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Making Your Windows Replacement Project Successful

Sep 4, 2008
Windows and doors are ave several functions, they have to shut out noise, they have to shut out drafts, keep in heat or cooled air, and filter ultraviolet light.

A windows replacement project will have a big impact on the appearance of your home and the enjoyment of your home. There are many things to consider when undertaking a windows replacement project. Among these things is the attachment of the window. It has to be fastened securely to keep intruders out and resist the elements such as strong wind gusts, the rain, and snow.

An excellent benefit about your windows replacement project is that you have lots of in energy efficient windows. When your windows replacement project is for the replacement of old windows, you will soon start seeing savings in energy bills and the new windows may pay for themselves.

There are factors to consider in your windows replacement project. When replacing your windows you should think about maintenance, ventilation, security, your budget, and your home style. When you add new window openings you should also think about the orientation of the windows, generally speaking a southern orientation is very desirable because it lets the most light in. In hot climates such as Phoenix, Arizona or Palm Springs, California you may wish to avoid southern exposure windows, because too much heat will enter and increase your energy bills during the hot summer months significantly.

Another factor is the view you will get from the window, especially if there is new landscaping coming. When you are contemplating new window openings think about how the view will look from the inside looking out. Many persons only consider how the house looks from the outside and never stop to consider how their views will look from inside the house. This is important especially if you are doing any new landscaping and when you buy a house for the views.

In selecting materials for your windows replacement project there are several choices for the window frames. These materials include wood, aluminum, steel, vinyl, and fiberglass or even a combination of these materials. The better materials that offer the greatest protection against the weather are generally more expensive, but in the long run may be cheaper because of superior performance and a lower need for maintenance.

Wood is a very popular material, but wood frames expand and contract and will eventually warp and wood can also rot over time. Wood frames require regular painting to insure the window does not go bad. There is another option that has wood option and it actually a metal wood or vinyl wood clad, which is wood inside an aluminum or vinyl shell. This type of window lasts longer than the wood windows. Vinyl windows have the advantage of having hollow spaces inside the frame that results in lower heat loss. Cheap vinyl windows have a tendency to distort when exposed to extreme heat or cold and vinyl windows are not recommended for hot places such as Arizona or Palm Springs, California. Steel is more resistant to the weather than other materials, but is more expensive and is not normally used in homes.

If your windows replacement budget allows for more expensive windows, you should consider steel as it is long lasting and requires little maintenance. Aluminum windows are more durable than wood and very light and easy to handle and often have insulation. They are relatively maintenance free, but in coastal areas aluminum windows are not recommended, because they tend to corrode with the salt that is common to coastal areas.

Window replacement also means having to select from a wide range of hardware. Such hardware includes cranks, latches and locks, hinges, counterbalances, and sliding mechanisms. Hardware can add to the cost of your window replacement project, but the better hardware is worth it in the long run. Lower quality hardware will lead to problems as the hardware wears out.
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