If you’re looking to replace or install new windows, you’re looking in the right place. But did you know that there are plenty of reasons to schedule a window installation sooner than later? Granted, there is a lot to consider when you are looking for window installation services in Ottawa; and you will definitely have questions. Before you make an investment in hiring a contractor to install your windows, here are a few things you should be aware of:
Be Prepared For Routine Maintenance
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Before hopping onto the wagon and joining everyone else who is getting new windows, remember one very important thing: the windows you have now didn’t get that way because of old age. Some new windows tend to wear out more quickly than old windows, because lumber quality has decreased. Therefore, if you choose wood, you are choosing more maintenance. We recommend “cladding,” where the wood is covered in aluminum and guaranteed to last for a few decades. Even if you choose vinyl windows, which are highly affordable, they require upkeep.
Maintenance, in short, is necessary for the longevity of your windows.
You Might Not Need New Windows
Sure, the windows you have on your home now might look dingy and have a draft, but that doesn’t mean you need to replace them. If you use a window restoration service, you can rejuvenate those old windows and make them look brand new again. Restoring windows is a process that involves freeing up upper sashes, replacing broken glass, adding weather stripping, repairing sash cords and hardware, and redoing the glazing. This kind of window restoration service is a wonderful idea for older homes with unique window designs that you would rather keep than revamp.
Think About Partial Replacement
There are two ways contractors replace windows. First, the contractor can pull the exterior and interior trimming to install a completely new window then insulate the gaps before reinstalling the trimming. Or, second, the contractor can use an insert, which fits inside the existing open and doesn’t require removing or replacing the trim. If you’re looking to save money, the latter is the better option; but it can result in new drafts that weren’t there before.
Older homes especially have special windows that fit the overall personality of the structure. If you replace those windows with something more cookiecutter, it is guaranteed to reduce the curb appeal of your home. So, if you plan on moving from your house after replacing the windows, you might not get the total cost of your investment back. Make sure you match the look of the original windows by choosing the same material and the same divided light panels.
Replacing and updating windows might seem like an overwhelming task, but there are plenty of window installation and repair services available to make the entire process much more smooth.
Thinking about new windows or inserts? Give us a call or send an email. We’d love to answer your questions and find an option that works best for you.