Determine if moisture is an issue
One of the determining factors that signal if you need a window replacement is when there is an accumulation of water or even ice on the inside. This can be accompanied by the occurrence of mold that can start to rot the wooden frame which is a cause for concern and requires immediate action. This usually means that the frame is damaged because of extreme temperatures and requires a replacement to keep the elements at bay. If you are experiencing water pooling and dripping onto the floor then this is definitely a sign it’s time to take action and revamp your windows or risk it absorbing into your floor and causing more issues. Neglecting moisture signs will only hasten the damage of your home so it’s important to monitor their condition yearly.
Consider the lifespan
Some window companies will guarantee that their windows will last a lifetime but buyers should beware of these claims because most start experiencing complications within a few years. They don’t take into account the extreme temperatures and weather erosion that can damage even the strongest materials. Every few years they should be thoroughly inspected or when you see the warning signs of moisture as mentioned earlier. It’s also possible that improper installation of windows can reduce their lifespan and require you to replace them with haste. Drafty spaces, fogged glass, or damaged frames are all warning signs that it’s time to service your windows or get them replaced entirely. Always keep tabs on their approximate lifespan to ensure you strike when the iron is hot.
Is replacing all windows necessary?
Your budget will play a large role in whether or not you should replace them all in any given house or commercial building. Sometimes it’s not feasible and you have to compromise by addressing individual trouble makers. You should never feel forced into getting all of them replaced at once, and more than likely this will be recommended to you at some point. Weigh your options and do what is best for your building after assessing the damage. This will ensure that you make an informed decision on which ones need replacing. Some of them might be just fine to last a couple more years and may not show signs of cracking or water infiltration. Sometimes replacing them all at once isn’t the best option.
Materials and types
There are three main materials on the market to choose from and they include vinyl, wood, and fiberglass. Wood is a good option for a decorative endeavor because it helps to match the interior of your home. Fiberglass is the most durable material and lasts longer than the others. Vinyl is the most popular choice because they are cheap and easy to manage. When replacing, you’ll have to choose the type which includes double-hung which is the most popular option that people go with. Sliding options are also a good choice that can be wider and more convenient to open. Lastly, cranks are the most energy-efficient of the bunch and allow you to have some unique openings.
This can be a daunting task and there can be immense consequences for not accurately measuring before installation. It’s wise to hire a professional to conduct these measurements, but it is possible to achieve them yourself. One should be meticulous and measure twice before initiating the installation process. It will depend greatly on your individual needs and the structure of your house. The measurement is generally 1/4 of an inch less than the opening and 3/4 inches jamb extensions on both of the sides. After that, you measure them and then add 1 and 1/4 inches to the measurement. If you don’t feel confident in your ability to measure then have someone do it for you to save time and potential mistakes.
Selecting the right glaze
The two types of glazing that are traditionally used including 2 coats Low E and 3 coats Low E. Depending on your climate, you will have to choose accordingly so pay attention to the weather in your particular region. Environments that require more heating will benefit greatly from the 3 coat option. In contrast, if you require more cooling then go with the 2 coat. Glazing is a critical step to ensure that your windows are resistant to any type of climate. Consulting with a professional on the right brand is also an important step. Argon or krypton gas filling is an optional addition to your glaze and the job can be accomplished with or without it, but it’s definitely worth considering.
Determining the installation timing
Installing them at the right time will save you the stresses of unwanted weather conditions. Considering the weather will be better for the project and most homeowners will initiate a window replacement in the warmer months such as late spring or summer to early fall. If you decide to replace them when it’s exceedingly cold outside then prepare for an arctic chill in your home. For some this is bearable, but most prefer the warmer climates for replacing. If you install them during the first part of the year then it allows you to enjoy them immediately instead of being shut in for the entire winter. It gives you the chance to test their functionality on a regular basis!
Preparing for the process
To prepare for installation, you should effectively remove any obstacles in front of the work area that may hinder the process. These include curtains, blinds, furniture, and anything else blocking them. The installer needs space to work while they set and caulk them in preparation. Another element that people sometimes overlook is if they have an alarm system that needs addressing. Consult with your security company to have them disarmed or remove them yourself until the job is complete. One of the best things you can do is give the workers space while they complete the tasks. This will save you both stress and allow them to focus on the job at hand! The preparation process can be arduous if you have many windows that need replacing, but there will be an immense feeling of satisfaction when you have a fresh set to enrich your home!