Everything You Need to Know About Replacement Windows
New windows offer so much more than just added curb appeal. They can increase your home’s overall energy efficiency, help with noise, and even aid in temperature control. We know there are more than a few options you can consider when looking at new windows, that’s why we created this guide that covers everything you need to know about replacement windows.
The Energy Efficiency Factor
A big reason people choose to replace their windows is because new windows can have a significant impact on the overall efficiency of your home.
When windows have cracks or holes, between 25-30% of temperature treated air can be lost. This means extra strain on your HVAC system which will raise your bills. It will also force your system to work twice as hard to produce the same amount of air, which leads to excess wear and tear on your central heating and cooling system.
Additionally, modern windows have an energy star rating. The rating is given to windows that increase a home’s efficiency. For example, energy star rated windows have double panes. Windows with two panes help insulate the house more efficiently, so your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard to maintain a certain temperature.
Windows can also be treated with a tint. Think of window tinting as sunscreen for your home. Depending on the level of tint you choose, you will experience a nice, sunny day, but with some extra shade. This is another way that replacement windows can help keep your home cool on the hottest of summer days.
Types of Materials
Perhaps the biggest reason people choose new windows is because of curb appeal. When choosing a material for your replacement windows it’s important to consider your home’s location and local weather conditions.
- Wood – Wood is one of the most common materials used in older windows. They look great and can help keep air in. The downside is that they can be tricky to maintain. Wood can expand when it rains and over time even develop mold or rot.
- Aluminum – With aluminum, you get what you pay for. Though they are an incredibly affordable option, they are not the most weather resistant. Aluminum windows are not great at insulating your home and they can collect a lot of condensation, which can lead to a case of mold.
- Vinyl – Vinyl is one of our favorite window options and what is recommended by Bell Brothers. They can come in a wide variety of color options, so you’ll always find a match to your home. Vinyl is also incredibly weather resistant and great at maintaining a level home temperature.
Replacement Window Designs
When it comes to replacement window designs, the options are limitless. The type of window design you choose can change based on the window’s location, form, and function. Some of the most common are:
- Double Hung – Double hung windows are the types that move up and down. There are two individual sashes in a single window frame, but each one can move up and down.
- Sliding – Sliding windows are simply moved horizontally across a track. You can open them by sliding a sash across the track.
- Casement – These windows open out, often with the help of a crank. They open like a door and usually open to the outside of the house.
To DIY or not to DIY?
There are more than a few reasons why replacing your windows should be left to the experts. From measuring to installation, the window replacement process is incredibly involved.
Professionals are trained to know what the best window thickness and material is for your specific home. They are trained to handle different weather conditions and can do the work in a clean and efficient manner.
The option of choosing replacement windows is a big one and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. For any window replacement questions, contact the experts at Bell Brothers by calling the number at the top of the screen or click here to request an appointment online.