Are you in the market for new replacement windows?
Perhaps your current windows aren’t energy efficient. Or they might not provide the security you want. It could be that they’re just plain old and ready to be retired.
Whatever the case, it can be tough to determine what type of windows will be best for you. There are so many choices. So to simplify the process, we’ll look at the most important factors to consider.
1. Type of Glass
Once upon a time, choosing windows meant single pane tempered glass. Not much of a choice, but that was it.
Now, you can choose between double- or triple-glazed windows, with or without sealed gas chambers for energy transfer. And don’t forget about the option of Low-E coating. Confused? Sometimes it’s just a matter of using common sense.
For example, double glazed windows will offer more insulation than their single-pane predecessors. Triple might be a good idea, but only if you experience harsh winter climates. Plus, they offer less visibility and transfer of light.
Meanwhile, if you have the funds upfront for highly energy-efficient windows, they’ll save you money on energy bills down the line.
It really comes down to considering where you live, how much light you want, your stand on energy efficiency, and what your current budget is.
2. Frame Type
During those single-pane glass only days, the single option for frames was wood. And you can still go with wood today. But newer materials offer a wide range of benefits.
For example, fiberglass frames are a top choice for those who place a premium on security. They’re strong and durable and also provide superior sound resistance.
Meanwhile, if your focus is more on energy efficiency, then vinyl is a good choice. This is also a good choice from a budget standpoint.
Aluminum is desirable in situations where the frame shape needs to be manipulated. They’re durable like fiberglass and affordable like vinyl.
3. Style and Design
There are endless options when it comes to style, design, and decorative elements. Windows can be clear or have grid-like bars known as muntins to give them a more historical look. You could opt for leaded, etched, or frosted glass.
You may choose to add a bay or bow window to the living room, or a casement or slider window to the small room upstairs. You can even customize a shape.
Then there are all of the additional convenience features such as tilt-in sashes, extra-secure locks, and micro-screens that are nearly impossible to see but do a bang-up job of keeping the insects outside.
Finally, you can choose the color of your frame – since the newer materials are available in a wide array of hues.
What Type of Windows Are Best for You?
When choosing the optimal type of windows, start by determining the glass type and frame material that suit you. Once you have those in place, it will help you determine the style and design that will best serve your aesthetics.
And if you don’t have complete trust in your instincts, you can always consult with a designer who can offer a helping hand.
In the meantime, keep checking back with us for more great articles on a wide variety of home solutions.