The “Must-Know Basics” Guide to Replacement Windows for Homeowners
Replacing outdated windows is a great way to improve energy efficiency, curb appeal and property value for your home. If your existing windows are leaking or if you are concerned about energy efficiency or curb appeal, now may be a great time to make a replacement.
However, there are many different variations in replacement windows to choose from. These options can vary based on cost, style, energy efficiency and other important factors. Before you schedule an installation appointment with our team at Rocky Mountain Exteriors, it is important to have a good idea about the types of windows you want to install.
By focusing on these points, you can make a more educated decision about your replacement windows.
Think About Interior and Exterior Décor
From double-hung windows and casement windows to bay windows, bow windows and more, you have may different styles of windows to choose from. The ideal windows will have a look that is suitable for enhancing your exterior architecture. However, windows are also visible from the interior of the home, so they should enhance your interior décor as well. Take time to thoroughly review all window styles to determine which style is best for both your interior and exterior as a first step.
Pay Attention to Energy Efficiency
After you have decided on a window style that you prefer, your next step in selecting replacement windows for your home is to focus on energy efficiency. Replacement windows’ energy efficiency is rated based on the U-value, and a lower U-value means that the window is more energy efficient in the winter months. You also need to think about solar heat penetrating through the windows in the summer months when focusing on energy efficiency. In addition to looking for a window with a lower U-value, look for a window with a lower solar heat gain number. By focusing on these factors, you can find the most energy efficient replacement windows for your budget.
Choose Your Window Frame Material
A final and important factor to consider is the material that your frames will be made out of. Your primary options are vinyl, wood and aluminum. Wood is aesthetically appealing, but it requires regular painting to keep it looking great. Furthermore, it can warp, sag or splinter over time. Aluminum is affordable, but it generally is not a suitable temperature barrier during extreme weather conditions. Vinyl is a preferred option because it has low maintenance requirements, is long-lasting and is weather resistant. Your budget may also dictate the type of frame material you choose for your windows.
Choosing replacement windows for your home is not a matter to take lightly. The windows you select will likely remain in place for decades, affecting energy bills, indoor comfort and interior & exterior décor for many long years to come.