Before we jump into our topic of how to choose the best windows for your home, it’s worth noting this bit of semantics.
“New windows” typically refer to when the homeowner wishes to change the size and/or shape of the window that is currently installed. This process is typically more expensive than buying “replacement windows,” as the surrounding interior and exterior walls must also be altered.
Things to Consider When Finding the Best Exterior Windows
Now that we have taken care of that piece of housekeeping let’s dive into the decisions you will need to make when purchasing new or replacement windows.
Some homeowners will purchase replacement windows the same size and shape as their old windows. However, even if you aren’t changing the blueprint of your window, you may be able to alter the style. For example, you could replace your double hung window with a casement window.
However, if you would like to make a significant change to the look of the interior or exterior of your home, your new windows can be any style and shape, such as the following:
- Picture windows
- Bay windows
- Bow windows
- Awning windows
- Casement windows
- Double hung windows
- Specialty windows
After considering the window styles that would best compliment your home’s architecture, you will need to decide on the window materials – the most common being wood, vinyl, and aluminum windows.
Out of those three types, vinyl windows are known to be the easiest to maintain. They are also long-lasting, affordable, and can be customized to match your personal preference.
Those interested in increasing the energy efficiency of their homes need to carefully consider the type of glass inserted in the window frame. While you can lower your energy bills by replacing your single pane windows with double pane windows, you can achieve extra savings by paying attention to other window replacement options.
For example, argon gas placed between dual pane windows can increase the window’s thermal efficiency and may offer additional sound-blocking capabilities.
Low-e coatings are another option. It’s applied to the glass and will reduce heat transfer in the home.
The choice of glass is important when choosing the right replacement windows – especially if you are seeking energy savings. Look for the Energy Star label and ask the window company to provide the specs.
When purchasing vinyl replacement windows, the choice of the company is just as crucial as choosing glass with a low e coating. Instead of buying windows from a big box store, seek an established contractor with years of experience in professional window installation.
Woodbridge Offers the Best Windows Available
Homeowners in Texas and southern Kansas should reach out to Woodbridge Home Solutions for new and replacement windows and doors. The company has provided the region with 30 years of home improvement excellence and offers locally-made, energy-efficient windows.
Fill out the contact form on the website to schedule an in-person visit and a free estimate.