Things to Know About Replacement Windows
Have you been wanting to improve the value, beauty, and comfort of your home? Installing replacement windows can do just that, not to mention it is a great investment. Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost v. Value for 2007 reported that homeowners in California could expect to retrieve up to 98.5% of their cost for installing vinyl replacement windows in their homes. But before you decide to invest in replacement windows, we want to make sure you consider these things.
1. Replacement Windows v. Retro-fit Windows
A replacement window is any window that replaces an existing window, which can be done by installing either a “new construction” window or a “retro-fit” window. However, it is important to know the difference between the terms “new construction” and “retro-fit” since they are both often confused.
So what is the best installation method for your home?
- New Construction: If you are planning to re-stucco or replace the siding of your home at some point soon, then new construction windows are the best fit for you. The pro to using new construction windows is that your new windows will be the same size as your old windows, but the con is that you will eventually be able to tell that the stucco was patched if you do not plan to re-stucco your house.
- Retro-Fit: If you are not planning to re-stucco your home any time soon, then retro-fit windows are the best fit for you, especially if you have a tight budget. These types of windows are designed to fit inside of your old windows, and installing them does not require any damage to the stucco.
2. The Best Type of Framing Material for Your Windows
- Vinyl: Vinyl windows are by far the most popular choice for window replacements for several reasons. They are energy-efficient, affordable, and easy to maintain. Plus, you can pick from a variety of colors… Did we mention they are affordable and energy-efficient? That means you get new windows and save money!
- Aluminum: Aluminum windows have poor insulation, not to mention the thermal conductance is very high. But if your home already has aluminum windows and you do not want them to look any different, then this would be your best bet.
- Fiberglass: Fiberglass windows are usually quite expensive, but they are maintenance-free and are available in dark colors and can be easily painted.
- Wood: Wood windows are perfect if you are restoring an old home and want to keep the same look like your old windows. Unfortunately, they require painting quite often, not to mention if you want dual-glazed with low-e glass, they will be very expensive.
3. Different Glass Options Available for You
- Single glazed v. Dual glazed: A single glazed window has just one layer of glass, and dual glazed windows have two layers of glass. The con about single glazed windows is that they do almost nothing to help insulate your home. They can also be up to 20 times less efficient than an insulated wall when it comes to energy loss or storage. Opposed to dual glazed windows, where the thermal efficiency can be improved by 80%, so it is easier to maintain the temperature inside your home. Double glazed windows are said to be 100% more efficient than a single glazed window.
- Low-E Glass: The term low-e is short for “low-emissivity,” which is a high-tech coating that is designed to block heat and ultra-violet light from the sun, but still allowing a large amount of visible light.
- Argon Gas: Argon gas is an odorless, colorless, inert gas that is denser than air. It can be used between panes, which provides a small improvement in thermal performance and energy savings.
4. Check Referrals
Select Home Improvements work with Anlin Window & Door. Look the company up and check their reviews and past work. They have been in business for a long time, and they have a long list of satisfied customers!
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Did you know 15% of your wall space is taken up by windows? So having newer windows can make your home look brand new! Select Home Improvements takes pride in providing affordable and energy-efficient vinyl windows for our customers.