Consider the CostOf course, cost is always going to be the first consideration with any home improvement project, and rightfully so. Most people don't have a bottomless pocket book, and keeping to a budget is important. If you are going to hire a contractor to replace your window for you, don't just go with the first person you meet (unless of course you already have a friend or family member who does this). Instead, look for individuals who will give free estimates on the work to be done. If you intended to do the work yourself, make sure you know what the job entails. More importantly, go beyond the cost of the initial investment and consider the long-term costs and benefits of different options. With today's technology, there are many windows available now that offer superior insulation and protection against the elements. Having this type of glass will result in lower energy costs, which is always a positive.
Finding the Best GlassMany individuals in need of a new window will not even consider it, but there are plenty of different types of glass out there today. Since the Energy Efficient Act was brought into play, manufacturers were forced to create windows that upheld a higher standard of energy efficiency. For some of these companies, the bare minimum was all they cared about. For others, there are now options to purchase Energy Star certified windows. Before just the different types of glass that can offer varying levels of efficiency, there are also glasses that are stronger, more resilient to potential debris, and glass that has different design options. Some individuals have laminate added to their windows, and others looking at getting a tint. Further options include adding effects such as: rain, design, glue chip design, and an obscure laminate, all of which add a certain level of privacy to your windows. It is important to decide what type of glass is within your price range and also fits your stylistic desires. If you want an energy efficient window with a tinted design, make sure you know not only the cost but also the amount you could save in the long run.
Types of WindowsAny consideration of window installation would be incomplete without looking at the different types of windows that are available today. Here are some of the common types you might find in your home:
- Double-Hung - These windows have two sashes that move up and down.
- Single-Hung - These windows only move from the bottom sash.
- Sliding - This could have one or more sash that slide back and forth.
- Casement - This type of window is hinged, which allows it to swing out.
- Awning - Like a casement window, awnings are hinged, but they swing up to block the elements while open.
- Hopper - These windows open inward and are hinged like casement or awning windows.
Though there are other types of windows that you might find, these are some of the basics to remember. Before going out and looking for a replacement, or speaking with a contractor, see if you can find out what type of window you have. This could make the process go by a bit more quickly, and make everything run more smoothly.