Are you considering a window replacement project for your home? Many people have questions when it comes to this home improvement project. That is why this blog will go over 5 frequently asked questions about replacement windows.
1. What is a Replacement Windows?
A replacement window is a window that is custom built to fit within the opening of an existing window. Since it’s constructed to fit precisely, it can be installed without disturbing the window’s interior and exterior areas. Many homeowners ask what is the difference between custom replacement windows and pre-made, standard-size windows. Custom windows are made to fit perfectly, so that makes them more energy efficient. They’re also easier to install since they don’t require additional labor or disruption to the home.
2. Do Replacement Windows really Pay for Themselves?
Many homeowners ask whether replacement windows pay for themselves. The answer is yes! If you select high-quality, energy-efficient replacement windows, they will pay for themselves. Savings vary depending on many factors, such as the size of your home and your location, but energy-efficient windows will lower your home’s energy consumption. These windows also don’t require much maintenance. With vinyl-framed windows, you won’t have to scrape and paint windows anymore. These maintenance and energy savings will allow you to recoup your window investment over time. They also increase the value of your home.
3. Aren’t Beautiful Vinyl Windows an Oxymoron?
This might have been true years ago, however with today’s advancements in window design technology, the options for beautiful, unique windows are endless! Examples of window designs/styles homeowners can choose from include:
- sculptured or sleek window styles
- white, almond, or woodgrain vinyl finishes
- standard or diamond grids
- beveled, leaded, etched, or stained glass
Of course, you can still go with the old-fashioned vinyl windows available, but many new designs are beautiful, energy-efficient, and maintenance-free!
4. How are Replacement Windows any Different from Older Windows in Terms of Cleaning?
Many high-quality windows are actually designed to make the cleaning of it a lot easier. For example, double-hung windows with the latest internal constant force balance systems make it easier for homeowners to move the sashes up and down easily. They tilt in and lock securely in place, making it easy and safe to clean, unlike old wooden windows that stick and are difficult to move up or down.
5. Will New Windows Eliminate Condensation?
New windows will not completely eliminate condensation. Condensation is moisture vapor suspended in the air, which cannot be eliminated. However, it can be significantly reduced. There are many high-quality vinyl windows that incorporate warm-edge technology glazing systems, which reduces condensation. That’s because they’re less thermally conductive than other window types. They help keep the window’s temperature warm, thus minimizing the hot & cold differences that turn moisture into condensation.
At Clear Concepts Window and Door, we get a lot of questions from homeowners on home improvement projects. We are committed to giving our customers accurate answers to all of their questions. We hope that this blog helped give you an understanding of these most frequently asked questions on replacement windows. If you are considering getting replacement windows for your home, give us a call at (619) 583-7171 or visit our website here.