Why Fall is the Best Season for Replacement Windows

Have you decided it is time to replace your outdated, drafty windows? If so, you are probably wondering if you can put the project off for a few more months or if now would be the best time to get the job done. A lot of people hold off and get replacement window projects done in the spring when the weather is fair. But the truth is, fall is a great time as well. Here are some reasons why:

Warm, but Not Too Warm

One reason you want to do replacement windows now is because it isn’t too hot or too cold. During installation, you do not want to let in drafts that force you to crank up the air conditioner or the furnace. This is especially true when you plan to replace multiple windows throughout your home. While the process is fairly short, doing these installations in extreme temperatures can impact your comfort.

Proper Caulking

Caulking also tends to adhere better when the temperature isn’t too hot or cold. That said, when your windows are installed by professionals, they know the products and adhesives that will work the best for any season.

More Availability

A lot of homeowners plan to do renovations projects in the spring. That is also the busy season for window replacement and your project could get pushed back due to the demand. Fall isn’t as busy as spring and summer for window installers. You can usually schedule your project sooner and get your replacement windows installed faster.

Energy Savings

The leaves are changing and winter is on the way. If you are toying with the idea of new windows, you should get them done sooner rather than later. That way, your replacement windows can be in before the cold weather strikes. This will improve heating efficiency, make your home more comfortable, and cut down on your monthly energy costs.


While most window companies will give you competitive rates on similar products throughout the year, there is no better time to buy than the fall. You don’t want to go with the cheapest offers on the market without doing your research. You want to find windows from a trusted window contractor who has the best brands and the best values.

Getting the best replacement windows this season takes planning. At Home Supply Window and Door, we offer great prices on a wide variety of top-quality products. We also offer unmatched experience and attention to detail. You can expect outstanding value and a commitment to your complete satisfaction. We will sit down and walk you through all the materials and product styles we offer to find the best window solutions for your home. To request a free in-home consultation and estimate, contact us at (973) 949-5401 or stop by 160 Van Winkle Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506.


What Happens During Window Installation?

If you have decided to get replacement windows, you might have a few questions about the installation process. While the steps may seem simple, it is important to hire a professional for the job. Only trained professionals can meet the highest standards and guarantee complete satisfaction. Here is a generalized list of what you can expect during the installation process:

  1. Appointment Confirmation

A few days before the installation, the office will contact you to confirm the installation date and nail down the details. You may receive some instructions on how you can prepare your home for installation. For example, you will want to remove any blinds and drapes and move furniture out of the way. You also should disable your alarm system so the crew can get to work as soon as they arrive. If you have any other questions about how to prepare your home, ask!

  1. Meet the Foreman

On the day of installation, the head of the crew will walk through your home with you and go over each replacement window. This is an opportunity to make sure products are accounted for. While mistakes are uncommon, they can happen. This preliminary walk through gives installers the chance to catch any errors before removing windows. After the walk through, the foreman will give you an estimated time of completion based on the number of replacement windows and other conditions.

  1. Site Prep

At Home Supply Window and Door, we pay attention to detail and treat your home with the utmost care. Before beginning window removal, we will place covers over your floors and furniture in proximity to the work site. There is some demolition involved complete with dust. But we will do what we can to mitigate debris and keep all construction mess to a minimum.

  1. Old Window Removal

Next, the crew will use a series of tools to take each window out. The process may involve saws, pry bars, and muscle. Again, we will protect your walls, trim, and paint as best we can and ensure your home is not damaged.

  1. Immediate Replacement

Our team typically works from window to window. As soon as the old one is out, the new window goes in. This minimizes heat loss and ensures there is never an opening left in the exterior of your house for too long. Once the window is in, our team will seal and cap the exterior. In a typical day, the installation team can complete approximately insert 10 window replacements, slightly fewer for full frame replacement.

  1. Job Completion and Clean Up

Once all the windows are in and the cladding is installed, the team will clear away any mess and clean up their tools leaving no trace. After that, the foreman will do a final walk through to show you how each window operates and give you instructions on proper maintenance. Again, if you have any questions about warranty or the products, feel free to ask.

If you want the best installation, call (973) 949-5401 or stop by 160 Van Winkle Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506. Not only do we offer some of the best windows, but we also guarantee complete customer satisfaction from start to finish.


How to Prepare for Window Installation

It is exciting to start a home renovation project! Getting replacement windows will have a huge impact, especially in the New York City area. They will improve energy savings, dampen unwanted outside noise, and provide protection against the elements. It is fun to select the material, style, and technologies you want to implement. But the job doesn’t end there. Once you have an installation date, you want to do what you can to help the process run smoothly. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your home for new windows:

  1. Make a Path

When it comes to installers walking through your home, clutter is an enemy. The team will need to bring tools and equipment through your home. Do what you can to clear away toys, rugs, and any other obstacles that could trip them. Make a clear path from the front door to the rooms where you are getting windows replaced. If they have easy access in and out, the installation process will move quickly.

