Bow windows are fantastic for improving your home’s curb appeal. Curb appeal is especially important in the summer when you want your home to look its best in order to impress neighbors and guests. This summer, consider replacing your old bow windows with new ones. But before you do, there are some things you should know first. Here are some questions to keep in mind as you replace your bow windows: how old should they be before replacement? Is vinyl an acceptable substitute for wood in these windows? What happens if maintenance is ignored? Keep reading to find out the answers to these questions.
How Old Should Bow Windows Be Before Replacement?
Before beginning a replacement of bow windows, first assess the age of your current ones. Bow windows from decades ago were not as well-made as they are now. Consequently, frequent aesthetic and structural problems occur. For example, the wood on the windows wears out more quickly. If the handles on the windows stop working or break off entirely, then it is time for a replacement. Replacements for aging bow windows also become necessary when sun damage and moisture damage become too severe. Severe sun and moisture damage makes attempted repairs such as refinishing and repainting impractical and time-consuming. At this point, you’re better off starting over and just replacing the existing bow windows entirely.
Is Vinyl an Acceptable Substitute for Wood?
Yes, vinyl makes an acceptable substitute for wood. Vinyl can withstand exposure to the weather much better than wood can, especially if your current bow windows are more than 15 years old. It is also possible to have vinyl mimic the look of wood. In addition, you could also consider adding a splash of eye-catching color for even more curb appeal. Vinyl also generally requires less maintenance.
What Happens if Maintenance is Ignored?
It’s not a good idea to ignore maintenance on these windows. If maintenance on bow windows is needed but ignored, then your home could be invaded by rodents or insects. Rodents and insects can eat through the wood that has been weakened by time and the elements, such as water. Water damage is dangerous for any window, and bow windows are no exception. Moreover, water damage can make any underlying problems worse. These problems will then require even more time and effort during the replacement process to find and fix. Fixing the windows sooner rather than later when problems appear will help preserve their integrity. After all, bow windows extend out from your home’s exterior, often leaving them unprotected against storms and other bad weather.
Replacement Windows from Capital Remodeling
Capital Remodeling is ready to transform your home this summer with affordable, effective replacement windows. With our quality replacement window options and remodeling services, affordable prices, and flawless customer service, you will love the end result. If you are ready for a free quote, visit us online or give us a call at 1-800-310-7154. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube.