Frequently Asked Question

How can you tell if your windows are drafty?2023-11-29T14:45:20-05:00

One way to tell if your windows are drafty is by holding your hand close to the window on a breezy day. You will likely feel air coming in from the sash, the frame, and where the sash meets the sill. You can also light an incense stick on a windy day and hold it near the same areas. If the incense blows around (even sightly) you likely have drafty windows.

Does replacing old drafty windows save on heating costs?2023-11-29T14:41:53-05:00

It sure does! In fact, according to Energy Star, you can save over $500 in energy bills per year by upgrading from single pane to triple pane windows.

Can you get sick from a drafty window?2023-11-29T14:41:08-05:00

You won’t catch a virus from a drafty window. But if the window is drafty or the air in the room is too cold (heat and humidity is escaping), you may suffer from sinus problems as a result of dry air. This is prominently an issue that you can run into during the winter.

Can drafty windows cause condensation?2023-11-29T14:40:07-05:00

Drafty windows may cause condensation.

How can I stop drafty windows?2023-11-29T14:39:26-05:00

The best way to stop drafty windows is by replacing them. That’s because there may be air leaks at various points of the window. Air typically leaks from the sash, the sill, and where the sash meets the sill. New window installation seals up these air leaks and drastically reduces drafts. Other tricks like putting plastic over windows are only bandaid approaches.

Do foggy windows need to be replaced?2023-11-29T14:38:50-05:00

It depends on the reason for the fog. In most cases, yes, the window will need to be replaced. The best way to be sure if replacement is the best option is by contacting us, and we can come out to your home for a free assessment.

What causes foggy windows?2023-11-29T14:33:51-05:00

Foggy windows are typically caused by a broken seal, leaks, or condensation from humidity.

How often should you replace windows?2023-11-29T14:31:09-05:00

There is more than one way to answer this question. It depends on the condition, quality, and installation of your current windows. Replacement windows that are high quality and professionally installed can last for many, many years.

On the other hand, lower quality windows with poor installation may need to be replaced as soon as 5 years.

Do you need a permit to replace windows?2023-11-29T14:27:45-05:00

Yes, a permit is necessary to replace your windows.

How messy is window replacement?2023-11-29T14:24:14-05:00

Coastal Windows & Exteriors takes great care of your home during the window installation process. We put tarps down inside your home while working on the inside and we will also protect any landscaping as needed. At the end of the project, we load any scraps into a dumpster for removal. Your home is left in the same condition as it was at the beginning of the window replacement!

Do replacement windows come with screens?2023-11-29T14:21:45-05:00

Yes, your new replacement windows come with screens.

Can I replace my own windows?2023-11-29T14:20:45-05:00

slight mismeasurement can dramatically downgrade the performance of the window. In some instances, DIY window installation may even void your warranty.

Do windows with broken seals need to be replaced?2023-11-29T14:19:07-05:00

Yes, replacing the window is the best option for enhancing the efficiency of the window. This is because a broken seal means that energy efficient gases are escaping from the window. A broken seal is also another reason why your windows may appear foggy.

Can you replace windows without replacing the frame?2023-11-29T14:17:42-05:00

When we replace your windows, the entire window is replaced including the frame. If you don’t remove the frame, you may potentially miss rot or other structural problems beneath.

Can I claim replacement windows on my taxes?2023-11-29T14:15:01-05:00

Yes, replacement windows count as credit of up to $600 on your taxes beginning in 2023 as part of the extension from the Inflation Reduction Act.

Are vinyl replacement windows any good?2023-11-29T14:12:59-05:00

If you choose vinyl replacement windows that are certified by Energy Star and professionally installed, they can be an excellent option for new house windows!

Can you replace wood windows with vinyl?2023-11-29T14:03:02-05:00

Yes, and it’s recommended that you do so. Wood windows come with a lot of maintenance problems that impact its appearance and performance. By upgrading to vinyl, there’s no longer the burden of these maintenance necessities including sanding, staining, and painting.

Do replacement windows add value to your house?2023-11-29T14:00:47-05:00

Absolutely, especially when they are high quality and energy efficient. According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs Value 2023 data, vinyl windows yield a 71.5% ROI.

Which is more energy efficient Single Hung Or Double Hung Windows?2023-11-29T13:59:42-05:00

A single hung window is the same as a double hung window, except the top sash is fixed. Double hung windows operate with two movable sashes. The difference in energy savings depends on the window’s Energy Star ratings as well as its installation process. A window is only as efficient as the craftsmanship and expertise level of installation.

What Is The Most Energy Efficient Type of Window?2023-11-29T13:58:21-05:00

The answer to this depends on your climate. Here in New England, you’ll want to choose windows that meet or exceed the new Energy star 7.0 requirements. Click here to read the details.

Are Double Hung Windows Energy Efficient?2023-11-29T13:56:44-05:00

Yes, double hung windows are a very popular window because of their versatile style and potential energy savings. Along with professional installation,  choose energy saving glass packages that include argon or krypton gas, low-e application, and low air infiltration ratings.

Are Sliding Windows Energy Efficient?2023-11-29T13:55:46-05:00

Sliding windows can be a very efficient window for your home. The key is to choose energy saving glass packages that include argon or krypton gas, low-e application, and low air infiltration ratings. Professional installation can also help ensure that your window performs at peak levels through all seasons.

Are Vinyl Windows More Energy Efficient Than Wood?2023-11-29T13:51:39-05:00

Vinyl windows offer exceptional energy efficient properties. Filled with foam frames, these windows conserve heat with the best air infiltration rating in the industry. This means that the windows dramatically reduce heat loss in the winter, all while keeping your home warm in the summer.

The difference is that vinyl windows won’t lose their energy efficiency due to problems like chipping or rotting frames–which is a major performance issue with wood windows.

How much does a new entry door cost?2022-11-17T05:53:53-05:00

The cost of a new entry door will depend on a variety of factors including door size, materials, hardware, style (will there be a glass package included?), warranty, etc. In addition, will the frame or rough opening of your door need any custom work? Is your door contractor licensed, insured, and trusted with a great reputation for high quality installation?

Can I get an entry door in any color I want?2022-11-17T05:53:26-05:00

You sure can!

