Vinyl replacement windows versus composite replacement windows

Vinyl Windows Vinyl window frames are usually made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with ultraviolet light (UV) stabilizers to keep sunlight from breaking down material as much as possible.  There are differences in the quality of one manufacturer’s vinyl compared to another,  This is because a vinyl window frame is made from a compound–a recipe of […]

Replacement Windows – Energy Efficiency & Glass Quality

Windows almost always represent the largest source of unwanted heat loss and heat gain in buildings.  In locales with extreme weather conditions like those we have here in Wisconsin, the importance of minimizing heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer should not be underestimated.  Window quality can make a huge difference […]

Replacement Windows – Read the Warranty!

One of the things to consider as you weigh the price of new windows is the warranty on a window and how long that warranty’s going last because that’s going to determine how far into the future your energy savings can be figured against your cost for the window.  I other words, if your window […]

Replacement Windows – Ease of operation, maintenance, security, sound, and other factors

Ease of operation and maintenance–particularly cleaning– is the second most frequent reason homeowners replace their windows.  Most newer windows either swing, slide or tilt in for easier cleaning, meaning you no longer have to go outside to wash the exterior surfaces–you can wash them from inside the house. Replacement windows available today are generally much […]

Replacement Windows – Air Infiltration

One complaint we hear from homeowners about their current windows is that they can feel air coming through their windows.  What is happening is that air passes from outside to inside the home through gaps and cracks in the window frames and/or sashes.  This is known as air infiltration, which is usually due to: Windows […]

Why AHT Wisconsin Windows is Different Than Other Wisconsin Window Companies

My father always told me that it’s not the problem that matters.  It’s what you do about the problem that matters. This brings me to a problem we see too often with other local contractors in the Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, and Brookfield areas.   We see too often in the home improvement industry, contractors agreeing […]

Why Certifications Matter in the Contractor Business

In an industry flooded with dishonest contractors willing to take your money without doing a good job or even completing the job, it is important to look for a contractor that has taken those extra steps to gain licenses, achievements, and certifications to build trust with local homeowners.  At AHT, we have no problem in […]

Do you need new replacement windows?

Do you need replacement windows? The short answer is probably yes.  You’re thinking “Now wait a minute, this guy owns a replacement window company! Of course, he’s going to say I need new windows.”  Yes, I do own a replacement window company, and yes, we’re always happy to help homeowners but not at the expense […]

When is the optimal time for window installation?

Most folks assume that once it starts snowing in November, and until the snow is melted in March or April, you can’t install custom replacement windows if it’s cold out.  That’s not the case, because we do window installations all year long. The fact is that there is no bad time to install custom replacement […]

Signs Your Replacement Windows Were Improperly Installed

When it comes to replacement window installation, the quality of the window and the knowledge and experience of the installer largely dictates whether the window will have future problems.  Here are a few signs your windows may be improperly installed: Difficulty opening and closing. If your window sticks and you have to force it to […]