It’s summertime in the Triad, which probably means you are running your air conditioner to combat the heat and humidity. Wouldn’t you like to be sure that nice, cool air remains inside? If you have old, drafty, wooden windows, you could be blowing money right out those windows every time you turn on your A/C.
Today’s replacement windows are designed for energy efficiency, with sturdy, double-paned glass that keeps the cool air in and the warm air outside in the summer. In the winter, they block drafts and cool air from entering your home, while keeping your heat inside.
You’ll earn back the investment you make in replacement windows with lower heating and electric bills, increased comfort, and even greater beauty in your home, which will increase your home’s value and curb appeal if you ever decide to sell.
Choosing replacement windows can be confusing. There are many different styles, varying price points, and different energy efficiency ratings, too. Then there’s the question of whether you should hire a pro or attempt replacement window installation yourself. Let Roofing-Pro help you sort it all out with these five things to consider before you buy replacement windows.
1. What is the NFRC Rating of the Windows?
The National Fenestration Rating Council assigns a rating, called the U-factor, to every window. The U-factor measures its thermal conductivity, which is how much heat seeps into or out of the window. The R-factor, on the other hand, is the window’s resistance to heat flow. A lower U-factor and higher R-factor means the window is more energy efficient and will save you more money on heating and cooling throughout the year.
2. What Is the Window Frame Made From?
Most replacement windows today are constructed from vinyl, and there are many good reasons for this. Vinyl tends to be less costly than wood or aluminum windows.
A vinyl replacement window will have a much tighter fit in your existing window opening than a wooden window will, and it won’t shrink or swell depending on the temperature, which means less air will seep through the window frame.
Most vinyl window frames are well-insulated for even better energy efficiency. Once the sash and frame corners have been welded, they become airtight, while most wood and metal window corners are mechanically joined, resulting in extra space where air can flow in and out at the corners.
3. What features do the windows have?
Tired of climbing ladders to clean the outside of your window panes? Many of today’s replacement windows open in for easy cleaning.
Other features to look for may include child-safe locks, stainless steel hardware that won’t rust, and consistent colors on all the window components for aesthetic appeal.
4. What style windows do you want?
Replacement windows come in many styles to fit the design of any home. From beautiful bay windows to garden windows that provide a unique look and extra space for plants or home décor, to slider windows that fit large horizontal window openings, the experts at Roofing-Pro will walk you through your choices and help you select the best replacement windows for your budget.
5. Should you hire experts or install your replacement windows yourself?
If you think choosing replacement windows is tricky, that’s nothing compared to the installation process! It’s true that replacement windows are easier to install than new construction windows, which involves removing sheetrock, but that doesn’t mean it’s a fast weekend project.
Installing replacement windows involves work outside and inside, which could mean climbing a high ladder to reach second-story windows. It also requires special tools to do the job correctly. Incorrect installation means the windows might leak, you won’t get the same energy efficient benefits, and your window may not open and close properly, either.
When you’re dealing with components that should last for decades in your home, it’s best to leave the job to professionals like the experts at Roofing-Pro.