Replacing your windows can be a great investment in your home. New windows can improve the aesthetic appeal, property value, and of course overall comfort of your home. Not all windows are created equal, though. It’s important to make a well-informed decision when replacing your windows, so here are some factors to consider before committing to any such investment.
Replace or Retro-Fit?
A replacement window is as the name suggests - replacing your current window with a brand new one. This includes windows of different size and shape, which might mean cutting into your home’s siding to make it work. This type happens often during home remodels. Retro-fitting uses the frame of your original window, so that your home’s siding isn’t disturbed. Retro-fitting is the more common type of window replacement, and is often used when someone needs to update the window to a newer model without completely changing the size or shape of the window.
What type of frame material?
- Vinyl windows
are the most popular choice for window replacement. They are maintenance free, insulate well, make a smooth operating window, and are relatively inexpensive. The downside is that they are usually only available in white and tan, and vinyl cannot be painted so they may not match every home’s exterior.
- Aluminum windows
have poor insulation qualities, but if you already have aluminum windows and you do not plan to replace them all, you can retro-fit yours with dual-glazed and high performance low-e glass to improve insulation. Also, aluminum is available with dark bronze anodized frames which may be a good choice if you want the look of a dark frame, or clear anodized if you want to keep a mid-century contemporary style.
- Fiberglass windows
insulate well, are maintenance free, and are available in dark colors. They are also easily painted if you want to change your color scheme at some point in the future. The downside is fiberglass windows are usually pretty expensive.
- Wood windows
are available with or without a low-maintenance exterior cladding
. If you are restoring an old home and want to stay as true as possible to the original windows, then you may want to choose windows without exterior cladding. If you want dual-glazed windows with low-e glass, they will be nearly as expensive as clad wood windows. Exterior cladding is usually aluminum or vinyl and is available in a variety of colors.
However you decide to replace your windows, at Beauchemin Lumber
, we work hard to provide only the best building materials. We carry high quality Lockheed
windows. Aside from prompt, same day delivery, Beauchemin lumber also provides their customers with free estimates and blueprint takeoffs. Contact us