With so many windows replacement options available, finding the right window replacement may not be an easy task. There are a number of designs to choose from, but not every design suits every home. Some replacement windows are quite easy to install while others are not so easy to install. That being said, you need to decide whether or not you will be installing the windows by yourself or if you will be seeking the services of a professional contractor.
What you need to know
Before tackling a window replacement project, there are a few things you need to know.
- You need to ensure that the window is functional. You need to ensure that it is easy to clean and that it opens and closes as it should.
- You need to ensure that the window is energy efficient
- You need to ensure that the windows are properly insulated. Go for extra panes such as the triple pane windows where possible as you will save plenty in terms of energy.
- You may add storm windows if you wish to reduce air leakage and improve comfort. You may also make use of caulking and weather-stripping to reduce air leakage around the windows.
Tips to finding the right windows replacement
You need to determine which type of windows will work best for your home. While choosing, be sure to ensure that the windows are energy efficient and functional. The material used should also be considered. Window materials include vinyl, wood frame and fiberglass frame with each coming with its own advantages and disadvantages. Besides material, there are so many different types of windows to choose from, from the double-hung windows to the casement style windows plus a lot more in between.
While selecting windows, you need to consider the material used, the type of window and how energy efficient and functional it is. You need to pay attention to how the window operates since some operating types do tend to have higher air leakage rates than others.
Common operating types include:
- Awning which is hinged at the top and opens outward
- Casement which hinges t the sides and have low air leakage rates
- Fixed which don’t open thus making them unsuitable in places that need window ventilation
- Single and double hung which have both sashes sliding vertically in a double-hung window.
- Hopper style windows which are hinged at the bottom and open inward.
Once you have selected the most appropriate window for your home, you will have to look into installation. You need to decide whether or not you will be installing the windows by yourself. Ideally, you should seriously consider hiring a professional to do the installation. This way, you get to do away with potential problems that may arise from improper window installation.
It doesn’t matter why you need a window replacement; whether you need it to update the look of your home, improve energy efficiency or increase natural light to the home- finding the right window replacement and proper installation is the key to enjoying the benefits of a new window replacement.