Replacing your home’s windows can be a very tricky ordeal. With so many options to choose from and factors to consider when picking the “ideal” option, it’s not surprising that many homeowners have questions about replacement windows. Our team of experts shed some light on some of the most common questions.
When Do You Have to Replace Windows?
There are several instances when you have to replace windows: if they’re no longer functioning efficiently given your home’s energy efficiency needs, if they are damaged and they cost too much to repair and if they do not fit the rest of aesthetics of your current home design. Replacing windows can cost a lot so you have to be sure you’re doing it at the right time to get the most out of your money.
What Are Window Inserts?
You’ll often hear the term “window inserts” when looking at possible new vinyl replacement windows. A window insert is the moving part of the frame, which includes the sash, the glass panes and the hardware or locking mechanism. A full frame window replacement includes all those, plus an entirely new frame. Window inserts are used to replace old windows that still have a good frame while full vinyl window replacement is often used if the damage on the old frame is already too extensive.
Can I Switch to New Windows?
Absolutely. Window replacement is your only option if you wish to replace one type of window with another. For example, you can change your old awning windows into casement windows or switch from traditional casement windows to more contemporary sliding windows. However, there’s nothing wrong with replacing your old windows with similar but updated window styles.
Can I Do It Myself?
People often ask if DIY window replacement is a viable option since it helps reduce the overall costs. However, installing new windows can require a lot of technical know-how, especially if you’re planning to replace something like an egress window or add a sunroom. If you want to avoid the risk of spending extra to undo poor workmanship or suffering penalties for violating local building codes, then you have to leave the window work to reputable window experts.
Get window replacement done right with help from professionals. WMGB Home Improvement is the leading provider of quality window products and services in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, MI. Call us at (616) 328-6625, or fill out our online contact form for a free, no obligation quote.