Windows serve as our eye to the world. It allows us to observe what’s going on outside without subjecting ourselves to extreme temperature or prying eyes of other people. It allows us to enjoy the view and provides us adequate ventilation. This is the reason why the right windows must be installed in our house so that we can properly maximize its functions. Old houses, for example, usually have windows with thin glasses and old frames. These types of windows can increase you heating and cooling bills because they are no longer capable of holding heat back. Thus, during summer and winter seasons, you’ll have to suffer from the extreme temperature outside and you’re wasting a lot of money too. Here are some tips that you need to remember when it comes to window replacement:
1. Choose the right frame – there are a lot of choices: wood, metal and vinyl. Wood for one is very classy and attractive. Just make sure that everything is fitted well. Aluminum-framed windows are also a good choice since they tend to be energy-efficient. In addition, it also doesn’t absorb water that fast. It also easily fits to stonework and bricks. But if you’re really looking for a frame that’s highly energy-efficient, you should use vinyl. It’s also cheaper compared to wood and aluminum. You don’t need to paint it and less maintenance is needed. But if you hate maintenance, go for vinyl clad wood windows. It’s the most expensive and the most durable.
2. Choose the right glass – glass has different classifications. We have the laminated, insulated, wired, figured and so much more. To make sure you’re buying what you need, know the pros and cons of each type of glass. Also, keep in mind that the efficiency of glass is measured in U value. The lower the U value of the glass, the better energy savings. Make sure that you purchase the glass that can properly filter UV radiation and has the ability to hold heat back.
3. Choose the right help – if you can’t do it by yourself, hire a qualified professional. Don’t risk ruining your window by doing it yourself without prior knowledge and experience in this area. This is an expensive project so make sure that you don’t have to spend twice or thrice even. So aside from finding the right style, frame, glass and quality, you should also list down some companies that can help you install your new windows. Ask your friends and family members if they can recommend someone trustworthy. You may also surf the net for excellent contractors. These professionals can install your new windows safely and properly.