Selecting the Best Windows
Replacing your old windows with energy efficient, dual pane windows will reduce your energy bill as well as add to your home’s value and curb appeal. Selecting the best windows for your home can seem like an overwhelming task with all the styles, materials, and features to pick from, but a with a little homework, you can confidently select the right windows and avoid future issues.
The difference between New and Replacement Windows
Typically, new windows are installed if the home or business owner wants a new size or shape of window opening. Although new windows usually cost about the same as replacement windows, they will require the work of a contractor or someone skilled in carpentry to make the necessary changes to the home or business. One of the greatest advantages of installing new windows is the option to change the look of your home or business.
Replacement windows are much easier to install and require less labor than new windows, which makes them significantly less expensive. Installing replacement windows is as simple as removing the old windows and replacing them with new windows designed to fit the existing opening. Because replacement windows are less expensive, they are a popular choice among home and business owners; however, if the frame is in poor condition, new windows may be a better choice and save you money and headache in the long run.
Single Hung Windows
Single Hung Windows are fairly inexpensive and are an extremely popular choice among homeowners. They slide open from the bottom only.
Double Hung Windows
Double Hung Windows are similar to single hung windows, but slide open from the top or bottom, which allows greater air flow. These are great for homeowners with small children or pets as they will allow airflow without the danger of their small child or pet escaping through the bottom.
Slider Windows are similar to double hung windows, but instead of sliding up or down, they slide horizontally (left or right).
Awning Windows are similar to casement windows, but have a horizontal hinge located at the top of the window to swing out from the bottom. They are most commonly found in bathrooms.
Casement Windows are also very common in homes because of their price and flexibility. They typically have one large sash with a vertical hinge that opens by swinging out.
Window Frame Materials
Vinyl Windows are by far the most common window frame materials found in homes. Vinyl windows are inexpensive, maintenance free, offer great insulation, and look great, making them one of the best windows to choose from.
Vinyl Clad Windows
Vinyl Clad Windows have a wood frame, which offers flexibility for a home’s interior, and a vinyl coating on the exterior part of the frame.
Wood Windows are generally installed for their aesthetic and insulation qualities; however, they do require lots of maintenance. Maintenance for wood windows includes painting or staining as well as moisture treatment to prevent decomposition and moisture. If you are looking for interior customization, these are the best windows.
Low-E (Low Emissivity) Glass
Low-E glass has a unique, extremely thin (virtually invisible) layer of material covering the entire glass surface that reduces the amount of heat that penetrates the glass. This type of glass is very common and is great for lowering a home’s energy bill.
Impact Resistant Glass
This type of glass is built to hold together if it’s broken instead of shattering into many pieces. Impact Resistant Glass is typically used in areas with extreme weather conditions.
Other Things to Consider
After you have carefully selected the best windows for your home, you will need to select a reputable window installer or contractor. Look for a window contractor that has been around for a while and has a good reputation. Some ways you can check these things are: looking the company up on the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, Google, and other social media.
Another important step in selecting the best windows is to check the quality of the windows as well as the window manufacturer’s warranty. When it comes to windows, you will definitely get what you pay for.
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