You’ve decided to replace the windows in your house. That was the easy part. Now you’re daunted by the many types, styles, and brands of replacement windows to choose from.
Where do you even start?
Keep reading to see a quick guide to choosing the best replacement windows for your home!
Choose the Style
You’ll want to decide on a window style that matches the aesthetic of your house. If you have a colonial home, a double-hung window will fit right in.
Windows can be a great upgrade to your curb appeal. Don’t ruin that upgrade by picking a window style that clashes with your home.
Pick a Frame Material
The frame material is what will make sure your window lasts a long time. It will also determine how much upkeep is required for your windows.
Vinyl window frames have grown in popularity over the years because they are termite and rot-resistant, meaning there is a lower level of upkeep required over the life of the window. However, vinyl is not a strong as a metal frame. Depending on where the window is installed, the vinyl may not hold up to the weight or settling of the house.
Decide on the Glass Package
You’ll want to choose a glass package that will help you lower your energy bills over the years. Here are the basics of the glass package:
Dual or Triple Pane
A dual-pane window is the standard window. It has two panes of glass with a small air pocket in between the panes for insulation.
A triple pane window has three panes of glass and two air spaces. This makes triple-pane windows more energy-efficient and better at blocking sound.
You can choose windows that have a gas other than air placed in between the panes of glass. Argon and krypton are two common choices.
Both of these gases are denser than regular air. This increases insulation, making the windows more energy-efficient.
Low-E Glazed Windows
Low-e is glazing that can be applied to the inside or outside of the windowpane. This glaze helps reflect the sun’s heat in the summer, and trap your home’s heat in the winter, to reduce heating and cooling costs while keeping your living areas comfortable.
Know Your Climate
You may live in a climate that experiences particularly harsh weather. If that’s the case, you’ll want to invest in a higher grade window that can withstand your climate.
For instance, if you routinely get hurricane-grade winds, you’ll want a replacement window that is rated to withstand higher winds.
Choose the Best Replacement Windows
Once you have used this guide to choose your best replacement windows, you’ll need to hire the right contractors to install the windows. Improper installation of your new windows will negate all of the positive benefits you were hoping to gain by upgrading.
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