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The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.

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Exploring The Pros And Cons Of Your Replacement Window Options

Ross Stewart

When choosing replacement windows for your home, it is important for you to be aware of the unique pros and cons that come along with the many different building materials you will have to choose from. By taking a moment to review each of your options below, you can ensure that you are prepared to choose the right windows for your specific needs.

Option #1: Wood Windows

The Pros

  • Easy To Customize - Wood windows offer the ability to easily paint, cut, sand, or add hardware to your windows to ensure a perfect fit. This ability to easily customize your windows will also allow you to alter the look of your windows to match your decor over the years.
  • High Resale Value - The universal appeal of solid wood windows provides for a much higher return on your investment when compared to other types of replacement windows. This is accomplished through an increase in your home's resale value.

The Cons

  • High Maintenance - Wood windows are susceptible to damage as a result of exposure to moisture and fluctuating temperatures. In order to protect your windows from this type of damage, you will need to sand and seal your windows approximately once a year.
  • High Cost - Natural materials, such as wood, will cost more to harvest and process than man made materials. Consequently, solid wood window frames will come with a significantly higher price tag than other types of replacement windows.

Option #2: Vinyl Windows

The Pros

  • Easy To Maintain - Vinyl window frames are not susceptible to moisture damage. Consequently, these windows will not require any special maintenance over the years. Instead, you will simply be required to wash them whenever they become soiled.
  • Energy Efficient - Vinyl does not conduct heat like some window materials. As a result, these window frames will prevent the transfer of heat into or out of your home. In the long run, this feature will make your home more energy efficient and allow you to enjoy lower heating and cooling bills each month.

The Cons

  • Limited Selection - Over the last several years, some manufacturers have begun offering vinyl window frames in colors other than white. However, these colored window frames are still relatively rare and the number of colors available are quite limited.
  • Difficult To Repair - While vinyl windows are quite durable, they are not indestructible. In the event that you window are damaged, repairing this damage will often be impossible. In most cases, the only way to repair the damage will be to replace the entire window.

A Final Thought

While the options discussed above are the most popular options the market has to offer, there are several other materials you can choose from as well. In order to discuss these options further or to learn about the other options the market has to offer, be sure to contact a reputable contractor in your local area today.