FAQs

We understand that you have many options to choose from and numerous other companies to compare us with. That’s why we want to make sure that we answer all your queries and concerns. To help you make an informed decision, we have compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.

This will equip you with the knowledge you need so that when you’re ready to contact us, you’ll be able to make the best choice for your home and budget.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Madison Vinyl replacement windows?

All windows at Madison Vinyl come with half screens and a high-performing glass package featuring Low-E glass, Argon gas, and Duralite Spacer Warm Edge technology.

What comes standard in the windows you sell?

All windows at Madison Vinyl come with half screens and a high-performing glass package featuring Low-E glass, Argon gas, and Duralite Spacer Warm Edge technology.

What is Low-E glass?

Low-E glass is an energy-efficient and comfortable type of glass that is created by sandwiching a layer of silver between layers of anti-reflective metal oxide coatings. The term “Low-E” stands for “low emissivity” which means that this type of glass reflects the part of the light spectrum that transmits heat. By doing so, it decreases the U-value and increases the R-value of a window, making it more energy-efficient and comfortable.

What are U-Values and R-Values?

A U-Value measures the amount of heat that escapes through a surface such as a wall, roof, or window. The U-Value of a material indicates its energy efficiency, with lower U-Values indicating higher energy efficiency. On the other hand, R-Values measure the resistance of a material to heat flow. The higher the R-Value, the lower the U-Value, and the less energy the material will lose. In the case of windows, the R-Value is determined by the number of glass layers, the type of gas between these layers, and whether one or more layers have been treated with a Low-E coating.

What is Argon gas used for?

Argon and other inert gasses also will reduce the loss of heat through an insulating glass unit. Since inert gasses are heavier than air, their molecules do not move as easily. This makes the space between the panes of glass in the window less conductive. Inert gasses between the panes of glass make it more difficult for the warmer inside air to pass through the glass to the colder outside. With lower heat loss, the R-Value is increased.

What is warm-edge technology?

Warm edge technology, such as Duralite Spacer, is used to improve the edge condition of windows. The material used to join the glass panes together is called the spacer material. Traditional aluminum spacer materials tend to be highly conductive, which means they transfer heat through them easily, similar to how heat travels through a steel rod that has one end placed in a fire. In contrast, warm edge spacer materials reduce the amount of heat that is transferred from the inside of the house to the outside by decreasing conduction at the window’s edge. This results in less heat being lost to the exterior of the home, which helps to keep the inside of the home warmer.

Why do windows sweat?

Air is made up of various gases, including moisture vapor. When the temperature of air drops to the dew-point temperature, it gets chilled, and the moisture vapor present in it condenses, leaving a residue of water on the surface of the glass. This condensation occurs due to excess humidity or water vapor present in the air that comes into contact with a cooler surface, like a window. However, Madison Vinyl windows are equipped with features that keep the glass’s surface warm, thereby reducing the chances of condensation. In case of extremely high humidity conditions, you can follow these suggestions to lower the moisture in the air: Open windows frequently to allow fresh air inside your home, use a dehumidifier, and install venting fans in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room.

Will new windows eliminate condensation?

Actually, no. Condensation is caused by moisture vapor suspended in the air, and that’s something no one can guarantee to eliminate. However, high quality vinyl windows, incorporating warm edge technology and glazing systems, help reduce condensation because they’re much less thermally conductive than other window types. They also help keep the temperature of the window warmer, minimizing the hot and cold differences that turn moisture vapor into condensation.

What is standard installation?

The standard procedure for window installation involves removing the old wooden window from within the home. The interior trim is taken off, the old window is removed, and the new one is inserted, insulated, and caulked. The existing trim is then replaced. If you are replacing aluminum or steel windows, please note that there will be a small additional charge, as it can be a bit more challenging to remove them. The standard procedure for window installation involves removing the old wooden window from within the home. The interior trim is taken off, the old window is removed, and the new one is inserted, insulated, and caulked. The existing trim is then replaced. If you are replacing aluminum or steel windows, please note that there will be a small additional charge, as it can be a bit more challenging to remove them.

How will the outside of the windows be finished?

If you want, we can cover all exterior wood casing on each window with a custom-fit, finished aluminum trim for a maintenance-free exterior while installing the new windows. This is generally included in your standard installation cost, but it may not be necessary for some homes.

What do I have to do to prepare for the installation?

Before our arrival, please move all furniture and window treatments. We are happy to help with any heavy items. Before our arrival, please move all furniture and window treatments. We are happy to help with any heavy items.

How long will the total installation take?

