Your home’s windows allow light and air in while adding to its overall aesthetic. They’re also important for helping reduce your energy consumption and can lower your energy bills by up to 15% a year. But how do you choose the right options? Here’s a brief guide to help you make an informed decision with your replacement windows.
Don’t Be Fooled by Price
“You get what you pay for” is true in many cases. However, it’s not always the case when it comes to replacement windows. Sure, a $500 window from a well-known brand might look nice, but how well does it keep out cold, heat, or rain? In many cases, expensive windows perform poorly when compared to less costly options. Instead of price, shop by rating.
Know Your Climate
Many homeowners choose replacement windows based on their design and style. While you certainly want your windows to look good, it’s all too easy to choose the wrong style for your specific climate. If you live in a hot, rainy area, look for windows designed to keep out heat and moisture. If you live in a high-wind area, look for windows rated for wind resistance. Always shop with your climate in mind.
Know Which Features Matter
Long gone are the days when a window was just a window. Today, you can add all kinds of extras. Sadly, many of those do little more than drive up the cost of your replacement windows without adding much value. Look for features that really matter and will continue to matter over time. Some of those include:
- Low-E coatings
- Full screens
- Tilt capabilities
- Fine mesh screens
Choose Impact-Resistant Glass
From stray baseballs to storm-driven debris, your windows face a range of threats. Impact-resistant glass helps ensure that they stand a chance against those forces. This type of glass is recommended for most homes today, but it’s particularly important for those in hurricane zones and those in areas where tornadoes are threats.
Choose Your Frames with Care
Windows come with a wide range of frame types, including vinyl and fiberglass. However, they’re not all the same. Shop for replacement windows with frames suitable to your climate, such as UV resistance, wind resistance, and moisture resistance. You should also consider the level of maintenance each frame type requires.
Choosing replacement windows is a big decision with many variables. There is no one-size-fits-all option, either. Work with Rusco Windows and Doors to help guide you through the process and ensure you have access to high-quality options.