Overtime, with the entrance of new fashions or the deterioration of old windows there comes a need to install new windows in your home. When it comes down to finding the right windows for your home, there is a wealth of choices to choose from-from the double pane to the energy-efficient windows plus a lot more in between.
There are a number of things to consider while choosing a window- from the style, the material used to the features it comes with. You should avoid buying just about any window since in most cases, windows tend to remain in the home for up to 20 years if not more.
You have to decide on whether or not you will be getting new windows for your home or replacement windows. In order to make the best choice, you need to know the difference between the two:
You should consider new windows when you want to install a completely new window in the old window space. This means that you wish to change the shape and size of the current window. New windows come with labor costs to the contractor. This is why much as they technically don’t cost more than replacement windows; the overall price tends to be slightly higher.
The greatest advantage to installing a completely new window in your home is that you get a totally different appearance when the job is done.
Having replacement windows installed in a home implies maintaining the current surrounding trim or frame and simply removing the old windows and replacing with the ‘new ‘one. In other words the new window should be designed to fit perfectly in the opening where the old window was. Since you don’t have to deal with creating additional space for the new window or install a new frame, the labor cost tend to be lower than fitting a new window.
You should consider going for replacement windows if you notice that the existing frame is still in good condition. Such windows can either be custom made to fit or they can be of a stock size depending on the manufacturer.
Now that you have an idea of choosing between a new window and a replacement window, you should consider the window style next. Basically, there are four types of windows that are popular which are:
When you are done deciding the style of window you should include in your home, the next things you should consider are the window frame and sash materials to be used. It is important to understand the type of material used on the window so that you don’t end up investing in a wrong window. Common materials used in a number of windows today are wood or vinyl. In addition, there are variations such as ‘wood clad’ windows available. You may also find aluminum frame windows in your search however; these are not many people’s favorite since they are not as energy efficient as wood or vinyl.
The next thing you should look into is the window glass. Today, you will find a world of glass choices to choose from thanks to the advancement in technology. You can opt for the double, triple, or quadruple-pane glass depending on your style and pockets. Bear in mind however that an increase in the number of panes that come with the glass doesn’t translate to an increase in the insulation capabilities of the window. If you are looking for added insulation, you should pay attention to the air between the glass panes. With the advancement in technology, a number of manufacturers are making use of an inert gas (normally argon) in place of the air in between the panes to provide better insulation.
You should not forget the window quality while selecting windows for your home. Remember, you tend to get what you pay for! Ideally, you should seriously consider going for windows manufactured by a popular company as opposed to a new entrant in the market because they tend to come with a wealth of experience in window making. While looking at quality, besides the price factor; you should also consider the window maintenance and ease of use.
Different window manufactures offer different warranties to their clients. As such, you should pay close attention to the warranty on offer most especially where the glass is concerned.
Once you know which windows you will be buying for your home, the next thing you should consider is who will be doing the installation. Go for a well trained contractor if you wish to get the job done right the first time. Here at Imperial Windows and Doors, we're experts when it comes to replacing your home windows. Contact us today for a free quote.
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Making sure you choose the best window quality is a good idea. That way, you don't get something that will give you problems later on. It would be great to have something that lasts for a long time! What do you think is the best quality window material? Then I can choose the right one.
I have an older house and I need to get new windows installed. What I didn't know was that there is such a big difference in new windows and replacement windows in that installing new windows entails replacing the current ones including the frame while replacing windows just means putting new glass in.