Windows play a huge role in the character, airiness and efficiency of your home. Windows allow natural light and fresh air to enter your house, provide a view to the outdoors and can serve as vital emergency exits. However, they’re also responsible for unnecessary heat loss, high energy consumption, cold drafts, and condensation problems.
If you start to notice condensation, drafts or rattling noises from your windows, it’s time for you to think about an upgrade, but for homeowners with used windows that require some attention, not all used windows require a full window replacement. If you are living in a newer home with relatively new windows, but you notice the windows are not performing at their optimal best with heat loss through and around your windows, there are other alternatives to a full-frame window replacement.
Replacement windows are designed to fit into existing window openings. They’re available in a multitude of sizes and come in wood, vinyl, fiberglass, vinyl-clad wood, and aluminum-clad wood. You can choose from 3 basic types of replacement windows:
• Sash kits
• Insert replacements(Retrofit)
• Full-frame units
Sash-replacement kits can give an old window frame new movable parts, including jamb liners and sash. Insert replacement windows consist of a fully assembled window in a ready-to-install secondary frame. It slips into the existing opening and is fastened to the old side jambs. Full-frame replacement windows are similar to inserts, except that they have a complete frame that includes head jamb, side jambs, and sill. These are the only option when the old window frame, sill, or jambs are rotted.
When installing replacement windows, we at Jans Awning Products generally replace the full window, including the old frame to ensure maximum view, insulation and draft-control. This way of replacing windows also makes for a more aesthetically pleasing finish on both interior and exterior and is definitely the best way to make sure that you get full value for your money.
Retrofit windows (also called inserts) fit inside the existing window frames. Only the window stops and old sashes need to be removed. Existing moldings, inside and out, are not affected. Installing inserts are only an option if the old window frame is in good shape, rot-free, and square.
Glazing is the name of the hardened putty that creates a weathertight seal on the exterior the window between the wood and glass. Over time, glazing can become badly cracked or fall off, leaving your window vulnerable to water and rot. Reglazing is a good option for newer windows, which are still in good shape.
Jans Awning Products in Burlington has over 30 years of installing replacement windows. We use North Star Windows, which meet the strict standards for safety and efficiency set by the Canadian Standards Association.