Window replacement does more than improve your home’s visual appeal — the right windows can make your home more comfortable, improve its energy efficiency and even add a touch of authenticity. This is why getting new windows requires more consideration. In this post, the local window contractors at Renewal by Andersen® of Seattle take a look at some of the important things you need to consider before getting new windows.
Signs That You Need New Windows
The first thing you need to consider is whether or not you need new windows. It’s no secret that window replacement is a significant expense, so you have to make sure that you’re replacing it out of need, not because the style doesn’t match your home. Some of the signs you need to watch out for are constant drafts, difficulty in opening and closing, and condensation between glass panes if you have insulated glass. A significant increase in your energy bills can also be attributed to heat loss or heat gain through inefficient windows.
Factors to Consider
The following are some key factors that should be taken into consideration when buying replacement windows.
- Materials. Replacement window frames are typically made from wood, vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum. Each has its own set of pros and cons, such as different temperature tolerances and maintenance requirements. Renewal by Andersen replacement window frames are made with Fibrex®, an exclusive material that has all the best qualities of the aforementioned materials.
- Energy efficiency. Features such as insulated glass, reflective coatings and window seals all contribute to lower thermal transfer rate, which can result in savings from your heating and cooling bills, as well as more comfortable living spaces.
- Window style. While any windows can be installed on any opening, some window styles are more appropriate than others depending on factors like the home style and where the windows are located in the house.
- Customization. While there are good quality off-the-shelf replacement windows, you’d be limited by the selection of materials, finishes and hardware. Sizes would be limited to what’s offered by manufacturers. Custom replacement windows offer greater flexibility in choosing the right combination of size, materials and various options.
To learn more about our custom replacement patio doors and windows, give Renewal by Andersen of Seattle a call at (206) 777-0954. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve communities in Seattle, WA.