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GET ENERGY STAR®QUALIFIED INSULATED VINYL SIDING

GET ENERGY STAR®QUALIFIED INSULATED VINYL SIDING

Contact Fred’s Best for a free estimate and to ask us any questions about how our energy efficient insulated vinyl siding can save you money.

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INSULATED VINYL SIDING ADDS COMFORT AND REDUCES ENERGY LOSS

Insulated siding is vinyl siding with rigid foam insulation laminated or permanently attached to the panel. It fights thermal bridging by blanketing a home’s exterior to reduce energy loss through the studs. The green solution creates a thermal mass and increases the overall R-value of the wall. In energy codes and energy efficiency programs, such as LEED v4, insulated siding is recognized as a form of continuous insulation.

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Insulated vinyl siding is accepted as home insulation in various energy efficiency programs — including the checklist of building products or methodologies that can help meet the requirements to qualify under ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes (V.3).

Insulated vinyl siding is included in the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code among the materials that can be used as continuous insulation outside of the building framing to provide the required total wall R-value for buildings in the coldest climate zones

 

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OFFSET YOUR ENERGY COSTS IN VIRGINIA

Because insulated vinyl siding is now recognized as a form of continuous insulation and is proven to save energy, it can help homes qualify for incentives under a variety of state, local, and utility programs, as well as the ENERGY STAR® Qualified Homes Program.

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Local Property Tax Reduction

The Commonwealth of Virginia authorizes jurisdictions to offer incentives for insulated siding, including a reduction in local tax rates.

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Insulated Vinyl Siding is a Viable Option for Builders Using Virginia’s New Energy Code (Adopted July 2014)

Virginia’s energy code now provides an incentive to choose insulated siding instead of using costly R-15 batt insulation. The code permits using R-13 batt insulation with insulated siding to fulfill its requirement. Consider using insulated siding, a form of continuous insulation, instead of upgrading from R-13 to R-15 batt insulation.

For more information, click here to get the Virginia Construction Code (PDF)

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Insulated Vinyl Siding is a Viable Option for Builders Using Virginia’s New Energy Code (Adopted July 2014)

Virginia’s energy code now provides an incentive to choose insulated siding instead of using costly R-15 batt insulation. The code permits using R-13 batt insulation with insulated siding to fulfill its requirement. Consider using insulated siding, a form of continuous insulation, instead of upgrading from R-13 to R-15 batt insulation.

For more information, click here to get the Virginia Construction Code (PDF)

ENERGY STAR® Qualified Homes Program V.3

Due to its ability to reduce thermal bridging, insulated siding can help qualify homes under the ENERGY STAR® Qualified Homes Program.

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Call or email us today to find out more about how we can help you save money while keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter!

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For the official list of certified insulated siding products, visit insulatedsiding.info

 

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Best Vinyl Siding or Fiber Cement Siding?

Best Vinyl Siding or Fiber Cement Siding?

Choosing the best vinyl siding for your home is a decision that’s based on many factors, from good looks to cost. But as you’re weighing the options, don’t ignore important considerations like durability and ease of maintenance. You want good looks that last!

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Choosing the cladding material for the exterior of your home involves the careful evaluation of several factors. Of course, there’s the look. Cedar shake shingles will create a different look than aluminum siding, which will look different than painted wood planks. But there are also other factors to consider. First is the durability of the material. Second is the amount of maintenance your siding will require to keep it looking fresh and tidy. Third is the cost. And finally, consider the siding’s energy efficiency and eco-friendliness, and how well it will insulate your home from both heat and cold.

Two of the more popular siding choices for today’s homes are vinyl and fiber cement. To figure out which siding might be right for you, read this quick guide to each material’s characteristics and qualities.

BASICS
Fiber-cement siding is made from a mix of wood pulp and Portland cement that’s formed into long boards or shingles. It’s attached to your home directly with nails.

Vinyl siding is made primarily from PVC, a rigid plastic material, and is securely affixed to your home’s exterior in a manner that allows it to expand and contract with changing temperatures. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, vinyl is the number-one exterior wall material—and has been for 20 years.

