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The solar industry offers job opportunities for candidates with diverse skill sets and experiences.  The jobs that may come to mind first are technical in nature (installers and electricians are the backbones of the workforce), but the industry is supported by a wide range of job functions including communications, project management, engineering and more. These job functions differ in nature but are tied together by a few common threads: most require skills in logistics, punctuality, leadership and working effectively as a team — all things that veterans come well-equipped with. 

Although veterans have the ability to do a number of high-value jobs, transitioning back to civilian life can be challenging after returning home from active service. The skills and training that veterans undergo in service don’t translate easily onto a resume, and as a result, some struggle to find gainful employment. 

The solar industry offers job opportunities for candidates with diverse skill sets and experiences.  The jobs that may come to mind first are technical in nature (installers and electricians are the backbones of the workforce), but the industry is supported by a wide range of job functions including communications, project management, engineering and more. These job functions differ in nature but are tied together by a few common threads: most require skills in logistics, punctuality, leadership and working effectively as a team — all things that veterans come well-equipped with. 

Although veterans have the ability to do a number of high-value jobs, transitioning back to civilian life can be challenging after returning home from active service. The skills and training that veterans undergo in service don’t translate easily onto a resume, and as a result, some struggle to find gainful employment. 

However, the solar industry offers a natural fit for veterans entering the workforce. In this guide, we’ll discuss the challenges veterans face, as well the programs and businesses that offer support.

The Solar Industry and U.S. Veterans

The solar industry already harbors a large number of veterans; the 2020 National Jobs Census showed that the industry employs over 20,000 vets (which is 9% of all solar workers in the nation). This is more than the average national veteran employment rate of 6.6%.1

This coincides with a period of huge potential growth for the budding solar industry, which is poised to reach 400,000 jobs by 2030. Veterans have the skills to make use of the opportunity clean energy brings. In addition to employment, working toward a cleaner future can offer great personal satisfaction for veterans accustomed to aligning with a greater purpose. Veterans also have a good understanding of the importance of energy for our national security. But there are still challenges. 

Challenges U.S. Veterans Face

Studies show that a lack of preparation for finding civilian employment when leaving the military is a large contributor to veteran unemployment.2 This lack of preparation included things like unrealistic expectations for the kinds of job opportunities veterans qualify for; unrealistic expectations for salaries; veterans having a perception of having to “start over” as a civilian; and difficulty understanding how military experience translates to civilian employment.

Of the 20,000+ veterans in the solar workforce, the majority work in installation, manufacturing, or sales and distribution. Since many veterans joined the military straight out of high school, many lack the academic credentials for positions above entry-level and have to work their way up. 

But veterans come equipped with highly valuable skills and intangibles that may not be reflected in a job application. These include:

  • Technical skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work with a team 
  • Self-motivation
  • Discipline
  • Efficiency

Solar Programs for Veterans

There are a number of programs that advance the career opportunities for transitioning military service members and veterans in the growing solar industry.

Solar Ready Vets 

Solar Ready Vets, led by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), is a program that advances a nationwide pipeline of veterans into all levels of the solar workforce through industry partnerships, fellowships, training programs and workforce development.3

Solar Opportunities and Readiness

The Solar Opportunities and Readiness (SOAR) initiative connects veterans with solar training, credentialing, professional development and employment opportunities. Its goals include establishing apprenticeships, expanding the eligibility of solar training for GI Bill benefits, and defining expedited pathways to solar certifications based on military experience and qualifications.

Solar Energy International

Solar Energy International (SEI) offers Veterans Educational Funding and outreach programs for veterans and active-duty military personnel. It also offers educational opportunities and benefits to military members, their families, and veterans who have honorably served.

Check out SEI’s website to learn more about eligibility and the application process.

Veteran-Owned Solar Businesses

If you’re interested in solar, there are also avenues to support veterans through your business. There are several reputable veteran-owned businesses that install solar panel systems throughout the nation. By supporting veteran-owned businesses, you can give back to our service men and women. 

