Picture On Window Replacement
Do you have a "window
emergency?" Are your windows rotting and impossible to open?
Are your window sills sagging and falling off? Or, are you replacing
your windows to give your house a fresh new look? Are you hoping
to save money on your energy bills by buying windows that are energy
efficient, perhaps even dual-paned?
If you are considering
replacing the windows and sliding glass doors in your house, you
can choose between five kinds of materials: wood, vinyl, steel,
aluminum or composites such as fiberglass.
You might want to look
at beauty and style, pricing, maintenance and other factors as you
decide which materials to use for your new windows.
Vinyl is currently the
most popular choice for replacement windows.
Price is an important
consideration. Aluminum and vinyl windows are the least expensive.
Fiberglass is the most expensive. Wood is much more expensive than
vinyl, but not as expensive as fiberglass. Because of its high price,
steel is usually used only in commercial buildings.
Another choice is wood
with vinyl or metal covering, but this kind of replacement window
is more expensive than plain wood.
Beauty and Style
The style of your new
windows should complement the architecture of your house.
Vinyl windows usually
come in only tan or white and cannot be painted a new color. However,
because they are molded, they can be fashioned in hundreds of styles
such as rounded casement or bay windows or multi-paned versions.
You can choose from many different styles.
Wood and fiberglass can
be painted in different colors.
Sound and Energy
Aluminum like all metal
heats up in summer and holds cold in winter. Aluminum windows do
not keep noise levels down. Wood provides a little more insulation
than metals, but is not as efficient as vinyl.
Vinyl windows provide energy efficiency and may save you money on
your heating and air conditioning bills. Vinyl windows have hollow
spaces in them. This "honeycomb" feature helps your windows resist
water condensation and heat loss.
You can also choose other options that will help you regulate temperatures
such as dual paned windows, tinting that lowers glare, and coatings
that reduce ultraviolet rays. There should be argon gas between
the two layers in a dual paned window. If the manufacturer used
air instead of argon gas, you will get more condensation.
Both vinyl and fiberglass help keep sound levels down.
Wood windows do not provide
good insulation or sound proofing. In wet climates they are more
likely to warp, crack and rot.
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