LOOK
Both fiber-cement and vinyl siding have come a long way from their origins. It’s possible to buy fiber-cement boards as half-round, staggered, or square shingles as well as in long plank boards. It can be painted or stained, which means you can make it any color you’d like, and it’s also now possible to buy prepainted fiber cement siding in a range of colors so that you can eliminate this step.

Vinyl siding offers a much greater variety of decorative options, from maintaining the appearance of an historic home to creating a clean and modern facade. In fact, no other siding option offers such a range of styles and colors. Available are not only the shingle and plank looks of fiber-cement siding, but also a variety of panel designs including clapboard, board and batten, and Dutch lap. Among the most popular vinyl siding products are those with a grain-finished surface that mimics real wood, or those that look like cedar shake shingles. Certain vinyl siding panels can even be hung vertically for a unique and eye-catching look.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
On their own, both vinyl and fiber-cement siding are relatively thin products that aren’t particularly good insulators, although they are both effective at keeping the elements away from your home.

Where vinyl siding takes the lead is that it is available in an insulated version in which there is a layer of foam adhered between the siding and the walls of your home. This type of vinyl siding increases the insulating ability, or R-value, of the walls by blanketing the house’s studs, which are poor insulators and a source of heat loss through a process known as thermal bridging. Insulated siding also helps keep your house cool in summer by preventing the sun’s heat from toasting the walls of your house.

In addition to the energy benefits you can get for your home from vinyl siding, it’s also a lightweight product. This means that it doesn’t take as much fuel to move the siding from its manufacturing facilities to your house, which ups the material’s eco-friendly factor.

Vinyl shake siding. Photo: Vinyl Siding Institute

 

DURABILITY
Compared with wood, both the best vinyl siding and fiber cement are very durable exterior cladding options. Vinyl siding, however, edges out its heavier cousin because fiber cement has been known to absorb water, which can cause it—and the walls of your home underneath—to rot.

Because of vinyl siding’s flexibility, it’s also virtually impervious to chips and cracks. That’s not the case for fiber cement, which is so rigid that it can easily crack both during the installation process and after it’s hanging on your home.

Vinyl siding, including insulated siding, is the only exterior cladding with a product certification program administered by an independent, accredited quality-control agency that ensures products and colors meet or exceed the industry standard for performance.

MAINTENANCE
Here’s where the best vinyl sidings pull way ahead of fiber cement. When fiber cement is installed, it needs to be caulked and painted (unless you opt for the prepainted version), unlike vinyl siding, which needs no additional work before or after installation. Over the long haul, you’ll need to paint fiber-cement siding periodically because it will fade due to the demands of Mother Nature. Likewise, you’ll need to ensure that the caulking in the joints maintains its integrity to avoid water intrusion.

Vinyl siding, on the other hand, needs little more than a periodic spray cleaning with your garden hose and some soapy water to retain its vibrant look.

COST

According to the RSMeans 2014 Residential Cost Data report, the installed cost of vinyl siding is, on average, $201 per 100 square feet, while fiber cement totals $300 for the same area.

In addition to saving on the initial cost of purchasing and installing vinyl siding, you’ll also save money over the lifetime of owning your home as it needs no painting or recaulking, unlike fiber cement. Plus, if you choose to use insulated vinyl siding, you’ll save additional money on your heating and cooling costs.

Finally, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2013–14 Cost vs. Value Report, the best vinyl siding and insulated siding will recoup more than 78 percent of their installed cost when it comes time to sell your house—a house whose siding will likely look just as good when you sell as the day you put it up!

For the best vinyl siding options contact Freds Best Windows, Doors, Siding, and Roofing today at 703-888-5805 or contact us here. You can also get reach us or get more information on our Facebook.

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Winter Fibre Cement Siding is Best For Bad Weather

Winter Fibre Cement Siding is Best For Bad Weather

Winter Fibre Cement Siding is best for bad weather is one of your best choices to withstand cold temperatures, especially when compared to some of its more common counterparts like vinyl siding.

