“I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how great we think the new windows look. They look fantastic. The color really looks nice with the logs and No More Storm Windows. Yeah!!! The entire LHRS crew did a great job and answered all of my questions and concerns. We still get compliments on the house, now the windows will just make it that much better looking,” stated Kim O., a satisfied LHRS customer.
New Windows Make a Big Difference
Updating your windows has a number of benefits. As noted in the testimonial above new windows can improve the appearance of a log home considerably. But just as importantly, new windows eliminate gaps that develop over time that permit drafts, moisture and insects to enter your home.
Moisture seeping in can lead to older windows swelling, binding and rotting. Hard to open windows and doors eventually need to be replaced. Newer windows are also much more energy efficient. For log homes with windows more than 15 years old, replacing them can have a significant impact on lowering your energy bills.
There Are Differences
Replacing windows and doors in a log home is not the same as changing them in a conventional home. The connections used between logs and windows are unique. In some cases, the new window will fit cleanly into existing framed opening. Other times, the opening in the log wall will have to be enlarged or padded for the new window to fit correctly. When older windows leak it can lead to rotting around the jamb, which will need to be repaired prior to new windows being installed
Another unique characteristic to take into account when installing windows and doors in a log home is the exterior logs will absorb moisture and expand and contract throughout the year. If this characteristic is not factored in when replacing windows or doors, it can lead to air and moisture leaks developing.
Replacing Old Windows Can Enhance Your Log Home
Replacing windows can be done in several ways. You can replace the entire window and frame; replace only the window, or add a window where one does not presently exist. Because older log homes tend to be dark inside, adding windows can provide more natural light and really enhance your home’s interior. Having knowledge of log home construction is essential to ensure the new windows are installed correctly.
Experience Is Important
Finding the right person(s) to replace windows/doors on your log home is very important to avoid problems surfacing at a later date. We highly recommend finding a contractor who has built log homes and understands the differences between log and conventional homes. It takes a very experienced person to do the job properly.
Please give us a call at 765-838-8092 if you would like to discuss replacing your windows or exterior doors. We’ll be happy to give you an estimate, and more importantly, you can be assured the job will be done right.