Windows are the eyes of the home. They provide light, warmth, ambiance, and are a central design feature to any property. The windows of today are made to last and can even offer some serious savings via energy-efficient glass and window frame materials.
If you are looking to update your home, replace existing windows, or are looking for the best windows for a renovation or new construction build, you’ll probably want to do your research before settling on this very important investment. With so many options available, choosing the right windows for your home is now made easier with this simple guide.
What Windows Are Right for Your Home?
Installing new windows can add value to your home by enhancing the overall aesthetic, increasing curb appeal, while also making your property more energy-efficient. Let’s take a more detailed overview of the most well-constructed and popular windows on the market today. Be sure to take into consideration the style of your home and choose windows that complement the overall architecture of the interior and exterior of your property.
- Energy-Efficient Windows – Before we dive into the style and window frame materials, it is important to consider the energy efficiency of the windows you choose. Eco-friendly and energy-efficient windows can help protect your home from extreme weather conditions, whether it be during the winter or summer months. Consider what direction the windows are facing and the level of UV rays they are subjected to in the daytime.
For an extra $40 a window, consumers can opt for a window with low-E glass and vacuum-sealed argon fill. While this may be a more sizable investment, it can really make a huge difference in your utility bill in the long run. When you are window shopping, very literally, keep your eyes peeled for the Energy Star logo which should be clearly displayed. Energy Star status is given to windows by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), and is measured in two distinct ways:
- U-Value: The U-value measures the window’s resistance to heat loss. This is important for the winter months.
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): This measures how much heat is permitted to enter the home through the window’s glass.
Remember that the lower the U-value and SHGC, the better the window will perform.
- Window Styles – Window styles should be chosen to match the style and design of your home, whether it be traditional or modern.
- Double-Hung Windows: Double-hung windows are an extremely popular window to install in your home. These are perfect for Craftsmans, Colonial designs, and Craftsman-style homes. Double-Hung windows are the perfect combination of beautiful, classic style and next-generation technology. With two operating, vertically stacked windows, they are easy to maintain and bring energy-efficiency to the next level. A wide selection of decorative options is available to make them truly unique to your particular style of home.
- Casement Windows: If having superior airflow is your goal, casement windows are the choice for you. These breathable beauties offer excellent top-to-bottom ventilation and offer loads of natural light. Enjoy slim designed frames that maximize glass area and welcome in a generous amount of daylight.
- Sliding Windows: Sliding windows bring maximum light into the home and are an excellent choice for those that want to bring the outdoors into their living spaces. Easy to open and close, these windows marry superior design with remarkable performance. Their durable mainframe and sash are made of 100% virgin vinyl (uPVC) that never chips, peels, cracks, or warps. The multi-chambered sash creates insulating air space to offer thermal efficiency.
- Window Materials – Choosing the right type of window material will depend heavily on your own personal preferences and budget. You can choose from a wide variety of materials including, wood, vinyl, aluminum, metal, composite, and fiberglass. All of these choices can be customized to conform to different shapes and can be outfitted with decorative details. Read more about a variety of window materials and frames in this guide.
- Window Glass Options – Glass options are another important consideration when purchasing new windows. Single-pane windows are mostly a thing of the past as they provide the least amount of insulation. It simply isn’t a good investment, especially for homes in climates that get extremely hot or extremely cold. Argon-filled window panes health increase your window’s thermal efficiency, while Low-E glazing reduces heat transfer. Double-paned windows are your best bet because they provide significantly more insulation than single-pane windows. Triple-pane windows are excellent for homes in colder climates, offering maximum insulation during harsh winters. The only drawback of triple-pane windows is that it reduces visibility and doesn’t allow as much light to shine through.
- Choosing the Right Window Company for the Job – Contacting a reputable and experienced window installation contractor can help you choose the right windows for your home. They can provide technical expertise and allow you to review your options before coming to a decision. You’ll be able to review price points and the pros and cons of each window. Remember to ask your window installation company about energy efficiency and what warranties come along with your install.
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