When you want to improve your home and your energy efficiency, many people will look at their home’s windows. Windows help allow natural light into the home and they can be opened to allow fresh air to enter the home. However, during certain times of the year, windows can become a major problem. The natural light can also allow too much heat inside the home. Windows must be able to be closed tightly to prevent draft or leaks. Windows, as they age or develop problems, can be a major obstacle to a home’s energy efficiency. When windows become a problem, often the home owner will invest in thousands of dollars to have the windows replaced. However, there is an alternative to window replacements and that with retrofitting your homes windows. M & M Glass will share the difference between retrofitting versus window replacement and the benefits it provides.
Window Retrofit VS Replacement
When your windows are old and affecting your home’s insulation and/or efficiency, it is time to address this problem. Windows can be replaced where the old windows are completely removed and new windows are installed. Window replacements are often referred to as new construction windows as the frame and glass are pre-constructed and then installed as a whole piece. However, new construction windows are very expensive and a bit more time consuming. Another option is retrofitting the old windows. Retrofitting windows essentially replaces the old window and not the entire window framing. The windows’ frames that are in proper condition is not removed, only the actual windows are removed and then replaced. When retrofitting windows you can choose the type of materials you want. You can use wood, aluminum or better yet, vinyl. When you choose to retrofit your home’s windows the process is much faster and you are saving money since you are reusing the windows’ current framing.
What are the Benefits of Vinyl Windows
When retrofitting windows you will have a few different types of material you can choose. As stated, there are wood and aluminum which are fairly common, and then there is vinyl. Retrofitting your windows with vinyl has many benefits. Vinyl comes in a variety of designs and colors which give the homeowner plenty of choices. However, they are not just aesthetically pleasing, but they are also durable. Vinyl retrofitted windows are strong and can withstand the elements. Wood will dry out, crack and require maintenance. Aluminum is not very attractive and they can rust. Vinyl fitted windows are UV and water resistant. They are welded at the corners and are reinforced. They are also more effective in the sense they don’t develop leaks like wood or aluminum will. Their performance can also be improved if desired. The hollow sections of the vinyl can be insulated to ensure insulation. Retrofitting with vinyl windows is fast and will improve your home’s energy efficiency.