Veteran Owned Solar

Veteran Owned Solar offers solar installations, development and project management services throughout Texas and Arizona. It specializes in oversight and management of large-scale projects, but it is highly capable of performing residential solar installations as well. For every 20 solar systems installed by Veteran Owned Solar, the company donates one system to a veteran within its community. 

Semper Solaris

California-based Semper Solaris, inspired by the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis, installs solar panels, battery storage, roofing, and heating and air conditioning services throughout the state. The company remains committed to hiring and empowering members of our armed forces who share the same integrity, loyalty and responsibility as the company’s founders. 

GC Green Incorporated

GC Green Inc. is a service-disabled veteran-owned business based in San Diego, CA. It provides engineering services, technology selection and project finance management services.

Karsten Neumeister is a solar energy specialist passionate about sustainable development, environmental and cultural change. Before joining EcoWatch, Karsten worked in the energy sector of New Orleans, focusing on renewable energy policy and technology. A lover of music and the outdoors, Karsten might be found rock climbing, canoeing or writing songs when away from the workplace.

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The Link Between Solar Energy and Extreme Weather

How well do solar panels hold up against the elements?

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Extreme weather events can make you feel helpless, and nothing reminds you quite how reliant you are on public power like a grid outage. If the power goes out, it’s difficult to know whether it will return within minutes or within days. At best, outages are costly and inconvenient interruptions (costing the U.S. close to $168 billion in a year).1 But in some cases, power outages from extreme weather can even be deadly. 

In 2021, the U.S. experienced a record-breaking 20 weather or climate disasters that each resulted in at least $1 billion in damages.2 Most notably, a polar vortex wreaked havoc on an unsuspecting Texas power grid, leading to the deaths of 250-500 people (and staggering power bills for some who maintained power).3 Scorching temperatures in Oregon shut off the lights for thousands. Hurricane Ida knocked out power in Louisiana for weeks in some areas.4 Writing this piece from my apartment in New Orleans, this subject carries some special importance.

Extreme weather events can make you feel helpless, and nothing reminds you quite how reliant you are on public power like a grid outage. If the power goes out, it’s difficult to know whether it will return within minutes or within days. At best, outages are costly and inconvenient interruptions (costing the U.S. close to $168 billion in a year).1 But in some cases, power outages from extreme weather can even be deadly. 

In 2021, the U.S. experienced a record-breaking 20 weather or climate disasters that each resulted in at least $1 billion in damages.2 Most notably, a polar vortex wreaked havoc on an unsuspecting Texas power grid, leading to the deaths of 250-500 people (and staggering power bills for some who maintained power).3 Scorching temperatures in Oregon shut off the lights for thousands. Hurricane Ida knocked out power in Louisiana for weeks in some areas.4 Writing this piece from my apartment in New Orleans, this subject carries some special importance.

Source: NOAA

Those who have experienced extended power outages are turning to solar as a means to adapt to increasing extreme weather events. Is it the future of climate resilience? How do solar panels hold up against the elements? Let’s take a look.

How Does Solar Hold Up in Extreme Weather?

Solar is often advertised as a tool to increase the resilience of our energy sources. But, by design, solar panels are placed in areas completely exposed to the elements. How do they hold up when extreme weather arises? 

Hurricanes & High Winds

Solar panels are designed to withstand high winds; the best are generally certified to handle winds up to 150 mph. Wind load rating is measured in Pa (dynamic pressure) and ranges from 2,400-5,400 Pa. Here’s a rough look at the wind strengths some of the best products are tested to withstand, as reported by the following manufacturers:

  • 5,000+ Pa / 200 mph (Category 6 hurricane): Silfab Solar 5
  • 4,000 Pa / 150 mph (Category 5 hurricane, peak winds speeds of Hurricane Ida): Mission Solar, Q Cells, REC, SunPower 6, 7, 8, 9
  • 2,400-3,000 Pa / 125+ mph (Category 4 hurricane): Trina, Panasonic, Canadian Solar, 10, 11, 12 

Data shows that the more frequent damage incurred during hurricane season is due to solar panel racking, which can be dislodged during high winds if installed poorly.13 Debris, fallen tree branches or other hazards can also damage solar arrays. But generally, solar panels are very durable. 