For an average job (12 to 20 windows), the inside installation takes one to four days. If required, the outside finish aluminum trim work usually takes an additional day or two to complete.

What damage or repairs should I expect from the installation?

There should be no wall damage. When we reinstall the interior trim casing on each new window there will be some finish nail holes that may need to be filled and touched up with paint.

How long will my house be open to the weather without windows in place?

Typically, we’ll only keep a window open for an hour. However, during summer, we may extend that time if we’re working on multiple windows at once.

How long will my house be open to the weather without windows in place?

Normally no longer than one hour per window. In the summertime, we may do more than one window at a time, which means a longer time that the space is open.

Do I have to arrange for the disposal of the old windows?

No. Unless you want the old windows, we will take away the old windows and clean up all the debris from the job site as we do the window installations.


One of the most important things to consider when purchasing vinyl replacement windows for your home is who will install them. A bad installation can quickly subtract from the benefits of upgrading your windows. This is why we hire our own professional installers to install your vinyl replacement windows.” – Team Madison


Installation Services

Madison Vinyl in Bainbridge, NY is your go-to destination for high-quality windows, siding, doors, awnings, and other materials. We pride ourselves on offering competitive pricing by cutting out the middleman and subcontractors. In addition to providing top-notch materials, we also offer professional installation services. Our friendly and experienced team has earned rave reviews for their expertise in retractable awnings, siding, door, and window installation. We are committed to working tirelessly to help you achieve your dream home by providing the best windows, doors, or any of our other offerings.

Our services include:

  • Installation of replacement windows and new construction windows
  • Window installation
  • Installation of patio and entry doors
  • Vinyl siding, soffit and fascia installation
  • Retractable awning installation

Why choose Madison Vinyl for installation services:

  • Family-owned
  • More than 26 years of exterior home improvement expertise
  • Energy-Star certified
  • Licensed and insured
  • Free estimates

Why choose Madison for your door, siding, awning, and window installations?

When you choose Madison Vinyl, you can expect to receive the services of reliable crews who have years of experience in exterior home improvement. You can rest assured that all our products are installed correctly, thanks to the honest, high-quality workmanship of our team. Moreover, your complete satisfaction is our top priority with every installation project. If you have any questions related to vinyl window installation, door installation, siding installation, or retractable awnings, please don’t hesitate to call us. Our experts are always ready to provide you with friendly answers.

Sharon Cook
Sharon Cook
April 15, 2024
The crew that came to our house were awesome! They were like a well oiled machine.they each had a job and done it extremely well.the windows and door are beautiful,we couldn’t be more pleased.they cleaned everything up afterwards and they were a fun bunch of guys.I would highly recommend Madison window and door to anyone who is in the market for them.Awesome job all!!
Neil Bandel
Neil Bandel
April 15, 2024
The staff at Madison Vinyl has been very helpful to my compnay, Interstate Homes for many yeras & myself personally. I installed approximately 22 windows in my former personal home. All the windows were the right size, safely package and worked excellent. If you want great service at a fair price, this is where I go. We just ordered 3 large, special sized windows for one of my Modular projects and they built them per spec. Nice to have great communication for successful outcomes.
Robert Haltner
Robert Haltner
April 15, 2024
I have used Madison vinyl since 2006. Always a quality job backed with warranty. I would highly recommend them.
michael brazee
michael brazee
April 15, 2024
We had a great experience with the window installation, they were prompt,curtious and did a quick clean job.
Carolyn Heannings
Carolyn Heannings
April 2, 2024
the guys showed up on time, and we very pleasant.. the work is great.. love the inside finishes as well as the windows themself.. Answer any question that I had..
Marie Meyerhoff
Marie Meyerhoff
April 1, 2024
The team from Madison vinyl were fantastic from start to finish.They were detail oriented and were personable throughout.I would highly recommend them for any of your window/door needs!
Chuck Dyer
Chuck Dyer
March 27, 2024
From beginning to end we can’t say enough about the wonderful experience with sales and service about Madison Doors and Windows! We purchased a retractable awning and are more than pleased. Thank you to everyone!!! Sally Dyer
David Dewey
David Dewey
March 21, 2024
Always a first class job with excellent materials. Doors and windows in two houses over the last twenty years.
Jake Bonker
Jake Bonker
March 20, 2024
Had a screen for a storm door get bent and broken, called them and said I could bring it in to see what they could do. They had no problem fixing the bent frame and the screening it for me. Done fast and for a great price. Will be going back for future business
John Gregory
John Gregory
March 18, 2024
Madison Vinyl walked us through selection process for new construction with 22 windows. The second generation of sales staff know their stuff!

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