Here at Coastal Windows & Exteriors, besides the beautiful array of stock factory colors with a lifetime warranty, you can get your door customized in any color in the Sherwin Williams catalog and get a manufacturer warranty against flaking, blistering, and peeling for 10 years! Why paint it yourself when the factory can and give you a warranty to boot? Say yes to curb appeal and peace of mind!

What is the best choice of material for my home’s front entry door?2022-11-17T05:52:46-05:00

That’s easy – Fiberglass.

Fiberglass lasts twice as long as steel or wood. As if that isn’t enough of a reason, fiberglass is the lowest maintenance door option on the market.  Do you want a new door installed and then not have to think about it for years to come? Then fiberglass is your door! Fiberglass won’t rot, deteriorate or rust and it resists scratching and denting. Fiberglass also offers five times the insulation value of wood so say hello to lower energy bills. Finally, for those who want the wood grain look, you’ll find that the embossed wood grain is an astonishingly accurate representation of real wood.

What are the signs that I need to replace my home’s entry door?2022-11-17T05:52:05-05:00
  • Is your entry door hard to open and close?
  • Does your door get stuck?
  • When your door is closed, can you see light coming in through the top or bottom of the door?
  • Has moisture gotten between the panes of glass in your door?
  • Is your door weathered, warped or cracked?
  • Do you feel a draft by your door?
  • Does your door have water or insect damage?
  • Does your door look tired and dated?
  • Do you see rot at the base of your door and threshold? 

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to have an inspection of your front entry door by a qualified door contractor.

What are the signs that I need to replace my home’s entry door?2022-11-17T05:51:14-05:00
  • Is your entry door hard to open and close?
  • Does your door get stuck?
  • When your door is closed, can you see light coming in through the top or bottom of the door?
  • Has moisture gotten between the panes of glass in your door?
  • Is your door weathered, warped or cracked?
  • Do you feel a draft by your door?
  • Does your door have water or insect damage?
  • Does your door look tired and dated?
  • Do you see rot at the base of your door and threshold? 

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to have an inspection of your front entry door by a qualified door contractor.

What are the signs that I need to replace my home’s entry door?2021-05-10T21:18:10-04:00
  • Is your entry door hard to open and close?
  • Does your door get stuck?
  • When your door is closed, can you see light coming in through the top or bottom of the door?
  • Has moisture gotten between the panes of glass in your door?
  • Is your door weathered, warped or cracked?
  • Do you feel a draft by your door?
  • Does your door have water or insect damage?
  • Does your door look tired and dated?
  • Do you see rot at the base of your door and threshold? 

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to have an inspection of your front entry door by a qualified door contractor.

What is the best choice of material for my home’s front entry door?2021-05-10T21:53:28-04:00

That’s easy – Fiberglass.

Fiberglass lasts twice as long as steel or wood. As if that isn’t enough of a reason, fiberglass is the lowest maintenance door option on the market.  Do you want a new door installed and then not have to think about it for years to come? Then fiberglass is your door! Fiberglass won’t rot, deteriorate or rust and it resists scratching and denting. Fiberglass also offers five times the insulation value of wood so say hello to lower energy bills. Finally, for those who want the wood grain look, you’ll find that the embossed wood grain is an astonishingly accurate representation of real wood.

Can I get an entry door in any color I want?2021-05-10T21:55:27-04:00

You sure can!

Here at Coastal Windows & Exteriors, besides the beautiful array of stock factory colors with a lifetime warranty, you can get your door customized in any color in the Sherwin Williams catalog and get a manufacturer warranty against flaking, blistering, and peeling for 10 years! Why paint it yourself when the factory can and give you a warranty to boot? Say yes to curb appeal and peace of mind!

Can I replace my front entry door myself?2021-05-10T21:56:48-04:00

You could, but we don’t recommend it.

Proper installation is critical to entry door replacement. Getting the correct measurements is also critical for energy savings. If any of the door measurements are off you may need to reorder your front entry door or you may be left with a drafty, non-energy efficient door. A qualified entry door contractor will know the precise measurements that need to be taken to provide you with the best fit for an energy-efficient entry system backed up with a transferable lifetime warranty.

How much does a new entry door cost?2021-03-17T09:29:11-04:00

The cost of a new entry door will depend on a variety of factors including door size, materials, hardware, style (will there be a glass package included?), warranty, etc. In addition, will the frame or rough opening of your door need any custom work? Is your door contractor licensed, insured, and trusted with a great reputation for high quality installation?

What are the signs that my home needs new siding?2021-05-10T21:58:30-04:00
  • If you’re unsure if it’s time to replace your home’s siding, ask yourself these questions:
  • Has your siding begun to rot?
  • Is your siding bubbling or blistering?
  • Do you see signs of insect or wildlife damage?
  • Is your siding cracked?
  • Is your existing siding loose or falling off the side of your house?
  • Are your energy costs really high?
  • Is your siding extremely faded from UV damage?
  • Do you see any signs of mold or mildew damage?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to have your siding inspected by a qualified siding professional.

Why should I choose vinyl siding for my home?2021-05-10T22:02:36-04:00

The technology and design of vinyl siding have improved by leaps and bounds over the past few decades. Simply put, high-quality vinyl siding provides the highly coveted look of traditional wood siding, but without all of the maintenance or hassle. Vinyl siding won’t rot like wood and it won’t dent or scratch like aluminum siding. It provides the best of both worlds. In addition, premium vinyl siding will maintain its color for years and will also provide a layer of high-performance insulation with an exceptional R-value (resistance to heat flow). You won’t need to paint, stain, or sand as your vinyl siding won’t fade. It also comes with no health warnings as it’s impervious to moisture where wood can be degraded by moisture-causing mold, etc. Learn more on why vinyl siding is superior to other forms of home siding. 

What kind of maintenance does vinyl siding require?2021-05-10T22:03:19-04:00

Vinyl siding is virtually maintenance-free. The fade-resistant technology in high-quality vinyl siding will remove the need to ever paint your siding.  In regards to cleaning, you may want to rinse your siding once a year with a garden hose or an all-natural cleaning solution of 70% water and 30% vinegar. You can also use a soft rag or a long-handled gentle bristle brush if needed.

