New or Replacement Windows?
With so many styles and material options, choosing the right window for your home can be overwhelming. Windows are such an important feature of any house, making it worthy of some research to determine the options that meet your needs. The following guide will help you consider the best features for your home.
To change the shape or size of your current window requires a new window. In addition to the window installation, the contractor will be required to perform carpentry or masonry work.
Homeowners who wish to maintain the existing trim or frame can choose to install replacement windows. Replacement windows are ideal when the existing frame is still in great condition. Replacement windows are designed to fit right into the existing opening. Although they cost the same as new windows, no additional carpentry or masonry labor is required to alter the size or shape of the exiting opening.
Once you have decided between new or replacement windows, the next decision is the style or type of window. The most basic and popular types of windows are:
Materials for Window Frames and Sashes
After choosing the style, consider the materials the window will be made from. These are the main options to choose from:
- Vinyl Clad
The type of glass used is much more important than many homeowners realize. Depending on how you feel about energy efficiency and value, the glass you select can also provide UV protection to keep the interior cooler and protect furnishings from fading. Low-E glass has a transparent layer of material that reduced the transfer of heat. Impact-resistant glass provides greater security and safety under extreme weather conditions. Consider these options:
Single-Pane – suitable only in very mild climates and considered outdated for most applications.
Double-Pane – available in several variations with improved insulating properties from the sealed air space between panes.
Triple-Pane – ideal for cold climates and provides a noticeable level of sound insulation. Double and Triple-Pane are also less likely to have condensation issues as the interior facing glass remains closer to room temperature.
Purchase and Installation
Before purchasing windows, know the thickness of walls by measuring the jamb width on an existing door or window. Once the old windows have been removed, measure the opening size and be sure to purchase a window unit that fits tightly into the existing opening.
As energy costs continue to rise, look for windows that are Energy Star rated. These will be foam-filled for insulation, include a non-conductive space system, and at the minimum should feature double-pane glass.
How to Choose
Unless your window frames are in such terrible condition that the damage is visible, or you’re conducting a large home renovation where the studs are visible, determining which sort of replacement window is the best option for your home can be tough for the typical homeowner. When it comes to replacement windows, it’s essential to seek advice from a specialist.
Green Eco Solutions will help you choose new windows and install them professionally in your home or business. For decades, we’ve been installing energy-efficient windows in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Our attention to detail and dedication to customer service is unrivaled. For a free estimate, give us a call today!