Reasons to consider window replacement.
- Get Better Energy Efficiency –Many older homes have original windows built with single-pane glass. These old windows often freeze open or shut, and they feel cold or icy to the touch. With heating and cooling costs on the rise, replacing aging, drafty windows with efficient, tight-fitting ones can have a big impact on your energy bills. Newer energy-efficient windows offer standard insulating features such as heat-reflecting low-E coatings and argon gas between panes and can save homeowners anywhere from 10-25% each year on heating and cooling costs.
- Reduce Noise – If you live near an airport, child care center, school, or a busy street, noise can be at a high level in your house. Replacing your windows with dual-pane or a laminated glass can reduce the outside noise transmission into your home.
- Protect Your Belongings – Ultraviolet rays entering through windows and patio doors can lead to fading of furniture, carpet, window treatments and artwork. These and other materials, especially ones with organic fabrics, are susceptible to fading when exposed to sunlight. Upgrading your windows to more energy efficient products can potentially reduce fading and extend the life of your belongings. Most replacement windows are available with glass that blocks up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays that can cause fading.
- Eliminate the Need for Storm Windows – The annual ritual of installing and removing storm windows can be challenging and time-consuming, especially for multi-level homes. The energy efficiency of replacement windows eliminates the need to install and remove storm windows.
- Keep the Weather Outside – The weather conditions outside your home should not appear on the inside. Inefficient windows can leak, allowing water to come into your house both in front of and behind the walls—a leading cause of mold and mildew in homes. Aging windows or patio doors often leak air, resulting in high energy bills during peak heating and cooling months.
- Add Curb Appeal – Your home is your biggest investment and an important part of your life. Replacing old windows can greatly improve the look of your home and the value of your investment.
- Increase Your Safety – Is everyone in your household able to open and close the windows? If the windows are hard to open, get stuck in the up or down position, or won’t open in and out of place, it can pose a serious danger, especially in the event of a fire. This alone is a good reason to replace the windows in your home.
- Clean Windows More Easily – Old double-hung windows had to be cleaned from the outside. New double-hung windows feature tilt-in sash designs, which means the exterior glass can be cleaned from inside by tilting the sash inward for easy access.
- Put an End to Costly Maintenance – Want to eliminate the job of painting your window frames for good? Replace your current windows with aluminum-clad or vinyl-clad windows. Most replacement windows offer exterior trim that never needs to be painted.
Styles of Windows
- Architectural Windows – primarily used to accent other windows, but also look great on their own. They provide unique character to any home, come in a variety of shapes, and grids can be added for further customization.
- Awning Windows – easy to open and close, the awning window allows ventilation in any type of weather.
- Basement Windows – either stationary or consisting of a sliding window, basement windows provide strong insulation which reduces energy costs and prevents water leakage.
- Bow/Bay Windows – capture the world outside your home and expand the view from any room in your home. Bow/Bay windows bring plenty of light into a room and brighten up your home.
- Casement Windows – a metal gear opens the window completely outward, allowing for great ventilation. A great window for “catching breezes”, multiple grid and color options are available.
- Double Hung Window – a vertical operating window that has an upper sash that slides down and a lower sash that slides up.
- Single Hung Window – featuring a stationary top and a movable bottom half, locking devices are furnished to secure the sash in the closed position.
- Sliding Window – a horizontally-opening windows with a latch at the middle to create a tight seal when closed.
- Rolling Patio Doors – sliding glass doors on a stainless steel track provide a smooth and durable operation.
- Egress Basement Window Conversions – intended to ensure a person can escape a basement window in an emergency. Can add value to a home by creating another “true” bedroom.
Water penetration due to improper installation can lead to rot and mold.