There is no simple answer and it usually requires a home visit by an experienced window consultant.
If the windows and wood and the frames or sash are rotting there is rarely a time when they can be saved and repaired. If they are vinyl windows and the thermal units are fogging up in between the glass that is a case where they may be repairable.
It is usually based on the quality of the vinyl window, the original installation and the overall appearance of the window. Replacement glass does not come with much of a warranty like a window would.
Other reasons for replacing windows are poor insulation value, freezing up in the winter, they don’t open and close well, difficulty cleaning, paint won’t hold any longer, they are drafty, and last but not least they look dated from an appearance standpoint.
This is one question that makes me feel for a client trying to get the best value because outwardly they do look pretty similar.
First, is the fact that I am replacing windows as new as 5 years old. How can that be? Aren’t windows designed to last longer than that? In my opinion they should last longer but to a builder price is the priority and the minimum requirements leave a lot to be desired.
Secondly the installation is done by the on site framers at a fixed rate per opening and with a cheap window they require even more precision in the installation than a good one since they are weaker and more prone to warping, bowing and moving after construction.
What you need to look for is additional chambers in the profile, thicker walls and ports for fastening hardware. The glazing system should incorporate co-extruded glazing gaskets that will stand up to the sun and cold. You want a positive drainage system that allows water to escape the frame to the outside.
Also, a very important factor is the installation of the windows. Vinyl windows require more care and attention than wood windows as they have rigidity but it needs to be supported properly.
Clad wood means the window is essentially a wood window that has been covered in either aluminum or vinyl to make it maintenance free. Please be sure to choose a quality cladding system to avoid trapping moisture and accelerating wood rot.
Extruded vinyl windows are made completely of vinyl inside and out.
Today’s vinyl windows from a quality supplier have paint systems that bond to the vinyl with a chemical reaction. When the auto industry introduced vinyl components to the outside of vehicles they needed paint systems that would stand up to the elements and maintain their luster. The window industry utilized this technology and began over 20 years ago, painting the exterior of vinyl windows. This system is proven effective and we have not experienced any issues with the fading, peeling or chalking of painted windows and doors. Poor quality vinyl windows usually cannot handle any dark colours so you rarely see them painted. The paint must have uv inhibitors to minimize heat build up and fading. These paints are quite expensive at over $ 150.00 per gallon.
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“Brick to Brick” or “Full Rip Out”
This window and door replacement method involves the removal of the entire window including the frame back to the original opening that was created when the home was built. The new window is installed into the opening shimmed plumb and level and then low expansion foam is installed to seal between the new window frame and the existing stud or masonry opening. New interior casings and sills are installed and the exterior is caulked from the new window to the existing exterior finish.
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There is no straight forward answer to this question. It depends on the style of home, front elevation layout and clients personal tastes. What most designers say is that the front door should be where the eye is drawn to and is welcoming. If the garage door is the same colour and, since it is so much larger than the front door, the eye will compete for what to look at. The colours should be complimentary but not the same. Many of the homes built since the attached two car garage out front became popular, have a front elevation with an over prominent garage door. The door should blend more with the house, window colour and other elements. Whereas the front door should stand alone so the viewer looks to it as the point of entry or focus in the front elevation. Today’s doors offer any colour and 1000’s of glass and door styles that there is one just right for your home. Come by our Oakville showroom to check out the latest.