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Siding does more than simply help your home maintain its curb appeal; it’s also your home’s first defense against the weather and conditions outside. When you live in a climate that experiences very cold weather, you may have some concerns about the material you’re putting on your home. After all, things like vinyl, wood, and even brick can have problems in cold weather climates if they aren’t maintained properly. Thankfully for those searching for another option, fiber cement siding makes an ideal covering for any home in cold weather climates.

THE PROBLEM WITH SIDING AND COLD CLIMATES

There are a few different issues that can arise with your siding in a cold weather climate. These can range from keeping your utility bills low to preventing the kind of maintenance unique to these climates. Fiber cement siding has an answer for all of them, allowing you to feel good about your choice.

INSULATION

Obviously, the number one concern that most people have is insulation. You want to ensure that your siding can help keep out the cold weather that can drive your utility bills through the roof each winter.

Fiber cement siding paired with insulation made just for this purpose creates an excellent barrier against the cold. Most types of insulation used with fiber cement are formed to fit perfectly behind the siding, leaving no gaps where air or moisture can infiltrate your home.

FREEZE & THAW CYCLES

The second biggest concern that most people have is the freeze/thaw factor. In cold climates, any moisture that seeps into a material – such as wood, brick, or mortar can freeze very quickly when temperatures drop. When water freezes, it expands, which can do some serious damage to your siding and your home. While most siding in good condition is fairly watertight, wood that is losing its paint or mortar that has some cracks in it can become problematic because water can now seep in just enough to freeze, expand, and do some damage.

Fiber cement siding is naturally water resistant. It doesn’t absorb water, swell, or expand so you don’t have to worry about how a freeze/thaw cycle will affect your siding over time. And because it’s also virtually maintenance free, you also don’t have to spend a lot of time each fall and spring searching out areas to repair to ensure that the next winter doesn’t put your home in jeopardy.

MELTING VINYL

Another issue that is unique to cold weather climates is the problem of vinyl siding actually melting in some areas. This is because most people who live in colder climates often install insulated glass windows, with double panes and a low-E coating to help keep energy bills down.

In cold weather, these types of windows have a tendency to warp very slightly, which concentrates the light onto the center of the panes. Combined with the low-E coating, which reflects light, you now have a concentrated stream of light – and heat – pointing away from the windows. If your home is directly across from a neighbor’s that has these types of windows installed, and you have vinyl siding covering your home, you could find that this beam of light and heat actually causes your siding to melt at this point. And because this is not seen as an issue with the vinyl itself, but merely a circumstance of where it’s installed, you will be responsible for making the repairs year after year to help maintain your curb appeal and prevent things like moisture from infiltrating your home behind the siding.

Fiber cement siding doesn’t melt. It’s also naturally burn proof and insect resistant as well. That’s because it’s made up of a mixture of Portland cement, cellulose fiber, sand, glass, and silica – all materials that are dense, durable, and when mixed together, completely rigid and unlikely to warp, bend, crack, peel, or melt even in the harshest of climates.

CRACKED SIDING

The final concern for many homeowners in cold climates come from those areas where the weather can reach such low temperatures at times that materials can actually crack simply from becoming cold. This is a serious issue with materials like vinyl, which are actually fairly brittle in composition. And any crack that develops in the siding can lead to further problems, including freeze/thaw expansion and contraction, as well as water infiltration that can lead to things like mold and wood rot over time.

Winter Fibre Cement Siding does not crack even in the coldest weather climates. So you don’t have to worry about those other issues developing over time, or about things like regular cold weather maintenance on your home’s exterior; once you install fiber cement siding, you’re set for life.

MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE

If you live in a cold weather climate, you know how important it is to ensure you get the right product for your home’s siding needs. Choose Winter Fibre Cement Siding to ensure your home is covered properly.

If you’re planning a Vienna VA Winter Fibre Cement Siding Installation, call Freds Best Windows, Doors, Siding, and Roofing today at 703-888-5805 or contact us to inquire about our seasonal specials. You can also get reach us or get more information on our Facebook.

