There are a number of reasons you might be thinking about replacing some or all of the windows in your home; perhaps they are old and drafty, or maybe certain panes are broken, for instance. Whatever your reason is for considering replacement windows, it is important for you to understand this type of product before you make an investment in them.
The information in this guide will help you understand more about what replacement windows actually are and which style is the right choice for you. By the time you reach the end, you should feel more comfortable discussing replacement windows with your contractor. Don’t worry if you still feel confused, though! Your installer should be happy to help you through the entire process, answering your questions along the way.
What’s the difference between full and partial replacements?
Even if you’ve only just started researching replacement windows, you’ve probably already seen the terms “full replacement” and “partial replacement.” Partial replacement windows may also be referred to as “pocket replacement” styles.
If your window frame, sill jambs, and nail flange are still intact and only the panes themselves need to be replaced, a partial replacement model will probably work for you; this is a good way to save some money. If the frame is rotting, the nail flange is missing, or there is another similar issue, you will have to pay for a full replacement window.
What types of window frames are popular?
There are a few common types of window frames available to today’s homeowners. Three of them have been outlined for you in this section.
Wood frames – Wood window frames require the most maintenance of the three options featured here, but they are also the most customizable. You can choose to stain them any color you want or even select an exotic wood if the price is no object. Wooden window frames are especially popular among those who are restoring historic homes and want to keep everything as original as possible.
Vinyl frames – Vinyl window frames are the most popular among today’s homeowners. This is primarily because they require almost no upkeep and they are affordable on nearly any budget. Vinyl styles are usually white and cannot be easily customized.
Fiberglass frames – Fiberglass window frames are the newest option available to modern consumers. Few brands make these at this time, but they marry the low-maintenance appeal of vinyl and the customizability of wood because they can be painted. They are also extremely durable.
What types of window panes can I get?
There are many different kinds of window panes you can choose from; in fact, you might find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the styles available to you. Casement style, double-hung, and single-hung windows tend to be the most popular among homeowners, but options like awning windows and picture windows can make a wonderful architectural statement. Talk to your contractor for assistance with selecting the perfect window panes for your project.
At Hatch Homes, we believe the right windows can make or break the look of your house. If it’s time for you to invest in replacement windows, give us a call. One of our skilled installers will visit your home to discuss your project with you and provide you with a comprehensive quote. We look forward to meeting you, and we can’t wait to get started on your future job!