Changing your Caledonia residence’s windows doesn’t have to be an irritating ordeal any more. Vinyl windows are available in both a “New Construction” version and a “Replacement” style. Insert, pocket, or slide in windows are common phrases associated with replacement windows. New construction windows are typically installed with nailing flanges in openings on new construction Caledonia houses or where new windows are needed because of rot on existing window frames. Vinyl windows are now sold in all styles and sizes, most often being “custom sized” to fit exactly.
Vinyl windows normally offer maintenance free exteriors, welded corners, night latches, foam filled frames, and tilt in features for easy maintenance. Interior color options usually include white or beige or some simulated wood-grain looking colors. Energy Star rated vinyl windows come with a variety of insulated glass packages including triple glazed glass and argon or Krypton gas. Lifetime warranties are common in the vinyl window market in Caledonia. Some are transferrable to the second owner, some even include accidental glass breakage coverage. Correct installation is essential to achieving high energy efficiency ratings from the new windows.
When replacing your windows with complete replacement units, the old window is removed completely down to the studs and you usually get new interior casing. The new window should be relatively the same size as the old window giving you generally the same amount of glass as before. All new windows need to be properly shimmed, insulated, sealed and secured into place. Nailing flanges and nailing flange tape are crucial tools when installing new construction windows. The exterior perimeter of the new window should be flashed and sealed to the exterior siding or brick. There are many different products available in the Caledonia market to finish off the outside of a new window.
Insert windows allow the new window to be installed within the existing window frame leaving all of the interior woodwork as is. Generally, this is a much quicker and less expensive way of replacing windows. The inside woodwork stays and the exterior of the window frame normally gets covered in aluminum coil or replaced with some kind of maintenance free composite type of material. The disadvantage is while you should be getting a new energy efficient window you will probably lose glass space. Remember, you are installing a new window inside of an existing window frame. Slide in replacement windows are very common and probably the most popular and cost effective way to replace windows in your Caledonia home.
As you research the Caledonia vinyl window market you will have to make decisions on the type of installation, the color of the inside and outside, glass options, and who will be doing the work for you. There are a lot of window manufactures to consider from all areas of the US. One item that will require your consideration is the warranty on the window itself. Vinyl windows have some of the best warranties in the window and door market. Many times better than the wood windows. Find out if the warranty is lifetime, pro-rated, and transferrable. Is the transferred warranty lifetime or pro-rated, is there any allowance for labor when or if service is needed. Does the window come with a glass breakage warranty? Are shipping charges to Caledonia included in the warranty?
The most crucial part of your vinyl window replacement job is the installation of the new windows. A good installation will help to make a low-end window perform better. Sloppy installation can make the best vinyl window a nightmare. Air and water infiltration, hard operation, and just a poor look are a few of the things that can happen. Ask your Caledonia contractor for client testimonials, ask for written specifications, procedures, warranties, and insurance policies. They should have given all of this to you before they start your job.
Whether it is the new construction window or the insert window you decide on you will have the ability to change the look of your house. Different design windows can drastically change looks, and ventilation patterns. Picture windows being replaced with operating double hung or crank out casement windows are things we do on a regular basis. You will be surprised at the difference you can make.
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