Having your windows replaced can help save you money and improve the appearance of your home. Windows help to keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and provide some protection for your home.
Windows don’t last forever and may need to be replaced if they are broken or worn. Here is some more information on window replacement and what option will last you the longest.
When Should I Replace My Windows?
Many options for windows last for a long time, but if your home is older or has had weather damage they may need to be replaced sooner. If you notice mold damage, broken window pans, broken or worn frames or the seal is broken it is probably time to replace them.
If you feel that your home could be more energy efficient or you want to improve the temperature in your home, that could be another valid reason to consider replacing your windows. Newer windows can be more energy efficient and actually save you money.
If you notice rooting from the inside or the outside of your windows it is time to replace them.
Replacement Window Options
If you are not sure about replacing your windows, you can have a professional come and assess that your windows need replacing. There are some options to choose from. There are options for many types of homes and climates. Here are some common options.
This window option helps your home be more energy efficient because it stops outside air from getting in or out. They are well sealed and they can be easily installed and removed from the interior of your home.
The care for wood windows is constant but with a fresh coat of paint every couple of years, a wood window can last indefinitely. These wood frames can rot easily or become warped from weather.
This window replacement option marries wood windows inside with either vinyl or aluminum on the outside. These come colored from a factory and are much easier to maintain than wood
Although these are less common, they are relatively low maintenance and resists rust. There are multiple color options and can also be repainted. Because metal is a conductor of heat, these are less energy efficient than other styles. You may be able to get a lifetime warranty on this option though.
This is the least expensive man made material for windows and is low maintenance. There tends to be fewer color choices but can be painted. Adding paint can cause issues down the road once it starts to peel. Make sure to check the warranty before painting your vinyl windows and they should last decades unless they warp from extreme weather.
Fiberglass is similar to vinyl in the fact that it also does not need to be painted. This is also one of the most energy efficient window materials out there. The downside is that they are also the most expensive. Fiberglass doesn’t move as much with weather and season changes. The warranty is also often a lifetime warranty.
Which Replacement Options Last The Longest?
Each different option of windows can range in how long they last. Climate, paint type, water and other wear and tear may limit the amount of life you get out of your windows.
Wood windows tend to last the least amount of time, around 15-20 years because they are vulnerable to bugs and roting
Aluminum can last around 20-25 years. They can easily dent and corrode in extremely harsh environments.
Fiberglass can last up to 50 years but are more expensive and less accessible that vinyl windows.
Many options last for a significant amount of time. If you plan to live in your house for less than 20 years, you may not think as hard about window options. If you plan to live there longer and don’t want to replace them again, fiberglass or vinyl may be the way to go.
Should I Replace All My Windows At Once?
If this fits in your budget, replacing all the windows in your home at once makes the most sense. Plus, purchasing more windows may give you a better deal and price on labor to install them.
If you do need to take on the project in phases, start with the most problematic windows that may be hurting your energy efficiency. If all the windows are in the same condition then start by replacing those that face the street, to help improve your home’s curb appeal.
Peak Window Replacement
Choosing a company for the replacement of your windows is important. You should look for a company that gives you the most options and detailed bids. We will give you all the information you need, because the lowest price is not always the best option. We give our customers a detailed list of what our bid includes and a schedule of how long it will take to complete the project.
We also encourage you to check out the licensing and insurance for the company you choose. If you visit the State Department of Business and Professional Regulation website or call. Also ask about the warranty for your windows before purchase. If the warranty is not what you expected, you may need to find a different company.
With Peak Windows, you will get the best service and total transparency. We give you quality you can trust and locally manufactured products. We manufacture them in-house and helps us to provide high quality at affordable prices. You can learn more about our services on our website.