Substituting your Ives home’s windows doesn’t have to be a frustrating ordeal any more. Vinyl windows are available in both a “New Construction” style and a “Replacement” version. Insert, pocket, or slide in windows are familiar phrases associated with replacement windows. New construction windows are typically installed with nailing flanges in openings on new construction Ives buildings or where new windows are needed because of deterioration on existing window frames. Vinyl windows are now offered 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 normal in the vinyl window market in Ives. Some are transferrable to the second owner, some even include accidental glass breakage coverage. Accurate installation is critical to achieving high energy efficiency ratings from the new windows.
When swapping 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 roughly 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 vital tools when installing new construction windows. The outside of the new window should be flashed and sealed to the exterior siding or stone. There are many different products available in the Ives market to finish off the outside of a new window.
Pocket windows allow the new window to be installed within the existing window frame leaving all of the inside 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. Insert replacement windows are very normal and probably the most popular and cost effective way to replace windows in your Ives home.
As you research the Ives vinyl window marketplace you will have to make decisions on the type of install, the color of the interior and exterior, glass options, and who will be installing the windows for you. There are plenty of window manufactures to consider from all areas of the country. One element that will require your attention is the warranty on the window itself. Vinyl windows have some of the best warranties in the window and door market. Most times better than the wood windows. Check 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 Ives included in the warranty?
The most significant part of your vinyl window replacement project is the installation of the new windows. A good installation will help to make a low-end window perform better. Bad installation can make the best vinyl window a disaster. Air and water infiltration, hard operation, and just a poor look are a few of the things that can happen. Ask your Ives contractor for references, ask for written specifications, procedures, warranties, and insurance policies. They should have given all of this to you before they start your project.
Whether it is the new construction window or the insert window you select 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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