Windows are typically built to last awhile, but whether an accident takes place and they are broken, or through the natural deterioration of time, they eventually need replacing. With the different aspects of windows, we at Future Vision Remodeling would like to discuss the windows when they need a simple repair during a remodel or when it is better to replace them.
Window Repair VS Replacement During Room or Whole Home Remodel
When a window’s frame shows damage, cracks, breaks, and etcetera, or the hardware is showing signs of wear, you do not necessarily need to replace the entire window. With weather stripping and hardware replacement, you have the opportunity to fix many of the problems your window is experiencing. However, in the event your window has fogging or broken glass, or is refusing to stay open along with getting stuck, or if you simply need to upgrade old windows for improved energy efficiency, getting them replaced is definitely a wise investment and during a remodel is the perfect time.
Upgrading & Replacing Window Frames
You have a few basic options when it comes to selecting the right frame; each having their own advantages and disadvantages if your window needs replacing.
Wood: Though traditional wood frames are solid and insulate well, they will expand and contract when the weather changes, plus the additional elements will require routine maintenance that includes painting or refinishing.
Vinyl: Vinyl windows are comprised of PVC and coated with UV light stabilizers for additional protection allowing them to ultra-resistant to sunlight and the elements. Additionally, these window frames have air pockets that can be filled with insulation to enhance the energy efficiency.
Fiberglass: Constructed with air pockets that can be insulated, some fiberglass offers best available insulation capacity.
Composite: Similar to particleboard and strand lumber, composite wood frames are known for their stability and resistance to moisture and decay, more so than regular wood.
Aluminum or Metal: These windows will conduct intense heat which influences the insulation properties and this popular window frame is light and requires little maintenance. Because of the intense heat issue, you can select an additional feature known as a thermal break, which is an insulating plastic strip between the interior and exterior of the window’s sash.
Glass: Glass comes in a wide range of options that include insulation to improve energy efficiency or the overall design of your home. Glass varieties include Insulation, Low-Emissivity Coatings, Spectrally Selective Coating, Reflective Coating, Gas Fills, Heat-Absorbing Tints, and such.
How to Measure for Replacement Windows
When you start shopping for windows and prepare to order your final pick, it is important you know the precise measurements. Below you will find a guide to help you get the right measurements for a perfect fit.
Width: Using the smallest measurement to order your window when measuring the width by collecting 3 measurements; window jambs from the surface at the top, middle, and bottom of the window opening
Height: To find the right height, measure the window from the high point of your window sill to the top of the window opening; again measure in 3 different spots that include the left side, the center, and the right side; again use the smallest of the 3 measurements.
Depth: When measuring for depth you want to ensure that there is at least 3 ¼” between the inside window trim and the outside blind stop strip; exclude any existing hardware.
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Future Vision Remodeling offers whole home remodeling services. During a remodel is the perfect time to upgrade to new, energy efficient windows. Call the professionals of Future Vision Remodeling and let our experts present a custom design just perfect for your home and lifestyle.