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When Should You Replace the Windows in Your Home

If the windows in your house are old or single pane, it’s a good idea to replace them with new and more efficient ones. In older homes, inefficient windows can be responsible for a third of the total heat loss during cold months and up to 75% of heat gain in the summer.

<p>The following are some easy ways to tell examine the efficiency of your windows:</p> <ul> <li>On a windy day, take a lit candle and stand near the window&rsquo;s edge. If the flame goes out or flickers, you could have damaged <a href="">weatherstripping</a>.&nbsp;</li> <li>If your windows experience ice buildup or a frosty glaze on the inside pane, your home&rsquo;s ventilation may not be sufficient. The other possibility is that your windows aren&rsquo;t contributing enough insulation value, greatly increasing your heating bills.&nbsp;</li> <li>If your windows are very hard to open or don&rsquo;t fully close, they may have lost their functionality.</li> <li>If you can feel cold air coming through your windows during the winter, then your windows aren&rsquo;t providing any insulation. This means you are paying unnecessary money to heat and cool your house.&nbsp;</li> <li>If your windows constantly get fogged with condensation, then there&rsquo;s probably a seal failure. In such cases, you need to <a href="">replace the glazing</a> or the whole window unit.</li> </ul> <p>Sometimes fixing your weather stripping and replacing broken panes can buy you some time. However, if your windows are old, it&rsquo;s probably time to replace.</p> <p><strong>Window Material Types</strong></p> <p><br /><strong>Wood</strong> is a popular choice among homeowners. It has good insulation properties, strong, and has an aesthetic appeal and warm look. It does require regular exterior maintenance. For the interior surfaces, you can paint, stain, or finish in various ways.</p> <p><strong>Vinyl</strong> windows don&rsquo;t need to be stained or painted, which is a plus for the exterior side. They are strong and provide good insulation, which makes them a good alternative to wood.</p> <p><strong>Aluminum</strong> windows are some of the strongest available. However, older aluminum windows have poorer insulation than vinyl or wood. They are used more in for commercial buildings and warmer climates. New <a href="">aluminum windows</a> have new improvements like a thermal break and insulated panels, making them very efficient.</p> <p><strong>Fiberglass</strong> is starting to appear in the window market but currently has limited options available. It combines the high strength and stability of aluminum with the insulating properties of vinyl and wood.</p> <p><strong>Combination</strong> windows combine aluminum or vinyl for the exterior and wood for the interior. This gives you the look of wood on the inside with a low-maintenance exterior material. This is also known as cladding as in aluminum-clad or vinyl-clad.</p> <p><strong>Wrap Up</strong><br />The choice of window material will greatly depend on your individual needs. If you have an older home with a classic look, wooden windows will probably be best. Aluminum windows work great for modern looking homes or commercial buildings. Vinyl windows fall in between and work great for regular, standard homes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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