Brrrrr. The DMV just had its coldest November in a decade, and winter will be in full swing before we know it. If your home is a little too chilly inside, it may be time to replace windows and doors. Drafts and rising energy bills are one sure sign it’s time to think about replacing aging windows and doors. They let warm air out and cold air in and can send heating costs through the roof. Let’s not forget that our windows and doors also create our home’s friendly “face.” They play a significant role in curb appeal, and many homeowners are pleasantly surprised at the difference updating windows and doors can make. But how do you know when it’s time to make a change?
What Are Signs It’s Time To Replace Windows and Doors?
Drafts and water leaks are glaring red flags when it comes to window and door replacement. But appearance is also a factor. We want the outward-facing elements of our home to be welcoming and inviting. Here’s a look at some of the signs it’s time to consider new windows and doors:
Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Front Door
- Your door is difficult to open and close.
- Your door shows signs of warping, cracking or water damage.
- Your door doesn’t stand up against the elements. Drafts and cold air are coming in.
- Your aging door is dented or shows signs of wear and tear.
Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Patio Door
- Your door is difficult to open and close. Sliding doors don’t move well on their track.
- Foggy glass or moisture, mold or mildew between the panes can mean a problem with your seal.
- Air or water is coming in from outside.
Signs It’s May Be Time To Replace Your Windows
- Rising energy bills: replacing aging single panes with modern double-paned windows can save you big bucks on heating and cooling bills.
- Sticking and warping can cause trouble opening or closing.
- Aging windows are causing sun damage to furniture and flooring.
- Fogging or moisture build-up
What Type of Front Door Is Best?
Your front door is the threshold to your home. You want it to be attractive and welcoming to guests yet safe and secure against intruders and the elements. Weatherproofing, security and appearance are three of the top factors we think about when replacing a door. The most common front door materials include:
- Wood is an attractive and classic material. It’s easy to customize for size and shape and simple to refresh with a coat of paint. Wood puts up a good fight against everyday wear and tear but is susceptible to water damage and can warp and crack, so it often requires more frequent replacement than other materials. High-quality wood doors also tend to be pricier than other materials.
- Fiberglass is a durable option that allows us to create wood looks in a wide range of colors. A fiberglass door with an insulated core can reduce heat loss and help lower energy bills. It’s highly resistant to everyday wear and tear but tends to be more expensive than steel.
- Steel doors are tops in terms of security and excellent for weatherproofing. They also have a lower price tag than other materials. However, steel doors can be challenging to repair if dented.
Patio Doors: Should I Choose Sliding Doors or French Doors?
Patio doors should be fun. They’re the exit and entrance to our favorite outdoor spaces. But clients often have trouble deciding between French doors and sliding doors.
- French doors are swinging or hinged patio doors. They open from the center and are hinged on the sides and can open inward or outward. French doors are trending because they offer a more traditional look than sliding doors. They often have classic grid-style grilles rather than a single pane. French doors tend to have a higher price tag depending on the materials you choose and usually require a wider door frame than sliding doors. Space for how the door swings is also a consideration, making sure you have room for the door to open into a room.
- Sliding doors slide open and closed. They offer a sleek, contemporary look and usually come with a sliding screen to allow fresh air on beautiful days. Sliding doors tend to take up less space on your wall, and we even have French-look sliding doors for folks who want French door style with sliding door convenience. Today’s models offer a stainless steel track for smooth gliding.
What Should I Consider When Replacing My Windows?
If you have warped or damaged windows or want a new look, here are a few things to consider when replacing:
- Energy efficiency: modern double-paned windows can save you hundreds on your energy bills.
- Ease of cleaning: today’s windows have tilt-in sashes that make them easy to clean from inside.
- Materials and maintenance: modern windows are made with vinyl or treated wood to avoid rusting, chipping, or warping.
- Appearance: new windows can dramatically change the look and feel of your home. Bay, bow, and picture windows bring floods or gorgeous natural light into a room.
Call DryHome For Windows and Doors
DryHome is known around the region for top-quality roofing and siding. But a solid roof is only one element in weatherproofing your home. DryHome’s team also includes experts in window and door installation. We offer a range of gorgeous products from top manufacturers with competent professional installation, all done by our own teams. A door and window facelift can keep your exterior looking its best, help you stay cozy and warm and keep those heating bills low all winter long. They also keep the cool air in, come summertime.