Choosing the Right Replacement Window

New Window A replacement window is not an expense that anyone expects to incur. When one is required, it is often accompanied by a desire to spend as little money as possible, and to simply get it out of the way so that it can be done and over with. The reality is, much more goes into windows that you might imagine. When selecting a replacement window, there are many factors that must come into play. To begin with, most people might think that the only real consideration is cost. As a homeowner, it is important to realize that, like any other product on the market, there are actually a wide variety of options when it comes to picking out glass for a window. The type of glass can go beyond just choosing appearance too, and some new glass offered today is actually better insolated than others. In other words, by picking out the right replacement window, you could be saving money on your home energy costs.

Consider the Cost

Of 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 Glass

Many 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 Windows

Any 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. 

Remember Installation

After you determine what type of glass you want to have in your window, consider how you are going to have the replacement installed. In most cases, you will want to hire a contractor to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Make sure to compare costs of these contractors, and hire the one that will not only fit in your budget, but also get the job done right. For those who are more adventurous, you can also try replacing the window yourself. If you do choose to replace the window yourself, remember that a new installation is often like installing a new door. You will probably have to reframe the window entirely, so be prepared to measure and have your tools ready. Also keep insulation in mind, because the last thing you want to do is leave any space for air to flow through from the outside.

Start Searching Right Away

Rather than merely hoping that the window will replace itself, go out and actually start looking for contractors. If you want to install the new window yourself and know how to handle the work, go ahead and head to your local home improvement store. Just remember what kind of glass you are looking for, and make sure to measure the existing window so you know the size you need. The last thing you want to do is get a replacement that simply will not fit. Regardless of how you are planning on getting a replacement window and who you are having install it, just remember to think ahead. Consider the costs, any long-term energy saving benefits, and the appearance. Once you have made your selection, don't delay for any reason. A damaged window can be costing you a lot in lost energy costs, so make sure to put an end to it right away.

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