By Margaret Winfrey
When you feel the time is right for replacement windows, you should give some thought to what you want from them. Should you choose something modern, such as gleaming white vinyl windows or go traditional with bay windows or even wooden sashes like your grandma might have had? Then you have cost to consider, and how savings in energy costs due to improved insulation might offset the cost of your windows.
Then you have color, in fact, when you think about it, it’s not necessary the simple choice you thought it would be. How about the material of construction, and should you give serious consideration to vinyl windows rather than more solid wooden or metal frames?
However, wood is heavy, not only in weight but also in maintenance time since it has to be stained, varnished or painted and it tends to expand or swell under various weather conditions so that it occasionally fails to close properly. Metal windows are the same, and these too can tend to chip if painted, and lose their sparkle if not.