So after considering various factors, you have concluded that it is the right time to get rid of those old and leaky windows and install new replacement windows. Congratulations for opting for window replacement. This is a significant step to getting a home that is energy-efficient, more comfortable, secure and aesthetically appealing.
Now that you have considered various aspects in terms of enhancing the curb appeal of your home and also the energy efficiency, now you should consider applying the right finishes to your new elements. In this article, we will help you choose some of the best window replacement finishes that will help you achieve your home goals. Continue reading below for more insights from NorthTech Windows and Doors.
1. Enhance Finishing On Your Window Replacement
The process of installing new replacement windows per se enhances the curb appeal of your home, hence, increasing its market value. However, window replacement is not complete until the right finishes are chosen and installer correctly. Here are some of the options you may want to go for in regard to window finishes.
2. For The Exterior Of Your Home
In most cases, the newly installed vinyl windows will need a kind of trim on the exterior. The trim is essential since it seals any hole on the edges of the frame. Besides, it makes the frames more appealing. The main finishes that you can choose include;
- Vinyl brickmould.
- Aluminium capping.
All these finishes enhance your homes general appearance. The best one for you will rely on the aesthetic features you have included in your home. As such, you ought to make the right choice.
3. For The Interior Of Your Home
Your new window replacement will require some interior finishes just as it needs exterior finishes in order to enhance the interior beauty. In most cases, these replacement windows finishes comprise of mouldings, casings and jamb extensions.
Most homeowners who do window replacement often opt for casings since they easily match different trims such as baseboards. They also give way for effortless installation of mouldings. Casings are found in different styles, and the size varies depending on what you need.
If you have vinyl windows, you will need to install vinyl casings, and in this case, they will not need painting and aren’t affected by weather as is the case in wood casings.
If you have already installed jamb extension and you want to give them an appealing look, it is recommended to install interior mouldings on top of your windows. Generally, interior mouldings give your home an elegant look that is quite needed in case you have older homes. The mouldings also enhance the appeal of your window casings.
There are cases where you find that the windows don’t have enough depth to take in the whole depth of the opening in the exterior wall after the window replacement. The cure for this problem is a jamb extension which takes the entire depth of the interior wall.
However, as the rule of thumb, jamb extensions don’t go alone. They need interior mouldings and casings to have a better-finished look.
4. How To Enlarge Vinyl Window Size
If you need to enlarge the size of your vinyl windows, here are steps to follow;
You should know how large you want your new vinyl windows opening to be. While determining that, note whether there is enough space for enlargement and how the enlarged windows will open.
Prepare The Area
Before enlarging the window opening, you ought to get the area ready. E.g., you will need to trim the interior and exterior of the wall to expose the window frame. You should exercise a lot of care when doing so.
Enlarge The Frame
The window installer will mark where the new opening will reach and then install expanded frame boundaries. Once that is done, he will remove the old frame and sill.
Head And New Window Replacement
The final step involves installing a new header, jamb, sill and the replacement windows. Finally, install the trim and secure the new windows in place. Test whether the new windows are operating well.