When Walworth County homeowners ask the question, "Should I replace my old wood windows", the answer is usually, "What should I replace them with"? Many house owners look at the original existing wood windows in their house and question why anyone would ever want wooden windows. Rotting wooden outsides, mildew and mold on the insides, drafty single glass sashes, and peeling paint, why would anybody want that?
Today's clad wood window is a whole different story. New wooden windows offer maintenance free extruded aluminum clad outsides, unlimited exterior color options, factory stained wooden interiors, high performance insulated low E coated glass, argon gas, and unlimited design selections. Wooden and clad/wooden windows have the structure strength for just about any window configuration you can think of. Custom sizing is now pretty much customary when ordering new windows. Wood windows are not just New Construction products any longer.
The Replacement window market in Walworth County is huge. We are now able to do complete tear-out or pocket window installations with the new wood windows. This was something that couldn't be done 10 years ago, there were no insert of pocket wooden windows. The innovations in the insulated glass market are amazing. We now see new glass spacers, multiple low E coatings, different gas mixes, and triple pane systems. All of these things along with proper moisture control can help greatly in the elimination of condensation. Take a close look at your Walworth County place and see if the "look of wood" needs to be there. The beauty of wood is available to you.
If all of today's windows were made with one or two outside colors window replacement might be a whole lot simpler. But, that is not the case. Marvin Windows for example offers 20 different standard colors for the extruded aluminum clad outside of their windows and doors. This array of colors gives Walworth County homeowners a lot of flexibility when looking at color schemes for the exterior of their residence. The Marvin outside paint system is one of the best on the market offering commercial grade paint finishes. No more peeling paint, priming, or re-painting. The extruded aluminum windows and doors on the market today offer much more strength and durability than the old wooden or "Roll Formed" aluminum windows of the past. No more dings and dents in most cases. As you would expect most of the top companies will offer a wide variety of exterior extruded aluminum moldings to finish off any window replacement project you have in mind.
One of the advantages of a wooden window is the overall interior appearance and how it relates to the design of your house. Does your Walworth County home have a lot of other wooden trim and moldings throughout? When replacing existing windows with new wooden windows you will have the option to stain and varnish the interior, or even paint it. Being able to stain the interior will allow for an exact match to the rest of the woodwork in the home, everything matches looking like it did when the home was new. Many manufacturers are now offering factory stained or painted insides. Most have several different standard colors to choose from and generally do a good job in the factory controlled settings of their paint shop. The key is to make sure that the new colors match the existing wood work in the house. It is hard to pick colors from a small stain or paint sample in a dim light in the corner of your bedroom on the side of the window. Wait for good bright day or find a place where the stain colors can be clearly seen. The look and beauty of real wood is hard to duplicate. Many vinyl windows have tried, few are successful.
The installation of wood windows and doors is now available in the complete replacement form or with the pocket or insert method. Maybe your window frame and the interior casings are in good shape and a pocket window will fit the bill. Install a new window inside of the existing frame and leave all of the woodwork as is. Stain the interior to match the existing casing and the inside will be done and looking good. On the outside, wrap all of the exteriorwooden in aluminum coil and re-caulk to the existing siding, stone or brick. This should give you a maintenance free exterior for years to come. You should now have a fresh new interior, maintenance free outside, and a high efficiency window. Insert windows are generally a little less expensive to have installed instead of the full replacement variety. There is usually less materials needed as well as it takes less time. Except for certain size restrictions, insert windows allow homeowners to change window styles within the existing window frame. Take out that casement window you never like and install a new casement or awning window. Turn that picture window opening into a 2 wide casement or a sliding window so as to get some more air in the house.
Many times existing wooden windows have to be replaced because of decay and deterioration. The exterior wooden storm window or the brickmould casings are rotting and water and air infiltration are a problem. Wait too long and the problem gets worse as water gets in the wall and causes all kinds of problems. These are the windows that will need the New Construction, full tear-out method of installation. We typically remove the old window from Walworth County homes completely down to the studs, just like when the house was built. We repair the opening replacing rotten boards as needed. The opening is leveled, and we are ready to install your new window. New construction installation includes squaring the new window, shimming the new window, low expansion spray foam insulation, and an air and water stopping rubbed membrane applied to the exterior perimeter of the new window over the nailing flanges. Once the new window is installed new inside casing is applied. On the outside we often replace the existing trim with some type of new low or no maintenance product.
One of the most frequent complaints about wood windows has to deal with condensation on the glass. If the water is left there the wood will mold, mildew, and start to rot. The condensation issue is a multiple part problem. Condensation is a condition caused by moisture in the house coming in contact with the cold glass. The old windows usually are poor performers, single glass, bad weather-strips, and poor installation cause these issues. With the new wooden, wooden/clad windows on the market today we can eliminate a lot of the problems. The new high performance glass packages today hugely help lower the glass temperature so condensation is not an issue. New designs in weather-stripping help to curb air infiltration so the window opening stays warm and dry. Along with the advances in window glass and design, other heating and ventilation innovations can help to make condensation a non-issue - even in your Walworth County home,
Installation of wooden windows and doors can be a little more complex than with other kinds of windows. A little more attention to detail is required. No you don't have to be a journeyman carpenter, but you do need to understand wooden, and the principals involved in air and water infiltration. There is nothing worse than a new window installed with new inside casing and the miters on each corner have gaps and are not tight. All windows need to be shimmed. Not shimming windows will in time lead to air and water infiltration and poor or no operation. Low expansion insulating foam will help to provide no gaps for the outside air cold to enter the home. Nailing flange tape applied over the nailing flange on the outer perimeter of the window also aid in stopping air and water.
Our installers are certified at several different levels in regard to installation, lead and asbestos issues, insulation, and flashing procedures and replace windows in Walworth County. All of our installers are certified through each of our window and door companies. Contact us and we'll be delighted to come out to your home and provide you with some ideas and a free estimate for replacing your windows.
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