Is it Time to Replace Your Windows?
Like many things relating to your property, there comes a time when certain fittings need to be replaced, such as windows, and we offer some tips relating to this.
When you own your own property, you will know that there comes a time when certain fixtures and fittings need to be replaced. It might be a plasterboard ceiling that is falling down, or roof ridge caps that are coming loose, or doors that have outlived their life. While not often replaced, windows are another fitting that might need to be replaced due to leaks and gaps that cannot be repaired, rust on steel windows or rot on wooden windows, or perhaps it's just that you want to add curb appeal and update the look of your home.
Whatever the reason for replacing the windows on your property, it's a relatively easy process if you are not changing the size of the windows. Having said that, however, it is important to take great care when selecting replacement windows and ensuring the proper installation of these, as both these factors could lead to problems in the future.
Get What You Pay For
We have all heard the saying at one time or another and you might be tempted to get the cheapest replacement windows you can find, but keep this adage in mind when shopping around, because getting what you pay for can lead to unexpected problems that could end up costing you more in the long run.
The lower the price - the poorer the quality and you might find yourself replacing again and again in the months or years to come.
Investing in a sturdier, quality window from a reputable manufacturer or supplier will assure that it will last for ages, which is ultimately the goal you want.
However, this does not mean you should go above and beyond and selecting the most expensive window you can find. Do some research on the various types of windows and the materials used for manufacture. Also, consider the glass used to finish off the window installation. For example; in a room that receives a lot of direct sunlight, you might want to consider tinted glass windows, or you may wish to choose double-glazed windows if your house needs more insulation.
The choices are limitless and the more designs you look at, the more you can make an informed choice, so take your time in selecting your windows. It should be something that you buy once or twice in the lifetime of your house.
Looking At Design Options
With all the latest trends and technology, you might be able to find a window that’s better suited in a certain setting. For instance, a double-hung window can be replaced with a casement window to increase energy efficiency. It is important to take a look at catalogues to choose a window that suits the style and architecture of the property.
One of the most obvious things to do is to look at your house from the outside. You want to make sure that your new windows match the exterior of your home. Unless you are making a statement, mismatched windows won't do anything to add curb appeal.
Recycle Old Windows and Frames
Too many people tend to forget that wooden window frames can be recycled and reused. Salvage yards and the like put a high price on solid wood fittings and fixtures and suggest that you simply upcycle or repair them. If you think your windows or frames might be worth something, have a professional assess and look at the option to sell them and let someone else recycle and restore them for their own home.