Snow. Wind. Rain. Hail. It doesn’t matter what nature throws at your house; your windows need to stand up to all of it.
Selecting windows is a significant decision when remodeling a home, regardless of your location. And determining the best window service is the most key factor in deciding which company to use.
Dunsmore Exteriors knows that by choosing the proper windows for your home, you will save hundreds of dollars on your monthly energy bills.
Dunsmore Exteriors uses ProVia Windows to bring added convenience and durability to your home, as they are energy-star qualified. ProVia! windows help reduce outside noise, add protection from outside elements, and are available with different glass options, colors, and superior designs.
To hire a professional window installation company, call Dunsmore Exteriors today.
When Should You Replace Your Windows?
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Many Maryland homeowners want to replace their windows to improve their home’s energy efficiency. Drafty windows result in high energy costs. Below are signs you need window replacement.
- Moisture and Condensation – if you notice moisture inside your windows, it’s time for a replacement. Moisture between the glass panes in your windows means the seal is damaged and the energy-saving gasses have dissipated. Standing moisture leads to mold and damages the surface. You need to act fast before the problem gets worse and more expensive.
- Signs of damage or rot – if the window is damaged or rotted, you should at least replace these parts. Cracking and warping are also signs of damage, and a telltale sign you need a replacement.
- Noise or draft getting through – modern windows are designed to dampen sounds. If you can hear conversations from your neighbor, you need new windows. On the other hand, drafts are trickier since they might be a maintenance issue. Energy loss caused by drafts can be fixed with weather stripping or simple caulk. Contact our Maryland window installer to determine what the best solution is.
- UV damage – windows are designed to block a large percentage of UV rays. If you notice your furniture, fixtures, or carpet are sun worn, it’s time for a window replacement.
- Age – if the windows are old, it’s time to replace them. Window technology changes fast, with newer windows providing more energy savings that’ll pay for the cost of installation in the long run. Your current windows might be inefficient and cost you thousands of dollars in energy savings.
If you need a window replacement, call Dunsmore Exteriors to speak to a professional and knowledgeable window replacement contractor to get a quotation.
We’ve managed to keep our window repair or replacement costs affordable without affecting the quality of service we deliver. Even better, we work on both residential and commercial window repairs and replacements.
Types of Windows for Replacement
Replacement windows are available in a variety of styles, each with different features and advantages. Some popular replacement window styles include:
- Casement windows – these types of windows are hinged on their sides and open outward. They are ideal for sunrooms since they provide views unobstructed by grids and sashes.
- Double-hung windows – these windows feature a bottom and top sash that can be raised and lowered, respectively. Most double-hung windows are easier to clean, courtesy of the tilting sashes.
- Single-hung windows – these have fixed top sashes with a bottom sash you can raise.
- Awning windows – these have a large hinge at the top and open outward from the bottom. These windows are popularly used on patio doors or on top of larger windows to provide more ventilation and light.
- Sliding windows – these have a single fixed window sash and another sash that slides open sideways.
- Bow & Bay window – bay windows consist of three joined windows, and bow windows feature four windows joined together to create a curve for an optimal view from inside the house and improve curb appeal.
- Garden windows – Maryland homeowners use these windows in their kitchens. They are perfect for growing herbs, starting plants for late spring planting season, and a showcase for small flowers.
- Specialty shapes – these are commonly used to increase the view from inside the house and also elevate architectural designs. Specialty shape windows use rectangles and curves and don’t usually open.
- Specialty windows – they offer a great combination of styles, shapes, and features like opening for ventilation
Skylights – these are designed for roofs and provide sufficient lighting in a room.
Dunsmore Exterior window experts will guide you in choosing the best solution and create custom windows for your home. Contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation and a free estimate.
Window Frame Materials
The window frame material you choose should be more than an afterthought in the window replacement process. The frame material you pick will affect your window’s energy efficiency, maintenance needs, and visual appeal. The common window framing materials are:
Aluminum window frames are lightweight and strong. If you are looking for a low-maintenance window option, aluminum frames are is since they don’t peel, bend, warp or crack. Aluminum is also sleek and complements styles in modern homes.
However, aluminum window frames offer poor insulation. A Maryland window replacement expert will add a thermal break on the outside and inside the frame for insulation. Also, aluminum window frames are more expensive than fiberglass and vinyl but cheaper than wood.
Fiberglass windows are preferred by homeowners living in areas with extreme temperature fluctuations. Fiberglass contracts and expands like glass, so it maintains structural integrity in winter and summer. They are well insulated and reduce energy consumption.
However, they can be flat and dull unless painted. Fiberglass frames appear similar to vinyl but are slightly more expensive. Overall, fiberglass is less expensive compared to aluminum and wood.
Vinyl frames are constructed from PVC material used in making plumbing fittings and pipes. It’s a great insulator and can fit any window style. Vinyl replacement windows are preferred by Maryland homeowners that are on a budget yet need to make an aesthetic statement. Vinyl window frames are the least expensive of all options.
This is a traditional window frame material that favors Maryland homeowners that appreciate the intrinsic visual appeal and different styling options. Most times, wood frames are repaired instead of replaced.
On the flip side, wooden windows are high maintenance, including repainting and re-staining them regularly to protect them from weather and moisture. Of the four options, wood frames are the most expensive.
Factors Affecting Window Replacement Costs
Quality window replacement costs are determined by:
- Type of material – generally, wood frames are the most expensive, and vinyl frames are the most affordable.
- Sizes – smaller windows cost less as they need less material and labor to install. Also, special shapes and specialty windows are more expensive to install.
- Panes – premium energy-efficient windows are initially expensive, but they have a sizeable return on investment earned through energy savings. These panes also create a comfortable space in your home every season.
- Project size – this goes without saying; the more energy-efficient window units you need to be replaced, the more you’ll spend on the project. However, the cost per window installation will be lower.
Ready for a Window Replacement Project?
Our trained and skilled window experts will help you determine the best window solution for your budget and needs including storm windows, picture windows, and double pane windows. Our goal in every project is to ensure customer satisfaction by delivering quality replacement services with quality energy-efficient products.
Call our certified window consultants for updated information on window technology and installation techniques. We’ll also provide a free estimate after the assessment of your home.
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