Historically, solar panels have withstood the tests of several major hurricanes of late, including in Puerto Rico and Louisiana, where solar owners fared much better than those who relied on public utilities for power. 

Extreme Cold & Snow

A fun fact about solar panels you may have heard: They’re actually more efficient in the cold. But when the weather turns extreme, or if heavy snowfall accompanies the low temps, there are a few more question marks. 

Solar panels are typically installed at an angle so that any light snowfall will slide off. Although they can shed light snowfall, heavy snow can still accumulate quickly, preventing any sunlight from reaching your solar panels. On top of the loss of electricity, the weight of a heavy snowfall can place a lot of stress on a PV system’s support and racking, sometimes leading to cracks. Studies have shown that snow events can cause the biggest challenges to solar power’s performance in extreme weather.14  

Solar and other renewables were given a good stress test during the winter storms in Texas last year. While skeptics placed the blame for the mass outages on renewable energy sources, reports show that renewables (mostly frozen wind turbines) contributed to a relatively minor loss of the state’s energy output when compared to the losses from gas and coal. Environment Texas reported that the gap between supply and demand for energy would have been even greater without the energy that solar provided.15, 16

Extreme Heat & Fires

Solar panels are most popular where sunshine is most abundant; this also tends to be in regions prone to extreme heat and wildfires. Heat waves won’t pose a direct threat to your solar panels, since most are designed to withstand extreme temperatures ranging up to 200 degrees F.17 Counterintuitively, however, solar panel performance suffers slightly as temperatures increase (if you’ve heard the term temperature coefficient before, this is where it comes into play). Once you start getting north of 95 degrees F, your efficiency will start to suffer. Extreme cold will not have as much of an effect on your panels. 

Wildfires present a larger issue for solar panels, but perhaps not in the way you’d expect. Of course, a solar panel array won’t stand much of a chance on a home that catches fire. But during the wildfire season, smoke particles in the air can decrease surface-level sun exposure, causing solar efficiency to suffer up to 30%.18 

The Role of Solar & Energy Storage in Extreme Weather Preparation

Research shows that extreme weather-related power outages are on the rise. According to a report by the Associated Press:

  • Outages tied to severe weather have doubled in frequency since the early 2000s.
  • The frequency and duration of power failures are at their highest levels since reliability tracking began in 2013.
  • In California alone, power losses have affected tens of thousands of people who rely on electricity for medical needs.19

In response to increasing concerns over extreme weather and the reliability of the American power grid, consumers across the nation are turning to solar panels with on-site energy storage. On-site energy storage is another way of describing a solar battery, which can store energy produced by your array. 

A key clarification to note: Most solar energy systems with solar panels alone will not produce energy for your home during an outage. This is to protect the grid (and those working to repair it), as your panels would continue to send power through the grid otherwise, which could cause safety issues. By equipping your system with a solar battery, your home can continue to generate, store and use power while the grid goes down.

So, how exactly is extreme weather driving this interest? We spoke with Jeffrey Cantin, owner and president of New Orleans-based Solar Alternatives, about the increased demand for energy storage he’s witnessed in a region on the frontlines of a changing climate. Here’s what he had to say:

“Before recent back-to-back hurricanes, ice storms and tornadoes in the region, solar energy ownership was driven by savings and environmental concerns. Now, with the expectation of losing grid power for multiple days or weeks each year, we are seeing the majority of projects consist of batteries added to existing solar systems or batteries with new solar installations. The percentage of our projects that include a battery has tripled in just a couple of years. People are concerned about their safety; a clean home energy system with solar and battery is proving to be the most reliable solution.”

