A few weeks ago, we discussed questions to ask when you are considering replacing your home’s windows. We’ll continue that discussion in today’s post; these situations and questions may help you figure out if your house’s windows should be replaced even if you have a historical home where you would normally want to preserve the original windows.
Here are a few situations to consider:
Windows in poor condition. When your house’s windows are not in good condition: cracked window panes, rotting sashes, sills, or frames, pests coming into your house, inability to open or shut the windows, leaking water, humidity problems in your home are all indicators that you should replace your windows completely.
Windows with safety problems. If your windows are loose, don’t open or shut, or are weak because they haven’t been maintained properly or are damaged, should be replaced.
Windows with single-pane glass. If your house’s windows have single-pane glass or temperature conductive sashes or frames, it is typically wise to replace them as much of your heating and cooling will be escaping through these exits. These windows are usually poorly installed, and or cheap windows that were not well made.
Things to keep in mind when choosing a window:
There are generally four factors to consider when choosing a new window. These factors are: glass, design, frame, and installation. We’re going to discuss these factors in more depth in our post next week but here’s a brief overview.
Double-pane windows with a vacuum-sealed argon fill and low-E glass are probably among the best window options for your money.
This area is fairly subjective to what the home owners want, but keep in mind that half-moon shapes, or semi-circles will decrease the energy efficiency of that window.
At first glance, wood may seem the best choice: it doesn’t transfer heat or cold as readily as an aluminum frame but these aren’t your only material choices.
It doesn’t matter how much money you spend on a window if it’s not installed correctly. Keep an eye out for sealants and expanding foams being used to seal your window in place, they aren’t waterproof and can lead to air leakage or worse over time.
See you next week when we delve deeper into these four factors!