  1. Clear the Outside

You also want to clear what you can on the outside of your windows and the surrounding area. Things like hoses, patio furniture, potted plants—all of these can get in the way of the installation team.

  1. Take Down Window Dressing

You also want to make sure you remove any window drapes, curtains, and blinds. If you plan to re-use them, place them in an out of the way area for storage during the project. Do it ahead of time and the team can get started on your project right away.

  1. Remove Wall Hangings

One thing a lot of homeowners forget is to remove pictures and other wall hangings. Anything in proximity to your windows could be at risk of falling off the wall or tipping over and getting broken.

  1. Cover your Furniture

While dust and debris is minimal, window replacement still requires some demolition. Most companies will put down their own drop cloths. But if you are concerned about items in your home, covering those items in advance is a good idea.

  1. Provide Access to Outlets

Window replacement usually requires power tools to get the job done as efficiently as possible. You will want to make sure to point out and give installers access to your outlets. You will be amazed how a simple thing like that will speed up the process.

  1. Contact Your Security Company

In addition to being home and giving the installation team access, you also want to notify your security company of the renovations. They can deactivate your alarms and disable sensors until the process is complete.

We ensure your project is professionally executed to complete satisfaction. With our experience and attention to detail your installation process will exceed your expectations. For a free in-home estimate, contact us at (973) 949-5401 or come by 160 Van Winkle Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506.


Eight Signs You Need New Windows

Your windows play an important role in your home. They let in light and ventilation. They keep you comfortable no matter the season. They also improve energy efficiency and amp up curb appeal. But if your windows are old and dilapidated, they can be a huge drawback. That is why knowing when your windows need to be replaced is so important. How do you know if the time is right? Here are a few signs to watch for:

  1. Cracked Glass

This is usually the most obvious problem homeowners face. A broken window often means window replacement is necessary. You might be able to find a replacement sash or insert, but you may need or choose window replacement.

  1. High Energy Expenses

One of the first signs your windows are no longer performing is a steady increase in your heating and cooling costs. If your window has a leak or does not insulate as it should, your heating and air conditioning will have to work overtime to keep up.

  1. Fog between the Panes

Condensation may form on the outside panes of your glass due to the environment. For example, cooking or showering will often leave moisture on nearby windows. This is not cause for concern. But if condensation forms between the panes, you have something to worry about. This means the inert gas between the panes has leaked out and your windows are not as energy efficient.

  1. Drafts

Can you stand next to your windows on a cold day in a t-shirt and still feel comfortable? Or do you notice that the air around the window feels cold? You probably have seal failure or missing weatherstripping, which is never a good sign.

  1. Sticky Windows

Walk around your home and test the windows for smooth opening and closing. Operating your windows should not be hard. If you need to force the sash open, or prop it up to keep it open, it’s time to think about replacement windows.

  1. Rot

This is a major concern for old, wood windows. Warmth and moisture can lead to decay and mold. Both can be dangerous and expensive to correct if you ignore the problem for too long. The same goes for any sign of termites.

  1. Outside Noise

Windows are more than just barriers against the elements. Good windows can also help block unwanted outside noise. You may simply be used to the barrage, but if you got replacement windows, the quiet would be a nice change.

  1. Outdated Style

Style isn’t everything, but if you are looking to sell your home, old windows could make or break the deal. Windows play a huge part in first impressions. Potential buyers don’t want to see rust, scratches, or rotting.

If you want to come look at new windows and get a free estimate, visit Home Supply Window and Door. We possess the most detailed product and design knowledge. Our experts can help you get the best products for the best price. Call today at (973) 949-5401 or come by 160 Van Winkle Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506.


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HSWD Hosted Local Architects

HSWD Hosted Local Architects on a visit to the Kolbe Windows & Doors plant in Wausau, WI. The trip started last Sunday in Chicago with a walking tour around The Loop led by the Chicago Architecture Foundation entitled “The History of the Skyscarper”, followed by a boat tour down the Chicago River with momre commentary from CAF docent. Monday included a visit to Tailesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio, and then a tour of two Cardinal Glass plants: a float plant, where they create the glass, and a coatings plant, where they apply different performance coatings to the glass On Tuesday we spent the day at the Kolbe plant, which was a great oppurtunity to learn how Kolbe designs and makes their fantastic products. An action packed trip enjoyed by all!