Windows are an important part of the structural and architectural design components of a home. Windows let in light, sunshine and control room temperature in the interior space of a house. In many instances, the functional conditions of windows are good in newly constructed or renovated houses; they open easily (without squeaking sounds) and they stay open until closed, they are structurally strong and panes are fog-free.
Through time, however, signs of wear and tear begin to show and the windows begin to jam while opening. On a hot day, it is frustrating when a swinging-sash window closes by itself or when easily blown by the wind outside the house. Not to mention that weakly-fitted windows may be loopholes for exploitation in a house burglary.
Depending on the nature and extent of window damage, sometimes it is suitable to repair a faulty window rather than having to replace it. So, following a routine inspection of your home, how can you tell it is time to replace your windows?
Reasons for Replacing Windows
1. Broken Window Sash or Frame
It is simply wrong to repair a broken window frame or one that shows a severe line of weakness as it will only mask the damage. A window frame offers significant structural strength to hold the window panes in place.
A weak window frame will be an easy target for anyone trying to gain illegal access to the house.
2. Interior of the House Is Too Hot and Energy Bills Are High
Windows are vital for air circulation in the house. Through forces of convectional currents, hot air, which has a lower density than cold air, rises and exits using circulation holes such as windows.
It could be the homeowner wants to replace existing windows with wider ones to improve circulation in the hot weather days. With good design and installation of windows, air circulation in and out of the house will improve and the homeowner will not have to rely so much on air conditioning appliances.
3. Looking to Improve General Aesthetic Appearance of Your Home
Windows are a big part of house beauty and internal lighting apart from being an important part of the house design.
There is so much allure that can be harnessed when we replace old windows of outdated design with contemporary ones.
4. Growth of Mould from Water Seepage
Depending on the design of the house, the geographic location of the house and accompanying climatic conditions, rain or storm or seawater may find a way onto wooden or metallic surfaces which could cause corrosion, flaking of paint, rusting or mould infestation.
Over time, the health and safety of occupants of the house and even the tensile and compressional strength of the window is compromised or put at risk. In case of such mould infestation and severely-corroded metallic structures, you might want to replace the window as a safety and precautionary measure.
Process of Replacing Windows in Your Home
The process of replacing windows with a new one is rather a daunting and a complex one. A homeowner should employ the services and advise of a professional. Nonetheless, it is important to understand this process and what to expect.
1. There Is No One Size or Design to Fit All Homes
Windows come with different sizes and designs; the window that would fit a house in your neighbour might not necessarily fit your home. That is why it is important to get the correct measurement of the window spaces before making an order to buy windows.
Replacement of windows in our homes is not an occurrence that happens every year. It is therefore important that the client takes time and professional advice to guide them on the suitability of windows to their house design and also considering cost and quality objectives. KJM Group can help with this.
2. Identifying Windows for Removal and Replacement and Removal of Faulty Windows
It is important for the homeowner together with the professional to identify all the windows needing replacement. This short inspection tour might prove very important and reveal other weaknesses the homeowner might have overlooked or misjudged.
The process of removal might require a group of workers. The workers will line drop clothes on the internal floor area below the window and also provide dust barriers if required. The process of window removal might prove dusty and such precautionary measures are important to protect paraphernalia in the house.
Removed windows and all working tools should be stacked somewhere safe at all times.
3. Installation of the New Window
Immediately the old window is removed, a new one is put in place. The windows must be levelled using weights paced at the bottom of the window pocket. Once the window is level and straight, it is then nailed in to place. The process of installing a new window should also include fitting a cladding material on the exterior which acts as a water-tight seal against rain.
The time taken to replace the windows will depend on the scope of work which the professional can advise the homeowner on and together they can agree on the minor details of executing the work. Nonetheless, replacing a faulty or old window will give value to your home.