3 Things to Consider Before You Replace Your Windows

Window replacement is a costly endeavour in terms of time, effort and money. Therefore you want to make sure that everything you’ve invested in it pays off in the end.

Window replacement isn’t something to be taken lightly. Even though we tend not to think of them too much during constructions or renovations, they’re still an important part of any building. To the outsider, who is looking at the building for the very first time, they make part of the overall impression. To the occupants of the house or office, they’re the primary source of natural lighting- the thing that’s imperative for making or breaking a great interior.

Hence before you replace your windows, there are a few things to consider:

Is This A True Replacement?

If you’re just taking out an old window and fitting in a new one that’s of the exact same specifications, then that can be considered a ’retrofit’. In that case, you’re merely fitting a new cut of glass into the same frame. However, if you want a true replacement, then that it involves removing the frame and possibly replacing the stucco as well.

Distinguishing the two is important because it helps you plan out your budget and the tools you need for each.

Single Or Double Glazed?

The difference between the two is the amount of panes of glass involved. Single pane windows, as the name implies, only contains one. The advantages of single pane windows are that they are both easy to replace and maintain. However, they are much less effective at insulation, when compared to double pane windows.  This is because a layer of air is trapped between the two layers of glass, making double paned windows much more appropriate for homes and offices located in colder regions.

When it comes to double glazed window installations it’s probably best to leave it to the experts, especially if you haven’t had much experience with them anymore.

Which Window Frame Should You Go With?

When it comes to window frames, there are many options available nowadays. Ultimately your choice boils down to what sort of aesthetic you’re going for and whether you can afford to maintain them. Wood is still a very popular choice, especially among home owners. However, they must be painted often and do not last as long as some of the other options.

If you want something that costs less and requires little to no maintenance, then consider getting vinyl window frames. The disadvantage is that they cannot be painted and you have to stick with either the white or brown shade they come in. If insulation is a big concern, then aluminium is probably the best choice. As a bonus, they are easier to maintain.

If you can afford it, fiberglass window frames are an attractive option as well. They are easy to maintain and plus they can be painted over.

Having these 3 factors in mind will allow you to make the best decisions when it comes to replacing your windows. In addition to these 3 things, you may also consider things like energy efficiency and aesthetics.

 

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