As long as you can still see what’s outside your window you don’t think too much about replacing them. Windows play such a vital role in a home. They let in natural light and provide fresh air when the weather is nice. Old or worn out windows are letting in a lot more than a view. All the cold air in the winter could be seeping right in if your windows are in need of replacement.
New, more energy efficient windows will start paying you back immediately. Like any home improvement project you have to balance functionality with the look. There are a few different types of replacement windows to choose from that will help you achieve the look you’re after. Wood, vinyl and clad all have positives and negatives. We can provide more detailed information on which material may benefit you best.
Glass is the main component of the window. Choices in glass have grown over the years considerably. Basic options are double, triple or even quadruple pane glass. The number of panes doesn’t increase the insulation factor; it’s the air between the panes that add insulation. Most manufacturers today use an inert gas, like argon, between the panes to insulate better than air.
Low-E glass, or low emissivity, is an invisible layer of material on the surface of the glass which reduces the amount of heat than can flow through the glass. Another option to consider is impact resistant glass. It cracks instead of shattering and holds up nicely in extreme weather. It really comes down to the old adage; you get what you pay for. A window that is made well will save energy, be easy to use, and won’t take much to maintain.
Now that you have the basics covered you can start to narrow down what type of replacement windows you want. We are more than happy to answer any questions along the way of your journey.