Window and Door Replacement
Most homeowners have not had the experience of going through a complete window replacement or door replacement project before, so it can definitely be a little confusing and a little stressful. It seems like there are quite a few people whom you need to involve – contractors, designers, and installers to name a few, and then too there are so many different styles to choose from.
It can all be a little bewildering, trying to choose the right windows and doors for your home. However, if you rely on the advice of the professionals, you should end up with some very functional and attractive replacement windows and doors for your home, and they should probably last the rest of your life. Here are some of the most popular styles of windows and doors, and you may want to consider these for your residence.
With a single-hung window, you’ll have a top sash which is fixed in place, and a bottom sash which is operational. The bottom sash moves vertically, allowing you to get some fresh air into your home whenever you’re in the mood for it. You won’t get quite as much air flow as you would with a double-hung window, but for some rooms, that might be ideal.
Double-hung windows have both top and bottom sashes operational, which means that either one can be opened. This will give you the maximum amount of air flow in a room, and it also makes cleaning your windows much easier. Cooler air will generally come into your house through the bottom sash, while warmer air leaves through the top sash.
Casement windows can be cranked open to invite an enormous amount of sunshine inside, and the expansive glass area provides an awesome view even when closed. They can be hinged on either side, and that makes them very easy to clean, as well as providing terrific views of the outside.
Picture windows can be much larger than conventional windows, and that will allow you to bring more of the outside into your home. They are also quite elegant, so they bring a great deal of curb appeal to your residence as well.
Sliding windows offer contemporary styling, as well as a great deal of glass area, so if you’re looking to have a great view of the outside, these would be a great choice. They also provide top-to-bottom ventilation, and it’s very easy to maintain sliding windows, so they can easily be opened and closed each day.
Sliding Patio Entry doors
These are engineered so as to provide hassle-free gliding, which means you can open and close them every day if you like. They usually have a low-maintenance vinyl surface which protects the interior wood core.
French doors are very stylish and add a touch of elegance to your residence. They are also quite elegant, so you’ll get plenty of compliments on these doors once you’ve installed them. A traditional design with a contemporary look, French doors are a very popular choice for today’s homeowners.
There are a number of factors which influence overall energy efficiency in windows and doors, and you should take these into account when you go shopping. First is the glass itself, so for instance double-pane or triple-pane glass would be at least slightly more efficient than single-pane glass would, although of course these will cost more. Even the best triple-pane glass on the market won’t perform optimally if it isn’t installed correctly, so you’ll also need to work with a company which you can have confidence in, regarding their level of workmanship and service.
What to expect with window and door replacement
When you have new windows or doors installed, you can expect to save money on your utility bills, especially if you’ve installed energy-efficient windows and doors. Because they keep conditioned air inside and don’t allow unconditioned air inside, your heating and cooling system won’t have to work so hard to maintain comfortable air quality on the interior. This will also reduce the number of drafts or hotspots you might feel throughout the home, because your residence will be much more weathertight, and not subject to those drafts which might otherwise invade your home.
You can also expect to perform less maintenance, since many of the modern replacement windows have vinyl frames, and these are extremely easy to keep clean. If the window panes themselves don’t get dirty, you may not have to clean your windows for months. The aesthetic appeal of your home will be increased when you install new windows or doors, because they will be brand-new and they will be in exactly the style you’ve chosen to complement the rest of your home’s style and decor, so they will add to the curb appeal your home has.
Lastly, you can expect that the resale value of your home will increase significantly, and you will probably even be able to recoup the entire cost of your new windows and doors when you decide to sell your home, because it will be worth that extra money to a prospective buyer to have new, energy-efficient windows and doors installed.