When you’re ready to replace the windows on your home, you want to get it right. After all, you could be stuck with them for literal decades. Before you hire someone to come and rip your windows out, take a look at these four things to consider when replacing your windows.
Wood, fiberglass, or vinyl are the three most common materials for window frames. Wood windows are an excellent choice if you want to match the window to the wood trim on the inside of your home. Fiberglass windows (also known as composite windows) are the most durable of the three materials and will normally last the longest. Finally, vinyl is by far the most popular, accounting for over 75 percent of all windows sold and available in a variety of colors.
You have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to the type of window you place in your home. The most common type of window is the double-hung window. These are tilted into your home and can be cleaned without ladders or stools. Sliding windows are a broader but shorter style of window that, depending on your needs, can be a smart choice. Finally, crank-out windows should be considered because they can be utilized in a wide range of apertures and are also the most energy-efficient alternative.
The glass package is the most significant component of your decision, regardless of the material or style of window you choose. Low emissivity coatings (Low-E) are recommended because they help make a home more energy efficient by admitting heat into the house in the winter and reflecting heat away from the house in the summer. This means you’ll save money on heating and cooling.
When window shopping on a budget, aim for less expensive materials and styles but don’t skimp on the glass packaging because a decent Low-E coating can save you money in the long run. You can choose to replace your windows separately or at the same time if your budget allows it. You are likely to save money on labor if you do have them all done at once. This may be the most important thing to consider when replacing your windows.
If you’re looking for a knowledgeable and friendly window expert, there’s no better window company in the Colorado Springs area than Window Source of the Rockies. Our staff is trained and perfectly suited to get you the perfect windows for your home. Regardless of material, style, glass, or budget, we can work with you to ensure you get the perfect fit.