There are a lot of myths surrounding window replacements. Some of these myths may in fact be giving you second thoughts about replacing them. However, there are lot of benefits to replacing your windows, including better home security, energy savings, lower maintenance and curb appeal.
Myth 1: Anyone Can Install Windows.
The installation of windows is actually a professional skill. Hiring someone to do this for you will ensure that your windows will not leaky or cause drafts. In addition, it will minimize the risk of damage while also giving you the best results.
Myth 2: Window Replacements Require Extensive Reconstruction.
Professional window installers will be able to replace windows without ever having to tear brick or stucco. In addition, the project is usually completed in only two days.
Myth 3: You Can’t Replace Windows in the Winter.
While it might seem logical to postpone window replacements until the warmer months, remember that a professional will know how to protect your home from the cold. In fact, your home will only be exposed to the cold temperatures for less than ten minutes. During these ten minutes, the room where the windows are being replaced will be closed off from the rest of your home, therein minimizing the cold.
Myth 4: U-Value is the Most Important Factor in Determining Energy-Efficiency.
While the lower U-value of a window (which means that less heat passes through) is an important factor, there are other factors to consider as well. The visible transmittance (VT) of a window means that it allows for more daylight, therein maximizing energy savings. The solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), which is the ability to control solar heat gain, is also important. A low U-value is more important for those who live in a colder climate while the SHGC is more important for those who live in warmer climates.
Myth 5: Window Replacements Must be Vinyl.
While vinyl is popular due to the fact that it is low-maintenance, it’s not your only option, and may not even be your first choice, depending on your needs. For example, fiberglass windows are becoming popular because they are very energy-efficient due to their durability. Fiberglass windows can also be painted, giving you more options.
If you are considering replacing your windows, contact our team of professionals at Heritage Home Design for quality window installation.