Many people don’t realize how many options are involved when replacing your windows. It requires far more decisions than just color and accessory options. It is important to understand all your options and the advantages of each, if you work with Little Buckaroo Construction, we’ll walk you through the whole process.
While it’s true that new windows can lower your energy bill by 10-20%, that is not the only reason to replace your windows.
New windows can make your home much quieter, more attractive, less drafty, and they don’t need painting. All of these things can increase the value of your home. Another plus of new windows is they are significantly easier to clean. A style change can drastically improve the look of your home.
Now that you’ve made up your mind to replace your windows, let’s take a look at some of your options.
Window Operating Type
The most common ventilating windows are Double Hungs, Sliders, Casements, and Awnings. Double Hungs and Sliders have two or more sashes that slide up and down in a Double Hung, and left to right in a slider. Double Hungs are far and away the most common type of window in most styles of homes: cape cods, colonials, Victorians, craftsman homes, ranch homes, cottages, farmhouses, etc. They cost you less than Casement and Awnings because they don’t have complex operating hardware. The sash simply slides in the jam tracks.
Casements and Awnings have a single sash that is hinged on one side. You can order Casements with the hinge on either side, whereas Awnings are always hinged at the top. These window styles are best suited for modern home styles such as mid-century modern, prairie, ranch or art deco. Casements and Awnings will both cost a little more than Double Hungs but they also seal more tightly, making them quieter and better insulating options.
Almost all replacement windows are manufactured with wood, vinyl, or fiberglass. Wood windows are clad on the exterior with either vinyl or aluminum. Aluminum clad windows allow for the widest variety of colors. Wood windows can be ordered with a natural wood color or a white stain.
Vinyl windows will be the cheapest option. There are fewer colors available with vinyl, although white is far and away the most common color regardless.
Fiberglass windows are the newest type on the market and quickly gaining in popularity. They provide great strength and durability, and are available in a wide variety of colors.
Choosing the right glass package is very important when it comes to the energy efficiency of your windows. Low E coatings reflect infrared light, which keeps heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. One of the advantages that is often overlooked is that it can reduce fading of your carpet, artwork, and photos by blocking harsh UV rays from the Sun.
Another option to improve insulation is to add odorless, non-toxic gases to the insulating glass unit. Spacer systems keep the glass panes of windows and doors the correct distance apart and are designed to reduce heat transfer at the edge of the insulating glass unit. A good rule to follow is to check your home’s location on Energy Star’s Climate Zone Map and then select a glass package that meets or exceeds the Energy Star requirements for that region.
A great option many people don’t know about is adding laminated glass to windows in order to significantly reduce outside noise. Two panes of glass are adhered to a durable plastic interlayer, much like a car windshield. This is a very popular option on homes that are very close to busy roads, industry or airports as it can reduce the noise by over 80%.
TIME TO REPLACE?
Little Buckaroo Construction is an experienced window installation contractor in Idaho that will let you know when your windows are ready to be replaced. We will also advise you on what type of window, coatings, glazes, etc. are right for your home.
Call Little Buckaroo Construction today and have our team inspect the windows that you’re concerned about. Our caring, friendly professionals will provide you with a free estimate.
Call us at 1 (208) 869-3926 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are waiting to help you!