Click here for additional tips to clean vinyl siding. On the flip side, wood requires repainting and caulking, washing and is prone to moisture degradation and fiber cement (Hardie siding) requires periodic caulking, repainting, it chips and scratches, and is also prone to moisture degradation.

Is vinyl siding resistant to weather?2021-03-17T09:18:05-04:00

High quality vinyl siding is designed to withstand winds of up to 200 MPH. Quality vinyl panels are flexible and strong, won’t bend or break, and will repel rain. In addition, progressive foam insulation fills the gap between the siding and the sheathing, not only providing great insulating value, but this also further aids in stability for a lifetime. With its highest R-Value of cladding, insulating over wall studs, it reduces thermal bridging which cuts down on the energy you lose through the studs of your home’s walls.  This is crucial for our new England weather.

What qualities should I look for when I replace my vinyl siding?2021-05-10T22:04:11-04:00

When you’re ready to replace your siding, make sure that your replacement siding will meet the test of time. Your replacement siding should come with a transferable lifetime warranty in both product and installation. Make sure your vinyl siding has a high R-value – at Coastal Windows & Exteriors we offer vinyl siding with an R-Value of up to 1.5” thick which will provide exceptional insulation. Make sure your siding comes with an innovative locking mechanism combined with a rolled top nail hem to stand up to extreme winds.  Look for foam back siding made from Neopor which provides up to 19% better insulating power (R-value) than conventional EPS foam when you need it most.  It also has a very high moisture vapor transmission rate.  As always, make sure to research your siding contractor in advance to make sure they are licensed, insured, and have a trusted reputation.

How much does new vinyl siding cost?2021-05-13T20:41:31-04:00

The cost of new vinyl siding will depend on the size of the project, the quality of the vinyl siding, and the quality of the installation. Low-quality vinyl siding without insulation will cost less than a longer-lasting high-quality siding. In addition, poor installation will shorten the lifespan of your newly installed siding. The good news is that replacing your home’s siding with high-quality vinyl siding by a reputable siding contractor will offer a high return on investment and the potential for great curb appeal.


How long should my vinyl siding last?2021-05-13T20:43:09-04:00

Vinyl siding of the past had a shorter life expectancy between 10 – 20 years due to the lower quality of the materials being used. With advances in technology, however,  today you can get a minimum of 20 years and maybe even 40 years with premium vinyl siding. In addition, for peace of mind, make sure you receive a transferable lifetime warranty with your new vinyl siding.

What are the signs that my home’s roof needs to be replaced?2021-09-16T00:10:34-04:00
  • Do you see dips in your roof?
  • Are there damaged shingles around your gutters?
  • Does your roof have stains?
  • Is there lichen or moss growing on your roof?
  • Are the shingles on your roof curled, buckled or cracked?
  • Is your roof missing shingles?
  • Is your roof older than fifteen years?
  • Have you found shingle granules in your gutter?
  • In your attic, do you see any daylight streaming in through the roofing boards?
  • Do you have any water damage in the interior of your house on walls or ceilings?
  • Is there mold or mildew growth on rafter beams or plywood?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to have a roof inspection performed by a qualified roofing professional.

What does a roof inspection consist of?2021-09-14T00:05:37-04:00

Most homeowners can spot the obvious signs of roof deterioration, but to the untrained eye, there may be damage that only a qualified roofing professional would catch. During your roof inspection, you can expect qualified roofing professionals to look for unusual wear and tear water damage, faulty shingle installation, sagging, uneven roofing planes, adequate attic ventilation, gutter wear and tear, incorrect flashing, and more.

What is the best roofing material?2021-09-14T00:16:27-04:00

Three-quarters of all homes are roofed with asphalt shingles and there is a good reason for this. Asphalt shingles are a leader in the market because of the affordability, multitude of attractive design options, and quality. Asphalt shingles have stood the test of time against even the worst types of weather conditions.

How long should my roof last?2021-09-15T23:37:42-04:00

The lifespan of your roof is only as good as the workmanship and quality of materials utilized. The climate in your particular location will also be a factor. Depending on your roofing system, a roof with Coastal Windows & Exteriors can last a lifetime. But if you have inferior shingles, poor or non-existing underlayment, your roof may only last 5 years. Cheap roofing materials or improper installation will shorten the lifespan of any roof.

Do I need to replace my entire roof or can I just repair a section?2021-09-13T23:23:09-04:00

If your roof is relatively new, and a few shingles have blown off, then replacing those missing shingles could be a good option to extend the life of your roof. Contact your roofer and request that they follow up with their lifetime warranty which is what we offer here at Coastal Windows & Exteriors.  It’s also important to note that if a section of your roof has been damaged for some time, the underlying damage may be more extensive than meets the eye as this can cause mold, moisture, and mildew in your attic as well as rafter damage in your home.

This can also lead to ice dams which can cause costly and unhealthy damage to your home.  It is important to have a roofing professional inspect your entire roof for potential damage. Finally, consider the total cost of the repair vs the entire roof. In the long term, it may be less expensive to replace your entire roof in one shot, instead of replacing one section now and the rest of the roof later. The number one thing you should consider here is your warranty and how that protects your home.  Look for a transferable lifetime warranty with 25 years labor workmanship warranty.  This way, you are guaranteed for any minor repairs for a lifetime and can be worry-free. Learn about the roofing system your home should have and the warranty to back up the work we do.

How do I choose a qualified roofing contractor?2021-09-15T23:56:47-04:00

Finding the right roofing contractor to install a roof on your home is a big deal. Here are our tips for hiring the best roofing company:

1. Get references – ask friends, neighbors, and peers for their trusted recommendations as a great start.

2. Do your research – Look at online reviews, make sure your roofing contractor is fully licensed and insured, and look for a GAF Master Elite contractor that can offer peace of mind when choosing a roofing system and installation that is guaranteed for a lifetime.

3. Meet with prospective contractors – any reliable roofing contractor should be able to answer your questions without hesitation.

4. Make sure to have a signed contract – Get everything in writing.

5. Good roofing isn’t cheap, cheap roofers aren’t good – the industry has changed significantly in the past twenty years with materials becoming more advanced, but also more expensive. A new roofing system with advanced technology will result in a higher-quality and longer-lasting roof.

