by: Cyndi Beaver

I love the windows in my home. But until recently I had no idea if they are “construction grade windows”. The light shining through makes my home so bright and inviting. In fact, that’s one of the reasons we bought the home. What never occurred to me was having to replace them.

At some point in time most homeowners will have to address this problem. I just never thought it would be so soon for us.

Windows as a Barrier

My house is not that old; only eighteen years. The windows seem to function well. They open. They close. They do keep out the rain.  But the heat and the cold, not so much.

Our windows are double pane and I suspect the glass does have some energy efficiency quality.  At least that’s what my husband says.  They do not appear to be Low E which is a reflective glass used on new windows that helps to keep the heat out in the summer. That is probably why the previous owners tinted all the windows.

Construction Grade Windows

The windows in our home are what is known in the industry as “construction grade”.  These are the low end, least expensive windows that are installed in most new homes. And our home builder must have used the cheapest construction grade on the market.

We have several windows where the grids are beginning to crack and fall between the panes of glass creating Picasso-inspired obtuse triangles. It is just a matter of time before all the grids will slip to the bottom of the window, as is apparent on several of the neighboring houses around me.  Thank you, cheap home builder.

I have also taken note of several other issues. For one, condensation has begun to appear between the glass on several of the windows. (Queue epic “Jaws” soundtrack here).  Like the great white shark, this is not a problem that will go away on its own.

Condensation is a sign that the seal between the two panels has failed and moisture has built up between the glass. Any argon gas which was installed between the panels to help keep out the heat, has likely escaped.  Thus, making the windows about as effective as a single pane window.  Even on our windows without condensation, I can see the seals are cracking between the panes.

The biggest impact of these low quality construction grade windows has been in the upstairs master bedroom. This room sits on the south east side of the house and gets all the morning and afternoon sun. In the summer, this room is hot enough to cook the evening meal. Just set the roast in front of the window and “ta-da” dinner is ready by the time I get home! Seriously though, my husband and I have taken to living downstairs during the summer and sleeping in the downstairs guest room. The alternative to running the AC all night long.

Replacing Construction Grade Windows

So, if you are experiencing similar stories in your home, it might be time to consider replacement. As you look into this project, keep these suggestions in mind:

1) Work in Phases – You can split up this project to make the cost more manageable.  Focus on the problem areas of the home. For example, our master bedroom will be first on my list. In a couple of years, all the grids will have collapsed, and those windows will be next on my list and then so on and so forth. If you choose to break up your project over several years be sure  to purchase a window brand that has some longevity and won’t be out of business next year.  Upon completion you will want to have windows that look the same, are from the same company and offer the same warranty.

2) Funding – If you want to do the whole project at once and are looking for funding, consider a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program. These programs enable property owners to fund 100 percent of energy efficiency projects and pay it back over time as a property tax assessment.  For some homeowners, this is a great option that can keep payments affordable and may even provide some tax benefits. This program is not offered in all communities so do some research.

3) ROI – Although replacing those cheap construction grade windows can be a costly project, it may also offer a considerable return on your investment.  Per Angie’s List, window replacement can bring a 70 percent ROI on home resell value depending on how many and the type of windows that you replace.

4) Tax Credits – The US government also offers tax credits for energy efficiency upgrades and energy efficient windows may qualify for a 10% credit (not including install). Eligibility for credit can usually be found on the manufacturer’s website.  This tax credit offer may expire anytime so you might consider replacing windows now rather than later.

5) Energy Star – ENERGY STAR-rated replacement windows will also help control those increasing energy bills. Per savings can run $126.00-$465 a year when replacing single pane windows and $27-$111 a year for double-pane, clear glass replacement.  Not a bad deal when you consider that new windows will last 20-40 years.

When to Upgrade Windows

There are many things to consider when doing a construction grade window replacement and ultimately, the energy savings, comfort, funding and esthetics to your home will all play a big part on your final decision. For me, I’ll be moving forward soon on my project.  Looking forward to having beautiful windows that do a lot more for my home then just open and close.

One of the most common job requests that we receive is to replace an existing window with a door to the exterior of the home.  There are a variety of reasons that homeowners look to do this project including access to an outdoor living space, access to a new deck or flat roof area, creating more light for the interior of the home, or provide better view to a scenic area or to a pool or play area where they can keep an eye on their kids. There are plenty of beautiful outdoors we want to see in Southern California.

Whatever your reason, we can help you with expert construction, permitting, and door options that match your style and budget.

