There are a lot of different factors to consider when purchasing new windows for your home. Since this is a big investment, you want to make sure that you are choosing the right windows. There are a variety of windows to choose from on the market, so eliminating some options is important if you want to make the right choice. In this article we will go over what to look for and what to consider when replacing your windows.
What Insulates The Window?
You may not immediately rank this high on your list of important aspects to consider, but it is more important than you’d think. The reason being, how well the window insulates your home has several benefits. The first benefit is that your home won’t be as humid in the summer, or drafty in the winter. This is because well insulated windows are able to keep the outside air from entering the home, as well as keeping the inside climate unchanged. This results in your cooling and heating systems working less, meaning your energy bill will be lower year round.
The windows you want to avoid at all cost are single pane windows. These windows are not insulated at all, meaning they do not do well insulating your home. Double and multi-pane windows perform much better, however the more panes you have the more expensive that the window is going to be. So what you want to be on the lookout for is double pane windows insulated with either Argon or Krypton. Both of these elements are gasses that are more dense than air. Argon is around 6 times as dense as air. Krypton is around 12 times as dense as air. This means that when air tries to escape through the window it has a harder time since a denser gas is less permeable. In other words air is unable to pass through the barrier of Argon or Krypton because it has a greater density than air itself.
While Argon insulated windows are more common than their Krypton insulated counterpart, the ladder is a better choice for your windows in your home. Krypton insulated windows do a much better job at keeping the home at a temperature you want it to be. In some instances they provide 40% more insulation than Argon insulated windows. We strongly recommend going with Krypton insulated windows when purchasing windows for your home.
What Window Options Are Provided?
While this one may seem obvious, you want to make sure the window provider has a variety of window options. For example, if a company only has a few window options they may not be able to meet your demands. This would lead to you not being able to replace all of the windows in your home. Another advantage to your window provider having multiple options is you can make your home more aesthetically pleasing. You can change that double hung window over your kitchen sink into a garden window. Or that one large window in your living room can become a bow assembly. These features not only make your home looks better from the street, it will also increase your property’s value.
What Is The Window Frame Made Out Of?
Another important aspect that is often overlooked when purchasing windows is the composition of the frame. The frame of the window is important because this is what hold the window in place. It essentially represents the life of the window, because once the frame has deteriorated, the window is going to need to be replaced again. There are 2 common types of window frames, they include wood and vinyl frames.
Wood is common, and offers more design options since there are many different types of wood. However there are some downsides to wooden frames. They are more expensive than vinyl frames and also require maintenance every 3 to 4 years. They also run the risk of rotting, which would not only require new windows to be put in but also could create gaps in the frame ruining the seal. This would mean that the window would not be insulated eventually resulting in you spending more money on your energy bill each month.
Vinyl on the other hand is less common but it also is not rare. Vinyl is cheaper than wood, easier to install, and doesn’t require maintenance like wooden windows. It works as an excellent insulator, since the material doesn’t absorb or conduct heat. Vinyl also has a large variety of colors, which is rather new to the vinyl window world where there used to be few color options. Overall vinyl windows are the better choice when looking for new windows
While this is an important aspect it is not the most important one. This is because more expensive windows often have alternate features that make up for the extra paid in premium. For instance, windows that use Heat Mirror Technology save consumers a lot of money on the utility bills annually. This ultimately evens out the extra amount of money paid for windows with this kind of technology. If you find windows that are very cheap, its likely for a reason. Maybe they have poor framing, low quality glass, a short shelf life. Regardless price should be your last deciding factor when determining which windows to buy, not your first.