Sliding Replacement Windows
Sliding replacement windows are a great way to make many of the windows in your home operational again. Over time sliding windows lose their functionality. Even if they are not necessarily broken, fixtures may not slide, close, or stay up any more. If this is the case, sliding replacement windows may be the answer for your home. There are many different materials used in sliding window construction. Wood and aluminum replacement window fixtures are still very popular. But, vinyl is increasingly becoming the material of choice in replacement windows for their durability and strength. No matter what material you choose, you can find replacement sliding windows that will be functional and beautiful in your home.
Choosing The Right Material
As mentioned, there are several materials available for sliding replacement windows. Wood is great for replacement window construction because of its traditional style and beauty. Wood is very durable and easy to stain and paint. Also, since most homes are primarily wooden structures, wooden window fixtures seem to fit very naturally into most homes. Wood does require more maintenance though. Maintaining wood requires more expensive cleaning materials and stains. If it is not treat properly, wood can be susceptible to moisture damage. Also, it is susceptible to rodent and termite infestation. In the long run, keeping up the structural integrity of wood can get expensive.
Another drawback to using wood in sliding replacement windows is that it expands and contracts with the weather. So, in certain wet seasons it may be more difficult to slide windows open and closed. Also, wood is relatively heavy, making it harder to operate sliding replacement windows. Basically, wood is not ideal for window construction, and can be especially cumbersome when used in sliding fixtures. But if you are willing to take the necessary measures it can be a beautiful material that you will surely enjoy.
Aluminum is another great material for sliding replacement windows. Aluminum is lightweight and ideal for vertically sliding window fixtures. But aluminum window fixtures are not considered as aesthetically pleasing. Most aluminum replacement fixtures are metallic or white in color. For this reason, many people prefer the styling of wood. But aluminum is less expensive and more modern looking. It is commonly used in industrial and commercial buildings. But aluminum does have other drawbacks. Since it is a metal, it is subject to rust. And once a window rusts it loses its integrity and can become dangerously weak.
Many customers shopping for sliding replacement windows are choosing vinyl for the material. Vinyl is a great material for window construction because it is very durable and very affordable. Vinyl is lightweight but sturdy. A vinyl replacement window can be easily cleaned with basic household cleansers. It does not require special care or chemicals. And since it is waterproof, you can clean it easily on the exterior with a hose or pressure washer. Many people choose vinyl because it so easy to take care of, but it is also available in may attractive colors, styles, and textures.
There are many styles available in vinyl sliding replacement windows. You can choose a color that will match with and compliment the existing dÃ©cor of your home. Other people completely define both the interior and exterior design of their home with a bold vinyl window. When accompanied by a paint job you can make your home look like new. And if you are looking to sell your home in the near future, this is a great way to increase the curb appeal and value of your home. If you make your home stand out from your neighbors, it will sell quicker and at a much higher value.
Installing Your Product
The installation of replacement windows is not particularly expensive. In fact, the whole process is generally considered to be one of the most cost effective ways of increasing the value of your home. Installing new window fixtures will make your home substantially more expensive, but it will not cost that much. Installation is also affordable because replacing sliding window fixtures does not take too much time. While it does require much expertise, professionals can handle the installation of a moderately sized window in only one day.
The sliding replacement windows are preassembled in a factory according to the measurements of your window frames. Then, a professional contractor will take out the existing window. The installation will take several days, but the task can be handled on a room-by-room basis. This is a good way to reduce the turn over time of your home. You can still comfortably live in your home while it is being remodeled. Make sure that you hire a contractor that is licensed and insured within your state. This will give added insurance that your job will be completed in a timely and professional manner.