Updated: Aug 26, 2019
Key Indicators that It's Time to Replace Your Windows
1. Age: In general, your windows will need to be replaced after 15 to 20 years, although higher quality, well-maintained windows could last longer than 20 years.
2. Visible Damage: If you notice that your windows, sashes, or frames are warped, damaged, or broken then it is time to replace them.
3. Fog and Drafts: If your windows are fogging up, the that means that moisture is getting in around them and they should be replaced. If you notice drafts around them, then they are not doing their job keeping out the outside air and your inside air is escaping, making them less energy efficient.
4. Sticking or Refusing to Open: If your windows are sticking or are really hard to open, the something is wrong. If they won't open at all, then it really is time to have them replaced!
If your windows are drafty or are difficult to open, it may be time to replace them - Image Source: Chris Gonzalez from Pexels
5. Gradual and Steady Increase in Your Energy Bills: If you notice your energy bills are increasing it could be because you windows are not as efficient as they used to be. This is especially true if you are noticing considerable drafts coming from them. Energy Star certified windows can lower your energy bill by about 12% on average.
6. Your Home Needs a Makeover: New windows can make a big difference on the overall appearance of your home. If you are thinking of selling in the near future, then having new, high-quality custom replacement windows installed is a great selling feature.
How to Know What Custom Replacement Windows to Get
There are many different types of custom replacement windows. The size and type of replacement you need will determine the type of window you should get as well as your budget and the look that you want.
Pocket Replacements vs Full Replacements: If your current window frames and sills are still in good shape and have not warped, then you can usually get replacement units known as "pocket replacements" that will fit into your existing window frames.
If your frames are damaged or have deteriorated due to age, then you will need to purchase full replacement windows, which include new frames, sills, jambs, and a nailing flange. A nailing flange is what attaches your window to the outside wall.
The following video explains the various parts of a window.
With the popular double-hung windows, both sashes can be moved up and down
Types of Materials
Wood Frame: This type of frame is made of solid wood that has been covered with vinyl or aluminum on the exterior side to protect them from water damage and eliminate the need for re-painting.
Vinyl Frame: Vinyl frames are usually the least expensive and they do not need to be painted or stained. They usually come in white but they can be painted if you want to match the outside of your home.
Composite Frame: Composite windows are made from fiberglass or a combination of materials such a solid wood, laminated wood or plastic, that also do not need to be painted. They are the least expensive to buy.
Vinyl windows are usually white, but you can paint them if you want to match the outside of your home
There are many different styles of windows to choose from as well depending on the number of panes you want, how the windows are hinged, how they open and close and how much ventilation they allow.
The different types include:
Double Hung: This is a very popular window style because the lower inside sash can slide up and the upper outside sash can slide down. Double hung are very easy to clean and give you lots of circulation choices.
Single Hung: This type of window looks like a double hung however only the bottom sash can be opened or closed. They are less expensive than the double hung.
With a single-hung window, only the bottom sash opens
Awning-Style: This type of window is hinged at the top and they open outward.
Hopper-Style: This type of window is hinged at the bottom and they open either inward or outward.
Casement-Style: This type of window is hinged on one side and they open up with a crank. They give you an unobstructed view.
Fixed Windows: This type of window does not open and often has decorative glass or are made in unusual shapes.
Why Should You Avoid DIY Custom Replacement Windows
It's difficult to know exactly what you will need: There are different types of windows and knowing which type is right for your particular situation can be difficult.
Purchasing replacement windows can be difficult and expensive: Replacement window suppliers can make it challenging for you to purchase windows from them.
They tend to ask much higher prices for smaller projects because they prefer to sell in bulk to professional window installers.
When you work with a professional installer, you can take advantage of their expertise and their ability to possibly get a better price for you from their suppliers.
Installing custom replacement windows properly requires a great deal of skill and experience
Installing replacement windows properly requires skill and proper tools: Doing a custom replacement window installation requires a great deal of skill to do the job properly and efficiently as well as the necessary tools.
It can also be quite dangerous as you are often working at heights, and if you are not careful, you may get injured. Professional installers have the skill and proper training to complete the job safely.
There are no guarantees with DIY: If you don't do the window replacement properly, you will be faced with having to pay extra to fix your mistakes.
You also take the risk of doing additional damage to your home resulting in even higher repair costs. Poorly installed windows could mean that you may get water damage, which can be quite costly to repair.
Choose a company that will do a professional job installing your new windows
What to Look for When Choosing a Custom Replacement Window Company
Do your research before choosing a custom replacement window company. Ask your friends and family members for references.
You can also go online and read reviews of potential companies. Make sure you check references of the short list of companies you are considering and then set up a face-to-face meeting with the top companies you found.
Once you have done your research, you should:
Select a company that you feel confident will do the best job possible at a reasonable price.
Be sure that the person has the knowledge and experience to perform the replacement right the first time.
Choose an installer who is highly trained and will take care when working in your home.
Make sure that they are covered by WSIB, and are bonded and insured.
Budget Windows & Doors: Your Best Choice for Custom Replacement Windows
Budget Window & Doors is your best choice for custom replacement windows and doors in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford and surrounding areas.
We have over 20 years of experience in installation, security, and customer satisfaction. We've seen it all, and we will recommend the right solution to maximize the value you get from your home improvement dollar.
Backed by superior quality products, service and knowledge, Budget Windows & Doors is able to give you flawless results time and time again. Our success stems from the quality service we provide with every job completed. That’s why our customers keep coming back and referring us to friends and family.
Contact the team at Budget Windows & Doors today for your custom replacement windows.
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