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How to Choose the Right Replacement Windows for your Colorado Springs Home

When you're ready to move forward with replacement windows, the Colorado Springs window experts at Heart House will be happy to provide you with a...


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Thursday, 16 June 2011

replacement_windows_colorado_springsIt’s that time of year again; time to break out the ladders, the power washers and the paintbrushes, get out the garden hoses, the saws and the hammers. Home improvement season is upon us, but not every fix-up job can be done by the homeowner. If your home’s “new look” requires replacement windows from a Colorado Springs contractor, you may want to start doing some research.

What are the differences between vinyl and wood replacement windows?

In Colorado Springs, many homeowners were stuck on wood windows for awhile, that is until they got to be too expensive. Now, the average window shopper is looking for vinyl, but the differences don’t stop at price. For some people wood windows are a “must” for maintaining the rustic log cabin look or matching the architectural detailing of their home. While they do look great, wood windows are much harder to maintain and more expensive to install.

Vinyl windows are more energy efficient because of the way they are mechanically fastened and less prone to water and air infiltration. If you are searching for replacement windows for your Colorado Springs home, then you may want to consider vinyl because it stands up better to high elevations and winter weather. While a wood window will absorb moisture, vinyl windows are designed to repel it, which means the window frames will not deteriorate over time. Despite the obvious differences in aesthetics and “curb appeal”, vinyl windows are a better choice for your replacement windows if you live in Colorado Springs.

What kind of windows do I need?

Before you visit with an installer of replacement windows in Colorado Springs, it will be helpful to know what you are looking for. For example, are your current windows single hung or double hung? Double hung windows allow both sashes to open and close, while single hung windows only allow the lower sash to move. Casement windows, on the other hand, operate with a crank handle. If you are looking for a window that is larger than four feet wide, then chances are it is called a bow or bay window.

If you’ve never shopped for replacement windows or met with a Colorado Springs window installer, you may be surprised to learn just how many options are available. You will need to choose the type and the color of your interior hardware, make decisions on grilles, self-cleaning glass, and insulation. Your installer should walk you through each of these options thoroughly, and provide you with a written order sheet that details the type of window you selected.

Once you are ready to move forward with replacement windows, the Colorado Springs window experts at Heart House will be happy to provide you with a comprehensive estimate.

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