If you are planning to have the windows in your home replaced, you have many choices. Some of the choices you have include things like wood windows, which will require maintenance such as painting when they become old. There are also alternatives to conventional wood windows, which will require little maintenance and sometimes can cost less than real wood windows. Here are some of the alternatives to wood windows when you are having the windows on your home replaced:
1. Vinyl Windows That Require Little Maintenance
If you want a durable window that will last for many years without needing to be painted or replaced, vinyl windows are a great option. They are also very affordable and there are models available in single pane and double pane windows. The downside of vinyl is that it can easily crack during installation, and it does not have the same strength as wood and metal materials that cost a little more.
2. Metal Windows That Last
Metal windows are a great option for windows that will last for decades. Metal will not need any repairs or maintenance, and if the metal is powder coated, it will not even need to be painted. Metal can be dented easily during installation, but is very strong and resistant to damage. If you want to invest a little more in your replacement windows, metal windows are a great option for windows that will last for many years, and not need any maintenance other than an occasional coat of paint on the trim to keep them looking like new.
3. Windows With Composite Exterior Trim
There are also windows that can be made of materials like vinyl, metal and wood, which have a composite trim that is a foam filled vinyl product. These windows will never need to be painted and can last for many years. You may occasionally need to replace caulking around the windows to ensure that your home is protected from water getting in. There are also composite trim products that can be installed on the interior of the windows, and these products can be used with other types and styles of windows that you want to have installed in your home.
These are some of the choices you have for replacing windows on your home with something other than wood windows. If you are ready to have the windows on your home replace, contact a window replacement contractor—like those at Beyers Window & Door Inc and other locations—to get started on the project around your home.