How to Choose the Right Replacement Windows for Your Home!
The windows of your home add a touch of beauty as well as provide security against the elements. Unfortunately, old and worn windows can also make your home appear neglected and poorly maintained, which can quickly bring its value down. Whether you are searching for the best investment to increase the resale value or as a quick way to improve the curb appeal of your home, replacement windows are a great option. There are several options to choose from, so it is important to understand the various features, such as framing options and energy efficiency. To help you get started, here are a few helpful tips to help you choose replacement windows with ease.
Do Your Homework
When it comes to choosing windows, you will find there are a wide variety of options to choose from, so it’s important to do your homework in order to get the best deal. Window replacement is a big job, so it is highly recommended that you not attempt to make this a DIY project. Instead, talk with a local contractor about doing the installation. If you aren't sure what type of windows will look the best in your home, take a drive around the neighborhood to look at other homes in the area that are similar in design to your home; focus on how the windows look to help you choose the style you prefer.
Some of the most common window options to choose from include:
Casement Windows: This type of window operates like a door in that it swings from side to side and is generally used in areas where there is limited reach or in a home where there is physical limited access, such as an unused attic. These windows are operated with a crank mechanism, but with a push-out style.
Double or Single: Double hung windows have two sashes; one is installed directly above the other, and both sashes are moveable so they can slide over one another. Single hung windows have one fixed and one moveable sash. Double hung windows provide the best energy efficiency, and they are ideal for areas where you may or may not have full access to open and close them.
Awning Windows: These windows are commonly used when homeowners want windows that swing out horizontally from the top. This type of window opens at the bottom and generally goes upward/outward to resemble an awning. These windows are often used in the top section of a bay window because they allow light to enter, and they can be opened to let in a breeze during the rain without the risk of water blowing in.
Hopper Windows: This type of window is similar to awning windows, except it is flipped over and opens from the top instead of the bottom like awning windows. Hopper windows may also open towards the inside of the house instead of the outside. Hopper windows are typically installed in areas where there is a need for small window applications, such as in a basement. They allow light in, but they are small enough to prevent intruders entering through the window. This type of window is also easy to clean from the inside.
Tilt and Turn: These windows are a combination of a hopper window and a casement window. The window can swing open as well as tilt inward from the top. One of the best advantages of this type of window is its flexibility.
Without a doubt, the most important thing to consider when choosing replacement windows for your home is energy efficiency. The windows in your home are responsible for helping to maintain a comfortable interior temperature, so it is best to choose windows that have a high R-value, which means the materials used in the windows are more resistant to heat flow, so they will keep the heat inside of your home. For the best energy efficient window choices and to help lower your electric bill, look for windows that have the Energy Star® label
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