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Whenever considering replacing your old windows, it's understandable for property owners to have several questions. Here are some of the most common questions and responses to help you make an informed decision:
Do my windows need replacing?
There are a number of factors that will determine whether or not your windows need to be replaced. If a window is broken, then it quite obviously needs to be replaced. If the window is leaking or if condensation is forming inside the window, then these are also good reasons for replacing your windows. If you have single pane windows, you should definitely look into a more energy efficient option.
Do I need to replace all of my windows?
If some of your windows are relatively new and in perfect working order, then there may be no reason to replace them. Replace the windows that are showing signs of wear and tear or those that are old or of inferior quality. If all of your windows are old, for example, then they might all need to be replaced.
Is vinyl for me?
Windows are available with metal, wood, and vinyl frames. Metal has become incredibly unpopular due to the fact that they are poor insulators. Wood is popular for its appearance and great insulation. Vinyl also offers superior energy efficiency and, although some might think that it only comes in white, they are available in several colors. You can even order varieties that resemble wood which means that you get the energy efficiency of vinyl with the aesthetic appeal of wood!
Should I get professional installation?
In order for your windows to perform well for years to come, you will need to make sure that they are perfectly installed. Window installation requires some experience, know-how, and the right tools. You could perform the job yourself, but the best results are achieved by the pros. Not to mention the fact that professionals get the job done that much faster.
When should I get my windows replaced?
Windows can be replaced whenever the need arises. Of course, the best time to do so is when the weather is at its best. Window installations in the rain or during a snow storm are not ideal for obvious reasons. In fact, it's usually best to cover the window with a durable sheet of plastic until the weather is more suitable. The last thing you want is for rain or snow to fill your room when replacing a window! If you are planning the replacement of one or more windows, it's a good idea to do so during the warmer months. Late spring, summer, and early fall are usually best.
Do I need UV protection?
UV protection is a great feature for any window. When you block the UV rays from entering your home, you can relax beside the window without worrying about UV exposure. It's also good news for your furniture since UV rays are known to damage and discolor all forms of materials.
For more information and window replacement advice, contact our helpful NorthShield Windows and Doors team at Winnipeg (204) 272-3725 / Toronto (905) 326-3444. We are always happy to assist, and we also offer free in-home quotes!