How much does a new roof cost?2021-05-13T20:56:42-04:00

The cost of a new roofing system will depend upon a multitude of factors.

  • What is the size of the project?
  • What type of materials are being used?
  • What is the architectural style of your house?
  • What are the market costs?
  • Is your roofing contractor licensed, insured, and known for high-quality roof installation?
  • What type of warranty will you be receiving?
How much do new replacement windows cost?2021-05-13T20:57:41-04:00

It varies greatly. There are many different factors that will influence the cost of replacement windows.

  • Are you getting double-pane or triple-pane windows?
  • What sizes are the windows?
  • How many windows are being replaced at once?
  • Does the window frame need work?
  • Are you looking for a special window style or design?
  • What kind of warranty will you be receiving?
What are the best replacement windows?2021-05-15T21:14:54-04:00

First and foremost, we like to warn homeowners of the infamous “Beauty Queen” window. These replacement windows look good on paper but are not necessarily the best quality. The unfortunate reality is that not all window products are manufactured in the same way.

What you should look for is the AAMA Gold Label which ensures that you’re getting exactly what you pay for with your new window replacement. The best quality windows are engineered with 100% virgin vinyl to prevent peeling, warping, and flaking from moisture damage. These windows also include an insulated glass package with argon or krypton gas, which helps your home stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Another important consideration is a window’s air infiltration rating, which is key to energy conservation. At Coastal Windows & Exteriors, our replacement windows have a CFM rating of .01 which is 23 times more airtight than the industry average. Learn more about the importance of Air Infiltration.

Which windows should I replace first?2021-05-15T21:18:19-04:00

If you’ve decided to move forward with only a partial window replacement, there are a few ways to determine which windows are of highest priority. First and foremost, consider the security of your home. Are you unable to completely close or lock certain windows? Protecting your home from intruders should be a top priority to keep yourself and family safe. The next priority should be to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Replacement windows will eliminate drafts and lower your energy bills, not to mention keep your home feeling cozy during the cold winter months and cool during the summer months. Which rooms do you spend the most time in? Consider replacing those windows first.

Do I need to replace all my windows at once?2021-05-15T21:19:28-04:00

The short answer is no, and the answer is for three reasons.  The best pricing on replacement windows can often be obtained when five or more windows are purchased at once. Another factor to consider if you’re replacing windows at different times, is that you may end up with a slightly different window design, if the manufacturer makes any changes to a specific window design in the meantime.

If you do decide to move forward with only replacing a handful of windows, complete your project by sections of your house (or by room) to make sure that if there are design changes it’s less likely to be noticed. Lastly, you will notice the best energy savings when your entire house is filled with energy star rated windows. According to the Department of Energy, windows and doors are responsible for 21% of air leakage in the home. In order to minimize this energy loss and maximize savings it’s best to replace as many windows at once as possible.

What are the signs that I need to replace the windows in my home?2021-05-15T21:20:45-04:00

Most homeowners know when it’s time to replace their windows. If you’re unsure, ask yourself these questions: Are your windows old or painted shut? Do you see foggy areas that will not wipe clean (seal failure)? Are the window frames starting to rot? Do your windows not function properly anymore? Do you have a hard time opening and closing your windows? Do your windows not lock properly? Are your windows single pane? Do you feel a draft near your windows? Are certain areas of your home colder than other areas? Are your windows more than twenty years old? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s most likely time to have your windows inspected.

How can Air and Hydro help me?2021-05-15T21:28:56-04:00

Air and hydro massage therapy help with pain management, relaxation, calming the nervous system, reducing stress, tension and anxiety.  It also helps detoxify your body by stimulating your lymphatic system and helps improve blood circulation. Air bubbles give a light touch massage while soft bubbles flow from the bottom of the tub to the top of the tub gently massaging your entire body.

Hydromassage therapy provides a more vigorous, focused massage as water sprays out of the strategic jets hitting specific areas such as your lower back, arms, hips, legs and feet

I want my windows to be energy-efficient, but I also want them to look special. Are your windows, siding, roofing and entry doors attractive yet energy-efficient?2021-05-15T22:06:18-04:00

Absolutely, you should know that energy efficient does not mean ugly. You can have your cake and eat it too! Beauty is skin deep…read on!

Windows: We have plenty of window styles available designed to meet your every need and we insist on installing windows that look beautiful. There are 18 standard exterior color options, and 3 interior options (white, beige, wood laminate). We also have a custom color option for any exterior color and beauty is skin-deep as when you choose a solid Soft-Lite color, the “solid” color runs deep from the interior to the exterior of your window so you never have to worry about scratching the color off. You can also let the sunlight shine in with inside the glass mini-blinds-No more fussing with shades, blinds or window dressings. No more hardware to block your beautiful wood trim and so easy to operate.

Siding: Yes, but only if you make the right siding choice. Foam-backed siding provides the best energy efficiency. Be sure to ask about the R-Value of the siding you are considering. The higher the R-Value, the more energy efficient the siding will be. We’re happy to discuss the different options and give you all the facts so you can make the best decision for your situation.  Authentic wide board traditional-colonial-contemporary designs with hand-milled cedar grain look in in 5 profiles: Double 4″, 5″, 6″, Single 7″, Triple 3″ in a selection of expressive colors to achieve even more distinction. This broad selection lets you choose among a wide variety of design options, including shakes, horizontal and vertical siding; traditional clapboard and authentically detailed “shaped” sidings; wide and narrow panel exposures; smooth, subtle and deep wood grain textures; plus a wide assortment of traditional and contemporary colors.  Up to 5X the impact resistance versus hollow back siding while having 21 beautiful colors to choose from, including seven deeper hues in the new Architectural Palette. Insulated siding improves energy efficiency by reducing thermal bridging — like a blanket, it is continuous insulation over the studs, which helps homes stay cool in summer and warm in winter, while available in a wide array of colors and styles to suit your needs. Check out our beautiful colors here that are protected from weathering for life.

Roofing: According to the National Association of Realtors, a GAF designer roofing system can enhance your home by 7%!  You can benefit from timeless beauty with Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’s premium asphalt shingles that offer uncompromising performance at a fraction of the cost of expensive slate or wood shakes. Benefit from shingles with Class A Fire Ratings, reduced shingle blow off with Duragrip, Stainguard protection against blue-green  algae and impact resistance up to 130 MPH. Have your cake and eat it too with GAF designer shingles and make your home stand out with amazing curb appeal!

