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.



Are Your Windows Eye Catching?

By Brad Flannigan

Your windows are the eyes of your home.  They are what you look out of to see the world outside and it is what attracts others to look at first when they pass by.  If you are a homeowner who wants your windows to make your home eye catching, then you may be in the market for custom window replacement.

When choosing a replacement window, you’ll look for windows that are aesthetically appealing from inside to outside, provide light and view, and let in fresh air when desired but be airtight when needed.

Infinity Fiberglass Replacement Windows from Marvin are Callen’s premier replacement windows, because Infinity from Marvin windows are eye catching, easy to operate, durable, and besides, you’ll save money on your fuel bills.  Callen was chosen by Marvin to be the exclusive retailer for Infinity windows in the metro Milwaukee area because of its long history offering premium replacement windows, and the way it comes to market with those windows.

Let’s talk about design first.  Infinity windows are a custom window, made exclusively for your home’s “point of view.”  Whether you want to replace a standard double-hung, or try something different, window configuration options are many, including awning, casement, bow, bay, polygon, octagon, and picture window.  If you are tired of a standard double hung, you might consider a bay.  A large picture window can be replaced with a bow.  A popular choice we are seeing are gliders – windows that slide from side to side – as a replacement for casements.  Besides windows, Infinity from Marvin also offers sliding patio doors in a French or Contemporary style, from 5 ft., 6 ft., or 8 ft.

Color is another element you want to consider to complement your home’s exterior.  With Infinity, you can choose from multiple color choices.  Interior color options include white and Sierra but what appeals to many discerning homeowners is the EverWood finish, a stainable product which can be custom stained, just like wood, to match your interior existing molding.  EverWood provides the rich appearance of wood; does not absorb moisture and will not decay for years of lasting beauty.  Six colors are available on the exterior.

Further customizing the look of your windows are the choices of grids between the glass or simulated divided lite windows with prairie style, colonial, and cottage-style designs.  Hardware finish options are just as customized and include white, satin taupe, brass, satin nickel, and oil rubbed bronze.

When you invest in replacement windows, you want those windows to last.  We recommend fiberglass because it is the most durable and energy efficient of all the window materials available.  You won’t have the concern of rot, mildew, or mold that plague wood windows.  Our standard insulated glass contains Low-E 366 with an argon fill, which is a high-efficiency glass package to alleviate fading, keep solar heat from coming through, and keep your home’s interior warmer in winter and cooler in summer.  The superior strength of Infinity Fiberglass Replacement Windows from Marvin also allows for a narrower window frame and more glass area than vinyl replacement windows, providing more daylight and better views.

The key to window replacement is the expertise of the installers.  At Callen, we measure the windows twice; once when the product specialist measures for the selling costs, and a second time by the project manager who measures for a precise fit.  All our installers are employees of Callen.  The installers work exclusively with windows – they don’t get involved with roofing or siding.

Callen is a factory-trained Marvin retailer and registers your purchase with Marvin for a Limited Lifetime Warranty, meaning your Infinity window and other non-glass components will be free from manufacturer defects for as long as you own your home.  Also, Callen’s lifetime Total Owner Protection (TOP) program means that if your product fails to perform due to improper installation, Callen will fix the problem for free.

If you are thinking of window replacement, now is a good time to do it.  Callen is running a savings sale until December 15 – buy five windows and get the sixth window free.  That includes the window and the labor!

Let us show you how your home can be eye-catching and more energy efficient!  Give us a call at 414-529-5509 or visit either of our Muskego or Brookfield showrooms.