Showing posts with label home windows. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home windows. Show all posts

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Great window upgrade

Don Young Company Replacement Windows 

The original windows on this Irving home were starting to look old, dated, and have a few broken glass panes. So, the homeowners did their research on new vinyl windows and found the Don Young window is rated as one of the best vinyl windows for quality and performance made by a local manufacturer.

The process of shopping for new vinyl windows proved to be overwhelming for this couple. What helped them decide on Don Young windows was a visit to our showroom located in Dallas, where they were able to see all the vinyl windows options in person and go over window designs that would best suit their window openings in their house for maximum efficiency, and tour our vinyl window manufacturing department.

The vinyl windows that were installed on this Irving project were single hung vinyl windows with cardinal 366 low-E performance glass with argon gas for maximum U value and solar heat control. The critical part of a vinyl windows ability to block sun is the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (or SHGC) is a measure of how much solar energy is transmitted via your window. The glass used on this job was the Cardinal 366 low-E because it blocks about 73% of direct sun's heat and rejects 95% of damaging UV rays that fade interior furnishings.

New vinyl windows using double pane installed on this beautiful home improved many different things: one was better curb appeal, which is, of course, a primary reason for investing in new vinyl windows; much better solar heat rejection from entering the house, and a quieter inside environment.

On the day of the new vinyl window installation, the installers added extra foam installation around every new vinyl window for combined sound reduction. Using a spray foam around the new windows has a few distinct benefits. One is that it seals the cavity of the window opening around the vinyl windows, which will do a great job of blocking additional sound, dust, pollen, and water from penetrating the perimeter, and second, it serves as a secondary anchor for new vinyl windows into the opening.

Having a quieter home was import to this couple because their property backs up to a bustling road that causes an excess noise problem for this home. The address common noise problem the Don Young company only uses thicker 1/8" glass combined with a 3/4" overall performance insulated glass unit on every one of our custom-made vinyl windows

The new Don Young vinyl windows toned down the extra street noises to a more acceptable level for these homeowners.

Before you, as a homeowner move forward with a replacement window job on your home, let a representative from Don Young windows contact the city of Irving for you to check for any update windows codes.

Whether you have failed glass, broken windows, or a heat problem in the summer months with your home, you will benefit from new vinyl windows custom-made for your window openings and the energy savings they can provide the year round.

The team at the Don Young company would like to thank the extra efforts made by the windows installers working on this home to get all new windows installed before the customer went on vacation.

We make all of our windows at our manufacturing facility in Dallas, and as of this writing, Don Young custom vinyl windows are taking about 3-4 weeks for production time. Then the window installer will contact you directly to schedule a date to install your new windows.

Visit the Don Young replacement window showroom Monday - Friday, or call us to schedule a preferred window contractor for an estimate.

Serving: Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Irving, Flower Mound, and Grapevine.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

What are the best windows for your Flower Mound home?

Buying the best windows for your home is an expensive decision that can take a lot of time an worry. With all the different companies selling windows it's hard to make a good choice when you know little about windows or the companies looking for big profits at your expense. Your goal as a smart shopper is to consider some of these critical questions before signing any window contract.
 Hopefully, this article based on my years of experience can help guide you to a clearer more precise picture of what's important to you as a homeowner and what's the best window for your project.

1.  How to consider the company to do your window replacement installation. Theoretically, we can more accurately highlight the differences between window companies by looking closely at their business model and practices.
Let's start by what is a general contractor?  A general contractor usually has some knowledge of a wide variety of things related to remodeling a house like electrical, HVAC, framing, plumbing, and cement.
A contractor can't be an expert in every category of remodeling, and they typically aren't concerned with window replacement quality or performance.

The national home improvement stores or big boxes offer great value on lots of their merchandise that homeowners need fast and conveniently for their home. But, when it comes to the best windows for your house, you have to get what they have, and that's commonly a low-end product that has to be special ordered that can take several weeks longer than a local window replacement company. One thing to keep in mind is that most custom windows from big box stores are made out of state and can be problematic to service if needed. The chances of big boxes getting your new window order correct aren't good either because the window and door counter is staffed with ill-trained and inexperienced workers that make close to minimum wage or are part-time workers that work throughout the store as needed.

The best choice for custom replacement windows is still companies that specialize in windows and doors. You get a more knowledgeable staff that is trained well on the windows they offer and know the local codes and laws. A company that does only windows can be of great value in suggestion ways to make your new windows more functional and suggest design elements to add to the aesthetics of your house. Most importantly is the fact that not every home is built of designed the same, so what may look good and perform well on one house, may not look good and perform well on another. Specialty window companies offer the best windows in their area of service and just out execute these other players in the custom replacement window business and consider performance, comfort, efficiency, and quality when selecting and keeping window manufacturer.

