Let’s have a nice, honest, straightforward conversation for a moment. Do you know as much as you’d like about replacement windows and doors? Maybe you were walking through your home the other day and noticed that the condition of your front door was poor. You might have realized that it’s old, banged up, and could be replaced.
Then you might have wandered casually throughout the rest of your home and noticed that the windows just don’t do anything for you anymore. You know they’re old but you don’t know how old. You just know that no matter what you do, you can’t seem to get them clean any longer. You try and do whatever you can, but no matter what you do they won’t come clean.
So you tend to keep the curtains over them. You let some sunlight in, but it’s not enough. You just can’t stand to look at the condition of those windows.
So you began to think about replacing the windows and the front door in your home. Then you made it to the patio door, or the door leading out onto the deck. It doesn’t look great and you have trouble opening and closing it regularly. It’s gotten to the point when you just don’t go outside anymore unless you can open the sliding glass door and leave it open.
Now you’re wondering just how much it will cost to replace the front door, this patio door, and maybe even the windows in your home. In your mind you’re seeing all sorts of money symbols flying out the window and it makes you cringe. The problem is that you don’t shop for replacement windows and door very often. In fact, this might very well be the first time that you’re even looking into it.
You might even be one of those people who thinks about replacement windows and doors and assumes that you can just go out and choose the same size and style and save a lot of money. Since you don’t shop for new windows or doors every year, you have very little to go on. This is dangerous because you could end up contacting a company or individual and it might sound like they know what they’re talking about. In the meantime, they could just be telling you what they know will encourage you to act right now.
So let’s talk about where you can turn to find the right information about replacement windows for your New Berlin home.
Start at the beginning.
When you’re considering replacement windows for your home, what should you start with? Or, better yet, where should you start?
Start at the beginning. Since you don’t know much about windows and doors, you won’t have much of an idea about what’s available out there right now. This could mean that you know that the windows are made of wood and contain glass panes.
It’s a start, but it’s not the start that you deserve.
Today’s windows come in a variety of materials. Yes, glass is still the main component of windows and you should avoid looking at any type of composite glass or plexiglass. Some people will think that this is safer, but the surface of these materials will scratch and become pitted easily, making it look cloudy and causing you to wish you never thought about it. You might be fine with plexiglass or some other material for a recording studio, but don’t even think about it for any other room in the home.
You have wood, vinyl, and even aluminum for window frames, but the most popular today happens to be vinyl. That’s because it is the most energy efficient material, the most durable, and will actually look the nicest. It’s also the easiest to keep clean.
You’ll also be met with some terms like argon or krypton gas sealant. This refers to the seal that is created between two panes of glass in the window. These panes are vacuum sealed with these gases to help protect against the cold air that tries to press into your home during the winter. The more panes of glass that you have, especially when they are sealed with one of these gases, the more energy efficient they will be. It’s a good idea to note that some double pane windows can be sealed without any type of gas. These will offer a minimal level of protection against the cold, but not much.
You should also note that triple pane windows are going to be much heavier than double pane and they are also going to be more expensive. What you do with that knowledge is up to you, of course.
What about replacement doors? When you are going to be investing several hundred dollars, or even several thousand dollars on a new front door or patio door, or both, you should choose doors that are also energy efficient as well as secure. Your doors are the entry points into your home and while it might be easier for someone to break in through a basement window, the first choice is always through the doors. In that case, you want to ensure that you have doors that are solid and are going to withstand some force, and abuse.
Where can you go to get more information about replacement windows and doors?
The internet is ripe with resources so that you can get the best, most accurate information when it comes to replacement windows and doors. You can also call on local experts who have been working with homeowners like yourself for years get the right information so that they can make the best decision for themselves, their home, and their family.
When you are thinking about getting replacement windows or doors in your home, call on Wellington Home Improvements. We have experienced professionals who can answer any and all questions you may have about your future windows and doors.