Is it difficult to open or close windows in your home? Are drafty windows contributing to high heating and cooling bills? If so, you’ll want to call your local contractors for replacement windows. We understand that replacing windows is an investment in your home, which is why we’ve put together this guide to help you make an informed decision.
What are the Best Replacement Windows?
In general, the best replacement windows are energy efficient with weather-resistant frames. For example, many of the homeowners we work with love the classic look of wooden-frame windows. We can help you choose thefor your climate and budget so you can stay comfortable year-round.
help you save money in the long run on heating and cooling. For example, windows with low air leakage prevent cold air from seeping into your home. Likewise, energy-efficient windows limit how much heat is let in through windows in the summer.
While shopping for new windows, you’ll notice different terms used to describe energy efficiency.
You want high ratings for:
- Visible Transmittance: how much sunlight passes through the window
- Condensation Resistance: extent to which window resists condensation or water buildup
You want low ratings for:
- Air Leakage: how much air leaks around window
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient: how much heat window lets in
Window Frame Materials
Window frame materials affect more than just the aesthetic of your home. Home window replacement also affects energy efficiency in the long run. For example, wood replacement windows provide enough insulation to guard your home against the winter chill and summer heat. If wooden windows are out of your price range, consider vinyl windows instead. Vinyl replacement windows are also good insulators.
Fiberglass windows are energy efficient because they don’t expand and contract with fluctuating temperatures. This means that you don’t have to worry about air leakage around your new windows. If you don’t know what window frame materials are best for your home, reach out to your local window contractors.
Home Construction and Landscaping
Whether you are building a custom home or room addition, you’ll need to install new construction windows. The best new construction windows are the ones that take into account the structure of your home and surrounding landscape. For example, you don’t have to worry about finding windows with low solar heat gain coefficient if they’re shaded by awnings. Likewise, a window in the shade of a nearby tree will be protected from the sun’s heat.
Directions Windows Face
What direction your windows face affects how much sunlight they receive during the day. For example, western-facing windows let in the most sunlight during the late afternoons. If you have rooms that get a lot of natural light, consider installing windows with low ratings for solar heat gain coefficient. That way, you’ll have an easier time keeping rooms cool in the summer.
Have Questions About Replacement Windows?
Our Grand Rapids window contractors work hard to make sure you are satisfied with your new windows. To request a design consultation for replacement windows, call Renaissance Exteriors & Remodeling at (616) 446-1248.
This blog post has been updated.