Retrofit Your Windows Instead of Replacing Them
Most people make the mistake of replacing their current windows once they get older in order to save money and cut their energy losses. While this is a practical thing to do, what if your windows have historical values or are still in slightly good condition? The thing is that retrofit windows are often suggested to customers who want to preserve the look of their house.
Provides Better Energy Savings
Many home builders will agree that retrofitting strategies provide better energy performance than replacing windows without spending too much money. Retrofit windows are installed to existing windows and are secured to the frames by using nailing flanges. Since the entire windows are not taken down to install a new one, the cost is lower when retrofitting windows.
Easy and Less Labor-Intensive Installation
The most important advantage of retrofit windows is that they are easy to set up. To install the retrofit windows, the existing frame is used as the opening to install the new windows. The installation of retrofit windows is labor intensive as you don’t need to hire too many people to setup the windows. Part from being labor intensive is that it takes less time to finish installing the retrofit windows than replacing them with entirely new ones.
Less Invasive Installation
Retrofitting windows are less invasive on the entire structure of the house. Other parts of the windows like the trim, siding, and stucco are not removed when installing retrofit windows thus the job is not only simpler but also cleaner. The problem with installing conventional replacement windows is that the contractor needs to completely take down the entire window frame by force thereby affecting the integrity of the other structures of your house like the walls.
Installing retrofit windows are ideal for older home to preserve the value, integrity, and historical importance of the structure. But before any retrofitting is done, it is important that the jamb extensions, casings, and even the brick molds are free from cracks and rats for the retrofit windows to be effective. If not, retrofitting of windows is not done properly and it will not fix the problems of your window, which is why you want to replace it to begin with.
Retrofitting windows is one of the many cho
ices that you have if you need to do something about your old windows. Make sure that you also look at your other options to make the right decisions for your home.
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