Window Project Enhances Look and Improves Comfort

So, you saw photos of the latest window installed by Callen at our home in Cedarburg. It has the “WOW” factor that Callen refers to when talking about the remodeling jobs it completes.

Callen Bog - Paul Kronforst July 2017 073117 IMG_4822Well, the project is now all done! This was a BIG window that required new insulation all around it. Callen not only showed me the old rotted wood, but explained what they planned to do after the window was in. Yes, those details like caulking, sealing it up, and cleaning the job site so everything looks perfect.

I don’t have much time for household jobs, as cutting the grass and general maintenance inside and outside is about all I want and have time to do. I despise painting, and do it only when absolutely necessary.

I know some homeowners want to paint to save a bit of money. Great, if that’s your thing. This job required scaffolding and a VERY large ladder. The inside trim was entirely replaced and required priming, a coat of paint… and lots of work up high on that ladder (Did I mention that I’m also terrified of heights). I told Callen I would prefer not to paint and have them do it. They said they have their own painting crews (avoiding subcontractors) and these skilled painters did what they do best – paint!

Callen Bog - Paul Kronforst July 2017 073117 IMG_4844I could not be happier with how it matched our existing white trim and how clean and precise the painting was. Callen really does it all… I didn’t have to lift a finger, except to take the pictures when it was finished!

This window has been in for a few weeks and the air conditioner is on this summer in the Kronforst household, but it is not kicking in as much. It is also much cooler, with less humidity in the house. I am convinced the previous large window was the culprit. As I explained in my blog last month, when the seals on that window became ineffective (it was the biggest piece of glass in our home), we were in trouble.

I cannot wait to discuss our master bath (featuring a large glass walk-in shower) and bump out walk-in closet project done a few years ago for the next blog, complete with before and after photos. This renovation added so much to our entire home’s “WOW” factor and value.

Until then, check out Callen’s website with a gallery of photos or its Facebook page, which is loaded with terrific information (and more photos).

Paul Kronforst, WISN-AM 1130

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New Window – WOW!

In my first two blogs, I explained I was starting with the most current remodeling projects that Callen completed on our home and work backwards. The timing was perfect, because we just finished the biggest window installation that I’ve ever been through.


In the pictures accompanying this blog, you can clearly see a large platform lift was needed to not only remove the old rotted wood window, but also install the new Infinity from Marvin Fiberglass Replacement Window we chose. There was also an urgency to the project, as my wife and I were leaving the country for a couple weeks and we wanted the installation completed before we left.

Then the rain came, which delayed the install. Callen, which excels in communication, worked around all of those obstacles and got everything done and finished on time before we left, so we could rest at ease.

The old window had a broken seal, you could visibly see fog and condensation, and it was just hideous. We even had some rain coming in on the north side of our house due to this rotted window and broken seal. The Callen crew leader, Robert, brought my phone up on the lift and took photos of the cavity so I could see the rotted window and what the inside of the wall looked like. The new window went in with ease, and they finished off the wood trim inside. They fixed everything!

In my previous blogs, I stated this was the final window to be installed by Callen, as over the years, we did three or four each year. Now we are completely sealed with new Infinity from Marvin Fiberglass Replacement Windows.

Here’s an interesting point, which I didn’t think about before we left for vacation – we returned home to 90° temperatures in early June. The air conditioning is not going on nearly as often, and my house is to the point where my kids noticed the rooms are chilly! So I turned the thermostat up a couple degrees. Obviously, we’re saving money and the air conditioner is running more efficiently.

As you can see, it looks much better as well, with the grids on the inside of the glass giving a cleaner, more streamlined appearance. This window was so large that I probably didn’t realize how much heat we lost in winter and of course I have a tight and very cool home for these warm summer days! The best part is the curb appeal. This window is now our WOW factor!

Next month’s blog will talk about little details, like painting the inside trim. I don’t like ladders (or painting), so I have the experts at Callen care for those things. Talk to you soon.





