Replacement Windows 101—Everything You Need to Know

It seems like we update everything these days! Constantly evolving technology makes for smartphones, smart appliances, and more. Not every choice we make as a homeowner is hinged on “smart” technology though. For example, the day that you decide to put in those replacement windows.

There’s no doubt about it.

We still make some decisions based on good old common sense.

When it’s time, it’s time

There are many reasons to consider replacement windows. If you have discovered damage, it is certainly time to call a professional to get an opinion. Age, of course, is another huge reason decide to get new windows. If your home is older, the energy conservation, alone, gives reason to make the decision. Your windows will eventually pay for themselves!

Out with the old

Have you have ever lived in an older home? If so, you know what we mean when we say it’s easy to envision dollar signs wafting through the window in droves and floating away from your home. We might eek through the winter without actually suffering much from the cold, here, in Florida. However, the temperature is known to get pretty chilly every now and then.

Those sweltering summer days are another story though, aren’t they? We want to keep the cool air inside where it belongs! Not to mention, the heat and humidity need to stay out!

Manufacturers discovered the benefit of creating energy efficient windows years ago. Today, windows are rated for energy efficiency. The savings you see on your energy bill will prove that fact.

Safety features

The windows of our home are considered an easy point of entry for intruders. Home invasion is a serious matter. And, let’s face it, in today’s world it is becoming more and more of a problem. Many people that decide to install replacement windows do so for the upgrade to impact resistant windows.

These amazing windows withstand the force of a 2×4 being slammed against them with the force of a hurricane! That’s one of the ways they earn their rating.

Storm protection and intruder resistant are attractive features.

Speaking of beauty

New windows can completely change the look of your home. Of course, replacing your windows with new ones that are the same dimensions is the most cost-effective. However, if you are doing a major remodel, there are no boundaries!

Well, other than your budget anyway. You’ll want to stick to that.

Noise, noise, noise, noise

Windows that are reinforced, or that provide additional energy efficiency, have an added benefit. Simply put, it’s noise reduction. They actually muffle or eliminate outside noise. No more will barking dogs, neighborhood kids, blaring traffic, or construction equipment interrupt your thoughts.

On the other hand, if your neighbors don’t appreciate your music, you can turn it up without fear of a knock on the door!

Sun burn protection

When you live in Tampa, you understand the value of a good sunscreen. Replacement windows provide sunscreen for your stuff! No more fretting over fading furniture and pulling the drapes to hide your home’s interior from those damaging UV rays.

New windows come equipped with UV protection built-in. You’ll be letting that gorgeous Florida sun shine in to brighten your home.

Premium premiums

Many insurance companies offer premium discounts when replacement windows that are impact resistant are installed in a home. The added protection provided in the event of a hurricane or home invasion is certainly worth the investment of installing impact resistant windows. Added savings on your insurance premiums is icing on the cake!

Contact your insurance agent and see if your company offers these savings. If not, maybe it’s time to shop around for that too.

We’ll also mention that the energy-efficiency rating could equal a tax credit as well.

Facing the facts

Florida’s subtropical climate appeals to many humans, but the salty, sea air sure plays havoc with building materials. In fact, we’ll take the time to mention that exposure to the harsh combination of sun, salt, humidity, and those torrential downpours, causes damage such as wood rot, mold, and mildew to set in pretty quickly. Your windows need periodic maintenance to withstand them. It will increase their lifespan and keeps your home looking its best.

We recommend washing the crusty accumulation of grime from your screens and windows three or four times a year. Use a mild detergent or warm water and scrub away. Be careful not to lose your footing on the ladder!

Giving damage its due

We mentioned above that should you discover damage around your windows or frames that you should consult a professional.

We’d like to stress the importance of that statement.

When a crack in the caulking, or water damage gets a hold around the frame, moisture is able to get a foothold. Left unattended, it grows worse over time. Our humidity, for example, provides a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Not only can it set in at the point of entry, if moisture is left to its own accord, it will find its way into the inner recesses of your home. The humidity will find it’s way there as well.

We shudder to think of the mold explosion that is just waiting to happen in such a case. Moreover, moisture eventually leads to wood rot. Even if you have aluminum or vinyl window frames, the interior framing of your home is wood. Structural damage is the inevitable result.

Repair costs can become astronomical!

In addition, the sun is relentless and we all know the damage it can create. Wood frames are probably the most susceptible. A fresh coat of paint will do wonders in blocking or reflecting the rays. Of course, it reflects rain as well.

Wise decision

The fact that you’re reading this probably means you’re seriously considering replacing the windows in your home. Shop around for the best value. Keep an eye on those energy star ratings. And considering impact resistant windows isn’t a bad idea either. You just never know what the weather is going to throw at us around here.

Whatever you decide, you won’t regret making the decision to go for it.

The view’s going to be amazing.