Best Replacement Windows Buying Guide

Despite all the ways that windows play an important role within a home, they’re not usually top-of-mind for the average homeowner.

Unlike other areas of the home, we don’t usually interact with our windows multiple times a day. You may not even know what type of windows you currently have or how old they are.

So, when the time comes to replace your windows, you will probably have some questions. That’s where we come in.

In this guide, we will answer some of the most common questions that homeowners have about window replacement. Plus, if it is time to replace your windows, we will help prepare you for the process by explaining how different options compare to one another.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about window replacement.

When is the right time to replace my windows?

Since the lifespan of every window varies according to its materials, climate and installation, there is no concrete timeframe to follow for window replacement.

For this reason, it’s important that you check out your windows every few months to assure they’re working correctly. While the need for a window replacement is not always as obvious as, say, the need to fix a leak, there are a few key signs that indicate something is not working correctly.

Below are some of the most common signs that it’s time to replace your windows:

  • Your windows look worn out
    • Rot, mold or warping on the window frame are all strong signs that it’s time to replace your windows.
  • Your windows are difficult to operate
    • If opening windows in your home is starting to feel like a work out, then something is probably malfunctioning.
  • Your home feels unsafe
    • If you’re concerned about older windows’ lack of security, then it may be time to upgrade.
  • Your home is too loud
    • If your peace and quiet is constantly being disrupted by unwanted sounds, your windows might be failing to insulate sound properly.

What should I consider when replacing windows in my house?

Since windows come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, it’s important to consider all of your options before making a purchase.

You may not know the difference between vinyl and wood frames, or the difference between single and double hung windows. That’s okay — Just start by identifying you and your home’s priorities.

In order to ensure you are getting the most value from your investment in new windows, it’s important to pinpoint the requirements of your natural environment and establish a realistic budget. Then, you can logically narrow down your options based on what is most necessary and affordable.

Finally, a quality installation is extremely important if you want to reap all of the benefits from your new windows. Once you have finished selecting materials and shapes, search for a licensed, insured staff that can install your new purchase in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations

Which is better: aluminum or vinyl windows?

Of course, there are unique advantages and disadvantages that come with every window material. However, it is human nature to compare, and two of the most commonly compared window materials are vinyl and aluminum.

Vinyl windows are made from PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), a strong, water-resistant material that is often used to construct household pipes. Since moisture absorbance causes windows to warp, rot and distort, this water-resistance enables vinyl windows to maintain their original quality much longer than other materials.

On the other hand, aluminum windows are composed of thin, metallic frames that resemble modern design elements. They are extremely durable and low maintenance, with aluminum as the strongest material on the window market. However, aluminum windows are not quite as easy to install as vinyl. Plus, they are much less energy efficient, since metal naturally conducts heat.

At face value, neither vinyl nor aluminum is inarguably better than the other. So, when selecting your window materials, it’s important to consult an expert and consider the specific needs of your unique home.

Interested in learning more?

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