Whatever your reasons may be for replacing your windows, you’re going to want to make sure that you get the perfect replacements. After all, that’s going to ensure that your needs are addressed and that you make the most out of your investment. There will be more than a handful of window replacements available to you and the sheer number of choices can overwhelm you. Don’t fret. We’re here to go over the basics with you to help ease the selection process.
What to Look for in the Perfect Window Replacement?
There are two main features you should focus on: window frame and glazing. This means the perfect window replacement should have:
• Durable Frames. Window frames can be made from various materials but the one a perfect window replacement will have will be highly durable. There’s no avoiding wear and tear but go for a window frame that is not only sturdy enough to withstand the elements but will also do easy work resisting a number of other threats, like pests. Durability also translates to structural integrity that keeps air leakage at bay, helping improve insulation in your home, and offers ease of maintenance.
• Efficient Glazing. Energy efficiency is a growing concern among homeowners and replacement windows have stepped up to the plate to address the issue mostly through the glazing it uses. As the biggest part of a window, glazing is definitely a major contributor to how energy-efficient a replacement can be. Aside from double-pane construction, look for window glass with low-emissivity coating. Double glazing and low-E coatings help improve energy efficiency in the home by keeping indoor heat in and outdoor heat out. Low-E glass also offers the added benefit of preventing furniture from fading due to sun exposure.
Balancing Form and Function
Thanks to technological advancements, replacement windows are even better than before at striking a balance between form and function. This means that even when your reason for replacing is mostly functional in nature, getting a window replacement also offers you the opportunity to boost your home’s aesthetic appeal. Haven’t decided on a window style? Consider the ever-popular double hung window.
In the next part of this blog series, we’ll be talking about the benefits of one of the most popular window styles available in the market today: double hung windows. Stay tuned!