The most well-known solar batteries ordered from solar providers include the Tesla Powerwall II, Enphase Encharge and Generac PWRcell, to name a few. Most will range in price between $8,000 and $12,000 but offer cost-saving benefits like eligibility for tax credits and for bill reductions in areas without net metering. 

The Future of Energy Resilience

Although most Americans don’t face a situation as extreme as Southern Louisiana, all trends are pointing toward extreme weather playing a large role in energy trends over the coming decades. While solar and storage play a huge role in increasing our resilience in the face of climate change, challenges still remain. The cost of energy storage technology has not dropped to the affordable price point of solar. Most current batteries also incorporate the use of cobalt, a resource with a high human cost. 

Where there are challenges, there are also opportunities. Here are some of the most promising recent events that give an indication of what the future of energy resilience might look like:

  • Creation of Enphase IQ8+ microinverters: These are the solar industry’s first-ever grid-forming inverters. They enable homeowners to use their solar panels during an outage — even without a battery — by forming their own microgrid.20
  • Tesla shifting away from nickel and cobalt in its batteries: Almost half of Tesla’s new EV batteries had no nickel or cobalt. Although these are EV batteries, its solar batteries will likely follow suit.21 
  • Car battery home integration systems: Recent strides in EV technology allow electric cars and trucks to offer intelligent backup power, replacing the need for diesel-fueled generators.22     

Karsten Neumeister is a solar energy specialist passionate about sustainable development, environmental and cultural change. Before joining EcoWatch, Karsten worked in the energy sector of New Orleans, focusing on renewable energy policy and technology. A lover of music and the outdoors, Karsten might be found rock climbing, canoeing or writing songs when away from the workplace.

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A review of the best window installation companies in Florida may not be the sexiest article on the EcoWatch site, but trust us, windows have a more direct impact on your life than you might realize. For all the love we give to promising renewables like wind and solar, efficiency is still the name of the game when it comes to conserving energy; the Department of Energy estimates that heat gained or lost through traditional, outdated windows could account for close to 30% of residential energy climate costs.1

Thankfully for us at EcoWatch, saving you energy with better windows also helps our goals of conserving energy and the resources it takes to produce it. Efficient windows are of particular importance in Florida, where summers are long and hot. 

A review of the best window installation companies in Florida may not be the sexiest article on the EcoWatch site, but trust us, windows have a more direct impact on your life than you might realize. For all the love we give to promising renewables like wind and solar, efficiency is still the name of the game when it comes to conserving energy; the Department of Energy estimates that heat gained or lost through traditional, outdated windows could account for close to 30% of residential energy climate costs.1

Thankfully for us at EcoWatch, saving you energy with better windows also helps our goals of conserving energy and the resources it takes to produce it. Efficient windows are of particular importance in Florida, where summers are long and hot. 

Jump To: 5 Best Window Replacement Companies | Renewal by Andersen Review | Window World Review | Window and Door Replacement Company Review | Preferred Upgrades Review | Aeroseal Windows Review | Window Installation Costs & Services | How We Choose the Best Window Installers | FAQ

5 Best Window Installation Companies

  • Renewal by Andersen: Best Availability
  • Window World: Window Veteran
  • Window and Door Replacement Company: Best for Impact Windows
  • Preferred Upgrades: Best Local Company
  • Aeroseal Windows & Storefront: Best for Businesses

Window Installation Company Reviews

The EcoWatch Reviews team evaluated dozens of installers across Florida to find the best window installation companies for our readers. The companies mentioned in this article scored best in our review categories, which include energy-efficient offerings, price, availability, customer service, local expertise and more.

We have tried to remain unbiased and transparent by including pros and cons for each company. Our rankings are not affected by any partnerships. 

Renewal by Andersen: Best Availability

Renewal by Andersen is the window and door replacement arm of Andersen Corporation, a major window and door manufacturer that is one of the biggest names in the industry. The window and door service has been installing Andersen products since 1995 and has locations in all states besides Mississippi and West Virginia.

