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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

The questions below are frequently asked by customers who are considering home improvement projects. If you question is still not answered, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you.

How much does it cost to have an estimate?
Estimates are always free and there is never any obligation to buy.

How do I get an estimate?
You can fill out the form on the website and we will return your call and set up a convenient time. Or if you prefer you can call our toll free number at 1-800-877-0054 and set up an appointment with our office. Appointments can be made daily from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

How long has Steubenville Construction been in business?
Steubenville Construction Company is a family-owned and operated business that has been serving the Tri-State area for three generations. Steubenville Construction has been in business for nearly 50 years, and is a locally owned and operated family business.

Are your employees insured?
Yes, all of our employees are covered under workers compensation, and we carry all state and local licenses.

What type of home improvements do you do?
Steubenville Construction prides itself in replacement window installations, vinyl siding installations, custom decks & enclosures, soffit and fascia, gutters and downspouts, roofing, bathroom remodeling and more.

Where are the offices of Steubenville Construction Co.?
Our office is located at 524 N. 5th Street Steubenville, OH 43952. Click here for directions.

Will my house be open to the weather during installation?
Not for long. Careful measurements are taken before the windows are ordered, and the new ones can be quickly slipped into place as the old ones are removed. Installation takes place year round so our installers are careful not to remove the old window until the new one is ready to go in.

Will the new windows fit the old openings?
Definitely. Each of our windows is custom-fit to the opening and we never put smaller windows into an opening because it is not a standard size.

Can I replace some windows now, and some later?
Certainly. While it is probably most cost-effective to replace all the windows at one time, sometimes homeowners need to spread the cost out.

What are various windows made of and what will work best for me?
Basically there are three types of materials used. Aluminum windows, with their easily scratched painted surfaces, conduct both heat and cold, so they're very poor insulators. Wood windows, which require constant painting and caulking, can absorb moisture, making them difficult to open and close. They can even rot. Steubenville Construction's solid vinyl windows, however, never need painting and won't show scratches, because the color goes throughout the material. This is why vinyl windows are quickly becoming the most popular choice for both new construction and replacement applications.
In addition, you should certainly consider custom-sized windows for the very simple reason that they'll fit better. Stock-sized windows require extensive carpentry work both inside and outside your house. That can be very costly and inconvenient. Our custom-sized windows, on the other hand, are manufactured to fit your existing window opening. You get the style and options you want while maintaining your glass area.

What about strength, protection and noise reduction?
You should look for a window that offers both superior strength and energy efficiency. Our windows are manufactured with a computer-controlled process ensuring a perfectly square window sash and main-frame with superior strength. And for exceptional energy efficiency, a full interlock at the meeting rail helps protect your home against the elements, or unwanted intrusions. In addition, our insulating glass unit traps dry air, creating an exceptional comfort barrier.
Moreover, our window systems provides a noticeable reduction in the amount of noise that enters homes. A full interlock system at the point where upper and lower sashes meet helps stop air infiltration while providing an additional barrier against unwanted intrusions.

Do Steubenville Construction windows require a lot of maintenance?
Because our frames and sashes are made of vinyl, you can say goodbye to painting and caulking. Our windows won't stick, and you don't have to remove storm windows in order to clean them. In fact, you can do it all from inside your home. An occasional wipe with a damp cloth will keep your windows looking like new for years to come.

What is more important in saving energy, the frame or the glass?
Since 70% of a window is glass, real heating and cooling savings come from what is known as "improved glass performance," not a high R-value on the frame. We use the latest technology, known as a high performance warm edge spacer system. This spacer system helps to improve the performance and the longevity of the insulated glass unit.

Will these windows be a good investment?
Yes, first, you may realize savings on your heating and cooling bills. And secondly, they're virtually maintenance-free, which eliminates painting costs.