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Winter Roof Replacement Things to Consider

Winter Roof Replacement Things to Consider

Winter roof replacement is totally possible but the temperature and weather does introduce several obstacles for the roofers working on your home.

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I’ve seen this situation over and over again: a customer calls in because of a leak, we assess the roof, and it requires a full replacement. It’s the end of October and the homeowner asks if this can wait until spring. Intuitively, roofing in the winter doesn’t seem to be such a good idea, right? Let’s sort this out by looking at three components that affect the final result: the human factor, the tools’ capacity to perform, and the shingle product itself.

First

There are human beings that will work on that roof. Not robots. Morale in roofing is very important, as it is in many other trades—when people hate their job, they cut corners. Especially if those corners can make them go home faster! Starting the day shoveling and ice-breaking on the roof doesn’t help the morale of the crew. Nevertheless, it is imperative to install on an “appropriate substrate”—and snow and ice are not on the list.

We need to reach the bare deck, especially in new construction. Any kind of precipitation will render the slope slippery, adding to the level of hazard and reducing the speed and comfort of the workers. The temperature is not to be neglected, as roofing is very physically demanding. Would you run a marathon carrying 30 pounds of gear? Wearing a winter jacket, pants, boots, hat, etc., can add another 15 pounds to your body weight. Because of the need to use your fingers precisely and bend your toes, a contractor can only wear small gloves and boots. For most roofers, it is uncomfortable below freezing and impossible below 20°F.

Second

The roofing crew uses many different tools. Some of them aren’t affected by temperature, but some, like compressors and nail guns, can be affected. When compressing and releasing the air in your system, the humidity will turn into water. If the temperature is freezing, the water may freeze in the airlines and reduce the airflow that the installer receives on the roof. Nails need to be installed flush with the shingle, not overdriven or under driven. When the airline is obstructed by ice, nails may not be pushed as deep as they should, which introduces a risk for under driven nails. This situation will require extra attention from the roofer to constantly set the depth adjuster on the gun and from the crew to monitor the presence of humidity or ice in the system.

Third

There’s the question of whether shingles can be installed in cold weather. The short answer is yes, but with some precautions. The asphaltic material in the shingle may lose its flexibility and resistance as the temperature goes down. It will become harder to bend the shingles and to cut them straight. Being more “brittle,” they’ll be more likely to be overdriven by nails when using regular pressure in the system. The ”sweet spot” adjustment in pressure will become smaller and smaller. However, providing that the crew is extra conscious of that and takes the time to do it right, there are ways to deliver a proper installation.

Another important Winter roof replacement consideration is if cold weather application increases the chances of blow-offs. All shingles are equipped with a self-sealant strip, a line of glue that activates with the sun and tabs the shingles together, preventing the wind to catch them. This glue activates at different temperatures depending on the manufacturer and the manufacturer may specify that if the shingles are NOT tabbing properly because of temperature, they should be hand-sealed. That means the crew should apply the amount of roofing cement underneath every laminate shingle with a caulking gun and then press the shingles into the cement. This will help prevent the wind from lifting them before there is sufficient heat for them to self-seal.

The manufacturer is responsible for the self-seal to properly bond to the roof when activated. The roofing contractor is responsible for making sure the crew is comfortable enough to apply the shingles properly and that the temperature or countermeasures taken are sufficient to have a constant airflow to avoid overdriven or underdriven nails.

Finally

The crew leader is responsible for deciding if the roof is tabbing or not and if cold weather precautions (hand seal) should be taken. Sometimes, the seriousness of the roof situation outweighs the risk of doing the job in winter, but in most cases, it’s wise to wait until the temperature is above freezing.

If you want someone who takes their job and your home seriously and will consider these important Winter Roof Replacement issues then contact Freds Best Windows, Doors, Siding, and Roofing today at 703-888-5805 or contact us to inquire about our seasonal specials. You can also get reach us or get more information on our Facebook.

