Do you know that up to 35% of your home’s monthly power consumption may be going to waste because of your windows? This is simply your hard-earned money going down the drain because you’re essentially paying for energy that you’re not using. Even if you make sure that your windows are closed shut to keep the heat in, it will not do much good because the energy waste is due to poor insulation. This is one of the most compelling reasons why it might benefit you to have a window replacement and installation home improvement project.
One recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found out that certain types of window can make your home consume 15 to 35% more power because of poor insulating properties. Single panel windows with aluminum frames, the study suggests, have the worst insulation, losing up to 30% of the home’s generated heat every hour. On the other hand, double-pane windows with either wood or vinyl windows work best in insulating your home.
Apart from reducing your home’s power consumption, there are other reasons why you may need to replace your windows. These include deteriorating frame, rot, moisture and water seeping through seams or the whole window may be rattling and is no longer stable. Some homeowners may be reluctant to consider such a project because of its upfront costs. However, the initial expense of a window replacement project can be recouped in no time. Another bonus to replacing your windows include adding curb appeal to your exterior and increasing the market value of your property.
In the hands of window installation experts, a window replacement and installation project usually takes no longer than half-a-day. Sometimes, unexpected issues may arise such as rot in the house frame, unstable studs or bowing. Experts also anticipate such issues, which may extend the time needed to install your window to one day.
Work usually takes place from the interior of a home, so if there will be any disruptions to your daily activities, it will most likely be confined near the window that is being worked on. Most of your other household activities, however, can proceed like normal save for the noise that the work may generate.
If you have prior experience in window replacement and installation, taking on the project yourself will help you save on labor costs. This project typically requires specialized tools and materials in order for the new windows to be installed properly on the house frame. It will be wise to leave the job to the experts who have the experience and tools to ensure that your window is installed the right way.
Sometimes, issues with your windows can be resolved by simply replacing some parts. This task is significantly less labor-intensive and does not require much skill and experience to complete. Some windows also come in modular designs. Making repairs on these types of windows is as simple as replacing its faulty parts. Pocket windows, for instance, have pull out sashes that do not require any specialized tools.
Hyattsville is a city that sits in Prince George County, MD and is close to the country’s capital, Washington DC. The city is best known for its historical sites, as well as its university and arts districts. Hyattsville also boasts of a mix of residential architecture that range from rustic Americana houses to more modern all-American craftsman designs. When looking for window installation companies to work on your home, make sure to choose reputable and established companies, preferably those who offer guarantees and warranties.
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