A Short Guide to Window Replacement
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE CHOOSING NEW WINDOWS
We know that choosing new windows can be a difficult and time-consuming process. But with the right guidance, you can overcome every obstacle. If you want to know more, read our short and useful guide to replacement windows:
THE RIGHT WINDOW FRAME
When looking for replacement windows, one should have several factors in mind: framing, climate, budget, and window style. We recommend that you start with the frame material since it influences the window’s durability and efficiency. The most common materials for window frames are vinyl, wood, aluminum, and fiberglass.
Wood and Wood/Metal
The most visually pleasing material, wooden framing blends perfectly into every type of home. Depending on manufacturing, it can last for up to 35 years. However, wood is vulnerable to rot, termites and humid weather. That’s why it needs regular cleanups and repairs. Which is why we only install wood windows on the inside and metal on the outside. Offers all of the same pleasing qualities of wood with the durability of a metal exterior.
This material is popular among modern homeowners. It offers high quality for a low price. Vinyl isn’t that vulnerable to moisture, so it doesn’t need too much maintenance. In the right circumstances, it can reach a lifespan of 40 years. We typically see a lot of vinyl windows being installed in new communities because they offer lots of advantages.
The most expensive option on the market, fiberglass is a modern and flexible material with a lot of style options. Also, it is probably the strongest and most durable.
If you live near the ocean or sea, we recommend avoiding aluminum. This material is vulnerable to salty air and water. When in close contact, it corrodes. The biggest advantage is its low price. That being said we don’t see anyone installing Aluminum windows in our area. In fact when people have them we always sell them on the advantages of changing them as soon as possible.
Popular Window Types
When they choose frames, homeowners usually base their decision on weather, budget, and durability. For the style though, things can get a bit more complicated. The trick to picking the right window style is to keep in mind the room’s function.
For example, in high-humidity areas like bathrooms and kitchens, we recommend installing windows that provide quality airflow. For these rooms, you can choose awning or casement since they open at a 45-degree angle (ideal for proper ventilation). In small rooms or those with little access to natural light, we recommend sliding windows. They provide unobstructed views and save extra space inside. Here are other popular windows styles:
- Bay and bow
- Single and double-hung
- Picture (fixed)
- Arched (usually fixed)
Remember that each house is different. Before you choose a window style, learn more about your home. Ask yourself whether you have issues with humidity, lack of ventilation, poor natural light or practicality. Don’t be afraid of consulting window contractors. Getting expert advice before you plan your replacement can save your house from a lot of potential harm.
When to Replace your Windows
There are several ways to determine whether you need a window replacement. Each material shows different signs when it passes its lifespan. Sometimes, they might not be evident, but in most cases expect to encounter at least one of these situations:
- When you’re doing a renovation and want something new and designed for your style
- Energy efficiency
- Cracks on the window or on nearby walls
- Rot and termite damage (typical for wooden frames)
- Leaks, draftiness, mold, and humidity
- Difficulties with opening or closing
- Poor soundproofing
- Or simply because they’re old, look bad, let noise and bugs in, and you’d like something new!
If you notice any of these signs, feel free to contact us. We specialize in a wide range of residential construction services, including window replacement. The sooner you fix these issues, the better for your home and better for your enjoyment!