2. So many window frames to consider, which is the best window?

Wood windows have been around for hundreds of years and have their place within the market. Wood can be easily painted or stained to match any interior and exterior; this is its number one strength. But wood needs lots of love and attention if they are to last. Wood is a high maintenance material that will need to be re-painted or stained. If the wood is exposed to high moisture, it will eventually rot. The main obstacle for most homeowners is the cost of new wood windows. A homeowner can expect to spend much more on this material without any added energy savings.

Windows made from fiberglass is considered a low maintenance material that is strong and durable and won't rot like a wood window. One thing that fiberglass has with wood windows is the flexibility to be painted any color to match any color theme in a house. As for the price of fiberglass, it has the same downside as wood windows and that is its high upfront cost to use in your home.

The biggest obvious advantage of aluminum windows is the fact they last so long in any environment. Also, aluminum can have a structural strength advantage over other materials; this is why aluminum is used mostly on commercial buildings that have different needs than a homeowner like the ability to support large heavy glass units on the side of a building while being resistant the UV rays, and being maintenance free. One of the aluminum weaknesses is it conducts heat and cold better than other materials making it less energy efficient.

 Vinyl replacement windows now represent over 50 percent of the new windows used in homes in the United States and are the number one choice with builders for good reasons. Vinyl is the most economical of all replacement window materials to use for residential homes. Vinyl replacement windows are designed with multiple hollow chambers in their frames and sashes which makes them insulate well. Vinyl is one of the lowest maintenance materials which is exactly what the majority of homeowners ask for in new replacement windows. The limitation on color options has in the past hindered sales, but since around 2000 the paint and laminate technology has improved to the point that many window manufacturers offer several colors including black backed with ten or more years of warranty with great long-term success even in southern climates.

All right, we looked at the most common frame options and your now wondering which one will be the best window for me or my home?  Before you can make the wisest choice think about how long you might be living in your home. If you have kids that are starting school and you plan to live in the same house until your children finish college than that's a long-term investment, which might mean you are willing to spend more money for longer lasting replacement windows or new construction windows. Keep in mind window manufacturers will have a good, better, and best options on their windows, so the better and best options will have the longest life.

Or, perhaps you are more budget minded, and the best window for you is basic and inexpensive, so many manufacturers offer a budget window for shoppers that have tighter budgets. It's important to weight the energy performance of a budget window against the more expensive model. One of the best window options for a budget window that will help it perform in the heat of summer is to upgrade to a better low E glass options. Custom made budget windows can be upgraded with a few manufacturers to help improve the windows performance U values numbers.

How efficient a new window is, will affect the price. The NFRC says higher efficiency means more energy savings, here is the link:NFRC window website

The best windows for a home, as you can see have many options and variables that are worth debating before actually sending your money.
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Surprising Reasons For Buying Vinyl Windows From Smaller Manufacturers

                                                                Photo of Don Young Vinyl Windows

With the multitude of vinyl window options for homeowners to choose from it can be challenging to research all of the information and figure out who manufactures the best vinyl windows that right for you.

The critical thing to know about vinyl replacement windows is that they’re not unproven for home window use. Homeowners have been buying replacement vinyl windows for about 50 years, and some vinyl compounds are now capable of lasting decades in Texas homes.

How is vinyl made?

Vinyl is made from two simple building blocks: chlorine from salt, and ethylene from natural gas. Then these two ingredients are further processed through chemistry to made vinyl for windows that are flexible and durable enough to last for years.

When it comes to making vinyl windows impact resistant, there are a few extra steps needed to address this issue adequately for long-term usage.

Polymers tend to become brittle when exposed to UV rays or low temperatures. To overcome this problem with vinyl windows acrylic based modifiers are used in the formulation process to retain impact strength. Lower priced vinyl windows use lower cost impact modifiers like CHLORINATED POLYETHYLENE which is insufficient for vinyl windows expecting to last twenty plus years in Texas.

Several additives are used in today's vinyl windows such as lubricants, heat stabilizers, plasticizers, impact modifiers, fillers, smoke suppressors and UV stabilizers. The amounts and kinds of these ingredients determine the cost of a vinyl window and how it is expected to perform in the harsh Dallas Fort-Worth climate.

Arent all vinyl windows basically the same?

No two vinyl window manufacturers are the same, but that does not mean there aren’t some essential commonalities either. There are small custom windows companies in Dallas that identify as premium made vinyl windows. These small companies that will custom make home windows are superior to the large brand names. Think of these smaller window companies like a microbrewery that care intensely about quality ingredients and service.

