Replacement Vinyl Windows:
Five Must Read Tips Before You Start
Essentials For Picking Replacement Vinyl Windows
A window replacement project can be incredibly beneficial to a home, but it needs to be planned correctly. A well-constructed window replacement plan of action will not only raise the curb value of the home, it can also quickly cut the cost of monthly utilities, increase your comfort, and promote peace and quiet. Save the headaches (and the dollars!) by planning ahead; consider these five crucial factors during your home renovation to make the most of your home or new build!
Choosing a style of window is largely up to personal preference and the style of your home overall. However, there are a few practical purposes in each style to consider when choosing your replacement windows. Find key information and highlights on some common window styles below!
Casement windows offer a unique, wide view with architectural appeal. Casement windows easily open up to a full 90 degrees, resulting in an effortless cleaning on both sides of the glass.
Awning windows are a favourite for those looking to find windows that blend seamlessly with their home design. These elegant windows swing up and outward, making it easy to let in some fresh air, while still blocking off rain and other unwanted environmental effects.
Hung windows are a timeless style that are ideal for locations facing walkways, porches or decks.
Sliding windows are a common choice for smaller areas of a home and sides of homes.
Bay and bow windows offer high aesthetic value, especial when used as a room’s key focal point in the front or back of a house. These windows create picturesque, fairy-tale like scenery in all homes.
There’s more to the colour of your new windows than simply selecting an exterior colour. Explore the options available:
Exterior cap-stock, which is typically two-toned is co-extruded along with a substrate uPVC profile. This unique material is specially formulated for durability, outstanding colour retention, scratch resistance and gloss control.
Water-based weather resistant paint options available for most window styles, making it easy to create a window in your home or project that is not only pragmatic, but also adds stylistic appeal.
Grille: Your options for window grilles are Simulated Divided Lites (SDL) and Internal Grilles. SDL Divider is ideal for those looking for a traditional, handcrafted look in their replacement windows. Internal grilles are inside the insulated glass, and are preferable for home owners and builders looking for maintenance and worry-free grille options. Both grille types come in a variety of sizes, patterns, and colours.
Hardware: All casement windows come standard with the multipoint lever lock and premium hardware crank. Both come in a variety of optional finishing colours, including standard white, brushed brass, western pewter, antique chrome, bright chrome and more. Hung and sliding windows come with flush mounted cam locks and tilt latches, and are customizable to any colour scheme thanks to the selection of hardware colours offered.
Your windows play a highly significant role in determining your homes energy efficiency, so knowing what to look for during a replacement project is crucial.
LoE and Argon gas filled windows with either double or triple panes are what you need to keep an eye out; these options are at the top of the energy efficiency food-chain. LoE and Argon filled options are the best in terms of insulation and minimizing heat transfer, and as such help reduce your home-energy consumption to the highest degree.
Another simple requirement you should look for when deciding on your new windows is to to buy only Energy Star certified products. Replacement windows that don’t meet the criteria needed for the Energy Star certified rating may result in your windows costing your more each month in the form of your utility bills. All Energy Star certified windows will be ideal for conserving energy, but you can further increase energy efficiency by looking at a products structural rating and performance.
One of the most important, factors to considering in your window replacement project is deciding on a manufacturer. Consider only long-standing, highly reputable window manufacturers. Be sure to discuss warranty options with manufacturers; a tell-tale sign of a subpar window manufacturer is the lack of a reliable warranty.
Retrofit, windows are installed on an existing wooden frame; the new window frame is designed to fit this existing sub frame. Retrofit is an option for those looking to preserve the look of their home, which is common in older/Victorian style homes.
Brick-to-brick, on the other hand, means that the entire frame and connected jams, casing, mold, and trim is removed and a new frame with the window installed in then put in. Brick to brick installation is ideal for high-impact projects; you can completely change the look of a home with a brick-to-brick installed window project.
No matter which method you decide on, make sure that the installation is done by only certified window installers. Using a trusted installer ensures a successful, high quality window upgrade.
To maximize the results of your replacement window project always choose the right products, the best installers, and a highly reputable manufacturer.