Windows are an invaluable asset in any home, and often the more you have, the better. Windows allow natural light to flood into your home, create a peaceful, natural atmosphere that can save you hundreds of dollars in lighting and heating. It is extremely important to have your windows installed correctly and inspected at least once to make sure that they are not causing you to lose money by sapping warmth and energy from your home.
With the many different types of windows available – everything from bay windows to skylights – you should know as much as possible about what your home needs when it comes to choosing and maintaining windows. So read on to discover four important things to know about your windows!
1. WINDOWS DO HAVE A ‘SHELF LIFE’
It might sound a little silly to say, but windows actually do have a best before date and it is usually around the twenty year mark. After twenty years, windows can become inefficient. If your windows have been around for twenty years or even just fifteen, you might want to call an inspector to make sure they are are still in good condition.
Of course, the better quality of the window, the longer it will last. Indications of a window that needs to be replaced include a build up of frost and/or condensation, unexpected drafts, and maybe even a higher heating bill. Visit Panes to learn more.
2. WINDOW FRAMES MADE OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS MIGHT BE YOUR BEST BET
There are several different types of window frames and window frame materials, just as there are different kinds of windows. Solid wood window frames are a classic for a reason – they are beautiful, durable, and elegant. But wood can swell in high temperatures, or when wet, and windows are certainly exposed to all the elements.
Aluminum tends to bring cold and heat inside instead of keeping inconvenient temperatures outdoors. And vinyl, while sturdy and available for less than most other options, can become bleached over time and lose its good appearance. But frames made from composite materials are less expensive than wooden frames and are extremely durable. Additionally, they can be painted any color you want which is great for matching trims and door frames.
3. YOU MIGHT NOT NEED CURTAINS ANYMORE
Everyone wants privacy for the bathrooms and bedrooms in their home. Instead of having to worry about fitting curtains and keeping blinds straight, consider having your window glass treated for reduced visibility. Bubbled and/or frosted glass are excellent alternatives to curtains – both treatments allow plenty of light into each room while making sure that your privacy and security remain intact.
4. DON’T LIKE WINDOW CRANKS? TRY THIS!
Instead of dealing with unwieldy, stiff, and frustrating window cranks, check out the fold-down option that many windows now come with. Awnings can now be put in place much more easily when you choose to use a folding handle instead of a crank handle. Easy to use for almost anyone!