Window Replacement: 5 Options For Your Sills

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A window replacement doesn't always end with the windows. Often times, homeowners' will opt to replace both the windows and the windowsills. While it might seem odd, windowsills are important to the overall function and aesthetic of your windows. If you are interested in switching out your windowsills, you should first learn about the different types of sills—and yes, there are many. Here are just five common types of windowsills to consider:

1. Wood

A common choice in many homes is wood grain sills. The sills are simple but beautiful. You can apply a tint, sealant, or varnish to highlight the natural beauty of the wood. Alternatively, give them a coat of paint to make them pop or vanish from sight.

Wood is an inexpensive option; however, it does have some drawbacks. Without proper care, it may splinter or break. It also holds water, so it can collect mold and mildew. If you choose wood, make sure you clean it properly and regularly to prevent issues.

2. Stone

Another popular option for windowsills is natural stone. It comes in a variety of different materials from granite to marble. It is very beautiful and comes in many colors and styles. It is ideal for humid climates or rooms that experience humidity, such as the kitchen or bathroom, due to its resistance to water.

Stone is a little more expensive than other options, but it is aesthetically pleasing and does not require much work. A simple wipe down every now and then will suffice.  

3. Particleboard

If you want the look of wood without the cost, then particleboard sills are ideal for you. They look just like wood for a fraction of the price. Like traditional wood, it can be painted or stained. However, it is prone to water issues like mold and mildew.

4. Tile

Another affordable option for windowsills is tile. It is typically made from ceramic or glass and comes in many different colors and patterns. Like stone, tile is naturally resistant to water issues. It's also resistant to the sun and does not fade.

Tile is relatively maintenance-free; all it requires is some basic cleaning on a regular basis. However, if chips or cracks occur they should be taken care of quickly.

5. Vinyl

Vinyl is another option that is ideal for homeowners on a budget. Vinyl is practically maintenance-free, and it isn't prone to moisture issues. It comes in many styles, which make it great for nearly any home.

If you are replacing your windows, definitely consider replacing the windowsills as well.  For more ideas on replacement windows, go to http://www.newjerseywindow.com.

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