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Safe Winter Window Replacement Practices

Safe Vienna VA Winter Window Replacement Practices

Safe Vienna VA Winter Window Replacement Practices are very important if you plan on improving the energy efficiency, warmth and appearance of your home without risking other issues.

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When the mercury drops and the cold winds start whipping, that cold air can find its way into your home.  Any break in your home’s “envelope” – the outer shell of your home that protects its contents from the elements – is a prime source for air leakage.

Of course, typically it’s the windows that account for the most surface area in your home’s envelope openings.  And when you have old or inefficient windows, air leaks can make the temperatures inside your home uncomfortably chilly during the winter, not to mention the added wear and tear on your HVAC system as it struggles to maintain the thermostat temperature.

Your old, leaky windows may have you considering a window replacement project, especially if the inside of your house is cold during the winter.  “But wait!” you wonder, “why would I replace my windows in the winter?  My house will be freezing during the project!”  This is where doing a little research comes in handy.  When looking for a window installer, you need to find out the standards they follow to keep your home from getting cold during installation.

Interview potential window installers and ask them specifics about their installation process.

HERE ARE FOUR KEY PRACTICES INSTALLERS SHOULD USE DURING YOUR WINDOW REPLACEMENT:

1.  Remove one window at a time:  During a window replacement project, installers should remove only one window at a time and replace it with the new window before moving on to the next one.  That way, they limit a number of openings exposed to the cold air outside.

2.  Utilize plastic floor to ceiling barriers:  For larger openings, such as a bay window or bow window installations, which are made up of a number of windows such as double pane windows and picture windows, the installer should cover the opening with plastic floor to ceiling barriers.

3.  Keep doors closed:  When replacing a window, the installer should keep the door of that room closed, limiting the amount of cold air that can find its way into adjoining areas of the home.

4.  Cleanliness practices:  Along with winter cold also comes mud, whether from rain or snowfall.  Installers should use tarps, shoe covering booties, and other practices to ensure your home remains clean.

Once you decide on an installer, you now feel more comfortable scheduling your window replacement in the winter.  But there are other benefits to replacing your windows during the winter season as well:

1.  Schedule:  Often, contractors, and installers experience a lull in business during the winter months, especially after the holidays.  Chances are you can get your window replacement scheduled much sooner than you could in the spring or fall.

2.  Affordability:  Along with easier scheduling, contractors and suppliers may offer discounts, sales, or other incentives during this slower season.

3.  Monthly expenses:  Once your new windows are installed, you will experience the benefits of energy efficient windows.  In addition to warmer rooms, you should start seeing immediate savings on your winter energy bills.

Your old, leaky windows can make your home uncomfortably chilly in the winter.  Hiring the right contractor to install your replacement windows will keep your home comfortable during this winter project.  And you get the added benefits of easy scheduling, potential discounts, and reduced energy bills.  Don’t be afraid – schedule your new window replacement!

If you’re planning a Vienna VA Winter Window Replacement, call Freds Best Windows, Doors, Siding, and Roofing today at 703-888-5805 or contact us to inquire about our seasonal specials. You can also get reach us or get more information on our Facebook.

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Vienna Winter Siding Maintenance Tips

Vienna Winter Siding Maintenance Tips

Consider some of these Vienna Winter Siding Maintenance Tips since your siding is constantly exposed to the elements contributing to considerable seasonal wear and tear. You would too, if you were constantly outside, so it’s important to take care of your home’s exterior beyond simply cleaning the surface. Taking proactive measures will help your siding get through the winter unscathed and keep your home looking healthy. (Trust me, the neighbors notice when your siding is grimy.)

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Vinyl Siding Maintenance

Vinyl is one of the most popular forms of siding, probably in part because it requires a low amount of maintenance. Here’s how to make sure vinyl siding reaches its maximum lifespan:

  1. If possible, avoid having vinyl siding installed in below-freezing temperatures. Installation in more temperate weather will help avoid issues with siding expansion or contraction in very hot or very cold temperatures.
  2. Don’t paint vinyl siding—doing so may void some manufacturers’ warranties.
  3. Cover the siding if you’re going to be doing certain projects around the exterior of your home. Most modern vinyl siding is treated to resist fading, but some things can discolor it, such as overspray from wood and concrete stains and sealants as well as some chemicals often used in herbicides and pesticides.

