Signs That You Need Replacement Windows

Windows can make up such a huge part of our home’s exterior. They provide us with warmth, sunlight, and appealing curb appeal. Unless you have been a homeowner for many years, you probably haven’t had a replacement window installed.

While there is no specific answer on how long your windows should last; however, well-maintained windows should last at least 20-25 years. Believe it or not, most window problems can be repaired before a total replacement is required. This includes adding storm windows to help improve energy efficiency, and repairing the caulking and weatherstripping.

Do you think your home needs, or could benefit, from a full window replacement? Here are some signs that it is time to bite the bullet and contact a window replacement contractor:

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Increased Energy-Efficiency

The idea of increased energy-efficiency is a popular reason why many homeowners will opt for replacement windows. While windows provide our home with light, warmth, and ventilation; however, they can also negatively impact our home’s heating and cooling bills. Drafty windows can cause your energy bills to be about 10% to 25% higher. At times, the energy-efficiency of your window can be improved through repairs, such as adding storm windows, repairing caulking and weatherstripping, and adding window treatments. However, at times, it is more cost effective to replace your windows instead of performing repairs. This is especially true if you have very old or inefficient windows. As a bonus, if you are selling your home, having a replacement window can be a major selling point!

Warped, Damaged, or Broken Windows

It may be time to consider replacement windows if your windows are currently warped, damaged, or broken. Some minor issues, such as a problem with the hardware or weatherstripping, can be classified as a repair job. However, larger problems, including a broken, damaged, or warped window sash or frame will almost always need to be replaced.

Less-Than Inviting Curb Appeal

Is your home’s curb appeal less than inviting? Windows are one of the most prominent features of the home’s exterior. If your windows look worn and dingy, so will your home. While the quality of the replacement window is by far the most important factor to consider, design of the window and how it will work with your home should also be a driving factor in the decision making process. It is important to choose windows that work well with your home’s style! After all, it is one of the first things that guests will see on your home.

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When hiring a window replacement company to come in and do work on your home, it is imperative to choose a reputable company that will get the job done right and use quality materials. Replacement windows are not a place to cut corners on a home. Choosing the quickest or easiest solution could mean that your windows won’t last for the approximated 20-25 year threshold. Instead, another window replacement will be required much sooner, meaning that you won’t get your full money’s worth.

Floor to Ceiling Windows

Some views deserve to be un-interrupted, which is why floor to ceiling windows are a great option. In addition to adding in lots of extra sunlight, these oversized windows help to bring the outdoors in. Whether you are looking to brighten up a space or enjoy a picturesque view, floor to ceiling windows can be one of your favorite features in your home.

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Floor to Ceiling Windows from Pella. Photo: Pinterest

Prior to installation, it is a good idea to consider the angle in which the sunlight reaches that area of your home, the time of day, and the time of day you plan on spending time in this space. For example, some may not like the sun beaming into their home early in the morning, while others may prefer it.

To avoid too much harsh sunlight, an option would be to consider investing in window coverings for those days when the extra light isn’t as necessary. For floor to ceiling windows, curtains and blinds are the two most common window treatments. Blinds offer a minimalistic look. They work well to minimize harsh sunlight, while also allowing for a clear view when not in use. On the other hand, curtains can add a feeling of luxury. In addition, they can block out more sunlight than blinds since the material is typically much more opaque (depending on the material you purchase).

As you may know, custom made windows can get costly. Even though the view may be slightly interrupted, a great way to save some money would be to arrange several factory sized windows together to create a gallery of windows. This is also a great opportunity to create an eye-catching display that will wow your guests.

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Floor to Ceiling Windows from Anderson Windows and Doors. Photo: Pinterest

While floor to ceiling windows can be installed in almost any room, they can be used seamlessly between indoor and outdoor living spaces. We recommend including French doors, or sliding doors, for easy access between the two spaces. Combining indoor and outdoor spaces with floor to ceiling windows is perfect for those who love to entertain. Essentially, you are no longer confined to one entertaining space and your guests can mingle seamlessly between spaces.

Unfortunately, it is hard to pinpoint an exact cost of floor to ceiling windows since every space will require a different dimension. The cost of floor to ceiling windows in your home will depend on several factors including size, quality, your geographic location, and installation costs. Even though floor to ceiling windows are often pricey, they can dramatically update the look in any home and can be incorporated with any design style.

The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Windows vs Wood

Window replacements are a great investment for your home. New windows can help you save money, add value to your home, and provide ease of use. Vinyl and wood are two of the most popular window materials on the market today. Like many finishes to your home, vinyl and wood have their own advantages and disadvantages.

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Custom Home by Balducci Builders, Inc.

Cost of vinyl windows vs wood

The cost of vinyl windows is unbeatable. It is the least expensive window material on the market and it is widely available. Part of the reason why vinyl windows are so cheap is due to their mass-production and high demand. On the other hand, this often means that custom vinyl windows can cost a bit more.

Wood windows typically cost significantly more than vinyl, not including the additional maintenance costs. Unlike vinyl, wood can be cut and customized to any shape.

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Vinyl Windows by Pella Windows & Doors

Durability of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows may be the least expensive material; however, vinyl windows are durable, despise their low price tag, and are not susceptible to rust or corrosion.

If they are well taken care of, wood windows can last a lifetime. Additionally, wood windows are not prone to rust-which can be a huge concern in areas with high-humidity.

Colors and finishes of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows are often available in white. This is largely due to the likelihood of darker colors fading. Often, manufacturers consider darker vinyl colors as “premium” colors and end up charging more. In addition, many paints have a hard time sticking to vinyl; thus, the color you choose for your vinyl windows is often the one you are stuck with until they are replaced.

Wood windows have that classic charm that vinyl windows often try to imitate. While many homeowners that decide to incorporate the natural wood look into the interior of their home, wood windows can be painted any color on both the interior and exterior of your home.

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Wood Windows by Pella Windows and Doors

Maintenance of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows require very little maintenance, which is one of their biggest selling points. They never need to be sanded or painted, and they can be cleaned easily with soap and water.

Wood windows will need repainting every few years or so. When wood windows go untreated, they can rot and swell from moisture. This causes the window to be difficult to open and close.

Insulating factor of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows are good insulators; however, since vinyl windows are often hollow, they have a more difficult time keep hot and cold air out of the home than wood windows.

Quality, wood windows are the best insulators of the materials available today. In the long run, wood windows can actually help you save a ton of money on your heating and cooling bills.

There are several factors to consider when choosing vinyl windows vs wood including: cost, durability, colors and finishes, maintenance, and energy-efficiency. While vinyl and wood are both quality window options, it is ultimately your preferences that determine whether you choose to install vinyl or wood windows.