Whether your home is subject to dramatic temperature changes in the winter and summer months, or you’re simply updating them for a sale, at some point you will need to fix or change windows. People often do not realize how much extra money they waste due to air leakage from faulty seals. Some experts estimate that a home will lose up to 30% of air conditioner output on a typical run - this means the unit will be forced to work harder and thus electricity costs will be magnified. Older homes commonly succumb to these problems as their windows are usually made of wood. As time wears on, the frame often will warp due to excess moisture and age, thus causing the seal to become unreliable. Window frame components that do not fit together can also have issues closing or locking and thus could put the homeowner at risk of a break in. Vinyl, a material that has become popular with siding replacements, has become a go-to choice for more modern homes do to its resilience against the elements and ability to be easily installed. Unlike wooden windows that often have to be built piece by piece, vinyl windows can be purchased as one whole unit. The type of glass one uses also plays an integral part in the design of a window. People who are next to major roads or train tracks may opt for thicker glass in order to limit noise pollution. Certain laminates on glass can also limit the amount of sunlight that passes through which can help keep a low temperature during the hot summer months. One other functional purpose for glass laminates is that they prevent the spillage of glass in the event that it shatters. Instead, the window will sustain a crack; though maintain its structural integrity.