Does all vinyl siding look fake?2021-05-15T21:41:20-04:00

These days, vinyl siding is one of the most popular and most common siding material in the United States.  At a relatively low cost, it provides an appealing look with virtually no maintenance required. You can choose almost any color and style imaginable. There are additives in the siding to enhance the colors and prevent damage from harmful ultraviolet rays. We agree there are some cheap looking siding out there and we love the look of wood shake but want the benefit of maintenance-free siding along with the energy savings. Today’s siding has come a very long way from years past. The siding we carry today looks extremely similar to wood siding. They are imprinted from multiple molds of wood siding and then produced in non-repetitive fashion. Click here to see all the styles and colors we offer. Our siding offers a variety of color design options that look like cedar shakes if you prefer or the sleek clapboard design with a lifetime warranty.

Are your windows, siding, roofing and entry doors environmentally friendly?2021-05-15T22:15:52-04:00

We live in a rapidly changing world and global warming with the rising cost of energy have increasingly become major concerns for many.  Luckily for you can be the change you wish to see in the world with Coastal.

Windows: Our Soft-Lite Windows have a direct impact on lowering your energy bills and reducing your home’s carbon footprint. The Soft-Lite Elements windows are the highest-rated performing window in the industry exceeding all industry standards for energy efficiency as well as air and water penetration, and durability. Besides the energy savings, our vinyl windows are very environmentally friendly in other ways. The most important is that these windows last a lifetime – they don’t decay or rot. Low quality windows will soon end up in the landfill, but our windows stay on your home. Perfect Fit + tightest seal in the industry= reduced heating and cooling costs which reduces your carbon footprint. Solar Ultimate Glass can get a U-Factor down to a .16! One of the lowest air infiltration rates-.01 CFM-23TIMES more air tight than traditional wood windows! The Soft-Lite factory also is a good steward of the earth by minimizing waste and recycling all scrap materials.

Siding: Insulated siding fights thermal bridging by blanketing the outside walls and limiting energy escaping through the studs, increasing the overall R-value of the wall. The International Energy Conservation Code recognizes insulated siding as a form of continuous insulation in the 2015 Energy Code, and can be used as part of a compliance package to meet energy codes that are currently adopted. Industry’s thickest, energy-saving insulation delivers exceptional R-value {up to 5} performance (resistance to heat flow)….Benefit:  Reduces energy consumption, help lower utility bills giving you a warm and cozy home.

Roofing: We recognize that roofing is a petroleum product. We also offer eco-friendly solutions including products containing recycled materials, anti-reflective properties, and limited landfill waste options. We use recycled shingle waste to create new shingles and a Zero-Waste-to-Landfill initiative.  We also offer Cool Series Shingles which as Energy Star qualified are Class IV impact resistant. All of GAF shingles have advanced protection shingle technology which reduces the use of natural resources while providing superior protection for your home. Coastal Windows & Exteriors has been recognized by GAF and the U.S. Green Building Council as being an environmentally responsible contractor. To be admitted, a contractor needs to demonstrate their on-going commitment to sustainability by being part of GAF’s Green roofer program and successfully pass a written test and complete a Sustainability Assessment.

Entry Doors: Polyurethane Core reduces energy loss and decreases energy bills.  Our ProVia Entry Doors won Environmental Stewardship at 9th time recognition by Energy Star-the only door manufacturer to do s!  Our new door line called Embarq has .1 U-Value and dual perimeter seal for greater efficiency.  The factory also empowers “green” factory processes using low VOC

These are just a few benefits that Coastal Windows, Siding, Roofing and Entry Doors can help your home…and your peace of mind.

What is the difference between a roof and a roofing system?2021-09-14T00:13:08-04:00

Some roofing contractors will try to tell you that a roof is simply about nailing shingles to plywood. This is simply not true. Shingles are a part of roofing systems. Many people equate a new roof with new shingles, but there is much more to it if you want to have the right protection for your home. We install roofing systems, with all the parts designed and installed to work together.

We believe a great roof starts with using the best quality roofing materials. That’s why we use GAF, they simply manufacture the highest-quality roofing materials and are the most top-rated roofing manufacturer in the USA.  GAF has a well-earned reputation for being consistently more innovative than other roof manufacturers.

Roofing needs to be a complete system that incorporates 6 major parts that are vital to the longevity and the functionality of the roof.

  • Ridge and Soffit vents that allow your home to breath. It has to protect your home from the elements while letting air flow through to properly ventilate the space.
  • Leak Barrier Protection creates a seal that helps keep water out at the most vulnerable areas of your roof. Coastal does 6’ of protection compared to others at 3’.
  • Synthetic Roof Deck Protection is a permeable synthetic second layer of protection for your home that prevents roof rot and 600 times stronger than felt.
  • Starter Strip Shingles is important as they increase the longevity of the roofing system with prevention of shingle blow off up to 130 mph.
  • Lifetime Shingles is made to protect your home with the best combination of weight and performance that modern technology can deliver. No wonder why its America’s #1 shingle!
  • Lifetime Ridge Cap Shingles is last and must be done correctly to prevent leaking.

At the end of your roofing job, GAF (the manufacturer) sends a factory representative to do a 40-point inspection to ensure that we have installed the entire roofing system properly. To best understand full roofing systems as well as their individual components, please visit this page.

Why choose vinyl windows?2021-05-15T22:28:22-04:00

Vinyl windows give you a lot of choices. You can achieve the look you want without a lot of hassle. Vinyl never needs painted and require virtually no maintenance. They don’t warp and offer state of the art insulation. In short, expect vinyl to be beautiful, energy efficient choice that will last. And a transferrable lifetime warranty with a high return on investment helps too!  Or maybe you want to start saving money on your energy bills because you have drafty windows, seal failures or don’t properly operate.  Click here for a full list of window warning signs to see if you should replace your windows.

