There’s a lot to consider with replacing residential windows. That’s why homeowners need to know about what’s involved and the overall cost before delving into such a project. To follow are some essentials about windows installation in Vancouver. Learn about the options currently offered, additional repairs that may be needed, and the varied choices you enjoy by hiring Canadian Choice™ for your replacement window project.
The Basics of Window Repairs, Retrofits, and Full Replacements
There are three basic choices when it comes to doing something about windows that no longer work properly. Depending on the specifics of your situation, one of them will be the best solution:
- Repairs – Minor wear and damage can often be repaired. This may mean replacing some panes or adding some element that prevents drafts. If you only have a few windows that need help and they’re in generally good shape, this can be the quickest and most cost-effective solution.
- Retrofits – Retrofits are great options if your window frames are in great shape, but the rest of the window components are failing. The process involved removing the old sashes and glass while leaving the frame in place. This lowers the replacement cost per window and also speeds up the job. Along with saving money and time on the replacement windows installation in Vancouver, you also maintain the style and appearance of your windows.
- Full Frame Replacement – When the windows are in poor condition, there’s no point in trying to salvage anything. Go for what’s known as a full frame replacement. The frame, sashes, and glass are all new. While the most costly of the three options, this one does mean you eliminate all the issues caused by the old windows. It also means you stand to enjoy a significant savings in energy costs going forward.
Additional Repairs & Insulation
Along with the window replacement proper, there may the need for more repairs. Part of the replacement windows installation in Vancouver includes removing the entire window and exposing the wall studs. If they happen to be warped, broken, or otherwise damaged, they may need to be replaced before the new frame can be securely mounted.
You may also need new or additional insulation. There should be insulation between each of the wall studs. If not, some will have to be added. If the insulation is damaged, replacing it is a good idea. It’s not unusual for a full frame replacement to involve adding fresh foam insulation to ensure you have maximum efficiency in preventing drafts. For the latter approach, the cost of new foam insulation is included in the free estimate.
Setting Reasonable Expectations for Completing the Replacement
Plan on six to eight weeks for the windows to arrive and be ready for the installation. Once the work does get underway, it can take anywhere between a half-hour to an hour for each replacing each window. Weather conditions, including rain and subfreezing temperatures, can slow down the effort. It may be necessary to postpone work on days when the weather is uncooperative. Try to allow for these possibilities when projecting how long it will take to complete the replacement windows installation in Vancouver.
If the idea of a replacement windows installation in Vancouver is on your mind, do keep this information in mind. Also feel free to contact the team at Canadian Choice™ with any questions or concerns that come to mind. We’re happy to go over each of the options with you, provide a full assessment, and even extend a free estimate based on the type of windows you want.
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