Categories Cutrateglass, Retrofit, Windows

How Is a Retrofit Window Different From a New Construction Window?

Retrofit Window

Getting new windows has an 85% return on investment.

It’s one of the top ten ways you can improve your home for both value and comfort. If you want to lower your monthly energy bills and update the look of your home, windows are a great place to start.

You may have already heard the terms new construction window and retrofit window. These are the two common ways that new windows get installed in your home. The similarities end there, and if you have wondered what makes them different, read on.

New Construction Windows

Windows classified as new construction windows are replacement windows that licensed contractors can install. What sets new construction windows apart is the amount of work that goes into them.

New construction windows completely replace the old windows. Even the frames of your old windows get removed. The outside siding is often cut back, and the new window frame installed. If you have a homemade from brick, stone, or stucco, then remember that they may have to remove some in order to put in new windows.

Retrofit Windows

Retrofitting a window will involve replacing the glass. The window frame inside the stucco itself stays then a new glass and energy-efficient window is installed. The process is known as retrofitting because you are taking a new window and placing it into an older frame. The process can be completed without stucco, drywall or paint damage.

In some instances, the frame may have to be repaired and can cause some difficulty if it is not plumb to the wall. This process is an excellent choice for those who don’t wish to remove the window frames, or who don’t need to.

Advantages of a New Construction Window

By their very definition, these windows are brand new. If you have substantial damage to your window frames that would require expensive repair, this may be a good option for you. Areas that have high moisture, mold, and rot can sometimes benefit from new frames.

Another advantage of new construction windows, they are uniform and will fit flush to the house. This is because the window frames are secured to the frame of the home. Once space is prepared, and the old material is removed, work can begin.

Advantages of a Retrofit Window

retrofit window is quick and easy to install. If no substantial repairs are needed to the window frame, this kind of replacement can save you money.  The process of retrofitting windows does save the window frame. If you live in an older home, this can be key to retaining the value of your home.

With a window retrofit, you won’t have to repair any damage to the outside of your home. There will be no change to the placement and size of the window. Any original materials will not have to be reconditioned or replaced either.

Disadvantages of New Construction Windows

If you are having new construction windows installed, your home will change. The contractor is going to have to remove a section of the exterior wall of the house. This is because the new frame will have to be placed in the wall.

Once this is done, you will have to repair or replace the siding, or other building material that was disturbed during the installation. This can add to the cost of what is already an expensive proposition. Repairing and replacing siding can cost between $600 to $1,200.

New construction windows can also change the look of your home. They will look modern, and if that doesn’t fit with the exterior of your home, it may be jarring. This is more pronounced in older homes, but it can also be very obvious if a house has a more rustic theme.

Disadvantages to Retrofit Windows

A retrofit window will have one major disadvantage. It relies on the older window frame for the process to go fast. If the window frame is not flush or has settled, it can make the installation more difficult. Even with these difficulties, it’s unlikely that it will cost as much as a new construction window.

If you wish to change the shape and size of your windows, a retrofit would not be appropriate for you. In that case, you’d need to have the entire frame replaced. This isn’t what happens in a retrofit operation, so only those who want to retain their original frames should consider it.

Benefits to Your Home

Whichever way you choose to go, the process will improve both the value and look of your home. While the frame may be the same, a new retrofit window will look nice. If you switch from single-pane to double-pane windows, you can expect to save money on energy with both.

Having windows replaced and repaired will benefit your home either way. The core of the question comes down to what you need and what you want. Both options are viable, but if you don’t want to spend a lot and like your current window configuration, a retrofit would be appropriate.

If you want to change the look of your house completely and are comfortable spending the money to do so, a new construction window might be better for you. You should also consider the area you live in, and if you are in an HOA, you might have to consider the bylaws.

Retrofit Window vs. New Construction Window

Any form of updating to your windows is a positive step to take. The value of a retrofit window is in the cost-saving and time-saving aspects of it. New construction windows cost more and take more time to install.

Both forms of window replacement will supply the same benefits once work has been completed. Remember that you won’t be able to fully recoup your improvement investment on windows alone.

If you are in Las Vegas, Nevada, and want to consider all your options, contact us at Cut Rate Glass. We can help get you the windows that you want and make your dream a reality.
Categories Cutrateglass, Shower

Everything You Need to Know About Frameless Shower Glass Installation

Frameless shower glass installation

Have you ever stayed in a hotel or an Air BnB that had a shower that just felt luxurious?

When you think back to it, we’re willing to bet that shower had frameless glass walls and doors.

There’s something about frameless shower glass that feels like the height of elegance. With the right planning, you could have this luxury in your home.

Read on to learn more about shower glass installation and all the factors involved in it.

What Is Frameless Shower Glass?

Most glass showers use metal frames to hold the panes of glass in place.

This glass is relatively thin to keep costs down, so durability can be an issue. The joints of the metal frame can also be a visual obstruction and can provide a space for soap scum and hard water buildup to accumulate.

Frameless shower glass is a style of shower that gives you clean, elegant glass walls.

There’s no metal frame holding the walls in place, and the glass tends to be a bit thicker. This gives your bathroom a more polished luxurious feel, which is exactly what you want in a space designed to pamper you.