How Does Air Infiltration Impact Energy Loss?2021-05-15T22:27:46-04:00

Air infiltration is a big deal, and the most energy efficient windows are equipped with features such as weather-stripping, heavy duty airlocks, and other features to block out drafts. To add perspective, consider that the industry average cfm rating of .30 allows the equivalent of 24 soda cans of air per minute of cold air transferring through your windows in the winter. Compare that to Soft-Lite at just .8 soda cans of air per minute, the lowest air infiltration rate in the industry. If windows account for 10% of air leakage in a home, it’s important to have the lowest air infiltrated window on the market.

I hate how “drafty” it feels around my current windows and doors. Will my new windows and doors stop this?2021-05-16T21:11:40-04:00

Absolutely!  Windows & doors account for 21% air leakage in a home so make sure you get the best products in the industry to help make your home energy-efficient and save on your energy bills.

  • Our Soft-Lite Windows & sliding glass doors are designed for water and air impact to resist water and wind and that ultimately keeps your home warm, comfortable, and dry. Wind resistance is also tested by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association with a continuous stream of pressurized air at 25 miles per hour. The industry maximum for air infiltration for replacement windows is 0.30 cfm (cubic feet per minute) in order for a window to qualify as Energy Star Certified. The best windows on the market have an air infiltration rating as low as 0.01 cfm at 25 miles per hour. This is 23 times more efficient than most major wood window manufacturers such as Pella, Anderson, Marvin and Jeld-Win.
  • Our ProVia Entry Doors come with energy efficient Q-lon Weather Stripping. This protection runs along the top and sides of the door and interlocks for the most efficient seal and keeps moisture, air and dirt out of your home.
Do your windows and doors come in custom sizes?2021-05-16T21:12:39-04:00

Yes. All of our patio and entry doors are customized to 1/8” increments, allowing a perfect custom size application.

Should I replace my Entry or Sliding door?2017-01-13T02:21:44-05:00

Typical warning signs to replace your siding glass or entry door are:  difficult to open and close, light shining around the edges of the doors, very drafty, moisture between panes of glass (seal failure), use of draft snakes, water damage, high cooling and heating bills and noticeable temperature drop near your door.  Also, if you are unhappy with the look of your door, we can help you find a door that will significantly upgrade your home’s appearance. To learn more about entry or sliding glass warning signs click here.

How secure are your windows & doors?2017-02-05T17:39:24-05:00

This is an excellent question. Windows & Doors are meant to provide shelter but no matter how good a windows or an entry door looks, its first job is to help keep you and your family secure.

Our Soft-Lite windows have hidden, integrated tilt latching locking systems which allows you to operate the windows in one graceful motion, using only the low profile lock lever. This tilt latch lock is engineered with a bolt type tilt engagement rod, which is stronger than the typical latch proving you with a more secure window. They are also Soft-Vents locks which can limit sash travel to allow for ventilation.

Our ProVia Entry Doors have a super tough 20 gauge security plate for extra strength and to prevent kick-ins. Installation is also crucial for a secure fit, and we always deliver best quality installs. Our ProVia entry doors also have Impact-Shield to protect your home from harshest storms and help deter burglaries.

Why is vinyl such a popular siding choice?2021-05-16T21:15:37-04:00

Vinyl, as long as it is high quality vinyl, looks great and makes a home look beautiful for a lifetime. It requires almost no maintenance and foam-backed options are energy efficient. Combine those factors with its affordability and you have a very popular product.

How long will it take to get my siding installed?2016-10-03T12:12:18-04:00

This can vary, but once the job starts you can typically expect it to take a few days up to one week.  During your consultation, we can give you information on how long it will take to get your siding delivered from the manufacturer, when we can schedule the installation, and how long the installation will take.

What do you mean when you say your siding is “virtually maintenance free“?2020-03-24T14:09:59-04:00

Well you won’t have to worry about painting the exterior of your home. To keep your siding looking refreshed and new, use a garden hose to rinse it off occasionally. Remember, amazing siding means never scrape and paint again…ever!

Is painting cheaper than siding?2021-05-16T21:16:38-04:00

Yes, if you’re referring to the short term. Siding should last up to 30 years, which can save you up to six painting jobs if you paint once every five years. At that point, siding practically pays for itself. Our siding has a permanent finish with authentic, subtle beauty which eliminates scraping and painting forever. Coastal siding and accessories are backed by lifetime limited warranties, including an industry leading fade warranty and is also certified under Vinyl Siding Institute’s color retention standard, ASTM D6864. This ensures our colors resist major changes in a variety of climates.  Bottom Line- you never own a paint job….why lease when you can own?

What factors should I consider when choosing siding?2021-05-16T21:19:35-04:00

You should consider the following:

  • Get an experienced installer.
  • Carefully consider the warranty.
  • Choose the type of siding that fits your needs.
  • If you’re selling the house, make sure the warranty is transferrable.
  • Identify the types of elements your home experiences on a daily basis to pinpoint which type of siding is right for you.
  • Have the estimator look for rot in the home. This could be a sign of more serious problems.
How does vinyl siding compare with other siding materials?2021-05-16T21:20:55-04:00

Coastal Windows & Exteriors offers a broad range of vinyl siding products, so you can choose one that’s affordable and right for you. Whichever you choose, you can expect the highest quality and lasting beauty. And Coastal Windows & Exteriors 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. In addition, Coastal Windows & Exteriors vinyl sidings are backed by a strong Lifetime Limited Warranty. And because vinyl is the preferred siding for more and more homeowners, it retains most of its installed cost. Moreover, Coastal Windows & Exteriors premium vinyl siding provides all the beauty of expensive wood sidings with your choice of smooth or grained surfaces; rich, low-gloss colors; and a variety of classic siding profiles.

Our premium vinyl siding:

  • Repels downpours while the insulating layer breathes freely to keep your home comfortable
  • 16’8″ fine milled extended panel length does not require face nailing or unsightly caulking so you can have more panel and less seams.
  • It’s actually 39% longer than a standard 12′ panel yielding a straighter, virtually seamless New England Home.
  • Rolled top nail hem provides added rigidity which gives you peace of mind with New England’s extreme weather.
  • Industry’s thickest, energy-saving insulation delivers exceptional R-value {up to 5} performance (resistance to heat flow) which reduces energy consumption, helps lower utility bills giving you a warm and cozy home.
  • High-performance form-fit insulation adheres to the outer panel for enduring strength, with no tearing or rattling, even in extreme winds.
  • Innovative locking mechanism combined with rolled top nail hem stands up to extreme winds- up to 180 MPH-that seals the panels to lock out air and moisture.
Do you do half roofs?2023-12-18T11:34:51-05:00

Yes, but if we tie into anybody’s work other than our own, we cannot supply the same warranty as a whole roofing system. To insure the ridge vents are working in conjunction with the soffit vents and that the whole roof is working properly, the products on the roof need to match up.

