15 Dec 2010

How To Choose The Best Replacement Windows For Your Home

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If you’ve already made the decision to replace the windows in your home, you are probably well aware of the energy and cost saving benefits replacement windows can provide. Perhaps it is time to replace your old windows because the glass is shattered. Or maybe the there are leaks and gaps in the aged window frame that are beyond repair. Or, quite possibly, your energy bills have gone up tremendously in the past few years due to the poor insulation quality of your old windows. No matter what the reason you wish to replace your current windows with modern energy efficient ones, it is important that you choose the right replacement windows for your home, from the right window supplier.

There are certain factors that you should consider when shopping for new replacement windows. It is important to understand the different parts of a window and their function to make an informed decision and a smart purchase.

Take into account how you would like your new replacement windows to open. There are windows that open with the use of a crank and windows that slide up and down on the sashes. Many modern replacement windows can swing open from the top inwards to allow for easy cleaning. Double hung windows are the most popular, with a top and bottom panel. Both panels should be able to slide up and down. Crank-style windows (or casement windows) are not as prevalent in today’s homes because they are cumbersome to open and usually not made with energy efficient glass and materials.

Once you have made the decision on the type of replacement windows you want for your home, you must next determine the way you wish to install them. If your home has had damage to the existing window frames – including mold, rot, warping and termite infestation – you should remove the entire interior trim and total window unit completely. You will have to replace all aspects of the window in order to get the most energy efficiency, safety and security from your new replacement windows. In other cases, you may not have to remove too much of the interior unit if the wood is in good condition. Replacing a window can be as easy as removing the old and replacing it with the new, as long as the interior structure is in sound condition and has not been subject to moisture or pest infestation.

You can also replace windows by doing a sash replacement. This keeps your existing window frame intact, but adds new sashes so the updated windows can tilt outwards or inwards for easy cleaning. You can install energy efficient windows with double or triple pane glass into the new tracks and receive the benefits of new replacement windows without majorly renovating your home.

Talk to a window installation professional to discuss window replacement and installation options that are right for your home. Once your new windows are installed, your home will be better insulated with a modern look, all while saving you money on energy bills.

For more information regarding residential window replacement please feel free to Visit Elite Roofing & Home Improvements, LLC online!

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One Response to How To Choose The Best Replacement Windows For Your Home
  1. I’ve been in the industry here in Florida for years and here we can never just replace sashes. The old windows here are aluminum- like storm windows. Good article!

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