Aren't all window warranties practically the same?
Not really. There are as many warranties as there are window manufacturers. Some brand name factory warranties cover just the sash and frame. The rest is left up to the local fabricator who may or may not cover it. Your warranty is only as good as the company behind it. With Steubenville Construction your unit is warranted from the extrusion and parts to the glass and construction by our Lifetime Limited Warranty*, with transferability provisions. It's one of the most comprehensive available.

How does vinyl siding compare with other siding materials?
In a way, it's almost no contest. When compared to wood, brick, stone, stucco, and metal sidings on the basis of initial cost, maintenance costs, appearance, durability and value, vinyl siding is clearly superior.
We offer a broad range of vinyl siding products, so you can choose one that's easily affordable. Whichever you choose, you can expect the highest quality and lasting beauty. And vinyl siding never needs painting or staining. It doesn't chip, peel, dent or rot, so you can forget costly repairs. Just rinse occasionally with a garden hose.

What can be done to improve the appearance and durability of my home's exterior?
New siding will rejuvenate an older home, give it a completely new look and significantly reduce costs for home upkeep and maintenance. For over 50 years, Steubenville Construction has been helping homeowners improve the appearance of their homes while working within their budget. And with a full range of trim, soffit and accessory options available in a host of different decorator colors, virtually any look can be achieved to improve the appearance and durability of your home's exterior.

Isn't it less costly to just repaint my home?
If you plan to move within the next three years, the answer is probably "yes." But if you plan to stay in your home longer than that, the calculations begin to heavily favor vinyl siding. According to Remodeling magazine (October 1996), investing in new siding can prove to be an excellent choice in terms of payback. In the East, the payback is 76%. Compare the ongoing costs of painting every three to five years to a one-time investment in new vinyl siding. For most homeowners the conclusion is obvious–vinyl siding is by far the better long-term value.

Are there any other materials that are better than vinyl?
Not when it comes to siding. Vinyl siding's outstanding features and benefits have made it the most popular siding material in America today. And because vinyl is the preferred siding for more and more homeowners, it retains most of its installed cost (see previous question for details). It's the material of choice on new luxury homes...and the first choice for remodeling projects large and small.

My home is partially brick and partially wood siding. Can I still use vinyl siding?
Sure. Vinyl siding is extremely versatile and can be used with just about any exterior building material–brick, cinder block, even natural logs and field stones.

Is vinyl siding really as durable as everyone says?
Absolutely. The correct technical name for the material used in vinyl siding is polyvinyl chloride. It's a strong, durable, proven material that has earned a solid reputation for its beauty and permanence. It's used in automotive applications, medical devices, defense weapons, appliances, floor coverings, and of course, home construction. It's ideal as an exterior material because vinyl siding doesn't rot, crack, dent or warp. Plus it never peels or blisters. And because the color goes completely through the siding, it never has to be scraped, sanded or painted.

If painting isn't required, how do I maintain my vinyl siding?
It's simple. There really is no maintenance, just occasional cleaning.
Ordinarily, the cleaning action of a rainfall will be adequate to wash your vinyl siding. However, vinyl siding and soffit should be washed periodically by hosing with a garden hose and clear water, particularly in those areas not exposed directly to rain. If you desire to do a more thorough cleaning, or where high soil collection conditions occur, use a soft-bristled, long-handled washing brush. It attaches to your garden hose and makes washing your siding easier.
Do not rub vigorously. This may create glossy areas over the vinyl siding finish. For hard-to-remove dirt, such as soot and grime found in industrial areas, wipe the siding down with a solution that's recommended by the manufacturer. If you wash the entire house, start at the bottom and work up to the top, as less streaking will result. It is important that immediately following all washing operations, the entire surface be thoroughly rinsed with fresh water from a garden hose.

Is one season better than another to have my new siding installed?
Not really. You can have your vinyl siding installed in any season, as your schedule and budget allow. Regardless of when you have your new siding installed, you'll enjoy the immediate benefits of improved appearance, as well as the long-term benefits of durability and easy maintenance.

 

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