Open Your Home to the Outdoors

Some of the projects are from a window to a single door and others are to increase the opening to accommodate French doors, a single door with sidelights, or a sliding patio door.  There are multiple doors to choose from to create access to the outside and ReHome Solutions can provide you with solutions that best fit your needs. Converting a window to an exterior door can offer beauty and increased value to a home.

Exterior Door Options

When looking at door options, consider both the inside and outside area around the door. Consider the swing of the door: do you want it to open to the outside or to the inside? Would a patio slider work better for the space? Consider screening for the door. Not all door systems offer screening and your idea of bringing the outdoors in may not mean bringing in unwelcome critters.  What are you trying to accomplish with that new door? Simple access, increasing the view, or do you want to make a design statement for both the indoor or outdoor living space? There are all types of styles for single doors with glass, French doors, single or multi-panel sliders, accordion-type sliders or even full glass wall systems.

When considering changing out your window to a door system there are several things to keep in mind when undertaking this job.  Is there electrical or plumbing that will need to be moved? If you are looking to widen the space, be aware that there may structural changes such as replacing the header or adding bracing or support framing that will need to be done to protect the integrity of the home. Will a step or deck need to be built on the outside? Will the new door require a roof overhang to protect the door?

Converting a Window to an Exterior Door

Depending on how large you want to make the opening, it may require an engineer or architect to look at the project. There may even be building limitations on the property that will influence what you can do.  Most certainly, permitting and inspections will be required.

In general, costs can start around $2500 but as mentioned above, the size and type of door plus general construction work, electrical or plumbing, permitting and inspections will add on to this amount.  Keep in mind that replacing a window with a new exterior door can also bring beauty to your home and increase your property value.

From Los Angeles and Orange Counties to Riverside and San Bernardino, ReHome Solutions can assist you with all types of doors, all the construction work required, permits and any inspections necessary. So, if you’re looking to bring the outdoors in and to add value to your home, give us a call at 888-568-8668.

Maybe your windows are only single pane. Maybe your windows have started to separate from the wall. Maybe you want to upgrade the overall look and energy efficiency of your home. There are many reasons you may have for wanting (or needing) replacement windows. They are a smart choice for any homeowner and can offer a tremendous return on investment. So what type of windows are the best replacement windows in Ontario, CA? Here’s what you need to know:

Replacement Window Material

When choosing replacement windows for your home there are lots of options. The materials from which they are made is critical. Do not discount or overlook this important factor. Let’s start with the worst: wood windows. Obviously we’re talking about the frame; not the part you want to see through. Wood window frame material is very expensive and has very few advantages besides having the look and feel of a wood window. The problem with wood windows is the wood can suffer termites, rot, dry rot, expansion and contraction, and need regular maintenance.

From worst to best. Your next option is vinyl. Vinyl replacement windows are the most commonly used and best bang for your buck. ReHome Solutions offers a PVC-grade vinyl that won’t crack, peel, chip or discolor over time. Vinyl replacement windows stand up to most hot and cold weather environments and are the most common application for replacement windows.

Next you have aluminum replacement windows. Aluminum window frames are normally used when a color other than white or cream is needed on a project. Aluminum windows can be painted most any color. The ability to easily paint your window frame is helpful if you need to meet HOA requirements. The aluminum windows ReHome uses do not transfer heat because the glass and frame are thermally broken, so conduction of heat is stopped. Most older aluminum windows are not thermally broken so they transfer heat in and out of the home through conduction. This costs you thousands of dollars each year.

Finally, you have fiberglass windows. This is a high end product designed for extreme heat and cold weather. Fiberglass windows can come in most any color and can take any amount of heat or cold and maintain structural stability. Fiberglass window replacement is can be costly and should be chosen when necessary.

Replacement Window Styles

So now that you’ve chosen your material, what is the right style for you and your home? You must consider the configuration of the windows. You have many different styles from sliding windows, single hung windows, double hung windows, casement windows, awning windows, fixed glass windows, and many more options. These different configurations determine the swing or slide of the window sashes. Choosing the best window configuration to meet your needs is something a ReHome window specialist can assist you with.

Types of Window Glass

Also when considering replacement windows glass is a major part of the window unit. The type of glass determines your windows energy efficiency rating. ReHome only uses Energy Star-rated replacement windows. Your replacement windows should always have double or triple pane glass packs that are argon gas filled so that you have the best energy efficient replacement windows. Also by choosing the right glass for your replacement windows you will cut down on noise from the outside coming in.

