As a homeowner, there is a lot of maintenance and upkeep to manage. It can sometimes seem overwhelming, and it is difficult to know what requires attention right away and what can be dealt with at a later time. Generally speaking, anything that comprises part of your insulation or prevents water from getting into your home is critical, such as your windows and siding. There are two reasons for this. Water damage is costly to repair, and once it starts, it tends to get worse and worse very quickly. The other reason is energy consumption. If your insulation is insufficient, you could be spending a lot of extra money on heating and cooling every year. Windows are siding are important because they both affect your insulation and protect your home from water damage.
Obviously, water damage poses a more immediate threat than anything else, so if any of your windows are leaking, you should replace them as soon as possible, since trying to repair the leak with sealant is usually only a temporary fix. Some kinds of replacement windows are better at preventing future water damage than others. Wooden replacement windows have a disadvantage, insofar as wood is not naturally waterproof. In order to remain waterproof, you have to treat your wooden window frames regularly. This is more maintenance than many people would like to deal with, for their windows. Plus, if any water damage does start, it will eat through your window frames very quickly. Vinyl replacement windows are better, in this regard, since they do not need to be treated and vinyl does not rot if it becomes wet. Aluminum replacement windows and fiberglass windows are also viable options. Both are waterproof, but they are unequal in other ways.
In addition to preventing water from seeping into your walls, windows also serve as part of your home’s insulation. If your windows are old and worn out or are made of a material that is a poor insulator, you could be losing a lot of heat energy, during the winter. So, if you are going to invest in replacement windows, it is better to choose an energy efficient material, rather than one that is conductive, like aluminum. Aluminum windows are not ideal for insulation, as aluminum is a terrible insulator. Vinyl windows are much better. Vinyl is a good insulator, so switching from aluminum could save you a lot of money over the course of a year or two. Without a doubt, though, fiberglass is a better insulator than either one. For the best energy efficiency, fiberglass windows are the only choice. The windows themselves are a tad more costly, but they tend to last a long time, since fiberglass is such a durable material. It will not deteriorate, it is completely waterproof, and it will insulate your home better than anything else. Their extra cost is cancelled out after only a year or so of energy savings, and fiberglass windows can even make your home more valuable on the open market.