There's a trend with smaller window producers of making some of the best vinyl windows possible and focusing on consistent high-quality. The commitment to higher quality windows has some benefits: First quality has a powerful way of building an excellent reputation. Second these smaller companies with limited advertising budgets sell a better product at a better price because the goal with smaller window companies is to be lean and build better windows that get great reviews from their happy customers.

There is a demand for better custom windows, and small manufacturers fill this segment exceptionally well. And homeowners looking for the best locally made custom windows are being rewarded by choosing smaller companies with more efficient, less costly, and better quality windows.

When homeowners shop for new windows to replace the old ones, they look for better more efficient windows options that pack in the most value for their energy dollar,

 Smaller window companies are usually family owned and operated and bring a daily commitment and mindset of making better quality windows, and they are doing this with sweat equity and passion for the custom window craft.

 Many of the more prominent vinyl windows focus on selling the most windows (usually to the more competitive new construction industry), and that always means cost-cutting to get more business. But, this has an ugly side effect, and that is a reduction in overall quality of the window. To sell more windows at a cheaper price, guess what happens? A bunch of things you as a shopper of new windows cant see:

1.  Like thinner vinyl walled windows (up to 20% thinner than a premium vinyl windows).

2.  They use fewer amounts of costly ingredients like Titanium Dioxide and other more expensive compounds.

3.  The standard use of extra thin single strength glass is the apparent way that big companies cut cost. This thin single strength glass is easier cracked or broken during the installation process or small hail storms.

One word of caution to people shopping for new premium vinyl windows is to avoid recycled vinyl. Again the ways of cutting cost on vinyl windows are numerous and troubling for unknowing window shoppers.  Using recycled vinyl negatively affects the durability and longevity of the window.

Smaller companies that are focused on the replacement window business are building better products, and they avoid the good, better, best game. so they only use costlier pure virgin vinyl for every window they custom make, because it's stronger and more durable.

Is all vinyl used in windows the same?

One vinyl name that is popular in the micro custom window business in Deceuninck.

Deceunink formulates and extrudes laboratory-proven, and more importantly real-world proven vinyl compounds to withstand the harsh effects of Texas weather. Their vinyl compounds excel in durability against ultraviolet light, heat, and small hail penetration

Deceuninck vinyl compounds are a proven favorite with these small window producers, and some have been using this compound in Texas for over twenty years now.

The Deceuninck vinyl used by these micro window manufacturers exceed the standards for strength and color retention established by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA).

To go one step further to ensure the performance of vinyl used by these small producers they participate in third-party certification to guarantee that the vinyl used on the vinyl windows delivers as promised.

Premium vinyl windows have a lot of strengths like resistant to rot, insect and microbial damage, never require painting and are easy to clean with ordinary household cleaners, and are thermally efficient at a low price point compared to wood or fiberglass windows.

The difference between premium grade and low-grade, vinyl windows are the ingredients used and in what proportions.
 Premium vinyl windows have more Titanium Dioxide in the base compound, which helps prevent UV breakdown of the vinyl, which means the vinyl frames will remain flexible longer than low-grade vinyl. Having more of this one expensive ingredient "Titanium Dioxide" allows us to provide a high-quality longer lasting vinyl windows.

Using vinyl suppliers that are equipped with pharmaceutical-grade compounding and blending systems provide the highest consistency in vinyl window material. Consistent quality is what differentiates the smaller producers from the big window produces looking to save a few dollars wherever possible.

How do smaller companies make vinyl windows even better?

So, what are the other ways that a smaller manufacturer is making vinyl windows stronger and better?

The smaller companies use vinyl windows that are designed with multi-chambered thicker frames for added strength; similar to how a honey cone uses multiple chambers for strength and added support. The other part of making vinyl windows stronger is what you can't see, and that is added internal aluminum inside the frames where its needed to support heavy glass and to fasten locks to the operating sashes securely.
This added aluminum support ensure there is no sagging, twisting, or functional issues years down the road.

It's worth noting that many vinyl window manufacturers don't use adequate metal supports for add strength because of the added cost. The result of not using proper internal metal supports on a big window is homeowners noticed their vinyl windows beginning to sag, which causes windows not to lock or seal out air properly.

What are the advantages of vinyl windows?

Lower Price Point 

As compared to wood and fiberglass windows vinyl windows are the most cost-effective way to custom make replacement windows for homes.

High Energy Efficiency
Low air infiltration and little thermal transfer due to the non-conductive characteristics of vinyl make it an excellent choice for better energy efficiency.

