Did you recently buy a new home in the San Diego area and notice over the summer how hot the inside of your home got? Or, maybe you’ve been living in the same San Diego home for many years now and have been suffering during the summer months or running your air conditioner almost constantly.
Installing retrofit windows in your San Diego home is often one of the best things you can do to make your home more energy efficient.
Are Retrofit Windows and Replacement Windows the Same Thing?
We use the term “replacement windows” on our website a lot. That is because that is the term most people are familiar with, but “retrofit windows” are the same thing. The two terms are interchangeable. Both refer to new windows that are installed within the existing window frames in a home. You can call them replacement windows or retrofit windows. Either way, we’ll know what you’re talking about!
Energy-Efficient Retrofit Windows for San Diego Homes
Retrofit windows help make a home more energy efficient because they have several different insulating features built into them. First of all, they typically have two panes of glass, rather than the single pane of glass you’ll find in older windows. This second pane of glass helps keep out the heat and cold by adding an extra layer of protection. In high-quality windows, you’ll find a special gas in between the panes (such as Argon) and a warm edge spacer to add further insulation.
Second, energy-efficient retrofit windows will come with a frame made from an insulating material such as vinyl or fiberglass. At BM Windows, we sell retrofit windows with high-quality vinyl frames because it is an affordable, durable material that works well in the San Diego climate.
When you replace your old windows with retrofit windows, you can expect to feel an immediate improvement in the comfort level of your home. You may find that you rarely have to run your heater or air conditioner because your home will be so well insulated!
Other Advantages of Retrofit Windows
Improving your home’s energy efficiency isn’t the only reason to get retrofit windows. New windows can also improve the curb appeal of your home. When you select a style of window that complements the style of your home, it can make a big difference! Our helpful team members can help you choose the windows and the decorative features that will look best in your home for the biggest visual impact.
Another advantage of retrofit windows is that the installation process is clean and simple. When done right, there is no damage to the surrounding walls—interior or exterior. Trained window installers, like the ones we use at BM Windows, can often install new windows in an entire house in just one day, and your house will look good as new once they’re finished!
Retrofit windows are also relatively affordable—especially when you consider that they add value to your home and save you money on your monthly energy bills.
The One Disadvantage of Retrofit Windows
The only downside of retrofit windows is that you are limited to the sizes of windows that you currently have in your home. For example, a 36” x 36” window can only be replaced with another 36” x 36” window.
If you want to replace one of your current windows with a larger window or put in a patio door where there is currently a window, there will be some additional construction involved. The walls will need to be opened up, and new framing will need to be installed. In this case, you would use new construction windows, rather than retrofit windows. This is something that is done often, but you should be prepared for the cost to go up, due to the added costs of labor and materials in the installation of new construction windows.
Would you like to learn more about retrofit windows for your San Diego home? Contact us at BM Windows. We can set up an in-home consultation where you can have all your questions answered and get a quote on retrofit windows for your specific home.