How Do Replacement Windows Work?
Windows and doors are imperative to the overall function and aesthetics of a home. They’re the prime element visitors pay attention to when visiting you. If the windows and doors look nice, people automatically assume that the inside must look good. However, if they look bad, the home automatically gets devalued in the visitor’s mind. Windows and doors play a vital role in people’s homes in numerous ways. This blog will go over the reasons why you should get replacement windows and how they work.
Why Get Replacement Windows?
One of the main reasons homeowners decide to get replacement windows is to simply improve the overall aesthetics of the home. Another big reason is that their windows are simply old, damaged, and inefficient. For homeowners that are considering replacing their windows, there are a couple of elements to consider beforehand. Your choice of windows will significantly impact the overall comfort, look, wear & tear, and functionality of the home. In this mini-guide, we’ll explain the factors homeowners should pay attention to when choosing replacement windows.
Do You Really Need Replacement Windows?
Windows and doors are subject to constant changes in temperature throughout all seasons of the year. Along with the constant exposure to wind, rain, and moisture, these elements can cause their seals to break and for the window’s efficiency to be lost. Signs that your windows are in dire need of replacement includes:
- Moisture issues - signs that point out this issue include leaks, wood rot, warping, moisture between the panes, mildew, mold, and water stains
- Malfunctioning windows - your windows are difficult to close or open
- Energy inefficient - if your home's inside temperature is similar to that of outside, then your windows are not providing you any energy-efficiency benefits
- Bad curb appeal - if your windows look old and unappealing, then the best way to improve the look of your home is by simply replacing all of your old windows
Once you confirm that your windows need replacement, the next step is to choose an installation method. Depending on the reasons why the windows are being replaced, a different installation method may be better for you. The two installation methods include:
- Full-frame installation - This windows installation method addresses structural concerns such as water damage. In this method, the entire window frame and trim are removed. This route is recommended when windows are damaged by water or the homeowner wants to install a bigger or different styled window.
- Insert windows replacements - This window installation method uses the existing frame to install the windows and only replaces the sash and hardware. This is the optimal choice if your window frames are in good condition.
One of the greatest benefits of replacement windows is their superior energy-efficiency ratings. The biggest issue with old windows is their terrible energy-efficiency. Outdated and damaged windows offer no insulation and soundproofing benefits. Whatever the outside temperature is, your HVAC system will be working hard to combat those temperatures. Once you replace your old windows with new energy-efficient ones, you’ll instantly notice a lower energy bill, a more comfortable home, and a complete transformation of the look of your home.
When purchasing replacement windows, energy-efficiency is a key factor that makes them worth the investment. However, one has to make sure the windows one purchases really are energy-efficient. Most windows claim to be energy-efficient, but to what degree? Do they have certifications? Windows must be certified in the following areas to be genuinely energy-efficient:
- U-Factor - The measure of how well a glass traps heat inside a home. A high U-Factor glass allows heat to escape. A low U-factor is better at keeping heat inside a home. A higher U-factor is more suited for colder climates.
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHG) - The measure of how much of the sun’s heat goes through the window. The lower the number, the less of the sun’s heat goes through the window.
- Visible Transmittance - The amount of visible light that goes through the window. The higher the value, the more light that passes through.
- Low-E insulating Glass Coatings - A coating with low emissivity metallic materials used to block out UV rays and increase energy-efficiency.
Replacement windows are the best way to immediately boost your home's look, increase its functionality, and enjoy superior energy savings. Before choosing replacement windows, consider the condition of your frame, the needs of your home, and your personal taste and preferences. We hope this blog helped you see why you should get replacement windows and how they work. If you’re ready to replace your windows, give Wintorium a call at (323) 307-7376 or click here for a free on-site quote!