Is the idea of window replacements daunting? It doesn’t have to be. A good sign that it is time for new windows is when you see a substantial increase in your utility bills. Or if you find yourself constantly caulking, scraping, painting and doing other such tedious repairs. Consider the following advice and new windows will feel like sunshine instead of rain!
Weather is definitely a factor when choosing window replacement. Colder climates call for thermally-enhanced, non-metal windows as these are better equipped for double or, in some cases, triple solar gain. However, in a particularly warm climate, one should opt for windows made of a “low-E” clear coating which will allow lights and reduces solar gain. Insulation is a factor no matter what the climate so take this into careful consideration.
When choosing your replacement windows, you need to remember that there are different types and styles made for different life spans and qualities. Some may be more pleasing to the eye, but may be high maintenance. A frame may LOOK nice, but in the long run, aluminum or vinyl are both more cost-effective and easier to maintain.
Also you might think a single pane window is more cost effective, but you might as well just leave the windows open! Choosing double or triple pane windows will drastically lower your energy bills as they both ensure a lower level of heat transfer. And everyone wants to save money!
Not only do windows come in different styles, they come in a variety of colors as well. You no longer have to stick with basic white windows. Add a splash of color to your home. Vinyl windows come in an assortment of tints and colors and are also available in a wood or grain pattern.
When choosing a date and time for the actual installation process, you need to factor in inclement weather. If you are protective of your floorings and furnishings, you might want to see if your contractor has a contingency plan for inclement weather.
You also need to plan ahead for removal and disposal of your old windows. Check with your township to see what regulations they have regarding handling and disposal. Also, you want to make sure that your contractor has clear and safe working conditions. This means removing any knick-knacks, wall-hangings, and other valuables such as family heirlooms well before the actual appointment time. Make sure the workspace is clean and free of debris.
Remember, you want to choose replacement windows that will be both durable and energy efficient. You do not have to buy the most expensive windows on the market. Comparison shop and discuss your options with your contractor. You want to make sure your windows have both a lifetime guarantee and a quality energy rating. Remember, Vinyl Max Windows and Doors is here to help you with all of your window replacement needs. Vinyl Max Windows and Doors offer many colors, styles and brands and our helpful staff is ready and willing to assist you!