Once spring arrives, many homeowners get excited about renovation projects. One of the most anticipated projects involves replacing windows. Window replacement makes people think of sunlight, fresh air, and family time lounging in the sun. Yet if you get the wrong window, your plans will go awry. Today, we’ve provided tips on smart window selection.
Make Sure You Need New Windows
Homeowners sometimes get overzealous about projects; new owners are susceptible to this problem. Before you decide to replace the windows, make sure you need to. Windows should be replaced if they’re in poor condition – have cracks or breaks, leak, or attract insects. Wood-framed windows are particularly vulnerable to wood-boring insects. You should replace any window that poses a safety problem. For example, replace your window if it regularly sticks or if the latch is too loose to lock.
Do the Math
Before undertaking any project, make a budget you’ll share with a professional. Stick to it, but don’t let your budget dictate quality. Vinyl is an inexpensive window material, but don’t choose the first option you see to save money. Look for strong, tight construction that bonds easily to glass and material that stands up to weather and insects while keeping your indoor temperature comfortable.
Weigh Pros and Cons
Every window material is different. Wood windows are great if you want a traditional-looking, environmentally-friendly home, but wood framing will break down easily and attract insects. Wood clad windows are a better option because they use non-wood exteriors such as aluminum. However, they’re prone to water intrusion, especially around sills, and may need sill pans during rainy seasons. Aluminum windows don’t attract insects and are fairly “green,” but they don’t transfer heat well. Therefore, your house may feel too cold or hot. Weigh the options before choosing window material and ask professionals for help if you’re unsure what to buy.
Mind the Glass
Choosing glass for your window is as important as choosing the frame. Many professionals recommend investing in double-pane rather than single-pane windows because they’re less likely to leak air. This makes them more environmentally friendly. Professionals also recommend argon-filled glass because argon helps regulate heat transfer and protects the home from ultraviolet rays.
Creative Uses for Old Windows
Once your windows are replaced, you may wonder what to do with the old ones. Throwing a window away is time-consuming and can be considered environmentally irresponsible. Old windows can be used for mirrors, both traditionally and in fireplaces. If you have artistic talents or want to share unique crafts with older children, consider using parts of old windows to learn stained glass or make sun-catchers for the summer.