Cost

Because frameless shower glass has to be a little thicker in order to support itself without the metal frame, it tends to be a little pricier.

However, in the long run, you may save money on your shower installation if you take proper care of your frameless shower glass. The added durability translates to a longer lifespan, which means you won’t have to replace your shower as often.

In general, a frameless glass shower installation will cost you somewhere around $1,000.

Depending on your area, your vendor, and the specific products you choose, you may pay as little as $550 or as much as $1,300. Your price will also depend on the size of the shower you’re installing.

Custom Options

If you have a standard-size shower, you may be able to get a kit that will fit into your space.

If your shower space isn’t a standard size, you can still get the frameless glass shower of your dreams.

Each piece of glass will be custom-fabricated based on measurements taken of your shower area. You can pick from an array of different glass and hardware options to get the final look you want for your shower.

Types of Doors

One of the things you’ll need to decide on for your installation is what type of door you want.

There are two main categories to choose from: swinging and sliding. Which door style you pick will depend both on the effect you want and on your space.

If you want a truly frameless effect, you may want to go with a swinging door, which swings open on hinges. A sliding door will need at least a barn door-style metal bar running across the top. And while a swinging shower door can swing inwards, fire codes state that it must also be able to swing outwards, so you’ll need space to accommodate the door.

Glass Types

You may think that glass is glass is glass, but with frameless shower glass, that isn’t the case.

The most obvious difference in glass styles is frosted versus clear glass. In general, people prefer clear glass for the modern, open look it gives to a space, but frosted glass does offer slightly more privacy, something you may value if you have small children in the home.

You may also be able to get patterned glass which combines clear and frosted glass in a variety of attractive pattern options.

Cast glass is heavily textured and offers slightly more privacy than clear glass. And if you have a more expansive budget, you can get even get glass that can turn from clear to frosted with the flip of a switch.

Installation Process

When you get ready to get a frameless glass shower installed, the first step in the process will be a consultation with your contractor.

They’ll take a look at your shower area and bring product samples for you to take a look at and decide between. At this meeting, they may also take measurements of your shower area so they can begin manufacturing the needed glass pieces.

After the consultation, there will be a waiting period while your contractor gets your glass cut to size for you.

They’ll order the hardware you want, and when everything is ready, they’ll bring it in for installation. They’ll schedule an appointment with you, install the shower, and answer any remaining questions you may have about things like warranties and maintenance.

How to Clean Them

The beauty of frameless glass showers is the sparkling openness they bring to your space.

If the glass of your shower is smudged with handprints or coated with shower scum, it’s going to ruin the luxurious effect of the shower. You may be able to get a protective coating put on when the glass is installed to cut down on the amount of time you spend cleaning it.

Protective coating or no, you still need to set up a routine cleaning schedule for your glass.

Keep a squeegee in your bathroom and use it to dry your shower glass after every shower to prevent hard water buildup or little water spots. Always use an approved glass cleaner and a gentle cloth to clean your glass; harsher means could damage the finish on your glass.

Learn More About Shower Glass Installation

A frameless glass shower can be a beautiful addition to your home.

Knowing what you want going into your shower glass installation will help you pick materials that work well for your style and your budget.

If you’d like to get frameless shower glass installed, get in touch with us at Cut Rate Glass. We are a team of professionals skilled in glass replacement and installation with the lowest prices in Las Vegas.

Contact us today to request a quote on your job.

Categories Cutrateglass, Windows

The Pros and Cons of Installing Glass Double-Pane Windows

To replace windows, you can expect to spend between $200 and $1,800 per window.

By using a glass replacement service, you’ll save a lot of money. If you need new glass in your windows or are considering changing from single-pane to double-pane windows, you might be curious about the differences.

Glass replacement differs from window replacement in that it doesn’t involve removing and replacing the entire window frame. With a glass replacement, you can update the glass in your windows. If the window frames aren’t broken, there’s no reason to fix them.

Let’s take a look at the differences between single-pane and double-pane windows, as well as the pros and cons of each.

Single-Pane Windows vs Double-Pane Windows

If you don’t know what kind of windows you have, the first thing to determine is what the age of the window is. The more modern the window, the greater the chance you have double-pane windows. Older homes and older windows are where single-pane windows are more common.

Single-Pane Windows

A single-pane window is exactly what it sounds like. It has a single pane of glass that makes up the window.

This type of window was everywhere until double-pane windows started getting more popular in the 1970s. While single-pane windows are cheaper than double-pane, they have no other advantages.

You can still buy single-pane windows, but their use in new homes has vanished. A lot of people who don’t think they can afford double-pane windows consider single-pane windows.

You’ll save money upfront by buying single-pane windows, but in the long term will lose big. Single-pane windows can cost you hundreds in increased energy bills.

Double-Pane Windows

Losing heat through windows accounts for 25% to 30% of temperature loss. 

In the summer, the cool air is warmed through windows, and in the winter the opposite happens. Double-pane windows address this by making windows more energy efficient.

