While a working heating system is a necessity in winter, having a well-insulated living space is more important. Windows, in particular, are a challenge to insulate, given that their biggest component is glass, a naturally-conductive material. Upgrading from a wood window replacement is just one of the many ways you can insulate your windows. We take a closer look below.
Homeowners with relatively new windows tend to look into aftermarket or DIY solutions, some of which are effective but aren’t really suited for the long term. Replacing the weatherstripping is one of the more common ways to do this, but it should be noted that it fills gaps between sash and frame and doesn’t actually add insulation to either. The adhesive can be problematic if you still have painted wooden frames, but shouldn’t be an issue with vinyl windows as the colors are molded in.
Another popular solution is the use of insulation films, which are installed using adhesive or heat: it’s sort of like shrink-wrapping your windows. At best, these insulation films can be used as an emergency measure if you discover a leak in your window and repair services aren’t available. Insulated curtains are also an option if you’re willing to sacrifice natural light in favor of improving insulation.
Replacing your windows with energy-efficient units is a better, long-term solution. If you’ve only considered a wood window replacement, you may be missing out on the benefits of replacement window options like vinyl windows. Whereas traditional vinyl window frames tend to be unstable when exposed to temperature extremes, their modern counterparts feature insulated cores that add structural rigidity while improving insulation.
This is why Kroll Construction offers Alside® vinyl replacement windows. Their wide variety of insulated frame options, combined with their ClimaTech glass packages, create superior insulation that helps keep your home warm and comfortable in the middle of the winter. Well-insulated windows mean less need for indoor heating, resulting in energy savings.
To learn more about options better than wood window replacement, call Kroll Construction today at (844) 688-9632. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation and estimate. We are located in Garden City, Michigan, and serve many areas including Detroit, MI.