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 However, some windows eventually become so broken or outdated that a simple repair isn’t enough: they must be replaced.
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Main Types Of Replacement Windows
There are a variety of replacement windows to consider, and each window type offers an equal amount of pros and cons based on the homeowners’ budget, style and design of home, and overall functionality needs.
Single-hung windows are among the most common types of windows installed within residential homes, as they are known to be easier to clean and replace than other types of windows. The term “single-hung” refers to the opening functionality being limited to the bottom half or “sash”.
In addition to single-hung windows, double-hung windows also fall within the category of most common types of residential homes and are nearly identical to its single-hung counterpart. The main difference between single-hung and double-hung windows is the capability of both “sashes”, or top and bottom halves, opening.
Bay windows add unique aesthetic appeal, as well as functionality to residential homes. While bay windows often utilize single-hung, double-hung or casement windows, the term “bay windows” refers to the grouping and angling of the windows.
The style and design of the home should be highly considered with casement windows, as these types of windows function similar to doors, including hinges and a hand-crank that is used to open the window.
For residential homes with horizontal window orientations, sliding windows are a great and relatively affordable option. These types of windows provide homes with good airflow and offer great sealing capabilities.
|Window Type||Price Per Window||Price Per Installation|
|Single-Hung||$400 – $550||$300 – $350|
|Double-Hung||$450 – $650||$250 – $350|
|Bay||$2,500 – $3,500||$1,000 – $2,000|
|Casement||$600 – $1,000||$250 – $350|
|Sliding||$450 – $650||$250 – $350|
Types Of Replacement Window Frame Materials
Not all replacement windows have the same strength, durability, or cost, so it’s important to choose the type of material carefully based on your needs, goals, and budget. Here is a closer look at the benefits and disadvantages of each major type of replacement window frame material.
Wood Window Frames
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.
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 Window Frames
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.
Fiberglass Window Frames
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.
Average Window Frame Material Pricing
|Window Material||Price Per Window|
|Vinyl||$450 – $850|
|Wood||$750 – $1,500|
|Fiberglass||$650 – $1,500|
Northern VA Window Replacement Guide
Everything you need to know about window types, brands & materials.
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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.
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A replacement window installation can take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months, depending on when you placed your order until your windows arrive. With a standard window replacement project where only a few windows are needed, you can expect a shorter time frame. On installation day, the time it takes to complete your project depends on the type of windows you purchased and a number of windows being installed.
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A standard double pane window from Adelphia Exteriors reflect 90% of the energy and only lets 10% into your home. That means on a nice summer day outside, you can expect 90% of the heat from the sun is going to stay outside, and only 10% will come into your home. In comparison, a typical triple pane window increases to 97% of energy and only allow 3% to pass through to your home. Triple pane windows also can cost up to 30% more than double pane windows, it makes sense to go with double pane windows if you’re looking for the best deal up front.
Homeowners who choose triple pane home windows choose them for the comfort and noise reduction. If comfort is your biggest concern, triple pane windows may be the best option for your home. The extra pane of glass in a standard triple pane window makes it an ideal option for keeping noise out and keep more of the extreme weather out of your home.
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Yes! Residential window replacement can improve your home’s value, increase the comfort of your home instantly and save you money every month on your energy bill. In the long term, you’ll recoup most of the cost on your home’s market value, and you will save money every month! All factors to consider when researching window replacement companies.
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Schedule A Free Window Replacement Estimate With Adelphia Today!
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.