People everywhere, from home owners to remodelers, are learning how to install replacement windows on the exterior and interior of their homes. Window treatments can refresh an outdated look and protect your home from heat and cold.

Replacement Windows

Do you need to replace moldy or outdated windows? Most windows begin to deteriorate after 25 years and need to be replaced.

Replacement windows will give your home a fresh and stylish look, and today’s windows are easy to clean and maintain. In addition, installing quality replacement windows can save you time and money for years to come.

Quality replacement windows help to maximize the energy efficiency of your home. Using quality window materials like vinyl and aluminum can even increase the value of your home.

Does your home need replacement windows? To find out, look for windows with frost build up, water damage, or windows that are painted shut. These trouble areas indicate where you may be losing heat from within your home. 

Window Frames

To begin your search for the perfect replacement window or window shutters, begin with choosing a style or type of window that would compliment the design of your home.

Popular materials for windows include:

  • Wood
  • Aluminum
  • Vinyl
  • Fiberglass
  • Copper or Metal

Sometimes replacement window frames are composed of more than one material, like aluminum plus vinyl.

Wood frames are generally considered higher quality and protect against temperature changes and extreme weather conditions. Yet it’s fiberglass that actually sets the highest standard for insulating.

Good materials like wood and fiberglass won’t shrink or become damaged from condensation build-up.

Although aluminum materials can allow some heat loss, most window frames have an insulating plastic strip in between in the frame. Vinyl materials are low-maintenance and low cost frames help generate modest thermal resistance for your home.

Other options for window frame materials include fibrex, which is a blend of wood fiber and thermo-plastic polymer.

Window Terminology

Brush up on your replacement window terminology, so that you’ll be more prepared when it comes time to choose a window.

Windows are composed of several parts including the head (top horizontal line), a jamb (main vertical lines), and the sill (bottom horizontal line). These lines create the frame, or “skeleton” of the window.

A piece of glass, the pane, is then glazed or fitted into the window frame.

Next, the glass is divided by a muntin bar, and held into place through the sash, which creates a line of rails.

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