While it is necessary to replace most components of a home from time to time, it is especially important to pay attention to those that keep your home insulated. In addition to the insulation inside your walls and attic, windows and siding are a big part of what keeps your home insulated. So, it goes without saying that you should inspect your siding and windows before winter every year, to ensure you do not end up with sky high energy bills during the cold months. When it does come time to replace your windows or siding, you should go to a professional window and siding installation company, like 1st Choice Windows and Siding in Parker, CO.
Siding should be replaced every few years, for the most part. The material out of which your siding is comprised determines exactly how long it will last, but most of them wear out after several years of cold winters and summer thunderstorms. Some types of siding hold up better in these conditions, but siding is also an important layer of insulation. Choosing siding that does not insulate well will have the opposite of the desired effect on your energy bills. This is largely why vinyl siding has started to replace aluminum siding. Aluminum siding holds up well in storms, to some extent, but it does not insulate your home well. Vinyl siding traps a great deal of heat inside the home, since it is so much more dense and less conductive than aluminum. Particularly if you live somewhere with cold winters, vinyl is probably the best option. Calling a good Denver vinyl siding company could ultimately save you a lot of money on heating over the course of a winter or two.
Windows, like siding, come in various styles, and the choice you make can impact your heating usage. Though the window panes themselves are made out of similar materials, the frames of the windows can vary quite a bit. There are aluminum, vinyl, fiberglass and wooden replacement windows. Because of the risk of water damage and the maintenance factor, wooden replacement windows may not be the most practical option. Aluminum replacement windows, just like with siding, are likely to allow heat to escape more easily, causing your energy bills to be higher. Vinyl windows are a highly practical option, since they are inexpensive, easy to install and are excellent insulators. Vinyl windows may have all of this going for them, but on sheer functionality, they are still not better than fiberglass replacement windows. Fiberglass windows are extremely good insulators, much better than vinyl windows, which are already vastly superior to aluminum. Not only that, fiberglass is an extremely strong material, more so than vinyl. Because of these benefits, though, fiberglass windows are more expensive. If you can afford them and plan on staying in your home for several years, they might be the most logical option. Even if you do end up deciding to sell your home, fiberglass windows can add to its value.