Choosing a Window Replacement
The style of your window replacement will set the tone for the aesthetics and curb appeal of your home or office. There are tons of styles and customization options that you can choose from. Here are some of the basics:
Window Replacement Materials
There are a wide variety of window replacement materials available. This gives you the flexibility to match an existing look or create an entirely new look for your home or business. Here's a rundown of the most popular window replacement materials:
Wood: This material provides both energy efficiency and beauty, but needs some significant upkeep. Periodic staining and/or painting is needed for wood windows to prevent movement, moisture, and potential rot.
Vinyl: It's easy to see why this is one of the most popular materials among homeowners. Nearly maintenance-free, reasonable pricing and gorgeous customization options make this a front-runner for replacement windows.
Vinyl-Clad: Quickly gaining momentum in popularity, this material offers all the maintenance-free features of traditional vinyl along with an interior that mimics the look and feel of stained or painted wood.
The type of glass you choose for your replacement windows will depend on your specific needs. It's important to remember that the insulation factor is determined by the air or gas that's present between the panes and not the number of panes in the window.
You can choose a Low-E glass that can reduce the amount of heat that's transferred through the glass if your windows are exposed to a significant amount of sun. Or, if you live in a coastal region or one that experiences extreme weather, you'll want to consider impact-resistant glass.
The Big Picture
Because replacement windows can be a large investment, it's important to consider everything from quality and style to performance and warranty. Always research the window replacement cost implications. A well-made, properly chosen window will offer energy-efficiency, low-maintenance, and beauty for decades to come.