Whether you’re looking for a fresh view or you’re throwing money out of the windows, replacing old windows may not be as difficult as you thought. Window replacement and installation is a good idea when it comes to creating a home that is warm in winter and cooler in summer. Replacing windows can even save you up to 25% on your heating and cooling costs each year and that adds up to a lot of money!
When it comes to window replacement and installation, or window repair, you should always pay attention to the energy efficiency factor of the replacement windows. Many of the new window replacements provide many new energy efficient elements. Special coatings, gas between glass panes, and other types of attributes make a big difference in the energy efficiency of the new windows.
Window replacement offers several different options. Some of the possibilities include:
Some of the options are better than others. For example, vinyl is a popular choice because it is inexpensive and easy to find. They are relatively maintenance-free. But beware! They do tend to allow more air to find its way into your home in cold weather. If you live where winters are harsh or long, you may want to reconsider this option.
Always think about window repair and window maintenance when considering replacement windows. You want to choose windows that are easy to maintain and that won’t deteriorate too quickly over time. Wood takes a lot more maintenance than fiberglass so you need to think about this as you choose. Also, keep the aesthetics and visual appeal of your home in mind when you choose new windows. You want them to appear as a part of the original design and not stick out as an ‘add-on’ or replacement.
You can also find some outstanding windows through manufacturers such as Andersen, Pell, and Marvin windows. Unfortunately, some of their higher quality grade windows are only available when installed by professional installers. Your local home improvement store can help you evaluate what is available and make the best choices when it comes to these higher end replacement windows.
You can also do a lot of window shopping and comparison on the Internet by visiting specific window manufacturer’s sites. Doing your homework ahead of time will save you a lot of frustration and disappointment in the end.
If you’re considering window replacement, check out the possibilities and pay attention to functionality, energy efficiency, and overall maintenance and repair as you proceed. Taking time to choose the best windows for your home will pay off in the long term. You’ll be glad you did your homework.