As you update your home or start building a new one, you’ll likely begin the hunt for a new window. Finding the right window for your home can help ensure you’re ready for any type of weather, allow the most natural light in, conserve energy and match your exterior to your overall style. With so many types available, it may be hard to know where to get started. In this guide, we’ll go over what to look for in replacement windows, including the different types of frame and glass materials and some window designs available.
Experts recommend replacing your windows every 15-20 years in order to best protect your home’s interior. This time frame varies depending on the materials used for your windows, the craftsmanship of your original installation and local weather conditions. If you notice your home is letting in a cold draft or are getting high energy bills, it may be time to replace your windows.
When choosing replacement windows, it’s best to start by defining your home’s unique needs. Consider your region to find the best window for your climate based on the frame materials, glass options and designs available. Some materials, like wood, require more upkeep, while others, like vinyl, have a longer life span. Finally, consider your personal style preferences for your home and your ideal budget.
Window frames come in a variety of materials. While wood used to be the go-to material for decades, it doesn’t typically last as long as some other options. Aluminum window frames tend to be a cheaper material option but may experience condensation and heat loss, making them less than ideal for those living in harsher climates. A higher-end option is fiberglass, which tends to be energy efficient but comes with a large price tag. Those looking for a durable, lasting modern window frame option may want to consider vinyl, which comes at an affordable price point, is highly durable, and encompasses many energy-efficient properties.
When shopping for a new window, you may encounter several types of glass options. Some come with special tinting for a decorative effect or to help absorb heat, while others use thicker glass to provide protection. A common option is Low-E glass, which uses a special coating to deflect UV rays and control whether heat comes into your home. This gives you a more comfortable interior temperature year-round and helps save on utility bills.
Windows come in a variety of designs for all types of spaces, including:
As you decide which replacement window is right for you, we recommend working with an expert to find the best dependable, energy-efficient option. Your local Window World team is happy to discuss your ideas and help you choose the right one based on your unique needs. Get a free consultation and quote today.
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