The very good news about windows is that there are an incredible number of styles, options and prices to consider. The bad news? With all those possibilities, you may feel like you’re adrift on an ocean of options. Take heart, fellow shopper: Here’s what you need to know to navigate the world of windows before home remodeling is complete.
1. STYLE IS KEY.
New windows can change the look of your house, so rather than just replace existing windows with replicas, look for windows that express your personal style but also your home’s style. Consider double hung windows for traditional style while horizontal slider and awning windows are more modern design. The mutins or grids on a window can give the house a period look
2. THE SAFE AND SOUND TEST.
When you find a style that appeal to you, try it out for security and noise abatement. If you live near a busy street or airport, think about windows with laminated glass to reduce noise transmission. These windows will also hold up in extreme weather conditions as well offer protection from intruders. However, this alternative could double the budget.
3. THE MAINTENANCE TEST.
Ask yourself how much maintenance you want to do on your windows long term. If you have a fast-paced life with little time for household chores, then consider no-hassle vinyl framed windows or hybrid cladding rather than wood. Ask about warping, rotting or cracking. Does your choice need for repainting? Think about double-hung for ease of cleaning from the inside if you have a multi-story home with windows difficult to reach.
4. GLASS CONSCIOUS.
Some windows allow for better ventilation and others have a larger glass area allowing for more daylight or capture the views. How about transoms or sidelights? Options include tempered impact glass, low-e glass that limits UV rays and glass that reduces heat loss while letting heat from sun to penetrate. Energy Star compliant windows enhance energy efficiency and make the house more comfortable.
5. PRICE CHECK.
Double check the price against other windows you have looked at. Quality windows are available in all price levels. Generally, the choice of glass and material used in the frame determine the price.
6. FRESH OPENINGS.
How many windows do you need? Know the size of your rough openings. Do you have privacy issues to consider? Should the windows open for ventilation? Or stay closed to prevent energy loss?