When it’s time for window replacement, there are a lot of things to think about. From interviewing window replacement companies to deciding which type of windows to use, homeowners need to do their research to make their final decisions. Here are a few important issues to consider from Grapevine Window Cleaning.
Why Do Window Replacement?
The next time you have a storm, take a look at your windows and specifically, the curtains. Are the curtains moving as if a breeze is blowing through them? If so, it’s probably not a bad idea to have some new ones installed. A percentage of your home’s warmth in the winter escapes through windows that are improperly installed or insulated. While the cost of replacing these can seem steep initially, many homeowners find that the project can help pay for itself in just a few years through reduced energy bills.
Choosing A Window Replacement Company
Before selecting the right company to work on your home, interview a few of them. You’ll need to make sure that the business you choose knows how to best replace the windows in your home. Ask them what kind of windows they use and use probing questions to find out how many other projects of this nature they’ve done before. The last thing you want is to use is window replacement companies who are using your home as a training exercise. Also, look for one that guarantees the installation. Although the manufacturer will likely have a warranty, this can be voided if the installation is done incorrectly, leaving you stuck with the repair costs.
Which Type Is Best?
The type that’s best for you depends on your home and your own personal preferences. Do you prefer innovative vinyl or classic wood? How do you want to insulate your home’s new additions?
Whether you choose wood or vinyl depends on your home’s construction, age, and most importantly, your budget. Vinyl requires almost no regular maintenance, while wood frames require sealing or painting several times over their lifespan. Many people believe that vinyl will last longer, but properly maintained wood can last just as long as vinyl.
Lastly, think about the insulation used. Many people don’t give a thought to insulation and instead leave the decision up to their contractor. This is fine if your contractor knows all the ins and outs of installation, but it’s better to ask to make sure. The two most common choices in insulation are foam and fiberglass. Low expansion foam is usually the better choice for a number of reasons. Foam protects better than fiberglass because it can seal cracks, holes, and other open spaces in less than 10 minutes, and because it’s applied with a special foam gun, means it can be applied to precisely where it’s needed. It’s highly effective at keeping out bugs and rodents and adheres quickly and strongly to wood, concrete, drywall, and more.
When it’s time for window replacement, think of more than just wood vs. vinyl. Decide which type is best and then find window replacement companies to interview before making a final selection. Lastly, ask what type of insulation the company uses to help keep air from blowing through your home. A professional installation job that uses quality materials should last you years and keep your home well insulated and looking great.