If your home still has an aluminum frame window, you may want to consider replacing it with wood or vinyl-framed windows for several reasons. First, aluminum will corrode in a short span of time even with regular maintenance. Second, as it begins to deteriorate, the functionality and integrity of aluminum windows be compromised. Third, and perhaps one of the most compelling reasons is that your household may be consuming more power that it needs to because of your window.
Researchers from University of Pennsylvania conducted a test on several common types of windows to see which ones have the best insulation. The study suggested that single pane aluminum windows could make your home use up from 15 to 35 percent more power to heat or cool your home. At the other end of the spectrum, double-pane wood and vinyl windows helps your home more energy efficient according to the study.
Apart from cutting down on your power consumption, there are a host of other reasons why you may want to replace your windows. The panes may no longer be closing properly, the sashes don’t slide as smoothly as it used to or you see moisture seeping through the sill. Sometimes the whole frame of the window feels unstable, causing the window to rattle and vibrate.
Some signs may not be as obvious, such as rot from inside the wood, which can spread to the actual house frame. This can become an even bigger problem that might set you back a few hundred dollars or even a thousand more to fix if don’t resolve the issue quickly.
You may also want to replace your window or have new ones installed for a completely unrelated reason. Newer windows, particularly those that are stylish can enhance the curb appeal of your home. Replacing old and dated windows with new ones, as well install more windows will very likely improve the market value of your home.
Those who are looking to cut costs and only want to restore the functionality of their windows can make the repairs their own. Newer window models come in modular designs with readily available replacement parts. Pocket windows are one of the easiest to repair, with sashes that can be pulled out of its frame with relative ease using simple tools. Once caveat before making repairs though, is to make sure that the window frame is still in good shape.
Even if you are confident of your handyman skills, it will be a good idea to have window installation experts look at your windows before embarking on any DIY project. You don’t want to make the mistake of starting a replacement or installation project only to realize halfway that you may have bitten off more than you can chew.
It is true that you can save on labor cost if you took on the project on your own. If you don’t have the skills, experience and the right tools and materials for the job, though, such a major project should be left to the experts.
Also known as Tyson’s Corner, Tysons serves as the central business district of Fairfax County, VA. It is perhaps best known for its two super malls, the Tysons Corner Center and the Galleria. Formerly an agricultural community, Tysons has become a prototype for an edge city where commercial, entertainment and shopping exists outside of a downtown area or commercial business district.
If you live anywhere around Tysons, the value of your property is projected to increase within the next few years as its redevelopment plans take shape. With newer windows, you can help boost the market value of your home even more. When looking for a window installation company to work on your windows, make sure to reach out only to established and reputable companies.
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