Did you know that you can actually save money on energy and increase the value of your home just by replacing a window? Yes!, replacing your old, rusty window can be a great way to do both.
A lot of options are available for any window type. They come in a variety of colors, materials, shapes and styles. It all depends on your budget. Lets take a look at some available options.
Solid vinyls remain as the most popular replacement window. This type of replacement window are the most affordable as they are easy to find and mostly available in any homestore. They are always on stock and you can choose from the different styles and materials. The only drawback for vinyl windows is that they are sensitive to extreme temperatures and you have to choose the best brand to get the best quality. Of course, you need to pay more for better quality. You can clean solid vinyls by using soap and water. As simple as that.
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Vinyl clad windows has a wood frame coated with a colorized PVC. The PVC coating helps prevent rotting, warping ( a common problem for vinyls) and peeling. An advantage is that they are low maintenance and the warranty covers up to 20 years. But cold weather makes them brittle and possibly crack.
For centuries, wood has always been the material preferred for home windows. Wood is energy efficient and are available in stock sizes. Just like the tables, chairs and windows of century old castles, wood can definitely withstand extreme temperatures and could last a lifetime. Keep them out of moist weather as they can warp and rot. Repainting, restaining and sanding makes wood last longer. This is one of the best option when replacing a window.
Another type are the aluminum based windows that are made of a wood frame, sheathed in aluminum. They are also available in a wide variety of options and colors and you don’t need to paint them. They require little maintenance and the warranty could extend up to 20 years. The only disadvantage is that they corrode when exposed to salt air.
The most durable window type are made of fiberglass. Considered to be extremely durable and energy efficient. Fiberglass windows are not prone to warping and and are fire resistant. They could last for up to 50 years. Only disadvantage is that they are not widely available, needs to be set up by a professional and are expensive.
Now that you know the different available windows for your home, why not try replacing a window today and increase your energy savings!