Homeowners don’t typically think about windows until something goes wrong and decisions need to be made. You could go two decades without any issues, but when leaking, splitting, or sticking begins, you’re suddenly faced with unlearning misconceptions and learning about the different types of windows, materials, and qualities. What are the most common misconceptions homeowners have about windows?
1. All Condensation Is Normal
When it’s hot outside and the air conditioning has been running all night to keep you cool, you might wake up to a build-up of condensation on the outside of your windows. This is a normal result of humid outdoor air hitting a cool surface. In this case, it’s your windows.
When can condensation be a bad thing for your windows? If you have double or triple pane windows and the condensation is between the panes, this is a sign of a weak or broken seal. Layering multiple panes works to keep warmth out and cool air in, or vice versa. When condensation between the layers occurs, this means that those panes aren’t doing the job they are supposed to be doing, which will cause your HVAC system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. This means it’s time to replace your double or triple pane windows.
If you have condensation on the inside of your window, it’s a sign of the same issue: a broken seal. If you put off replacing your windows, you could be dealing with mold or the wood frame splitting from absorbing moisture and then drying out, over and over. Replace your windows as soon as you see this problem.
2. You Have to Use Standard Factory Sizing
Buying windows doesn’t mean you have to buy only what’s available, nor does it mean you have to replace a window with the same size. The standard rectangular window is just the beginning.
Arched, angled, round, honestly the list goes on and is limited by you and your designer’s imagination. From a traditional design featuring mullions and muntins to something more contemporary with large, unencumbered expanses of glass, are all possible when you choose a window company with experience making custom windows to suit your design goals.
3. New Windows Won’t Match Your Older Home
One reason why homeowners put off window replacement is the concern that new windows will distract from or won’t match their older or historic home. This might be because many older or historic homes have wooden window frames that can be pretty expensive to replace. Replacement windows, however, have come a long way!
Take the EverWood finish in the Infinity line from Marvin Windows. EverWood is a wood-look engineered material that can be stained and painted like wood, is resistant to mold, and won’t swell or warp. Using materials like EverWood that are indistinguishable from real wood and are far more durable, is an excellent investment that will increase the value of your home.
Of course, you could replace your old wood windows with new wood windows that are made using construction techniques and preservatives that also resist warping, rot, and insects. The Ultimate Collection by Marvin Windows is the answer to classic wood windows made with modern innovations. These natural wood windows are made using special joints that are superior to frames that use long whole pieces. They won’t lose their shape and can withstand moisture and temperature changes.
4. All New Windows Are Energy Efficient
You might hear advertisements that claim to replace your windows will save you X amount of dollars in energy costs per year. New windows are going to be more ‘energy efficient than old windows just by the virtue of being new. However, not all new windows are created equal.
When you’re comparing the different types of windows and wondering if energy-efficient replacement windows are worth the cost, consider the benefits of these superior windows. Energy-efficient windows will save you on utility costs because your HVAC system won’t be working so hard to keep your home comfortable.
You’ll also enjoy less outside noise making its way inside. It’s true! Energy efficient windows offer insulation that acts as soundproofing, giving you a quieter home.
Quality, energy-efficient windows aren’t cheap, but the cost of energy-efficient windows is worth it when you consider the benefits.
5. If You’re Moving Soon, You Don’t Need to Replace Your Windows
Windows aren’t usually on the top of everyone’s list when they’re preparing to put their home on the market. Painting, updating your fixtures, and minor repairs are the usual go-to's. However, you could be leaving money on the table by not investing more in the jobs that are proven to have a bigger return on investment (ROI).
The items that have shown to provide the highest ROI on average are replacing your front door, updating the insulation in the attic, adding stone veneer to your exterior, and, of course, replacing your windows. This is especially true when you buy windows that are rated for energy efficiency.
6. Replacing Your Windows Is a DIY Job
Homeowners are notorious for DIY jobs around the house. Usually, it’s a great way to save money on smaller, simpler projects that won’t take a long time to complete. Windows are deceptively complex to install and there are plenty of reasons to hire professional window installers. Taking proper measurements, having access to higher quality windows, keeping the warranties intact, and getting the job done better and faster are all benefits of hiring the pros to do the job.
Another reason to hire a professional is if you’re looking to increase or decrease the size of your replacement windows. A professional window installation company is experienced and prepared to change the size of your window opening. A nice bonus? They will also handle the clean-up after the job is complete.
Ask a Professional Window Installer
This list is a great start in understanding a bit more about windows and common misconceptions, but you probably have a few follow-up questions. Now’s the time to call in the professionals, who can answer questions and give you more knowledge to make the best decisions for your home.
Window and Door Showplace is made up of experts that can help guide your decision-making process. We have trusted premier window and door installation professionals who serve Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. We’re proud to provide individualized service with personalized recommendations–not sales pitches. Contact Window and Door Showplace for a consultation today!