Should I replace or just repair my roof?2021-09-14T00:01:49-04:00

There is no way to answer this without looking at it. But here is the great thing about working with Coastal Windows & Exteriors: you won’t have to worry about that. We are not going to pressure you into something you don’t want or need. We take a look at your roof and then we make a recommendation. We then take it a step further and educate you on why we think it is the best choice. You will be given a firm, fair quote and then we step back and let you decide.

You will typically need to replace your roof if it is 10 years or older and show warning signs such as curling shingles, leaks, ice dams, algae/mold growth and/or high energy bills. Learn more about the warning signs your roof needs to be replaced.

How long does window, siding, roofing and/or entry door installation take?2016-10-03T12:04:30-04:00

Windows:  Typically it takes one day or less depending on the amount of windows and any construction needed.

Siding:  Between 1-2 weeks depending on any special orders or extra construction.

Roofing:  1-2 days depending on any needed structural work.

Entry Doors:  Usually one day.

If I purchase your windows and doors, can I expect to save money on my energy bill each month?2021-05-16T21:24:22-04:00

Our Energy Star rated windows and doors almost always result in lower energy bills – often much lower. A lot of people don’t realize that windows and doors account for 21% of air leakage in a home and can account for up to 40% increase on their energy bills.

How much will my windows, siding, roofing, and entry doors cost?2021-05-16T21:25:00-04:00

To give you an accurate price, we need to talk to you about your specific needs. We think any honest home improvement contractor should visit the home and see what is being replaced and talk to the homeowner/s, you before providing a firm quote. We can promise you this: a firm, fair quote and plenty of time to look it over with ZERO sales pressure. If you decide to work with us, you won’t pay until you are satisfied.

Do you have pictures of your replacement windows, siding, roofing and entry doors installed?  Can I see examples of your work?2020-03-24T14:12:44-04:00

Yes. Visit our Gallery here and choose the product/s you want to see. We encourage you to look at our work AND talk to our customers. We will give you as many references as you would like- just call us for homes in your town!

I’m interested in getting a quote to replace my windows, siding, roofing and entry doors, but I don’t like the idea that I will have to put up with a pushy salesperson to do it.2021-05-16T21:25:48-04:00

At Coastal Windows & Exteriors, we believe in No Pressure and put the focus on education first.  It is a sad fact that some companies do make you feel like the only way to get them to stop talking is to agree to hire them. We hate that as much as you do. You will never be pressured to work with us.

Is installation difficult…can I do it on my own?2021-05-16T21:28:19-04:00

We don’t recommend trying to install windows, siding, roofing and entry doors yourself unless you have professional level carpentry skills. Installation of any home improvement should really be done by a trained professional.  If not installed correctly there could be serious damage done to your home or injury to someone.  Many insurance companies will not pay on future claims that were a result of poorly done work and may require bids from multiple licensed contractors. If you do hire someone, we don’t recommend hiring a general handyman or a company that does general repairs.  Remember experience in a field matters as well as specific training and licenses.

  • Since the door is the first impression of your home, any kind of sloppy or less than professional installation will be extremely noticeable. An entry door to your home not only is the first thing someone sees when entering your home but need to have a custom fit to reduce any air infiltration to save on energy bills. A door installer will make sure your door is fit to the 1/8” and be properly insulated to the specific entry way.
  • Also, installation can affect energy efficiency – windows need to fit snugly against the weather stripping. Doing it yourself might cost you more in the long run. Windows alone account for 10% of air leakage in a home so you want to make sure have the lowest air infiltrated window on the market, Soft-Lite Element Windows and are properly installed by a licensed installer trained by the manufacturer specifications.
  • Roofing on your own is not only extremely dangerous to yourself but it unsafe for your home as you need to make sure you protect your home against all forms of weather. Roofing is not only about shingles but a roofing system together that acts as the first line of protection to your home.  The 6 major parts of a roofing system are vital to the longevity and the functionality of the roof.
  • Siding should be installed by a professional installer as improper installation can often result in long-lasting, costly consequences. Beyond having your manufacturer’s warranty voided, improper installation of vinyl siding can cause many problems. Vinyl siding can buckle and “oilcan” if fasteners are overdriven, potentially allowing moisture into the walls of your home.
I am selling my home so what are the resale values for windows, siding, roofing and entry doors. 2020-03-24T14:17:10-04:00

Remodeling magazine said that “the highest payback comes from projects that give an older home the same features that have become standard in new homes.  Replacement jobs—such as door, window, and siding projects—generated a higher return than remodeling projects. Replacement projects averaged a return of 61.5% while remodeling projects scored 57.3%.” When grouped by job type, replacement projects such as window and siding jobs (77-80% ROI) performed better than kitchen and bath remodels (60-65% ROI).  All of our products have a lifetime transferable warranty to make sure that the next owner can have a peace of mind but also helps you when to you go to negotiate price of your home.  The current Cost vs Value report can be found here for this year’s return on investment for roofing, siding, windows & entry doors.

Are there any tax rebates for windows, siding, roofing and entry doors?2016-10-14T13:08:58-04:00

Tax rebates and incentives change every year. Currently, for 2016 these are the tax rebates that are offered.  Please see a Coastal Windows & Exteriors representative for more details.

SidingYou can get a $500 tax rebate as long as you use a progressive foam product with siding.  There is a list of certain insulated drop in products that qualify.

Roofing There is a tax credit for ENERGY STAR certified asphalt roofs with pigmented coatings or cooling granules designed to reduce heat gain for 10% of the cost, up to $500. Americans spend about $40 billion annually to air condition buildings and qualified roof products reflect the sun’s rays an can lower the roof surface by 50F.  This can help decrease the amount of heat transferred into a home and can reduce air cooling up to 15%.  If you have a solar system on a new roof, a portion of that new roof may be able to get a 30% tax savings based on structural need.  Please see a Coastal Windows & Exteriors representative for more details on these roof tax incentives.