Renewal by Andersen at a Glance

EcoWatch Rating4.5
Better Business Bureau (BBB) RatingA
Year Started1995
Geographic AvailabilityNorth and Central Florida
Services OfferedReplacement windows, replacement doors, patio doors
Warranty20-year material;
10-year hardware;
2-year installation warranties

Renewal by Andersen Services & Prices

Renewal by Andersen provides window and patio door replacements by teams of installers certified and experienced with Andersen Corporation products. As part of its replacement services, Renewal by Andersen’s teams will also remove and take care of your old windows. We’ll touch on how Renewal by Andersen handles its end-of-life (EOL) products.

All Renewal by Andersen windows have the same Fibrex material frames, but the installer offers a huge selection of styles, colors, glasses and grilles. Below are some of the types of windows offered:

  • Double-hung windows
  • Bay windows
  • Casement windows
  • Picture windows
  • Sliding glass doors and windows
  • Awning windows
  • Specialty styles (arcs, circles, etc.)

Based on our research, the average customer in Florida can expect an installation to cost between $750 to $1,250 per window. Renewal by Andersen offers financing to help customers pay for their window replacement projects. Pricing information is limited on its website, as the cost of window replacements will vary so significantly across size, use, style and the needs of the home. The best way to get a price point is by getting a free consultation with the company.

Renewal by Andersen Energy Efficiency

Our eyes lit up when we noticed the company outlines its environmental commitment. It even released an environmental brochure, which, in an industry that deals with a lot of waste, can be hard to find. Here are a few of our takeaways from Renewal by Andersen’s impact, and the importance of purchasing energy efficient products like windows and doors:

  • Green Seal estimates that if all windows were as efficient as Andersen windows, Americans would save up to 2.5% of annual energy consumption, or an estimated 200 gallons of oil per household.2
  • The company claims to use 40% reclaimed wood fiber by weight during its wood-window manufacturing process.3 
  • Its high-performance glass is made from a minimum of 12% reclaimed glass by weight.4

Renewal by Andersen Pros

  • Select windows awarded “Most Efficient” by Energy Star
  • Excellent industry reputation
  • Membership in the U.S. Green Building Council
  • Products are manufactured in-house

Renewal by Andersen Cons

  • Does not offer lifetime warranty
  • Above-average costs

Window World: Window Veteran

Window World installs energy-efficient replacement windows, doors, shutters and more. Window World offers national coverage, including 13 locations throughout Florida. As the “home of the original $189 window,” Window World is known best for its affordability, matched with a wide selection of windows, doors, and more.5

All 13 Window World locations in Florida are independently owned, so they come with the benefit of dealing with your own local business. Each will also vary slightly in quality and customer service — but Window World carries certifications for quality and safety by several reputable organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Energy Star.6

Window World makes an impact beyond its installations as well. Female Chairman & CEO Tammy Whitworth leads the business; it contributes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and runs a military initiative to give back to America’s active military and veterans. 

Window World at a Glance

EcoWatch Rating4.5
BBB RatingA+
Year Started1995
Geographic Availability13 locations across Florida
Services OfferedReplacement windows and doors, patio doors, storm doors, front doors, garage doors, shutters
WarrantyLifetime warranty coverage

Window World Services & Prices

Window World offers an excellent selection of home services that accompany its windows, including entry, storm and garage doors. In a state like Florida, where winds can reach dangerously high levels every year, options like Window World’s storm doors and impact windows can be beneficial for certain homes. Here’s a quick look at Window World’s services:

  • Vinyl replacements
  • Single-hung windows
  • Double-hung windows
  • Casement windows
  • Awning windows
  • Acrylic block windows
  • Sliding windows
  • Bay windows
  • Bow windows
  • Garden windows
  • Privacy windows
  • Picture windows
  • Basement hopper windows
  • Impact storm windows and doors
  • Specialty styles (various shapes)

Prices will vary considerably depending on the needs of your home, but Window World is known for offering some of the most competitive prices around. It also offers helpful financing options through Wells Fargo. Window World offers free quotes on its website.