A double-pane window is constructed out of two pieces of glass, instead of one, and between them a thin layer of argon gas is injected. This provides a buffer between the outside temperature and the air inside. This improves energy efficiency and will save you money over the life of your windows.

Double-pane windows are more expensive to install than single-pane windows. The difference is not as great as you would think. If you’re just replacing the glass in your windows, the cost will be low.

Double-pane replacement up to 24 x 36 costs as low as $99 a window. That’s less than half of the lowest price to replace windows. Not only is it cheap, but you will experience the benefits of having double-pane windows.

Actual Dollars Saved

If you replace your single-pane windows with double-pane windows, you’ll save an average of $381 in the Las Vegas area every year.

This is because of the lower cost of your energy bills. Even replacing older double-pane glass with new glass, you can expect to save up to $60 a year.

The savings on energy bills will begin as soon as your new glass is installed. You’ll notice that your HVAC system has a much easier time keeping the temperature steady. This reduces the amount of wear and tear on your HVAC unit, and can even extend the life of your heating and cooling.

Sunlight Damage

The sun is constantly bombarding our world with powerful UV radiation. The same reason why we get sunburns also affects our furniture. Carpet, sofas, chairs, and even clothing left out in the sun will slowly become damaged.

Single-pane windows don’t do a good job of stopping sunlight. Double-pane windows can help to protect the inside of your house from the harsh forces outside. Replacing your single-pane with double-pane windows can save you more than just on utility bills.

Blocking Noise

Double-pane windows block more outside noise than single-pane windows. In a single-pane window, there’s no barrier between sound except for a single piece of glass. Glass vibrates easily with sound waves and allows the sound to pass into your home.

Double-pane windows provide a barrier between the sound wave and your home. They can provide significant noise reduction. This is a very good benefit if you are living in or near an area that has a lot of traffic and people.

The thicker the glass you get, the better the sound protection will be. As sound travels it loses energy, and the more material between you and it, the more you will notice the reduction. This is true in windows, doors, and walls.

Going Beyond

You may need more than just a regular glass replacement. If this is the case, you can trust us to retrofit your windows and doors. If your windows are getting old and not functioning properly, retrofitting them can ensure that you receive the energy benefits you were wanting.

A retrofit can help increase the UV protection and energy savings in older double-pane windows. It will also increase the value of your home and look far nicer. Investing in good window replacement has a lot of benefits.

A Wise Investment

Replacing the glass in your windows will not only save you money, but it will increase the value of your home. The value of the home will allow you to recoup most of your investment when you invest in better windows for your home.

Damaged windows are a big turn off to prospective buyers. If you are wanting to sell your home, you need to have your windows replaced. Replacing them with double-pane windows will increase the value even more and help you raise the asking price.

Let Us Help You

No matter what problem you’re having with your glass, Cut Rate Glass can help. Double-pane windows are safer, stronger, and better for your home than single-pane. We also repair and replace doors and the glass in them.

If you’re in the Las Vegas area, don’t struggle through another summer with high electricity bills.

Contact us today to get your glass replaced or repaired.

Categories Cutrateglass, Retrofit, Windows

Are new energy-efficient windows worth it?

As a local glass shop, we know there are many types of glass windows in Las Vegas because we replace glass throughout the entire Las Vegas valley. Some very old, some single pane, some dual pane, some new energy-efficient Windows with low e glass. Sometimes we will recommend a retrofit when the window is very old, broken beyond repair or has hardware missing.

We get the question often, “Is it worth it to replace my windows?” The answer is not as simple as yes or no. It really depends on a lot of factors. Including the age of the current windows, type of windows (single pane or dual pane), type of glass currently in the home as well as physical features of the home such as shade, layout and sun coverage.

Retrofit windows certainly improve the value of a property when installed correctly and most homeowners will save money on energy bills when installing new energy-efficient windows and doors.

At Cut Rate Glass we offer new windows and new doors for homes. We have three different levels of window depending on budget and customer preference. We always offer free in-home estimates.

Call 702.292.9977 today for a free in-home estimate for new energy-efficient windows, or click here to start the process.

Categories Cutrateglass, Doors, Retrofit, Windows

High-Quality Service & Upfront Pricing

At our glass shop we pride ourselves on a few things:

  1. Providing high-quality glass service
  2. Providing fair, honest and upfront pricing

Because of those two things we believe that in-home estimates should be free. The reason is that to properly price and diagnose a window, door or glass issue, it is always best to see it in person. While this does cost us money as far as labor, it is simply the right way to do business.

There are many factors that contribute to the price of glass replacement. Some include the type of glass, type of window, Low-E, tempered, grids, location, etc. By actually visiting a property and seeing the entire situation we can accurately price a job. We do offer phone quotes but they are not binding until an onsite inspection can be done.

But why are they free?

Well, we believe that a customer has the right to know upfront ALL costs and they should have the opportunity to shop around and compare prices and companies. While some other companies have begun charging for estimates, we never will!

This free estimate policy has been in place since the start of the business and includes all of our service, glass repair, glass replacement, window repair, new frameless shower glass, framed shower enclosures, wall mirrors, and window hardware.

Give us a call at 702.292.9977 for a free estimate for all your window glass needs, or click here to get started.