The Most Important Factors To Consider When Choosing Replacement Windows
Replacing the windows in your home is a big project and is an expensive long-term investment. The windows that you decide to go with are likely to remain in your house for the rest of the time you live there. There are a lot of window options, so it is important to know what to look for in quality windows. This article will go over the 3 main aspects to look for when replacing your windows. After this you should have a pretty good understanding of replacement windows, and know what to look for the next time that you browse.
The material that makes up the window frame is very important aspect of the window. The reason being is because using the wrong materials can exponentially decrease the life of your window. The material we recommend to make up your frame is true virgin vinyl. This is different from regular vinyl because regular vinyl usually uses recycled plastics. While this is good for the environment, you want your windows to be made with new materials. Other frame options are aluminum and fiberglass. Wooden frames are also popular in historic homes, if the homeowners want to preserve the historic look. Vinyl windows are the most energy efficient option for your windows, which means they have better insulation properties than other options available.
Energy efficiency is very important when considering replacement windows. Energy efficient windows can have a drastic impact on your energy bill. Since your current windows are likely old, they do not insulate your house very well. This means your HVAC system has to work harder to keep your home at the ideal temperature, using more energy to do so. Choosing the right window will save you money in the long run. In another post we went over the 4 energy efficiency ratings to look for. In addition to those ratings, the amount of window panes and the gas used to insulate those panes are very important. Typically you want to steer clear from single pane windows. they do not offer much in terms of insulating your windows. The two best choices are double pane and triple pane windows.
While triple pane windows do insulate the home well, they can be significantly more expensive than double pane windows. It is our recommendation that you look into double pane windows in order to get the most out of your money. Typically, double pane windows are insulated with either Argon or Krypton gas. Both of these gasses are more dense than air so they do a good job at insulating the home. Krypton is almost twice as dense as Argon is, so it provides up to 40% more insulation in some instances. It is best to look for a double pane window that is insulated with Krypton.
This is another very important aspect. This is because there is a wide variety of window styles, and the fact that multiple windows can go well in the same spot. A few things to consider about your windows appearance are the window style, the frame color, glass style and hardware options. It is best if you have a licensed professional come to your home and review all of your options with you. This way you can make an informed decision on what you like best for you home.