Window World Energy Efficiency

As an Energy Star partner, Window World delivers high-quality energy-efficient window and door products to help you meet your sustainability goals. But it also holds accreditations from a handful of other leading organizations, including the EPA for lead-certification, the National Fenestration Council and the American Society for Testing Material — all indicating a product you can trust to deliver as advertised. 

Window World Pros

  • Energy Star partner
  • Large coverage area
  • Excellent selection of products and services
  • Offers lifetime warranties

Window World Cons

  • Quality of service may vary depending on location
  • More affordable windows may not be the most high-quality products

Window & Door Replacement Company: Best Impact Windows

Window & Door Replacement Company specializes in installing impact windows and doors on South Florida homes. Impact windows, more simply referred to as hurricane windows, offer a handful of benefits, eliminating the need for unsightly hurricane shutters while improving your home’s efficiency, noise reduction and curb appeal. 

Window & Door Replacement Company has over 20 years of experience in the region; its skilled specialists know all the best practices for weatherproofing, and its local experts can guide you through selecting the best impact windows and doors for your specific needs. 

Window & Door Replacement Company at a Glance

EcoWatch Rating4.0
BBB RatingA+
Year Started1997
Geographic AvailabilitySouth Florida
Services OfferedReplacement impact windows and doors
WarrantyWorkmanship guarantee

Window & Door Replacement Company Services & Pricing

Window & Door Replacement Company specializes in installing industry-leading impact windows and doors. As a premiere distributor of several leading impact window and door manufacturers, its services also include expert guidance in selecting the best brand for your home. 

For a company that only installs impact windows, it still has a large variety of products and brands to choose from, including:

  • Single-hung impact windows
  • Double-hung impact windows
  • Horizontal roller impact windows
  • Casement impact windows
  • Picture impact windows
  • Awning impact windows
  • Architectural and Transom impact windows
  • Sliding windows

Since Window & Door Replacement Company installs such a wide range of window types, prices are best found by requesting an estimate online. You can certainly expect impact windows to cost more than your average window, but they can make up for the difference by preventing potential damage to your home during extreme weather. 

Window & Door Replacement Company Energy Efficiency

Unlike a handful of other names on this list, Window & Door Replacement Company does not manufacture its own products in-house. This does provide a few benefits, however, opening up a much wider range of options for your budget, efficiency and durability. 

The efficiency of your windows with Window & Door Replacement Company will depend on the brand you choose. Most, if not all, impact brands will have efficiency ratings well above the average. Further, if ethics are of concern to you, you’ll be able to select products from manufacturers such as Sierra Pacific, which adheres to sustainable forestry initiatives, land conservation and rigorous seed-to-window integration.7

Window & Door Replacement Company Pros

  • Wide selection of industry-leading impact windows
  • Exceptional customer reviews
  • Custom designs
  • Excellent workmanship

Window & Door Replacement Company Cons

  • More expensive than non-impact window installers
  • Coverage focuses on South Florida only

Preferred Upgrades: Best Local Company

Preferred Upgrades provides exterior home solutions tailored for the southern climate, installing vinyl window, door and roof replacements, sunrooms, siding and lanai conversions across the state. Preferred Upgrades recently underwent a name change, formerly operating as Universal Windows Direct’s Jacksonville branch. With its office still in Jacksonville, Preferred Upgrades provides window installations across North Florida. 

Preferred Upgrades has hundreds of recent stellar reviews from customers on online review websites. Its experience and expertise in the humid climate of North Florida earned it a spot as the best local window installation company in Florida.

Preferred Upgrades at a Glance

EcoWatch Rating4.0
BBB RatingA+
Year Started2002
(as Universal Windows Direct of Jacksonville)
Geographic AvailabilityNorth Florida
Services OfferedWindow and door replacements, patio doors, front doors, siding, sunrooms and lanai conversions
WarrantyVaries by product

Preferred Upgrades Services & Prices

Preferred Upgrades offers a variety of home improvement services, including energy-efficient windows, doors, siding and more. The company focuses mainly on serving the unique climate of Florida with maximum-efficiency windows, including the option to upgrade to impact windows. 