Less Condensation 
Vinyl windows create, less condensation than wood or aluminum windows.


Vinyl windows require little upkeep and maintenance after they’re installed in your home because they never need to be re-painted, re-stained, and vinyl isn't prone to termite damage


The ability to heat weld vinyl frames make for stronger frame corners. With premium compounds, vinyl windows can last decades.

Return On Investment

When considering the return on investment, vinyl windows receive a higher resale value as compared to fiberglass or wood replacement windows. Vinyl windows have an ROI of around 72%, in the Dallas Fort-Worth markets making it one of the best remodeling investments in older homes.

The lower price-point, higher energy efficiency, low maintenance, and durability make vinyl replacement windows a great value.

Vinyl replacement windows are available in all the popular styles, including single-hung, double-hung, sliders, picture/fixed, casement,  so, you’re sure to find one for your home window needs.

The use of high quality formulated vinyl compounds cost a little more, but can't be beaten for excellent long-term performance for the life of the product, regardless of geographic location. You can be confident in purchasing premium vinyl windows because they are backed by a limited lifetime warranty against cracking, pitting, corroding and peeling.

Family owned smaller replacement window companies in the Dallas Fort-Worth area are providing homeowners with great vinyl windows at less money that will undoubtedly outlast the windows from the big named competition.

The replacement window professional in Dallas: Don Young Co.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Who's Making The Best Vinyl Windows In Dallas?

Since the start of Don Young window company back in 1978, we have worked hard on designing and manufacturing the best vinyl windows for the Dallas Fort-Worth markets possible. We have always chosen to use the most energy efficient low E glass and most durable vinyl frame materials proven to hold up to our Texas heat for our vinyl windows.

We put in tremendous amounts of sweat equity into our vinyl window manufacturing company over the years to ensure our windows can proudly have a reputation for excellent vinyl windows from Dallas Fort-Worth homeowners that have our windows installed in their homes.

We can say with confidence that, yes, the Don Young window company has earned the label of producing one of the best vinyl windows that incorporates durability, strength, and energy efficiency in all of our vinyl windows. Through daily commitments of strict quality assurance practices, we keep the focus on daily window quality and ongoing improvements in window production.

The beauty of all this commitment to vinyl window quality is that once you’ve put in the work to achieve making the best windows, it brings with it a following of satisfied homeowners. These happy homeowners that have our windows installed in their house highly recommend the Don Young vinyl windows to neighbors, friends, and they write some of the best reviews of our windows products any window manufacturer could hope to receive.

The Don Young window company specializes in making custom replacement vinyl windows. This means we are putting 100% of our focus on better components used in our windows and more options to choose from in our window lineup for the residential homeowners. One of the things we know is when people start shopping for windows to replace their old ones in their homes; they want a lot better window then came with the house. All of Don Young window efforts surround this need of homeowners wanting the best vinyl windows for the money. Best replacement windows for the money is what Don Young excels at; we solve all the problems of old windows by making windows more energy efficient, quieter, blocks most of the suns heat, are long-lasting, and less drafty.

The way we focus on making custom windows that we proudly use in our own homes and friends homes is in stark contrast to what so many large window manufacturers produce. Large window companies focus on reducing material cost by any means necessary to sell at a cheaper price, to get more sales. These large window companies end up sacrificing quality, longevity, and energy efficiencies by selling at these lower prices. If you want a cheaper vinyl window for your home, the Don Young company doesn't serve that part of the window business.

No, you won't have to overspend to have a quality Don Young vinyl windows installed in your lovely home. The main reason why Don Young windows are a better value than the big window names is we only spent about 2% of our window sales on marketing; as compared to big window names spending 15-30% of sales on marketing. You as a homeowner can save more money and have a better, longer lasting vinyl window by choosing Don Young windows over a big national window company. It's astonishing to us to see so many cheaply made vinyl windows products being produced and sold in the Texas market by some of these large manufacturers.

While there's usually a lot of fat you can cut from a window manufacturing business; you need to be reasonable about it if the goal is to produce great vinyl windows every day. Cutting some things might improve our overall net profit, but vastly decrease the one thing we are known for and for us that is making one of the best vinyl windows in Dallas Texas.

One common thing we at the Don Young window company have with our customers is a lot of employees that work for the Don Young company have our vinyl windows installed in their homes too.  We make the windows, and we help design our windows; we use our windows, and we love the vinyl windows we make in our Dallas Texas plant.