Why Full-Frame Window Replacement Makes Sense for Wisconsin Homes

IMG_1332Full window replacement, also known as full-frame replacement, is Callen’s preferred method of replacing windows. Full-frame replacement involves removing every component of the existing window, including the casing, frame, sash and any surrounding trim. Because many existing windows in the Milwaukee area are wood and have suffered varying degrees of water damage, this method ensures that we do not install a new window into a frame that has been damaged by moisture or insects.

Here are more benefits of the full-frame replacement system.

  • Full-frame replacement can be done on any home, for almost any type of window.
  • The entire window is removed, so that the size and shape of the opening can be changed if desired.
  • Full-frame replacements will not reduce viewing area like inserts.
  • We install new interior and exterior trim.
  • The window is replaced from the outside of your home for less mess.

While full-frame Brookfield window replacement involves a slightly higher cost, it gives our installers the opportunity to closely inspect the structural integrity of the window opening. We can also better insulate around the window frame to stop energy leaks.

Get the Best Features of Wood and Fiberglass

With our Infinity® from Marvin fiberglass replacement windows, you can get the look of wood plus the exceptional strength, durability and low maintenance of fiberglass. Infinity Windows made from Ultrex® fiberglass are eight times stronger than vinyl and are not subject to a constant expansion and contraction cycle. Plus, they are guaranteed not to pit, rust, corrode, chip, peel or blister.

No matter which installation method you choose, you will receive superior service and energy-efficient performance when you select Callen for your window replacement project. Let us evaluate your existing windows and give you the information you need to make the best decision for your home. Call (414) 529-5509 or click here to schedule a no-obligation consultation for window replacement in Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee or surrounding communities!



Total Window Replacement Usually the Best Option

windowsBy Bob Mamerow

Many times when we are invited into a home to give a quote on window replacement, we find that we were not the first to be consulted.  Frequently, the homeowner will tell us that another company was there; telling them they didn’t need full window replacement, just an insert replacement.  Most homeowners like to hear that because they can keep their inside trim and don’t need to paint or stain.  But what is left out of that easy fix is that the homeowner wasn’t told about the lack of insulation between the frame of the window and it’s structural members that may not have been insulated 20, 40, 50, or 80 years ago.

An insert is just removing the sashes, parting stop and/or jamb liner on newer replacements and putting a window inside an existing frame.  There are several disadvantages to this.  For example, if an opening isn’t square, a window won’t operate properly.  Merely adding an insert is not going to help that window’s operation.  Another disadvantage is by putting a new window inside the frame of the old one, there is less glass, resulting in less light.  On a vinyl insert, you can lose as much as an inch on each side of the sash.  On a double hung window, that is a lot of light loss, which almost everybody finds undesirable.  But, the most important disadvantage of an insert is that the problem of air leaks is not resolved.

Compare this with a total window replacement.  The entire window is removed including exterior brick mold, nailing fins, frame, and sashes right down to the wood framing.  The new full frame replacement window is plumbed, squared, and shimmed so it can open and close properly.  The nailing fins are screwed in.  This is important to mention because typically we find that the nailing fins are held with roofing nails.  We prefer to use screws for a more secure connection.  Additionally, the sill pan and nailing fins are protected by a Tyvek butyl window wrapping.

To fill any gaps that cold air can leak through, we use closed cell foam insulation with low expansion.  That gives an R5 per inch insulation on each side of the window.  To prevent air coming in the pocket between the drywall, insulation, and framing, additional foam insulation is applied behind the jambs.

New brick mold is installed on the exterior and trimmed with aluminum.  It’s maintenance-free and the homeowner doesn’t have to worry about sills rotting or water infiltration.  Interior trim is available in pine, poplar, or oak and custom species and shapes when required.

When Callen does a window installation, we have installers who only do replacement windows, not other exterior projects.  Many have “Installation Masters” Certification and receive additional factory training from our premier window product, Infinity® from Marvin Fiberglass Replacement Windows.

In addition to quality installations and a Marvin Limited Lifetime Guarantee, homeowners are also protected by Callen’s lifetime workmanship warranty through our Total Owner Protection (TOP) program.

With our assessment of your true window replacement needs, full-service installation including interior and exterior trim, staining service availability, attention to detail, and lifetime warranty, you can be assured you are getting the best in window replacement from Callen.