Its high-performance vinyl windows are available in the following styles:

  • Single-hung
  • Double-hung
  • Sliding
  • Casement
  • Awning
  • Specialty shapes

WIth pride in its local expertise, Preferred Upgrades offers knowledgeable professionals who can bring years of experience into guiding your decision.

Preferred Upgrades offers a selection of products from different manufacturers, so pricing will depend mainly on which product you go with. Based on customer feedback, we expect the floor for installations to start around $200 per window. The quality of your warranty will also depend on which product you end up choosing. 

Preferred Upgrades Energy Efficiency

Preferred Upgrades offers a wide range of window types with advanced insulating features, such as double panes of Low-E (low-emissivity) glass. These glass windows keep outside heat from entering your home while retaining warmth in the winter. 

Though exact specifications will vary based on the product you choose, you can expect Preferred Upgrades to offer up top-quality windows for the environment of Florida. In its time as both Preferred Upgrades and Universal Windows Direct, the company has 20 years of experience dealing with the subtropical climate of the region. 

Preferred Upgrades Direct Pros

  • Wide variety of products and services
  • Expertise in local climate
  • Excellent customer service

Preferred Upgrades Direct Cons

  • Warranty determined by product
  • Coverage only available in part of the state

Aeroseal Windows & Storefront: Best for Businesses

Businesses and commercial buildings need windows, too — and sometimes have even more to gain from efficiency improvements. Aeroseal Windows & Storefront may be the best-known choice for replacing windows of businesses across the Eastern U.S., including in Florida. The family-owned company has been installing new and replacement windows for commercial and multifamily properties since 1999.

Aeroseal currently serves clients in the greater Miami, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Tallahassee areas.

Aeroseal Windows at a Glance

EcoWatch Rating4.0
BBB RatingA+
Year Started1999
Geographic AvailabilitySouth Florida, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Tallahassee
Services OfferedCommercial and multifamily replacement windows and doors, glass storefronts, balconies and railings
WarrantyVaries by product

Aeroseal Windows Services & Prices

Aeroseal has over 20 years of experience providing window and railing solutions to a wide range of commercial projects. It supplies and installs products for multifamily buildings, schools, historic buildings, stores and more, so Aeroseal’s services and prices will vary significantly based on your needs. Here’s a glimpse at the type of services Aeroseal installers perform:

  • Windows (vinyl, aluminum, wood, composite and fiberglass window options)
  • Doors
  • Glass storefronts and curtain walls
  • Commercial renovations (high-rise window replacements, restaurant window replacements and installations, and more)
  • Railings
  • Siding and metal panels

Aeroseal Windows Energy Efficiency

Since Aeroseal solutions vary so much by project, it’s hard to get into the specifics of its efficiency. Aeroseal has decades of experience on projects across the East Coast, so it knows a thing or two about catering to the climate of Florida. 

It advertises its ability to help businesses conserve energy with energy-efficient windows, practices like Low-E glass coating, weatherstripping and more. Aeroseal is also an EPA Lead-Safe certified firm.8

Aeroseal Windows Pros

  • 20+ years of experience
  • Excellent industry reputation
  • Good customer satisfaction
  • Custom projects

Aeroseal Windows Cons

  • Warranty varies
  • Does not perform residential installations

Window Installation Costs & Services

Windows come in all shapes and sizes, so costs and services will vary considerably. Here are the primary services that you’ll find from the average window installation company. 

Window Installation Services

The first question to ask yourself when getting new windows is: Do you need a full-frame installation or a pocket installation? 

  • Full-frame installations require replacing the entire window; window, sill, frame, trim and all. These are most common when you want to change the style of your window or your window has significant rot or deterioration. Full-frame installations are more comprehensive and will increase overall costs. 
  • Pocket installations (or retrofits) involve replacing a window within its existing frame. Pocket installations are more simple and affordable, but you can’t have any pre-existing rot or water damage.