Windows & Doors – 10% of the cost (not including installation costs), up to $200 for windows and up to $500 for doors


Doesn’t the quality of the roof come down to the quality of the shingles?2021-09-15T23:32:45-04:00

The quality of your shingles is very important and that is why we insist on using GAF manufactured shingles. But don’t forget, the quality of your roof is not just about the materials – who installs your roof is just as important. Even if you have the very best quality materials, poor installation can lead to a roof that fails quickly with improper techniques such as not enough ice & water shield to protect your home or not using proper adhesive for shingle blow-off. With Coastal Windows & Exteriors, you do not have to guess about our quality.

We are certified GAF Master Elite contractor.

This is the highest level of certification offered by GAF (the biggest shingle manufacturer in the United States) and a designation that only 2% of roofing contractors have earned. Not only do you get a peace of mind, but you get a transferable 25 year labor workmanship warranty and lifetime on the shingles.  Click here to learn more about this warranty.

Also according to the National Association of Realtors, you can increase the value of your home by 7% with a new GAF roofing system.

I know I should replace my windows, siding, roof and/or entry doors, but paying for it all at once would be challenging. Do you offer payment plans?2021-05-16T21:39:18-04:00

Actually, over 60% of our customers take advantage of our financing when installing a new windows, siding, roofing and/or entry doors, so you are far from alone. We’re homeowners just like you and we are here to help. Yes, this is something that separates us from so many other home improvement companies. We never make our customers feel like asking financing is a burden to us. We are absolutely committed to making applying for financing very easy. There are many different options for all kinds of situations – including some 0% choices. Our lending partners have great financing choices, including some no interest and no payment for-a-year options. And the BEST part is that you find out in less than ten minutes on the phone at an appointment- hassle free so you can focus on your home improvement projects.  We use companies such as GE, Enerbank, GreenSky as well as we qualify for MASS Save loans. Perfect credit is not necessary; decent credit will get the job done. We make this process simple – we are on your side and want to help you get your project done. For more details, please visit our Financing page by clicking here.

Do your windows, siding, roofing and entry doors come with a warranty? Can I see the actual warranty?2021-05-16T21:41:52-04:00

We don’t just give warranty details, we post the actual warranty right here online. Click on the following product links to view actual warranties.

Windows: With Coastal Windows & Exteriors, what makes our warranty unique is that it is a transferrable lifetime warranty. You will have a one year labor workmanship warranty from us and a lifetime warranty from Soft-Lite around since 1934– IN WRITING. You are protected. Click here to see the printed warranty for complete details.

Siding:  This Lifetime Limited Warranty is transferable if you sell your home. It also includes fade and hail damage coverage. There is no difference in warranty between our foam-backed or regular siding. Email us and we’ll send you a copy of the printed warranty for complete details.

Roofing:  We offer what we consider to be the very best warranty in the entire roofing industry. We don’t make that claim lightly. We challenge anyone to find a warranty that is stronger than the GAF Golden Pledge Lifetime Warranty {link to CWE roofing page}.  We actually pay extra to the manufacturer to be able to offer this level of protection to our customers. This roof and warranty are so superior they have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.  This warranty covers both labor and materials and the shingles are covered for the lifetime of a home (they estimate this as 50 years)– about 5 times as long as a typical warranty. Our installation and sales team have also won two awards through GAF:  Training Excellence for our commitment continuous educational training and Installation Excellence demonstrating a high level of quality GAF inspected work giving the consumer the Peace of Mind on a quality installation.  Click here to see the printed warranty for complete details.

Entry Doors: The best exterior doors are when the manufacturer warranties against material or building defects and failure with normal use.  ProVia offers a lifetime warranty on their doors and 10 years on the finish. The paint is applied with a state-of-the-art electrostatic paint application to ensure a consistent even coating. Experience craftsman style with hand-applied stain to your fiberglass door for that true woodgrain look.  Then the doors are oven-cured to ensure long lasting durability.  The paint process Click here to see the printed warranty for complete details.

Do you have proper licensing and insurance?2021-05-16T21:43:18-04:00

Absolutely, this question is very important to ask any contractor doing any work on your home (you’d be surprised how many contractors aren’t). If they are not insured, or under-insured, you will be liable if someone gets hurt. Never be afraid to ask any company for proof of insurance and licensing – you have every right to know and protect yourself. We happily provide proof to all our customers.

Who will come to my home to install my windows, siding, roofing and entry doors? Why sets your install team apart?2021-09-15T23:34:42-04:00

All of our installers are licensed, bonded, and insured. 

They are required to sign a 25 Point Installation Agreement to ensure they follow Coastal Windows & Exteriors’ Code of Ethics prior, during and the end of every job.  It is part of Core Value #6:  Quality Workmanship EVERY Day for EVERY Job!  We also have a “Don’t Pay Until You Are Satisfied Policy”- we want to make sure you are happy!

Windows & Doors: Our licensed, bonded and insured window and door installers are craftsmen by trade and you won’t find better installers. They all perform critical measures down to 1/8” to make sure your custom windows and doors have an airtight fit. Click here to learn about the importance of window and door insulation.

 Siding:  Our siding installers are certified by the Vinyl Siding Institute who are licensed to be trained to manufacturer specifications. All siding we sell is installed by manufacturer-trained installers. Our special partnership with the manufacturer means you get the best of the best installers. After all, you simply can’t get a more professional, better-trained crew than those who have been trained by the manufacturer – they know their own product better than anyone.

Roofing:  Our company works with the biggest roofing company in America, GAF. As direct partners of GAF, we come out to your home, measure the roof, go over styles and options, colors, warranty, and leave you with a no-cost estimate. Our dedicated team works directly out of the GAF warehouse. Since we are a Master Elite contractor offering you 25 labor workmanship warranty and a lifetime on the shingles, we have strict guidelines in the installer we choose to work on your home. They must meet the regulations such as 6’ of Ice & Water Shield and 6 nails to every shingle to pass this GAF warranty checklist.