Windows and Doors

Do you need new windows?

Most homeowners typically don't think much of their homes windows beyond the occasional cleaning. It goes without saying that your homes windows let natural light into your home but they can also add character and curb appeal.

Although many window manufacturers boast that replacing your homes windows with newer energy efficient glasses and glazings will save you a tremendous amount of money the truth is that your homes windows typically only contribute about 10-15% of your homes exterior building envelope and it would take decades for them to pay for themselves.

So, when should you consider replacing your window?

Here are a few key warning signs that would indicate your windows may need replacing;

Condensation between panes

Water collecting on the interior sills

Drafts or cold air near windows during winter

Hearing rattling noises

It not properly functioning, opening or closing

Cracked caulking or rotten wood on exterior

Mold or mildew on window frames

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE replacing windows

When thinking of home renovations, it's important to make the right decisions to ensure your hard-earned dollars are adding value to your home. Although new kitchens and bathrooms appeal to buyers, it's important to not overlook your homes components such as roofing, insulation, siding, and windows. These key items are not only detrimental in protecting your home but can also improve your comfort level and can add tremendous curb appeal that can transform a dated exterior to one that is fresh and appealing.

When considering replacing windows it's important to remember the terms High and Low. High represents a high R-value or how your window will perform at preventing heat loss. Low represents Low E or emissivity, which is how manufacturers rate the windows performance of retaining and reflecting heat or cold on the inside of the glass.

Window Styles and Options

When replacing windows, there are typically two options available for homeowners. Retrofit which includes removing the glass and sashes but not the existing frames, and full frame replacement which includes removing and replacing all components.

Retrofitting windows can often be a little more cost effective however this option will not typically provide a superior energy rating beyond the actual glass. There are however some occasions when this option is preferred such as on older pre-1960’s homes when the frames were typically made from hardwood. These frames can be rejuvenated with new aluminum cladding and sealant therefore maintaining the character and curb appeal of the homes exterior

Once you determine which option is best suited for your home you may then select which type of windows you prefer, here are descriptions of the most common styles to choose from:

Casement & Awning Style

Casement windows are hinged at the sides top and bottom and swing like a door. Awning windows are hinged on the sides and open from the bottom out. These styles of windows offer great ventilation and seal tightly when closed. They typically operate with a hand crank which make them easy to open and close as well as offer multipoint locks to provide security.

Single & Double Hung

Single hung windows are traditional in style and appearance and provide one lower frame that moves up and down. Double hung windows offer two sashes or frames that move up and down. These styles of windows provides excellent ventilation and enhance the style of any home. They are also the most popular choice for retrofits on older homes.

Fixed Casements

Fixed casement windows do not open and can be designed to complement casement or awning style windows. Fixed casements or picture windows provide unobstructed views outside and tremendous amounts of light into a home. They often make dramatic appearance to the interior of a home however traditionally come at a higher price. These styles do not often ventilation and should not be considered for every room.

Lift Out & Tilt Sliders

Traditional in style and appearance Lift Out & Sliders can offer great style and function for bedrooms, bathrooms and basements. Lift Out & Sliders also offer exceptional ventilation as well as security.

Bay & Bow Windows

Bay windows are traditionally constructed of one large fixed window in the middle and casement windows on either side, Bow windows are constructed by using several windows to form a bow shape and typically do not vent. Both styles protrude from an exterior wall and are a frequently found in many Victorian-style homes. If you’re considering installing a bay or bow window, we recommend first speaking with a structural engineer, as these windows are quite heavy often require additional structural support.

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