As newer window technologies and features are developed and your old windows begin to deteriorate, you will eventually find it necessary to install new windows in your home. If you’re already at that point , you may find the number of options available on the market mind-boggling.Everything from composite window frames to energy-efficient glass will make your list of choices difficult to finalize.
Choosing new windows requires you to consider a lot of different aspects–so enlisting the help of an experienced contractor is the smart way to go. Many DIY homeowners choose to install ready-made windows from the local hardware store without first considering their features, resulting in buyer’s remorse down the line. A professional window contractor will be able to help you find the right materials and features for your unique needs.
As with a window’s glazing, frames help seal out drafts, moisture and other elements of the weather that can cause damage to the home. Not all window frames are created equal. Energy efficiency, insulating levels and the windows’ ability to help minimize your expenses and cut down on maintenance oftentimes depends heavily on the material you pick. For instance, the insulating values of vinyl and standard wood frames are the same, but if you opt for insulated fiberglass and treated composite frames, you can benefit from higher R-values.
These days, there are a myriad of frame materials available for homeowners: vinyl, wood, fiberglass, aluminum, composite and more. Vinyl is known for its low maintenance features, wood for its natural strength, fiberglass for its beauty, and aluminum for its weather-resistant properties. Composite frames like Fibrex®, however, have the ability to combine all of these features, without their respective drawbacks. Before making a decision, though, be sure to talk to your trusted local contractor about your choices.
Other Innovative Features to Consider
Aside from the frame, it’s important your new windows have the following advanced features:
- Low-E Glass Coating
- Argon or Krypton Gas Fills
- Advanced Spacers
- Multiple Panes
- High-Quality Weatherstripping
Keep in mind that local climates require different window materials and technologies for optimal performance. Don’t forget to check with a local expert determine the best options for your region.
What are window warranties and how can they benefit you? In the last part of this three-part blog, learn what to ask your window installer to make the most of your warranty options!