What is the difference between new windows and replacement windows?
A new window is typically installed in the home as it is being built or under a large construction project. In these instances, the window is installed into the frame of the home and nailed directly into the walls. Over time, you have the option of installing new construction windows again (this will include extra tearing down and rebuilding of the materials around the window), or you can install replacement windows.
If your home has undergone serious damage or you would like to remodel, new windows could be the best option. However, if your windows are simply getting old and drafty, installing a replacement window is a much simpler and easier process. Not to mention, replacement windows are fairly customizable and come in a variety of different options of energy efficiency and style.
What are the benefits?
Once you have invested in some replacement windows, you should notice a couple of changes around your home. First of all, the visual appeal of a new, clean window can make a big difference. Framing an outdoor view can make it more beautiful than ever and encourage you to open the windows more often to let in some natural light and fresh air. Secondly, certain window designs are more convenient and low maintenance. For instance, a sliding window easily opens and closes horizontally. A casement window is also easy to open and close with a simple turn of a latch. This makes cleaning easier than ever and it is possible to reach the exterior of window panes from the convenience of the indoors.
What is the installation process?
Different replacement window companies handle their installations differently. Look for a company that will come to your home to take custom measurements, which means that the window will fit like a glove. It is important to avoid any gaps so that air cannot flow through around the edges and cause drafts.
While some companies offer free estimates, others will charge a small fee to take the first look. Regardless, look for one with a good reputation and positive online reviews. Customer service is important when installing windows because it is a large investment with so many different options. Having an expert who you are comfortable with guide you through the process is the best way to form a satisfactory experience.
What Kinds of Features are Out there?
The different types of replacement windows include: bay and bow, picture, awning, sliding, casement, and double hung. Each matches best with different home design and architectural styles and will depend on your personal preferences. After choosing the type of window, you often have the option to choose the hardware and colors. You can also look into different levels of energy efficiency by the thickness and layering of glass as well as materials used for the frame. Some companies use vinyl, others use wood, and some create their own polymers for maximum temperature control.
What should my windows do for me?
Overall, your windows should increase the value of your home, make it easy to let in fresh air when wanted, maintain a consistent and comfortable temperature indoors, and add to your overall interior décor and exterior architecture. Safety and maintenance are to additional factors to keep in mind when thinking about cleaning your windows and locking them at night to keep out intruders. Your new windows should be a beautiful and functional asset to your home.