The time has finally come. Your old, outdated windows have let in a cold draft for the last time, and you’re ready for replacements. However, not all windows are created equally. Let’s take a look at some of the qualities of replacement windows.
Replacement windows will come with a double-pane or triple-pane option. Single pane windows are still available, but we recommend switching to more panes for better quality when possible. Both are manufactured for insulation and noise-reducing qualities. However, triple-pane windows are generally more expensive and offer more noise reduction than the standard double-pane option. If noise is a concerning factor for the location of your home, it might be worth the investment to go with better noise reduction.
Weather also plays a factor in pane selection. Double-pane windows work great for moderate climates and are an excellent choice for staying within an affordable budget. Triple-pane windows are better suited for harsh climates where the windows need to be climate or weather resistant. They’re also more energy efficient and can provide better protection against potential flying debris. If your home is in a location where triple-pane windows are the better option, they could definitely be worth the investment.
Along with the pane options, frame material is another decision you’ll have to make when choosing new windows. Wood, fiberglass, and vinyl are common framing materials. The aesthetic of your home, your budget, and your insulation needs all factor into the frame choice. If you’re unsure which is best for your house, talk with a professional before making your decision.
Many replacement windows available on the market today have some sort of energy efficiency. Energy efficient windows prevent air from entering or leaving your home. For example, you’ll no longer have to worry about the cold winter air drafting in from outside. Windows with energy efficiency help to regulate the internal temperature of a house, thus saving energy needed to heat or cool your home. That means lower monthly bills and more money in your pocket!
As mentioned earlier, double-pane windows are often less expensive than triple pane windows. Vinyl framing is also the most commonly available frame material with a cost-effective price tag. It’s best to set a budget for your window replacements before deciding on the windows you want to use. It’s also okay to only replace a portion of your windows in certain rooms now, with another portion being finished later. Don’t go over your budget trying to do everything at once.
The best windows in the world won’t work to their full potential if not installed correctly. Installation is a large factor in the efficiency of replacement windows. Do your research and read reviews for installers in your area.
At WoodMart, we have a large selection of replacement windows that will work for any home. Our design experts will work with you to find the shapes and styles that work well and look great. Ready to start shopping for your new windows? Stop by and see us or give us a call at (217) 223-3791.