Hiring a qualified windows installer in Lemont can mean the difference between frame distortion, cold air infiltration, leaks through cracks and high-performance windows that are efficient and effective.
Another very important consideration is the fact that with DIY installation; there is no warranty or protection should something go wrong. If you choose to install the replacement windows yourself, be sure to measure each opening separately for an accurate measurement, as this is critical for top Window Styles performance.
However, we recommend hiring a professional window installer in Lemont .
Proper window installation is critical to ensure an airtight fit to prevent drafts, water condensation and potential water damage. Window Styles in Lemont can add beauty and value to your home and provide many benefits, but if the Window Styles are not installed properly, those benefits will not be realized.
The Best Way to Buy the Superlative Replacement Window
When replacing or repairing windows at home, many people consider the cost of window frames alone. However, this fails to take into account the indirect cost of utility bills. According to the US Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for 44% of utility bills in America. Data published by DOE shows that homeowners could cut energy bills by up to 50 by increasing thermal insulation. To start with, you should consider the energy efficiency of window frames.
This refers to the rate at which doors, windows, or skylights resist heat flow. If the resistance is low, the better the insulating properties. On the other hand, if the U-factor is high, the energy efficiency of the window or door is low. In addition, manufacturers may also indicate center-of-glass U-factor. This refers to the heat flow resistance offered by the glazing alone. In this case, the window frame U-factor is not considered.
Wood is one of the most widely used construction material in the world. As a homeowner, you can use wood to create sophisticated and stylish windows. The low thermal conductivity reduces heat transfer significantly. Even though wood does degrade over time, periodic painting can increase the lifetime of you window frames. Wood handles condensation well and can withstand varying weather extremes.
The choice of window frames depends on both personal preference and energy efficiency needs. If you are looking for frames offering the best energy efficiency, there is no doubt vinyl is the best choice. While steel cannot match vinyl in terms of insulation, it is easy to maintain and affordable.
It's true that replacement windows save money in energy costs. It's true that the proper replacement windows, installed properly can add value to your home. It's true that the cost to replace windows today is by comparison, cheaper then it has ever been. These are all truths about window replacement that have a provable factual basis. What is also true is that 70% of homes 10 years old or more can benefit from the installation of replacement windows. Of course, the older the home the greater the benefit will likely be, words of wisdom that you've probably heard before as well.
Over time window sealing effectiveness deteriorates and energy is lost through the leaks around windows. Of course that information isn't new either. So to save energy or add value, home owners often replace windows and doors without considering some of the negative aspects of having a tightly sealed home.
Actually negative might be the wrong word to use. I hesitate at using the word negative, because it might sound as if I were advocating against replacement windows, which is not the case at all. Rather I think it is important to be aware of changes that replacing windows might bring about in the home. Two things come to mind that may need to be addressed along with windows and door replacement. These things can cause some potentially serious problems.
The first that comes to mind is the changes in indoor air pressure. If you have electric heat or a newer (within the last 5 years or so) thermo efficient gas or propane heating system, air pressure may not be a concern. Still you may want to think about the information presented and apply it to investigating your own home situation.
Why would we be concerned about air pressure in the home? Many homes over the last ten to twenty years, in many parts of the country have opted for such things as under floor and baseboard hot water heating, systems that utilize a boiler to heat water and circulate it throughout the home for heating purposes. When these systems were originally being installed, little thought was given to where the oxygen would be coming from that would complete the combustion process that the boilers need to heat the water.
The reason that these cold spots develop in a negative air pressure situation, after windows and doors are replace is because your heating system that in the past had multiple places to draw air from, now only has a very few, and to maintain the combustion process, it must draw a greater volume of air from the few remaining sources making them more noticeable.
So we fix one problem and end up with another. But the solution is rather simple. Just replace the heating system. Simple right? Ok, so that isn't funny, but there is a lesson to be learned, which new heating systems have taken into account.
New heating systems generally take into account that homes are more tightly sealed then ever before, and in knowing this they have provided the heating system with its own outside air source. Usually a two or three inch PVC pipe through an outside wall, one that is as close as possible to the unit's location. In doing so, the need to draw air through the rest of the house is effectively eliminated, while supplying all the oxygen needed for healthy and energy efficient combustion at the heating unit.
The reason that the outside air source needs to be as close as possible has to do with the path of least resistance law of flow. Air just like water will take the path of least resistance when flowing. If the provided outside air source is too far away, and the system can draw oxygen from a closer source easier, it will do so.
In part two of this article I will discus another major concern that may need to be dealt with when replacing the windows in your home