Don Young window company is always striving to be a little better every year, because of our competitive nature the Young family and our team members have. We aim to set ourselves apart from other window competitors. In order to achieve these high expectations, we continually search the market for the latest glass technologies and vinyl innovations. Utilize the best production techniques keeps quality high and mistakes to a minimum. This is our formula for great vinyl windows and having a healthy debt-free window facility where we make window product that offers customers the most bang for their viny window buck.

Don Young windows have positioned itself as a leading vinyl replacement window manufacturer, and we produce over 50,000 vinyl windows per year in our Dallas Texas plant.

All Don Young vinyl windows are NFRC, and AAMA certified to meet your specific building requirements.  These third-party test labs ensure our vinyl windows meet particular energy guidelines and pass structural strength test. In every vinyl window test performed by NFRC, our windows exceeded every category.

Don Young currently serves Dallas Fort-Worth, Houston, and San Antonio Texas.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Buying Guide For New Vinyl Windows in Dallas Fort-Worth

When deciding to purchase new replacement windows to replace the old ones in your Dallas Fort-Worth home,  everyone could benefit from paying more attention to what essential window problem are you're trying to solve.

New replacement windows can enhance the look of your home, with the added benefits of making the home quieter, less drafty, and more energy efficient.

As a window manufacturer the Don Young Co. has been making both vinyl windows and aluminum windows since 1987 I still hear customers that come to our Dallas window showroom and mention they are confused about, which window frame material they should use and what glass options are best for their new replacement windows project.

So, I thought I'd share what I’ve learned over the years.

This replacement window buying guide will focus vinyl windows versus aluminum thermal-break windows, and which features are most important to consider for your home in the Texas climate.

 What is the reason for buying new replacement window? The most common answers are: my current windows have failed glass; my windows won't operate properly; they are very drafty in the winter months, or they let in so much heat in the summer.

Better understanding the two different replacement window frame choices will better inform your decision on, which will be better for custom replacement windows project.

Let's start with the advantages of using thermal-break aluminum windows frames. The term thermal-break means the window frame is separated by a non-conductive polyurethane that impedes hot or cold from the outside of the inside of a home. This thermal-break allows for aluminum windows to be significantly more efficient than pure aluminum windows. The other distinct advantage of using aluminum windows on an exterior of a house is the long-lasting durability of this metal.

The advantages of using vinyl replace window frames are they're less expensive than thermal-break aluminum; vinyl is slightly less conductive than a thermal-break aluminum frame, and vinyl does not need to be painted unless you chose a dark color like bronze or black. 

One advantage both vinyl window and aluminum windows have in common is they are both low maintenance windows that only need to be cleaned occasionally, and the window sash balances lubricated with a silicone spray when needed.

Other notable features to consider when you are shopping for new vinyl replacement windows in the Dallas area are glass and argon gas filling options.

Glass choice in custom replacement windows is the number one component of potential energy savings in the Dallas Fort-Worth markets, here's why:

1. The glass is around 80% of most replacement windows, so about 80% of energy savings can occur by selecting one of our four levels of high-performance low-E glass.

2. In the intense heat of summer, Low-E glass is formulated to reflect most of the sun's heat back outside. In the winter months, low-E glass helps reflect your heating to the inside. Low-E glass works excellent in both winter and summer.

3. Our best insulated low-E glass has the added benefit of blocking 95% of damaging UV rays that fade carpets and furnishings.

4. Choosing to add the argon gas upgrade will improve the thermal efficiency of a new replacement window by 15% resulting in a higher R-value.

Overall energy performance of the Don Young thermal-break aluminum window is quite impressive as compared to its vinyl replacement window counterpart that is custom manufactured in the same Dallas Texas location. The energy savings of vinyl over aluminum thermally-broken frames using the same low-E double pane argon gas filled insulated glass on a 2000 square foot home with 15 average sized windows (3'x5') only saves approximately an extra 20 dollars per year in our Dallas Fort-Worth market (based on current energy cost).

Picking a sensible new replacement window from the Don Young company is more natural, with so many window choices that incorporate highly efficient glass options, better weather-stripping's, and proven robust window framing that can handle our harsh Dallas Forth-Worth climates.

Remember the new replacement windows that we make for your home can vary in custom options For example on the west side, where the sun is most intense; those new windows can be ordered with the highest blocking solar heat low-E glass option, and the rest of the house with a different low-E glass that has less tint.

 Don Young has produces over 20,000 series 5000 premium vinyl windows per year since 2003 using Deceuninck vinyl at our Dallas facility, and they are fighting the extremes of Texas and UV rays daily- just an excellent proven vinyl compound for our southern markets.
We serve the Dallas Forth-Worth area with some of the best rated custom-made vinyl windows.

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