Replacing your Washington County residence’s windows doesn’t have to be an irritating ordeal any more. Vinyl windows are available in both a “New Construction” style and a “Replacement” style. Insert, pocket, or slide in windows are popular phrases associated with replacement windows. New construction windows are typically installed with nailing flanges in openings on new construction Washington County buildings or where new windows are needed because of rot 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 stress-free maintenance. Interior finish options usually include white or taupe or some simulated wood-grain like 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 customary in the vinyl window market in Washington County. Some are transferrable to the second owner, some even include accidental glass breakage coverage. Accurate installation is necessary to achieving high energy efficiency ratings from the new windows.
When changing your windows with complete replacement units, the old window is removed completely down to the studs and you normally get new interior casing. The new window should be relatively the same size as the old window giving you about 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 essential 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 Washington County market to finish off the external side of a new window.
Insert 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 outside 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 normal and probably the most popular and cost effective way to replace windows in your Washington County home.
As you investigate the Washington County vinyl window market you will have to make decisions on the type of install, the color of the inside and outside, glass options, and who will be doing the work for you. There are a lot of window companies to consider from all areas of the United States. One point 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. 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 Washington County included in the warranty?
The most important 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 Washington County 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 installation.
Whether it is the new construction window or the insert window you choose you will have the ability to change the look of your dwelling. Different design windows can severely change looks, and ventilation patterns. Picture windows being replaced with operating double hung or crank out casement windows are things we do on a daily basis. You will be surprised at the difference you can make.
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