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24
04
2014

Why Do Most Homeowners Prefer Vinyl Windows?


It wasn’t too long ago that every window you saw on a house was bordered by a wooden frame.  These wooden windows were painted to match the colour of the rest of the house, and in most cases they added quite a lot of aesthetic value to the home.

Vinyl Window

Of course, wooden windows aren’t used nearly as much these days, as they have been replaced in the marketplace by vinyl windows.  This trend is anything but a “new fad” and many homeowners prefer vinyl windows over the traditional stuff, for a variety of reasons.

Saving Money

Saving money seems to be a great reason for liking most things, and vinyl windows are another one to add to the list.  Vinyl windows are energy efficient windows, which means you will save on your energy bills.  Less heat will escape in the winter and less cool air will escape in the summer.

Durability

Vinyl is strong and it is adaptable and it this type of window will last longer than wood in the vast majority of cases.  Wood has a tendency to decay over time and vinyl does not, which means a longer lifetime and fewer replacements or repairs.  The durability factor is also another example of saving money over the long term.

Affordability

Vinyl windows are usually available in prices that meet a variety of different budgets, making them affordable to most homeowners.  Prices will vary depending on the type of windows you prefer, but since vinyl windows are available in so many different styles, the savings are there.

Maintenance

Vinyl windows don’t require painting every couple years, the rain and snow won’t damage the frames and termites will never try to call them home.  The extremely low level of maintenance required for vinyl windows is a big factor in why so many homeowners prefer them to other styles.  They will always look the same, and you can spend your time doing other things.

Noise and Wind

Rattling windows, hearing noises from the outside and feeling the wind from the outside are all issues that happen from time to time, but not with vinyl windows.  They provide a greater level of insulation and the way they are made creates an effective barrier between you and the outside world, when you want a barrier in place.  Quiet when you want quiet, warm when you want warm and cool when you want cool.

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04
04
2014

How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Windows?


Even though it may not seem like it, the windows on your home are a lot more than accessories to make it look pretty and a way to see outside.  They provide you with physical comfort and quiet and protection, and even help you to save money.  Faulty windows can cause a host of problems, but many homeowners aren’t sure when they should replace them and when they should just let them be.
Deteriorating Window
Here are some common signs to help you figure it out:

Ease of Use

Quite often, your windows will stop functioning easily when it is time to have them replaced.  They may not open and close all the way, or they do but they’ll stick at some point along the way.  If this is happening to you, get an expert in there to have a look.

You Feel the Breeze

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t feel a breeze through a closed window.  When you’re sitting there watching television or reading and you can feel the wind from the outside but the window is closed, it may be time for a replacement.  Not only is it uncomfortable in the winter, but your energy bill will take a big hit.

Visible Signs of Decay

Visible deterioration of your windows is more evident with wooden windows than modern vinyl windows, but it’s still a big sign that yours need replacing.  With wooden windows, the frames that surround the glass will decay and rot over time, increasing the likelihood of mold.

Condensation and Frost

Condensation and frost build-up on the inside of the glass are two other signs that your windows are ready for replacement.  Write down what the weather conditions were like when you noticed the frost or condensation and be sure to share when with the technician.

Older Styles

Sometimes, your windows are working just fine and there isn’t any damage to speak of, you just want a new style.  This is common when renovations are being done, so the windows don’t lag behind in the style department.  If you have a new roof, siding and doors, old windows will stand out and drag down the aesthetic value of your house.

A full window replacement isn’t always necessary, but the only way to know if it’s a repair or replacement that you need is to call in an expert to have a look.  Give us a call anytime and we’ll let you know what you need.

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