In many aspects, your home’s windows are architectural accents that may enhance your home’s curb appeal while reducing your energy bills. If you are at your wits end with unattractive and inefficient windows, read on to learn how a window replacement using modern materials & design can help.
Window Energy Efficiency
Conventional single-pane windows are a pain on your energy budget and comfort. New double-pane window replacements with low-e coatings save energy by reflecting heat back into rooms during the winter and reduce heat gain during the summer. Also, look for window replacements with a low U-factor, which indicates the rate of non-solar heat flow.
From double-hung, garden window, casement to bay and bow, you have many window styles to choose from when you are upgrading or constructing a new home. You also want to consider the function of your windows, such as an architectural for primary living spaces or a simple awning window for the basement.
Bay and bow window replacements may dramatically change the look of your home as well. Make sure you work with a contractor that uses top manufacturers for near limitless exterior design options.
Classic Wood, Vinyl or Fiberglass Frames?
The window frame material you choose is an important decision. Consider the aspects and traits of the following popular materials.
- Wood: Wood frames exude a timeless, rich and elegant effect. Wood may be painted or finished to match future exterior changes to your home. However, wood will decay over time.
- Vinyl: Vinyl window frames do not corrode, offer good energy efficiency and are available in many styles and shapes. However, vinyl can’t be painted.
- Fiberglass: Fiberglass frames are the material of choice for durability, low maintenance and UV protection. Fiberglass frames may be painted and the glass fibers expand and contract with the glass as one unit. Additionally, fiberglass has none of the shortcomings of wood or vinyl.
Cost is certainly a factor in your decision for choosing window replacements. You may be wondering if it is cost-effective to replace your old windows or just boost the efficiency of window coverings.
Ask your contractor to perform a lifetime cost analysis of different window materials and styles. In this way, you see how much energy you stand to save, as well as protecting furnishings and possessions, over the lifetime of your new windows. Generally speaking, energy-efficient window replacements pay for themselves over time.
For more information about choosing windows that will improve your home’s energy efficiency as well as aesthetic appeal contact Straight Line Construction today.