Wood Siding Care

Wood siding maintenance is more involved than vinyl. While wood is a beautiful option for your home’s exterior, at the end of the day, it’s still wood, which means it’s susceptible to rotting. Here are two tips for keeping wood siding in good shape through the chilly months:

  1. Water is the enemy of wood siding, so keep an eye out for signs of rotting, especially if you live in an area that receives a lot of rain, snow, or ice.
    Peeling paint is a good indication of rotting wood, so make sure you address those concerns as soon as possible to avoid extreme deterioration.
    To fix this, you may need to call the Best Pick siding professional to replace the rotted areas, and you’ll want to consider repainting or restaining other areas to keep the areas that aren’t rotting from doing so.
  2. Wood siding is more flammable than other options, so when you build the annual bonfire or start to grill, make sure it is a safe distance from the house.

Fiber Cement Siding Upkeep

Fiber cement siding is one of the most durable and weather-resistant types of siding on the market. It does not require as much maintenance as wood or vinyl, but that doesn’t mean it can be ignored. Make sure to follow these two maintenance tips:

  1. Fiber cement siding will need to be painted every now and again. Choose high-quality paint, and avoid painting when the temperature is below 50 degrees. In the meantime, just keep your siding clean.
  2. Double-check any caulking that might have deteriorated over time. Gaps in caulking can affect your home’s heat retention and increase utility bills, so refill any spots that look less than complete to retain as much energy in your home as possible.

In some cases, the best ways to maintain siding in winter are to stay on top of small repairs and hold off on any major renovations. Give your siding a thorough examination at least twice a year to make sure your home’s exterior is functional and looking its best.

If you need help with your Vienna Winter Siding Maintenance and replacement options then give us a call for a free consultation 703-888-5805. You can also get more information on our Facebook or contact us here.

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The Best Time For New Winter Windows and Doors

The Best Time For New Winter Windows and Doors

The best time for getting New Winter Windows and Doors for your Vienna Virginia Home is actually when you expect the snow to start falling. Your opinion may differ from others but honestly, its the perfect time to replace those dated and worn windows and doors that are ultimately going to cost you money via poor heating insulation.

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Take Advantage Of Energy Savings And Quick Installation

Installing replacement windows and doors during the winter months can provide a number of advantages and benefits to both your personal comfort and your pocketbook.

  • Special Promotions – You can save money with our special winter price discounts
  • Lower Energy Costs – Alleviate your concerns over heat loss and rising energy bills ‘while they happen’ and reduce heating costs (save more money) almost immediately
  • Faster Installation – Have your windows and doors installed quicker by booking during the winter
  • Energy Efficient Installation – In colder weather/temperatures, the framing in your home returns to its usual size, thereby ensuring that wintertime replacement allows the most tight-fitting and energy efficient installation

Many people have concerns over winter installations:

  • The house, its contents, and its occupants could be exposed to cold and snow
  • Heat loss during the installations could lead to an increase in heating costs
  • Snow and water damage to carpets, rugs or hardwood floors

At Freds Best Windows, Doors, Siding, and Roofing, we recognize the validity of such concerns and make every effort to relieve these worries prior to beginning your window and door replacements and throughout the installation process.

  • Our quick installation means your new window is installed within minutes of the old window being removed
  • To protect your contents and home from exposure to water and snow, we use special winter runners and each installer wears protective booties while in your home

Freds Best installs windows and doors all year round. We always work to ensure there is a short time between your old window coming out and the new window going in, especially in cold weather. A small sacrifice for the instant savings in energy costs your beautiful and efficient new windows will provide.

If your windows and doors are in need of replacement, call Freds Best Windows, Doors, Siding, and Roofing today at 703-888-5805 or contact us to inquire about our seasonal specials.

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