You’re probably reading this because you’re considering a home improvement project and, like most people, you’re worried about making the wrong decision.
A new window installation and replacement might seem like a minor detail in your renovation, but it’s one of the most important. Get it wrong and you’ll be dealing with drafts, moisture problems, and high energy bills for years to come.
In this article, we help you choose the right windows for your home and install them quickly and efficiently so that you can enjoy your new windows as soon as possible. So let’s start by explaining the difference between window installation and window replacement.
Difference Between Windows Installation and Window Replacement
The difference between window installation and replacement is pretty simple. Installation is putting a new window into an existing wall, while replacement involves removing the old window and replacing it with a new one.
The procedure in doing window replacement and installation are closely related to each other. Installation requires some carpentry work that involves removing the old frame, while replacement in some cases doesn’t need any carpentry jobs because the old frame will be replaced with a new one.
How to Choose the Right Windows for Your Home
There are a few factors you’ll want to consider when shopping for new windows.
- Measure the width, height, and depth of each window you want to be replaced so you can purchase proper replacements.
- Next, think about your taste and style preferences. The color, design, finish, and other features will affect the overall appearance of your home.
- Then, determine the amount of light each window lets in. Windows with more glazing (glass) allow natural light to come through and help brighten up your home’s interior space.
- Finally, think about the availability of replacement windows within your budget and time frame for installation.
Types of Windows Available on the Market
There are so many different types of windows on the market today that it can be difficult to pick just one. Here are some window types to consider, along with their pros and cons.
Pros: The most versatile of all window types, single-hung windows are great for both interior and exterior use. They work well sliding or hinged to the side, allowing you to maximize how much natural light enters your home.
Cons: Single-hung windows are typically not the best option for homes with older, more fragile window frames.
Pros: Double hung windows allow you to take full advantage of your view without worrying about obstructions. Both the lower and upper sashes move up and down for easy access.
Cons: These aren’t as versatile as other window types, so you’ll typically only see them on exterior walls.
Pros: Bay windows are great for adding both architectural beauty and function to your home. They let in more light than most window types while also offering extra space. These windows are ideal if you love gardening or just prefer a more open feel to your living space.
Cons: Since they are more distinctive than other window types it can be difficult to find replacements for bay windows. Plus, bay windows are not good for locations that get too hot since they usually don’t have any insulation or shade cover from the sun.
Pros: These large windows let in lots of natural light. If you enjoy spending time outside, picture windows let you keep an eye on your children or pets from inside your house.
Cons: Since they open and close like a door (hinged on one side), it’s difficult to position them for optimal natural light. Additionally, large picture windows can be expensive and harder to install than other types of windows.
Pros: With its crank mechanism casement windows offer great ventilation without compromising on durability. They’re commonly used in homes that get lots of humidity or cold air due to their ability to open and close easily from the outside by simply rotating them on a hinge.
Cons: Larger casement windows can get expensive since they often require custom installation. Additionally, if you don’t have a wall space convenient enough to accommodate the size of your new casement windows, it could create an awkward appearance when closed.
Basic Window Replacement Process
The process for replacing your windows is straightforward and doesn’t require a lot of tools or many steps.
- Take out the old windows and dispose of them properly. Before starting your project, you should have a plan for disposing of any old materials.
- Remove any dirt or debris from around the window frame to make sure you can easily install your new window replacement.
- Next, fill in any remaining gaps with insulation materials like plastic or fiberglass, which are great for sealing up the cracks and preventing heat leakage.
- After this, you’ll want to install you rwindow frames and attach them to the brick or wood surrounding your home.
- Finally, caulk around the exterior of the windows once they’ve been installed to make the home look attractive and improve its energy efficiency.
Tips for Maintaining Your New Windows
Now that you have your new windows installed, there are a few things you can do to help your windows look brand new for many years.
- Install window screens to block out debris and insects.
- Clean your windows on a regular basis so they look great all year long.
- If you have a storm window made from glass, keep it free of dirt and smudges by using a soft cloth dipped in lukewarm water with a few tablespoons of vinegar or a special-purpose glass cleaner.
- Use non-abrasive cleaners when cleaning dirt or debris from the frame of your window. You might also consider applying weather stripping around the perimeter of each window to help seal out moisture and air.
When it comes time to install or replace your windows, consider each type individually before making a decision. Whether you choose traditional double-hung windows, bay windows, picture windows, casement windows or another option entirely depends on the amount of natural light you prefer, as well as where the window will be situated on your house.
Once you decide on the type of window you want you can contact a contractor for an estimate. This can also be a good time to compare costs and get recommendations for other home improvement projects.