Updated: Mar 6
Because many replacement windows look the same, it is important to understand the difference between products, especially when it comes to efficiency. Choosing the correct window can really optimize your energy savings and really give you the best bang for your buck.
But how do homeowners know which replacement windows to choose? Follow these 5 steps to get you feeling confident in you choice.
Step 1: Choose the right Window Style
Yes, it’s true, even though new windows are one of the best ways to improve the efficiency of you home, one of the biggest concerns for customers is how the window will look.
Luckily, the architecture of your home can provide several pointers on the right window style to use. This is the soundest option to ensure that the window will complement your home regardless of its age.
For example, Colonial style homes typically have double hung windows. The double hung window opens and closes with two operating sashes. It also tilts in for easy cleaning. It’s a classic window that suits colonial homes as well as a variety of other architectures, including ranch homes or Craftsman.
Specialty shaped windows can work with modern homes as well as historic. Choose specialty shaped or geometric window styles for extra character.
There is also a selection of decorative upgrades to consider. Homeowners can add a unique touch with decorative glass options and grids. Diamond grids look great with Tudor style homes and decorative glass filters light into the home without sacrificing privacy.
Step 2: Choose the best Frame Material
The window design is important, however, remember that the window will need maintained over time depending on the material.
Vinyl is conceivably the simplest window material to maintain. It is resistant to termite damage and will not warp, peel, or rot. It also doesn’t require any type of sanding, staining, or painting throughout its lifetime.
Vinyl frames are also highly customizable. You can select from a range of colors to coordinate or contrast with your existing exterior.
If you choose wood windows, keep in mind that this window material requires significant upkeep. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time maintaining your new windows, consider vinyl window installation.
Step 3: Choose a Glass Package
The glass package is one of the most important components of a window when it comes to saving energy. Windows that are very low cost (and low quality) typically don’t have the necessary technologies to lower energy bills throughout the year. It’s important to understand the components that create an energy efficient glass package, which includes:
Dual and triple pane glass:
typically come in two options of glass panes---dual and triple pane. Dual pane is the standard choice which includes two panes of glass with an airspace in the middle. Triple pane glass adds an extra pane of glass and an additional airspace. It provides increased energy savings and additional sound-blocking capabilities.
·Argon gas: An invisible, odorless gas that is denser than air. This gas is filled between the gas panes, typically in dual pane windows. The purpose of the gas fill is to increase the thermal efficiency of the window.
· Krypton gas: An invisible, odorless gas that is denser than both air and argon gas. This gas is filled between the glass panes, most commonly in dual pane windows. It is one of the best choices for creating an exceptionally efficient replacement window.
· Low-e glazing: Low-e is an invisible coating that is thinner than the width of a human hair. It’s applied on the outside or inside pane of glass depending on the manufacturer. The purpose of low-e is to reduce heat transfer in the home. In the summertime, it reflects sunlight back outside and keeps it from heating up the home like an oven. In the winter, it allows sunlight to stream through the glass and naturally help keep the home warm.
The combination of these technologies plays a big role in how the window will save energy. If you install replacement windows without any of these elements, you likely won’t experience much in terms of energy savings or increased indoor comfort.
Step 4: Choose Custom Replacement Windows
While buying windows from a big box store sounds convenient, you’ll get the best bang for your buck by working with a professional window replacement company.
Green Smart has access to high quality manufacturers, which engineer every product one at a time.
Not to mention, we ensure that the product has a precise fit inside the opening of the exterior. Even the smallest mismeasure can result in significant energy loss, which can easily happen when you choose to install pre-made windows.
Step 5: Work with an Established Window Company
Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to put your trust in a home improvement company with less-than-stellar results. This is why it’s important to get a free estimate from reputable replacement window companies. With the help of the Internet, it’s easier than ever to learn about the window company in question. You can find reviews on Facebook, Houzz, Google Plus, etc. to help make your decision.
Green Smart Windows & Doors is one of the most trusted replacement window companies in Regina. We aim to improve the lives of homeowners with exceptionally energy efficient products. Learn how we can help improve your exterior by contacting us today for a quote.