If your home is one of the many here in Boulder City that has single-pane aluminum windows, you may have considered replacing them with energy-efficient, double-paned vinyl windows. When windows are old and have lost their proper seal, they can become drafty, and a tremendous amount of energy is lost. Some of the new energy-efficient products can make a big difference in lowering your power bill. With Nevada’s harsh summers, this may be something to consider.
While there are many choices out there, a high-quality vinyl window is a popular choice and offers good energy efficiency. This durable choice comes in a variety of colors and is nearly maintenance-free. As you shop around, make sure you know what you are looking for. This type of window goes by a variety of names: replacement window, pocket window, or insert window. It has no nailing fins and is meant to fit into an existing frame.
Installing dual-paned vinyl replacement windows can be a fairly easy job IF you know what you are doing. At a minimum it will require a properly measured window, a pry bar, a drill, spray insulation, caulking, wood shims, a level, and a tape measure. There are many videos on YouTube that explain how to successfully remove and install these windows.
While it is possible to install and replace windows yourself, many people opt to hire a professional to do the job. When shopping for replacement windows, make sure to get a bid from at least three different reputable contractors. They will provide samples, measure, and give you a written bid. Make sure that you are comparing apples to apples as you shop around.
If you are tired of those old, drafty windows, spring is the perfect time to make the change.