Choosing New or Replacement Windows

Homeowners are found replacing windows or installing new windows to decrease energy and draft costs, and increase lighting. It is doubtless that it is a good decision as several window manufacturers have now emerged and offer various types of windows with different features.

First of all, let us clear the difference between new and replacement windows. In simple terms, a replacement window is made to fit in the existing window frame. On the other hand, a newly constructed window is installed in a place where presently there is no window at all. Either of the options is available in an array of materials such as aluminum, wood, vinyl, fiberglass and even combinations.

So first of all, you need to ascertain whether you wish to select new windows or replacement windows. This can be easily executed through close observation. If the window frame is strong and sturdy, or features certain rot or damage, it may be easily repaired and replacement windows be selected. However, if the extent of damage is large then new windows should be selected.

Once the type of unit is decided, the material for the window needs to be selected. The correct window materials can be a matter of opinion. However, the common materials for windows are wood, glass, vinyl and aluminum. Wood imparts a classic look, but it demands a lot of maintenance in terms of painting. However, if properly maintained, it can provide service for hundreds of years. In addition, most of the wooden windows are made to order.

Glass material is also a popular choice. Glass is known to vary from multiple coatings to single thick glass. Glass windows impart a contemporary look. They are easy to maintain. A gentle cleaning shall get back the lost luster. However, they are expensive and prone to breakage.

On the other hand, windows made of vinyl and aluminum are generally opted by those individuals that do not have time to maintain the windows. Vinyl and aluminum windows are cheaply priced, do not demand maintenance and render service for a decent number of years. In addition, they are available as ready units. As a result, they can be simply brought from the market and installed immediately.

To conclude, it can be said that choosing replacement or new windows should be done wisely and not in a rush so that the process need not be repeated in the next ten to fifteen years.

Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on March 7th, 2011


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