If the windows currently installed in your home have metal frames, then you have most likely noticed the fact that they conduct both heat and cold. This means that these kinds of windows will allow the exterior conditions to affect the conditions inside your home which is not what you want of course. Vinyl windows, on the other hand, are poor conductors which means that they will work well to keep your home comfortable in summer and winter. If you have wood windows, you probably will agree that they are great insulators but the one main problem is that they are vulnerable to the elements. Again, vinyl is a better choice since you won’t need to worry about the sun, rain, or ice damaging your windows.
Retro-fit or New Windows
New constructions require new windows, and if the frame is damaged, you will need to replace the entire window too. If you only need to replace the glass, but the frame is still in great condition, you should consider retro-fit windows. Take a moment to inspect the frame, siding, and walls around the window for damage. If you are unsure, have an expert inspect your home and offer professional advice. If you need your new window to be larger or smaller than the current window, you will need new windows to be fitted.
Features and Options
Different window frames offer different pros and cons. Metal frames offer poor insulation and wood is vulnerable to the elements. Vinyl does not expose your home to these vulnerabilities and is known for being durable. Wood windows are also usually more expensive than any other option, but they will require regular maintenance if you want them to look good for years to come. Even then, the weather can take its toll, and your windows will need to be replaced as a result.
Design and Colors
There are a vast number of styles and shapes available as well as different colors. Vinyl windows can be made to order so that they are the perfect fit for your home. You can also choose from several colors. Some of which look like natural wood! In other words, you can enjoy the style of wood and the durability and price of vinyl! Consider the style of your home before choosing the color and style of the windows.
Single panes of glass offer no insulation, and you will certainly notice your heating system and air conditioner working hard to keep your home comfortable. Two or three panes (double or triple glazed units) make it harder for the external temperatures to influence the interior of your home. The spaces between the glass can also be filled with special gas to help slow down the heat or cold conduction process.
Take Time to Decide
Don’t rush your decision, no matter what. There are a number of points to consider as well as your budget. If you need a single window replaced, it might be easier than replacing all the windows in your home. Devise a financial plan and discuss your options with your window manufacturer.
Quality products are always backed by a warranty of some sort. Sure, you cannot expect the warranty to include damage from fallen tree or a rock that was tossed, but this warranty will cover a number of potential problems. The working parts of the window could also have their own separate warranty so be sure to ask.
Make sure that you take the time to research the window manufacturer you are considering using. Check their website as well as other independent review websites. Find out what others have to say about the products and services they received. You should also find out how long they have been in business.
A high-quality window is great, but a professional installation makes it even better! A poorly installed window can result in excessive wear on the working parts as well as other problems like air and water infiltration. Professional installation also helps you save time.