Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose the right replacement windows?

Start by matching your existing windows if they are original to your home. This is a good place to begin because it will ensure that you stay true to the architectural style of your home. The worst mistake you can make when replacing your windows is to not match the existing window style and material. If your windows aren’t original to the home, you may want to use this opportunity to replicate the original windows in order to restore your home’s original beauty. One final thing, replacing your windows with the current window technology is an obvious choice to improve the efficiency and reduce maintenance. That’s a clear choice.

Do I need to replace all of my windows at the same time?

Typically, windows don’t all fail at the same time, so it’s not uncommon for a homeowner to want to replace only the failed windows and delay replacing all the windows in their home. If your budget only allows you to do a partial replacement project it’s a good idea to work with a reputable dealer and installer who can sell you name brand windows that are more likely to be available when you’re ready to complete your project. Don’t wait too long as manufacturers do change their window models. Additionally, it will likely cost more per window to do the job piecemeal and you can’t expect the installer to give you the same price to replace one to two windows as he’ll give you to replace five or more at one time. At Woodland Windows and Doors, we regularly help our customers to plan and execute their replacement projects in phases.

Do I need a permit to replace my windows?

It depends on the actual extent of the work that is involved. Replacing your windows can be as simple as replacing the existing windows with “inserts” that are installed directly in the existing frame of the old window. With this type of a replacement, no structural alterations or removal of the sash is involved and a permit is not usually required. Although many towns do require homeowners to obtain local building permits, so this should be checked ahead of time. It is important to note that you must still comply with regulations related to safety glazing (glass) and emergency egress. A permit will be required if replacing your windows involves removing existing wood or metal sashes, or if alterations are made to the size of the opening.

Can I bring my window measurements into a window dealer to get an estimate?

Technically yes, however we recommend that you generally refrain from doing so because the way you measure may or may not be the way a Dealer would measure; therefore, it can cause confusion and ultimately errors in what is quoted. A knowledgeable dealer should be able to work with you to help you estimate the cost, so you can plan your budget. At Woodland we do our best to give you a price range to work with. Before you finalize your budget or order your windows, it’s critical to have a professional measure your exact window opening.

Can new windows be installed during the winter months?

Woodland installs windows and doors year-round. This is actually our favorite time to install because our customers experience an instant benefit from having new energy efficient windows and doors. Our installers follow specific guidelines when completing winter installs to minimize the cold entering your home. Our installers will block off the work area(s) as much as possible, ask that you reduce the heat (to limit heat loss), and work room by room. There is a minimal time lapse between when the old window is removed and the new window is installed in the opening. Only one window is removed at a time until a new window is placed in the opening.

Will my windows be installed from the inside or the outside of my home?

Many companies will install windows from the interior. This keeps the cost down but significantly reduces the quality of the installation. The best way to install a window is from the exterior to ensure your replacement window is protected and performs to its maximum efficiency. An outside install ensures it is properly insulated, anchored, and sealed to protect the window from air and water infiltration around the frame. To accomplish this, the installers need to be able to get to both the outside and inside of the window. Another advantage of installing windows from the exterior is that the risk of damage done to elevators, hallways, and the interior of the home and furniture is reduced. Woodland Windows & Doors will install windows from the exterior as conditions allow.

Do I need special replacement windows if I live in a high-rise condominium building in Chicago?

In most cases, when your unit is facing waterfronts, there are specific requirements that must be followed otherwise you may potentially have windows that will not perform properly due to the positive and negative pressures caused by the lakefront. In most cases, when you are ten floors or higher you will need a commercial grade aluminum window and Woodland Windows & Doors offers products from manufacturers such as Quaker Windows, Wojan Windows and other brands that will likely meet your requirements.
Average rating for Woodland Windows & Doors is 4.95 stars of 5 stars - based on 284 reviews
  • Bedroom Windows Installed in Schaumburg, IL
    very professional Company. we would certainly recommend Woodland windows to anyone that needs new windows or doors. the installers Rick and Peter arrived on time at our home. They did an excellent job and were very professional. we will use them again.
    Karen McGill - Schaumburg, IL 60193
    May 03, 2018
  • Purchase Of New Patio Door-Marvin in Elk Grove VillageG, IL
    Saw door at office on Lake St. Very impressed with quality. Installation was done today very professionally. We are very pleased with the new door and great job of installation.
    Emerson Ladd - Elk Grove VillageG, IL 60007
    April 17, 2018
  • Window Replacements in New Lenox, IL
    Terrific again. This is Woodland's third installation of Marvin products in our house: (1 time) patio door and (2 times) multiple windows. Each time the sales personnel and installation personnel have been responsive and easy to do business with. Would recommend Woodland to anyone without ...
    John Prebstle - New Lenox, IL 60451
    April 16, 2018
  • Installation Of Replacement 11 Casement Windows, Sliding Patio Door And Front Door in Palatine, IL
    We chose Woodland for a variety of reasons: they offer a broad variety of products and manufacturers to fit our needs and budget; their staff are polite, no-pressure/no haggle professionals and their experienced and expert installers are Woodland employees, not sub-contracted labor; also Woodland ...
    Irene & Steve Mosias - Palatine, IL 60067
    April 10, 2018
  • Installation Of Door To Garage in Wheaton, IL
    My experience with Woodland Windows was great. They helped me choose the new door for entry to my garage and were knowledgable of the codes to follow. Installation was very professional. The new door looks very nice. I'm completely satisfied.
    Carol - Wheaton, IL 60189
    February 19, 2018
  • Replacement Of Front Windows in Inverness, IL
    The whole process was easy and smooth. Everyone we dealt with from the salesperson, to the store employee, to the installers were very professional and answered all of our questions. We are very pleased with our windows!
    Enza Galati - Inverness, IL 60010
    February 16, 2018
  • Installed New Marvin Sliding Patio Door in ChicagoChicago, IL
    The whole process - onsite estimate, explanation of design and options, installation, professionalism of the install crew - were all top notch. My wife and I are completely satisfied with our experience shopping with Woodland Windows and Doors. We will definitely shop with this company when we have ...
    Patrick Hayes - ChicagoChicago, IL 60655
    February 13, 2018
  • Installed Door in Oak Park, IL
    Although it took just over three months from date of order to install, the installation was GREAT. The customer service was also excellent when I called to check up on the door order and date of installation. The installers were friendly and took great care of our property. They installed the door ...
    Debi Cain - Oak Park, IL 60302
    December 14, 2017
  • Replacement Of 10 Windows in Wheaton, IL
    This is 3rd time I have used Woodland. Over the past two years they have replaced 25 windows and this latest job brings the total to 35. The installers are experienced and employees of Woodland, not independent contractors. The entire process from initial measurement and job quote through ...
    Mark Turek - Wheaton, IL 60189
    December 01, 2017
  • Marvin Replacement Window Installation in Winfield, IL
    Had five Marvin Windows installed by Woodland, two teams. Absolutely excellent job, craftsmanship was exceptional. Friendly people and clean up was perfect. Definitely a business of professionals with very high standards. My type of people. Look forward in doing future business with them.
    Glenn Patrick Machometa - Winfield, IL 60190
    November 24, 2017

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