What to Know When Buying New Windows for Your Home
In recent years, windows technology has evolved considerably with new ranges of windows that offer better functionality, ventilation, protection and energy savings. So if you’re considering replacing your window units, you should equip yourself with the right knowledge to help you choose and buy the best.
Generally, windows are subjected to a lot of environmental impacts, and must be strong and resilient against elemental pressures such as snow, ice, strong rain and storms. Therefore, as the years roll by, the weather might cause wear and tear on your windows.
While a couple of drafty days and nights might not cause substantial damage to your windows, or necessitate a complete replacement, it’s a good idea to keep up with maintenance checks and reinforcing the weather-stripping around your windows to prevent energy loss.
But if your windows have suffered damage that’s beyond repair, such as water damage to the casing or sash, you should quickly order a replacement window. If left in its damaged state and unreplaced, a faulty window could lead to bigger problems such as water seaping into the wall cavities and foundation of your property.
When buying a new window, you should first decide what your needs are, the design you want, your budget and the performance of your considered window type. Ensure to be thorough with your planning as selecting a wrong type could be an expensive error.
Which window materials should you select?
Modern options for window materials include fiberglass, vinyl, wood and aluminum. Again, this choice depends on your needs and preferred style.
Choosing your glass
Glass type comes in a variety of single-pane, double-pane and triple-pane windows. Double-pane and triple-pane glasses offer good noise insulation and are best fit for urban areas or homes facing busy streets.
Lookout for energy-saving values
Beyond the design and aesthetics of your preferred window type, one important factor you should look out for when “window-shopping”, is the energy efficiency rating of the replacement unit. This is indicated by the R-values. A high R-value means better insulating capacity and energy efficiency.
Conversely, you can also check the U-factor rate at which a window conducts heat flow from non-solar sources. This means the lower the U-factor, the higher the energy efficiency of the window.
Your preferred window style
This is the exciting part, as it is often mostly a reflection of your personal style. But it can also be influenced by other uncontrollable factors like existing style in your home, the kind of view you want from the inside and your budget.
The various windows styles currently available to consumers include:
• Casement windows
Casement windows provide a wide view, with a modern appeal.
• Double-hung windows
Double-hung windows slides up and down and evokes a traditional look.
• Sliding windows
This also gives a wide view but provides less ventilation since only a part of the window is opened.
• Bay windows
Bay windows offer a dramatic feel and extra breathe to a space by making it appear bigger.