If you’re going with a reputable window installation company, it’ll be able to help you understand what’s best for your needs. In Florida, the decision will mostly depend on the age of your home and if there’s any moisture damage. Wood can decay if not properly maintained over the years, so it’s good to have a professional check on your frames and sills. 

Window Installation Costs

On average, Florida homeowners can expect the most replacement window installations to range from $250 to $1,200. The average sits around $600, but prices vary considerably depending on the size of your home, complexity of the installation, your location and the quality of the company you choose. Many window companies also provide door installations and replacements, which carry a higher price tag.

Costs will also vary based on the material of your frame. Here’s a quick look at the quality of common types:

  • Aluminum frames (least expensive): Sturdy, light and maintenance free; poor insulation
  • Vinyl frames (somewhat expensive): Made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with ultraviolet light (UV) stabilizers; good insulation
  • Composite frames (moderately expensive): Made from wood fibers encased in plastic; good insulation
  • Wood frames (most expensive): Most in-demand, aesthetically pleasing; decent insulation

It’s important to remember that windows with the best efficiency may cost more upfront but can save you hundreds of dollars via returns on your energy bills — especially if you live in a hot climate. Investing in certified energy-efficient windows can save Florida homeowners $150+ a year when replacing single pane.9

How We Chose the Best Window Installers

In our hunt to make your home improvements easier and more eco-friendly, the EcoWatch Reviews team landed on the above companies as the best window installation companies in Florida. We analyzed window companies all across the state and ranked them using the following methodology:

Service Areas

Since this is a guide for the state of Florida, we paid more attention to companies more likely to offer coverage across large portions of the state. For example, a few well-known companies like FAS Windows and Baxter Windows offer excellent services but didn’t serve enough of the state to make our list.

Quality of Services

When it comes to new windows, the quality of service can play just as large a role in greater efficiency and performance as the brand you choose. We do rate window installers higher based on the quality of their products, but we also factor in workmanship as reflected in customer feedback. 

Cost

We won’t rate companies higher if they have cheap windows, but we know our readers aren’t trying to break the bank, either. When analyzing costs, we chose to highlight companies with good financial accessibility, whether through reasonable costs or financing assistance. Still, demand for home improvement in Florida is high, and hiring the best companies won’t always be cheap. 

Experience

Florida has a unique climate, and homeowners need to pay special attention to warding off rot, water damage and low efficiency. We factored in local experience to reflect the ability of Florida window companies to prepare homes for rain, humidity and storms. If a company has less than 10 years of experience, it loses points in this category.

Customer Satisfaction

We analyzed trends in recent online reviews to determine the companies with the highest rates of customer satisfaction. Customer satisfaction may be the most important factor, as it reflects the quality of services across nearly every category, including professionalism, quality of installation, quality of parts, warranty, cost and more.

FAQ: Window Installation in Florida

When should I use a window installation company?

Window installation companies should be used for new construction, renovations and window repair due to rot or deterioration. Unless you have some experience as a general contractor, it’s best not to attempt to take on projects that are too involved, as lower-quality installations can lead to efficiency losses or damages to your frame.

What are the most common types of windows?

Single-hung and double-hung windows are the most common types of window installations. They are popular because of their simplicity — they are the cheapest and most basic types of windows. Windows with vinyl frames are the most common option because of vinyl’s affordability, matched with its insulating capabilities.

How much does window installation cost in Florida?

The cost of a window installation in Florida will vary depending on the needs of your home, the quality of your parts and the size of the installation. We’d expect the most simple window installations to start around $250 per window. 

What window type is the most energy efficient?

Completely fixed windows are the most airtight, offering the best energy-efficiency levels. If you have a window with a frame, efficient windows with either vinyl or composite frames will likely offer the best insulation. 

How often do you need to replace windows?

We found that the average window should be replaced every 10-15 years. Most warranties will last around 15, rarely more than 20 years, reflecting how long a manufacturer expects its product to perform as advertised. 

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