Windows constitute an essential component of any structure, regardless of their size, style, visibility, and number. Therefore, it’s critical that they be properly and regularly maintained in order to avoid any type of damage (internal or external) to your property. However, some windows eventually become so broken or outdated that a simple repair isn’t enough: they must be replaced. Adelphia Exteriors provides efficient window replacement services for both residential and commercial properties. Here is a closer look at window replacement.
When Should My Windows Be Replaced?
There are several clear indications that a window needs replacement:
- You begin to feel drafts of cold air around them.
- Condensation builds up and your windows “fog up.”
- You notice common signs of aging (decaying window panes after exposure to moisture, cracks, warping, etc.).
- You begin to notice more noise, insects, or water (flooding) entering your property.
Your windows may also likely need to be replaced if your energy bills start to increase substantially. This is because if your windows can’t keep out drafts, your HVAC system will likely have to work harder to maintain a normal temperature inside your home. According to the United States Department of Energy, you can save anywhere between $126 and $465 annually if you replace single-pane windows in your house. If you live in a location with relatively warmer weather, you can enjoy greater savings than people who live in colder areas ($250 vs. $150, on average). If you’re unsure whether your windows simply need repairing or a full replacement, be sure to reach out to a professional.
Adelphia Exteriors can replace your windows with modern alternatives that feature Low E-glass, which curbs the ultraviolet (UV) light that comes through your property. This, in turn, can help minimize fading on carpets, upholstery, and furniture, and thus allow these furnishings to last longer while keeping your home looking new.
Which Types of Window Frames Are the Most Durable?
Not all windows have the same strength, durability, or cost, so it’s important to choose your replacement carefully based on your needs, goals, and budget. Here is a closer look at the benefits and disadvantages of each major type of window frame material.
Wood windows have many notable disadvantages. First, they’re more vulnerable to warping and cracks than most other types of windows. They also need to be routinely maintained, they frequently attract insects, and they are relatively more expensive. (According to cost comparison website FIXR, the average cost of replacing wood windows is between $650 and $1,290, and the national average for double-pane, double-hung windows is $1,256.) However, wood windows are beneficial because they provide great insulation during the wintertime and can last an extremely long time (up to 100 years or more, according to Window Resource).
Vinyl windows can’t be painted or stained a different color, and they can also easily warp over time. Additionally, vinyl often contracts and expands when the temperature changes. Therefore, this may not be the best option if your property is in an area with an extreme climate. On the plus side, vinyl is highly affordable, energy-efficient, and requires very little maintenance. There are multiple advanced technologies today that make vinyl windows non-corroding, resistant to moisture and flooding, and UV-resistant.
Aluminum windows are not energy-efficient and attract both heat and cold as if they were magnets, as they’re metal-based. Therefore, your view during the wintertime may be restricted. Additionally, aluminum is prone to corrosion due to salt in water or air. However, aluminum windows are low-maintenance (thus, there is no need for routine repainting), highly durable, customizable, and are extremely lightweight and affordable.
Fiberglass windows are often expensive and only available in certain colors. However, they can be painted to look like they’re made from other materials (e.g. aluminum or vinyl. They are extremely durable, and they provide excellent insulation. Fiberglass is also highly resistant to warping and rotting and is an ideal choice for triple-pane windows that require a heavy frame for withstanding the additional weight.
No matter what the state of your property’s windows is, be sure to always seek help from a professional contractor to replace them. An experienced contractor should know what tools, materials, and processes to use (e.g. taking measurements) in order to complete this type of installation safely and efficiently and ensure your property remains aesthetically pleasing.
Get High-Quality Window Replacement Services From Adelphia
Reach out to the professionals at Adelphia Exteriors to receive high-quality, efficient window replacement services. Although we began as a small painting company, we have since grown to become a home improvement firm that provides both residential and commercial clients throughout the DC Metro area with a wide range of affordable services, including window installation and replacement, siding, roofing, gutters, insulation, and storm damage. Our contractors have years of experience with both single-hung and double-hung windows, pay close attention to detail, and are highly flexible.
If your windows are outdated or damaged, the team at Adelphia can offer recommendations for replacements based on your needs and budget and install new windows efficiently. We will work tirelessly to install windows that ensure the entry of cold drafts, water, noise, and insects into your property is minimized, and that enough natural light enters your structure. We can also help minimize rot, decay, cracks and warping. We can provide great insulation, and we can maximize your energy efficiency. Call Adelphia Exteriors today at (703) 386-7357 or contact us online to request a free window replacement estimate.