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Window Replacement | FAQ with Kusiak & Contractor Bob

Today, we premier our first episode of a new video series called, “Window Replacement | FAQ with Kusiak & Contractor Bob.” Each month, you’ll find the answers and solutions to home repairs and renovations that folks around Northwest Indiana are searching for on the web. In today’s video, Kusiak and Contractor Bob will help you learn about the different types of replacement windows, what to ask a contractor, and what to look for. You’ll also discover why vinyl replacement windows fit Porter County and Lake County like a glove! So, without further ado…. let’s make it happen!

 Video Debut: FAQ with Kusiak & Contractor Bob….  Let’s Make It Happen!

As you can see from the video, Dave Kusiak and Bob Popovich love to keep it fun and are passionate about home repairs, renovation, and helping people in home improvement in Northwest Indiana. Ironically, it was through running their own separate home improvement companies that they learned to come together as friends.
Over the years, the two became close friends. Kusiak would often have Popovich as his guest on his popular radio show found on WJOB. Sharing a common work ethic and passion for helping people helped make them very popular on the radio. They soon developed a following. People in Lake County and Porter County couldn’t get enough of these two contractors!
With Kusiak’s high-energy and ‘get-it-done’ spirit combined with the legendary expertise of Contractor Bob, creating a blog and video series was the perfect outlet for their shared passion for helping people.

A passion for helping people…people like you!

Whether you're a Northwest Indiana homeowner or a contractor, Kusiak and Contractor Bob welcome your questions.

Whether you’re a Northwest Indiana homeowner or a humble contractor looking for answers, Kusiak and Contractor Bob welcome your questions. Just click this link to visit Kusiak’s contact page. Let the dynamic duo know how they can assist you or answer your questions. If you want to subscribe to their YouTube channel, just click the icon below their video on YouTube to never miss an episode!

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

Q.  What questions do I need to ask when shopping for new 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 want to consider and/or be aware of;
New Construction Windows; made in standard sizes. Once a size selected, the builder will frame the opening to fit the windows and install it before brick, siding, drywall, and trim are installed.
Remodeling or Retrofit Windows; these replacement windows are custom-made to fit into your existing frame openings. 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.

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.

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 don’t have wear and tear issues, such as rotting, fading, or rusting. With modern technology, it is the perfect material that provides low maintenance and comes in a wide range of colors and interior finishes. Since vinyl does not absorb water, tolerances are much tighter than wood windows.

Q. What should a homeowner look for in a 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. 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 technically be new, it’s antiquated and can not compare with the performance or selections that come with a modern vinyl replacement window. Older windows also don’t hold up to the warranties or energy efficiency of modern design. 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 replacement or retrofit window manufactures will not sell to homeowners. They know it is likely that a window will have issues if a replacement window is not professionally installed by trained craftsmen.

Q.  Should I replace all my 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 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 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?

vinyl replacement windows

A: Choices vary. Kusiak Construction’s Planning Center offers 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 from a vinyl replacement window warranty. As a local business owner that cares about 5-star reviews, Kusiak likes reliability and a life-time warranty that comes from newer vinyl replacement windows. The lifetime-warranty 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, 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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