Every homeowner is aware they may want to replace their windows at some point in time. In some cases, it may be a matter of saving money and building equity in the house before upgrading to nicer windows than the house came with. The issue becomes glaringly obvious when living in an older home, or a house which wasn't taken care of properly by the previous owners, and the windows are damaged or don't function properly. The good news is that depending on how large your home is and how many windows it has, the replacement process doesn't have to be an expensive repair or even a large job which turns your home into a construction site for an extended period of time.
Older Broken Windows Which Won't Look Nice Even if Repaired
In some cases, older windows may add a particular charm to a historic house, and it's understandable why you may want to utilize repair processes rather than simply replacing the windows even if it does cost more. Unfortunately, rot and bug damage can't always be repaired satisfactorily in such a manner that the window can still look nice. In such a situation, replacement is called for. You can search for windows which simulate traditional wood design to maintain the original charm the old windows gave the house, and you can incorporate discrete modern functions into the design.
Modern Safety and Convenience Features
Modern safety features start with tempered glass which makes the glass shatter under force rather than breaking into sharp pieces. The lock is going to shut completely, providing better security than older windows which are either out of alignment or have too many coats of paint to shut properly and allow the lock to function as intended. Secondary safety locks prevent any possibility of being opened from outside, even if you want to leave the window slightly open to allow for a light breeze.
The main convenience feature of modern windows is that technology allows them to built to stricter standards, which means they open and close easier than traditional windows. Internal springs rather than a counterweight system means they stay in proper alignment and don't need to be propped open with a stick in order to remain up. Additionally, the same features along with two or three panes of glass filled with an inert gas provide for better insulation and energy efficiency, resulting in reduced energy bills.
Availability of Specialty Windows
Besides the standard and optional features available with modern windows, specialized design styles are available in modular sizes, making it easy to replace standard windows with a customized style intended for use according to the needs of the room in which it is to be installed. Block windows maintain privacy while allowing natural light into a bathroom. Sliding windows are basically a double hung window designed to slide horizontally rather than vertically. Egress windows provide a safety exit in areas of the house where a travel path to the door may be blocked in the case of a fire.
If you are interested in new windows for your home but have a few questions, request a free estimate from Window World. We are happy to answer all of your questions and help you upgrade your home’s windows. Give us a call today at 651-770-5570.
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