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Termites are common in the Sacramento area, and raw, untreated wood is attractive to them. Solid wood doors and window frames, if they're not properly maintained, can invite termites and insects. The best materials to stand up to the climate are composite, vinyl, or fiberglass for windows and composite, wood veneer, fiberglass, or steel for entry doors.
Energy efficiency is a factor that you must consider as well, as older windows and doors often allow drafts and leak interior temperatures out. You have two choices when having windows installed:
Remember that old wood window frames can be already affected by termites, weather damage, or mold growth. Installing new windows from the frame up ensures a tight fit and better energy efficiency.
Older doors made of solid wood can sag, allowing drafts, and also are vulnerable to rot and insect damage. A better alternative to solid wood entry doors is a wood/vinyl blend or fiberglass. Vinyl and fiberglass can now be made to mimic wood patterns, which is a beautiful option for traditional home styles.
Steel can be very heavy and pull the door out of alignment, so while it's ultimately safe, steel isn't always the best choice. New materials increase energy efficiency and are safe and fire resistant.
Energy efficiency is not only something that can save you money on your utility bills, it also increases resale value in a home. When you're ready to replace your home's windows and doors, it is a good idea to go ahead and upgrade to the most energy-efficient products possible. Look for an ENERGY STAR rating on the products you decide on.
If you have noticed any of the following signs, it is time for new windows or doors:
The age of your home is also an important factor in the decision to install new windows or doors. The possibility of lead paint in older homes built prior to 1978 is both a great reason to replace your windows and doors and an important reason you must hire a professional contractor.
Lead paint can be released into the air by sanding, cutting, or simple demolition. Hiring contractors who are EPA lead-safe certified is a good practice. This means that they have been trained properly, and you can rest assured any contaminants will not reach the environment or your family.
Look for memberships and certifications as you're choosing a great contractor: