There are several good reasons why you should invest on a window replacement or installation. It may no longer be opening or closing properly, moisture may be seeping through gaps or the window frame may not feel as stable like it used to. You may also see signs of deterioration such as wood rot on the window frame, damage on the sashes and corrosion, which is common in aluminum windows.
Even if your window is still in good shape, it will sometimes be wise to replace them. Here’s one of the reasons why.
Some may mistakenly believe that as long as windows can be closed shut properly, that it is doing a good job of insulating their homes. However, several studies show that some types of windows are not as efficient as other types in insulating a house. In fact, these studies show that homes with windows that have poor insulating capabilities can bump up its power consumption by as much as 35%.
In another study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, aluminum single pane windows with clear glass are the most inefficient types for keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the colder months. Windows that are double pane with wood or vinyl frames, on the other hand, have the best insulating properties. The study suggests that better insulating windows can save a typical household hundreds of dollars in electric bills each year on average.
If you trust your handyman skills, you may be considering taking on the window replacement project yourself. Whether you are replacing faulty windows or are swapping poorly insulating aluminum types, a DIY project can get a bit tricky. Unless you have the skills, experience and the tools needed for such projects, you may want to leave the project to the experts.
A typical window replacement and installation project can be completed within the day in the hands of experienced installers. However, the project can sometimes surprise even the experienced ones with unexpected problems such as hidden wood rot, bowing along the house frame, deteriorating studs and unstable house frame. For these reasons, you may want to at least consult the experts and ask for advice on how you should proceed with your plan to replace your window.
Fixing windows and replacing parts of are safer DIY projects. Pocket window types come in modular designs with replacement parts that are readily available. Replacing window sashes are also less complicated and often resolves a good number of window problems.
If you have a sound window frame, you may also want to switch to double pane and specialty coated glass for better insulation. Such projects will require specialty tools, which also means that you are better off leaving this type of job to the pros.
Despite of having a community that dates as far back as the 1700s, Rockville, MD has become one of the most technologically advanced cities in Montgomery County and perhaps even in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The rich history of the city is evident in its architecture that features an eclectic mix of colonial to modern home designs.
Residents of Rockville, therefore, should be more discerning of the window installer that they will hire to replace or repair their windows. Choosing only from reputable and established companies in Maryland or Washington DC to take on the window replacement project will go a long way in ensuring that your window is installed properly and will last a long time.
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