All of the tasks you need to do to maintain the function, appeal, and value of your house may seem overwhelming. From mowing the lawn and replacing worn roofing shingles to repainting your interior walls, there are plenty of challenges to home maintenance. Of course, some updates are more valuable and important than others.
New windows are a great update for your home because they can offer you an estimated 85 percent return on investment. Unfortunately, the wide selection of products and materials available can make the selection process difficult. With these tips and your contractor's help, you can choose the right windows for your needs, home style, and budget.
You may be surprised by the different materials used to create the window frames. Because of the different options, choosing one can be challenging, but learning the pros and cons of each can make the decision easier.
More and more homeowners opt for vinyl frames because they are the most affordable. In addition, vinyl frames are filled with actual insulation, which helps block heat loss and air flow, making your home more energy efficient.
Vinyl is also available in a variety of colors, so you can find the best look to complement your home's exterior. Lastly, vinyl is durable and easy to maintain. Vinyl frames will not warp or decay and they are easy to clean.
If you prefer a natural look that gives your home an antique feel, consider wood frames for your windows. These frames can be stained or painted in a variety of colors to match the home's exterior. They are also very attractive. However, they are difficult to maintain, since moisture can lead to warping, rotting, and paint chipping.
Aluminum is another option you may consider. Aluminum is incredibly durable and offers a long lifespan, especially when compared to wood. Unfortunately, aluminum is also conductive, allowing the metal to become hot, which can affect the window's ability to keep your home cool in the summer months.
Another factor you need to consider is the type of glazing used in your new windows. Each type of glass offers its own benefits, such as protection from the sun's ultraviolet rays and energy efficiency.
Single-glazed windows do not offer much in terms of insulation, so you will not see much energy conservation.
Double-glazed windows are a bit more expensive than the single-glazed versions, but they do enhance the efficiency of your home.
For the best insulation, energy conservation, and sound reduction, opt for triple-glazed windows.
Windows with low-E coatings are standard in most homes today. This coating acts as a protective barrier between the glass and the outdoor elements, reducing heat transfer and making your windows more energy efficient. Whether you have chosen double or tripled glazed windows, make sure it offers a low e-coating.
3. Single or Double
Traditionally, homeowners opt for single- or double-hung windows. Even though these are the most popular window styles, most people do not really understand the difference.
Single-hung windows offer a fixed top sash, which does not move, and a bottom sash that opens and closes. With a double-hung option, both the top and bottom sashes are capable of moving, opening and closing each portion of the window when and if desired.
The more components that move, the more risk there is of air loss. Therefore, single-hung windows will be less likely to leak, making them the better option for energy efficiency.
Choosing new windows for your home may seem intimidating, but help is available. For more information on replacing your old windows, contact the professionals at Wadsworth Glass, Inc.