Best Replacement Windows in Ontario, CA

As you think about what type of windows are the best replacement windows, remember energy efficiency. Energy efficient replacement windows can improve your home’s curb appeal, increase home value, allow you to live more comfortable in your home year round, lower your AC and heating cost, and provide security and privacy. Window replacement in Ontario, CA and other Southern California communities will is an extremely wise choice. Contact a ReHome Solutions window specialist today to learn more and get a no obligation quote!


Have you been considering replacing the windows of your Ontario, California home? For some houses this could mean replacing 10-30 windows. While this can seem like a very expensive and major energy efficient home improvement, there is good news for California homeowners.

Perks of Window Replacement for Southern California Homeowners

Did you know that California offers homeowners many major perks and tax benefits for improving your homes energy efficiency? Many Inland Empire cities offer programs for all homeowners regardless of credit score. These programs are called PACE Financing Programs and are state, county, and city sponsored and are voted on by every city council. When replacing windows in your home, the PACE programs allow you, the homeowner, to pay zero upfront cost, zero down payment, and zero for the completion of your energy efficient replacement window project by a licensed contractor such as ReHome Solutions. You simply pay your windows off monthly through your property taxes. Check out programs like ReNew Financial, HERO Program, and Ygrene or call our friendly staff to learn more about how to make your energy efficient replacement window project easy and affordable.

The Cost of Window Replacement

Replacement windows in Ontario, like other surrounding communities, come with many different material options and install methods. For the sake of your informed decision-making, here are the major factors for price variances.

  1. Window Material Make-Up :

Windows come in a variety of different materials and range in price from $700- $1600 per unit. Some of the most common types of windows are:

  • Fiberglass
  • Wood
  • Vinyl
  • Thermally Broken Aluminum widows.

Each type of window has their advantages and disadvantages. Our team can determine which type of window will work best in your home with your budget.

  1. Replacement Window Size and Configuration: Windows can come in many different shapes and sizes. Your standard single hung window, double hung window, and slider windows are less costly than more detailed configurations such as awning windows, casement windows, bay windows, garden windows, these configuration types are more detailed and cost more than standard configurations. When it comes to home energy efficient window cost, size matters. The larger the glass pack the more expensive the home replacement windows become.


  1. Installation Methods: Installation methods and cost vary wide throughout the industry. Unlicensed contractors are less expensive in the beginning, but will cost you a fortune in the end. Their work is not guaranteed and if there is an accident in your home during or after installation, you have no way to pursue them for the cost of damages. The smarter and safer choice is a contractor who carries full licensing and insurance, like Rehome Solutions, to handle your home replacement window project in Ontario.


There are several major factors to consider when starting a window replacement project for your home. From price to materials to installation methods, each factor can play a role in the cost and success of your project. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.

The Benefits of Quality Windows


Studies have shown that replacing your old single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR certified windows can save up to $580 each year. That’s over 300 gallons of gasoline!


Your windows play a significant role in how much you spend to heat and cool your home, as well as the size of your carbon footprint. Rehome Solutions offers a wide variety of energy efficient windows that can help you increase savings and decrease environmental impact. But to fully understand how much money and energy you ‘re wasting, you must understand a bit about how your windows work.


How Convection Affects Temperature  


Window insulation is affected by a heat transfer mechanism called convection. Convection is the transfer of heat by the movement of gases or liquid. As warm air inside a building comes in contact with a cold window, it cools and sinks, creating a convection current of air near the window.


During the colder months you might have noticed that your window are warmer on the inside in cooler on the outside. And, if you place your hand on the sill at the bottom of the window, you might feel a downward draft of cold air. This is convection at work.


What happens is, as the warm interior air contacts the window, the glass absorbs some of the heat from the air causing it to sink and be replaced by warmer air, and the process repeats. Eventually, if this process is allowed to continue, the interior temperature will become the same as the exterior. Essentially what is happening is the heat of your inside room is being siphoned through the windows.   


The Costs of Ineffective Windows


The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that thirty-five billion dollars in energy are lost each year because of poorly insulated windows. In the United States, the average household spends is $1,500 to $2,500 each year on energy bills. Approximately forty-five percent of this amounts for heating and cooling. Imagine what you could do those savings!


Reanalyzing how your windows affect your energy efficiency is the first step in overcoming rising energy costs and improving energy efficiency. You can even earn a tax credit from the federal government to replace your windows with a more environmentally friendly product.

Take back control of your energy spending! Rehome Solutions will help you win the battle against convection with windows that don’t throw your hard earned money (quite literally) out the window. Call us today and schedule an estimate. Start saving more money while saving our planet’s valuable resources.