What to Consider Before Buying New Replacement Windows

What to Consider Before Buying New Replacement Windows

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Are you ready to invest in new replacement windows for your home? If so, there are a few things to consider before making your purchase.  One big factor is comparing window prices.  Here are a few more tips to help you buy smart:

Energy Efficiency

It is extremely important to understand what makes windows energy efficient. There are many types of windows that seem similar when you compare the glass fill and types of glass. All windows have different levels of performance and efficiency. Research each window’s energy efficiency rating provided by the Energy Star program, a non-profit established by the U.S. government that provides ratings for Energy Star windows.   Choose one that fits your needs. This will help save you big time on your energy bills in the long run.

The Window Installation Process

When getting new window installations, make sure to understand the process and the install. Will your contractor remove and replace masonry and trim? What type of caulk is being used? If your windows are a non-standard size, make sure to know the exact dimensions of your windows for future replacements. It is good practice to understand the installation process of any home improvement project, because when it comes down to it, this is your home where you will be making memories for a long time.

Understand Your Homes Architecture and Landscaping

How much you will save on utilities with upgraded windows is based on how light and heat are entering your home. If you have large southern facing windows with no eaves or overhangs, which collect a lot of sunlight throughout the day, and no trees blocking the direct sunlight, energy efficient windows would greatly reduce your cooling bill in the summer months. New replacement windows help western facing dining rooms allow direct sunlight in. They are also much more comfortable in the evening while sitting down for dinner during the sunset.

 

Window Frame Materials

Every window frame material ages and functions in different ways in varying climates. It is important to understand which frame will work best in the weather and temperature your house will experience throughout the year.  Top of the line wood frames which will cost a bit more ($1000-1,800) are high maintenance to preserve their durability.   Vinyl frames that are extremely low-maintenance but highly energy efficient.   Each frame will also give the window a different look.  Windows create options for customizing the look of your home.