want. We even have a flip brochure on our Kusiak website for customers that like to shop online.”
Kusiak Construction’s Planning Center offers complete home improvement options, including replacement doors, siding, roofing, and replacement windows. Vinyl window offerings include 9 exterior colors, 6 interior finishes (3 of which are woodgrains) grids, tempered/obscure glass, foam-filled frames, bay/bow windows, circles, and archtops.

Q. What is included in a vinyl window warranty?

What is included in a vinyl window warranty?

A: Dave Kusiak loves the value-added of a vinyl replacement window warranty. As a local business owner that cares about 5-star reviews, Kusiak likes reliability and a lifetime warranty that comes from newer vinyl replacement windows. The lifetime warranty on vinyl windows is often transferable, which means higher resale value to the homeowner and allows him to continue his relationship with the next homeowner. Read more: Window Replacement | The Essential Guide for Northwest Indiana
Kusiak’s own company, Kusiak Construction, likes to use regional manufacturers, such as Alliance Windows. Alliance windows can retrofit your replacement windows to your existing window frames. This assures lower installation costs and reduces other issues down the road.
Finally, Kusiak noted that a better vinyl replacement window warranty should cover the vinyl window, hardware, and insulated glass for the lifetime of the customer.
In addition, some warranties cover labor for a set period of time. Glass breakage is also covered under some warranties. Kusiak advises homeowners to shop around contractors for their reputation and experience. In his words, “a warranty is only as good as the company issuing them.”

Meet the Experts

Dave Kusiak offers Window replacement and home improvement solutions on his popular WJOB Radio program.

Dave Kusiak shares Home Improvement solutions on his popular WJOB Radio Program.

Handyman Bob shares the secrets of window replacement can id a frequent quest on Kusiak's radio program

Contractor Bob. The legendary home improvement guy…and now media favorite!

More readings:

Window Replacement | The Essential Guide for Northwest Indiana

Kusiak Construction

Shopping Replacement Windows | Choose from Gold, Silver & Bronze

Free NWI Replacement Window Estimates

Meet Kusiak & Handyman Bob

WJOB Programming- Kusiak & Reardon

Signs of Good Work…. 

The article was written by

Jim Jano Janesheski

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