How Vinyl Replacement Windows Can Save You Money
Article by Charles Mohaney
Imagine the home of your dreams. Is the old colonial style home that has historical significance but could use some updating? Perhaps it is the 1960s rambling ranch that gives you more single floor living space than you’ve ever dreamed of. If you have or would like to have an older home, chances are it could use some updating. One of the best ways to add value to your older home is by replacing the windows. Vinyl replacement windows are energy efficient, easy to clean, and add maintenance free beauty to any home.
Why Replace Windows?
Older windows that are generally made with wooden frames can warp or rot over time. They may at one time been well sealed, but over the years caulking flakes away and allows water to seep in. When water gets into the wood it expands and can rot, leaving spaces though which water and air can get into the house. Basically you have an aesthetic nightmare as well as horribly inefficient insulation against the elements.
Vinyl replacement windows take care of it all. The best part of the whole deal is that they will never rot or warp. The paint won’t peel because there isn’t any! The only maintenance they will ever need is cleaning – and that is many times easier than on old wooden windows with separate panes.
Vinyl Replacement Windows – A DYI Project
If you know how or are willing to learn how to replace a window, then you can install vinyl replacement windows. This great do-it-yourself project is an easy construction task.
First, you will need to remove the old window. If there is still a seal from the caulking you can cut it with a utility knife around the perimeter. Then with the help of a second person, push the window in or out with gentle pressure.
Once the old window is removed, then you will need to clean up the area around the window box by scraping off all old paint and debris. A clean surface is important in getting a good fit and seal for the new window.
Next check your measurements. If old windows have become a bit lopsided, then you can square it up with shims. This extra step will make the windows fit better.
Windows then are securely attached with screws. Finally, run a seal of silicone caulking around the edges for an extra strong seal.
Caring for Vinyl Replacement Windows
To wash replacement windows is so easy. The windows tilt in so cleaning the exterior side can be done safely from the inside. This is especially convenient for second story windows. Any storm windows that came with the old windows are no longer needed. The new windows are double-paned and insulated. Between the panes there can be decorative trims, so the surface to be cleaned in one smooth surface.
When it comes right down to it, there is no down side to installing vinyl replacement windows. They will add carefree beauty to your home for decades.