If you can feel drafts blowing through your windows, there’s condensation when it rains or snows or if small cracks develop in the frame, it’s time to invest in window replacement. Knowing which style of window to choose, however, can be a complicated decision involving several different factors.
Read on as Renewal by Andersen® of Eastern New York discusses the factors to consider in choosing the right replacement windows for your home.
1. Energy Efficiency
Heat gain and heat loss via the windows account for around 25%-30% of a home’s heating and cooling energy consumption. Energy saving is easy when you replace old, drafty windows with energy saving windows. These are made of high-quality, advanced materials backed by flawless construction. If you don’t understand the numbers, abbreviations and descriptions you see on ads, do some research online or talk to a trusted local contractor.
A rule of thumb when choosing windows is that you get what you pay for. Cost should always be a factor, but not at the expense of quality. New materials, like the Fibrex® composite we use in all our window frames, provide the beautiful appearance of wood without the problem of rotting, warping, cracking or flaking.
When looking for a replacement, choose a window style that complements the other components of your home’s design. Other close considerations include functionality and practicality. Casement windows, for example, work well with homes that feature modern or traditional designs. They’re also a top choice for homeowners who prioritize ventilation. Other great choices for these criteria include double-hung, sliding and bay windows.
Always read the fine print when it comes to window warranties. This is where a well-known company with a good reputation gains the lead over the competition. Check for warranties on the glass and other parts of the window as well as the labor and installation.
Of course, you’ll always want to work with a trusted contractor in your area for all your window installation and replacement needs. Take the first step in securing a successful window replacement experience by giving us a call today at (866) 479-1700.