When choosing the best replacement windows for your home it is a good idea to get help from qualified window specialists so you can make an informed decision and get the best deal. Windows are your view to the outside world, your access to natural sunlight and fresh air, and your protection from rain, snow, heat, and cold. There are some key design features to take into consideration when choosing the right window sizes. Aesthetics are important. You want your new windows to be appropriately styled and properly proportioned to fit in with your house design. You also want to take into consideration the overall performance of the windows. Today, vinyl windows are being fabricated to better meet the requirements of different climates and to be energy efficient which saves on heating and cooling bills. When you call we will provide you with a breakdown in our window replacement estimate that will show you the savings a new window can make!
The best home windows
When looking for the best home windows, you will want to make sure that what you are getting is appropriate to our Wisconsin climate. Our winters can be long and cold. And, let’s not forget about our warm summer days. For this reason, energy efficiency needs to be a factor for all 4 seasons. As well, sound transmission is important. Howling winter winds and the noise of traffic are things you don’t really want to hear when you have paid good money for quality professional windows. Single pane windows are usually replaced by more energy efficient double pane windows. When you call for a window estimate, be sure to ask what the difference a double pane window can make!
Cost of window replacement
When thinking of the window replacement cost, you want to be sure that the windows you install add value to your property and increase your curb appeal. Our knowledgeable window installers will be able to help you retain or upgrade the appearance of your home by suggesting appropriate style options through a wide variety of window sizes and shapes. We want our windows to be the best home windows on the block. Be sure to ask about our custom made windows to get an idea of what we can do!
It is wise to look for an Energy Star rated window system for the lowest window replacement cost. Choosing an energy star rated product, the upfront cost will reduce your monthly expenses in terms of heating and cooling for years to come. How efficiently the window performs is dependent on 3 factors. You want to consider the construction of the perimeter frame, the type of glass (single pane windows or double pane windows) and how well it is sealed within the sash or frame. Combine all of these together and that is your window installation cost. All of our products are factory tested, but that factory rating can be squandered if they aren’t installed properly to prevent air from entering or leaving your home. Our experienced window installers will ensure that the necessary flashings, barriers, and sealants are in place. It is recommended for our Wisconsin climate that windows be double pane glass with a frame that is well constructed. Today’s window frames are often constructed of sturdy vinyl, PVC, or wood with protective vinyl cladding. Energy efficient windows have the proper R-value and U-factor noted in the Energy Star literature. These are measures of heat and thermal conduction. You will want a higher R-value and a lower U-factor for our Wisconsin climate. The goal is to reduce heating and cooling costs by having an efficient window system.
When your windows are closed you want to hear as little noise as possible from outside. The windows need to fit tightly into their frames to achieve this. Premium professional windows will accomplish this. When picking out your windows our professionals can explain the Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating. A higher STC rating will provide better sound control. As with energy considerations, the windows must be well constructed and installed properly.
New or replacement windows are a great marketing tool when trying to make an impression on potential buyers if you intend to sell your house.
Choosing the best window design
How do you know what the best window is for your remodeling or new construction project? Now that you know what to look for in the actual construction of the window to better value your property, let’s take a look at the design options available. With all of these, keep in mind that you can have various grille, or mullion, options that can be between the 2 panes of glass or on the surface of the glass.
A picture window is a fixed pane within a frame. In other words, this type of window does not typically open. These windows come in many different sizes. They are ideal for providing expansive views and for allowing a lot of unobstructed light inside.
Double Hung and Single Hung Windows
Double hung windows are the most common styles you will see in homes. This is a window with 2 sashes, an upper and a lower. The lower sash sits inside the upper sash and can slide vertically up and down to allow for fresh ventilation. The upper sash can also slide, depending on the window you buy. You can get a single hung window where the upper sash doesn’t move. Many of these will tilt in for easy cleaning.
Sliding windows are similar to the windows described above except that they slide horizontally instead of vertically.
A casement window is one that is hinged on one side and can swing out by turning a crank handle. These are great because the entire window opens to allow for plenty of ventilation. One thing to keep in mind with a casement is that it will be exposed to the elements if left open during inclement weather or wind. Before casements were sized appropriately, it wasn’t uncommon to see one go flying off its hinges in high winds. The newer vinyl window frames make casements better able to withstand rain without fear of warping.
Other Window Types
There are other types of windows that can be incorporated into your project. Some of these include:
Awning windows that open out from the bottom
Whether you are planning a full exterior remodeling project or just want to replace existing windows, installing new, energy efficient windows in provides many benefits. There are many available options to choose from. Working with a professional window replacement company which is certified by specific window manufacturers to handle their products is exactly what we are. Regardless of how well a window performs in the factory, it will not perform well in your house if improperly installed. Be sure to call us today to request a window estimate for your replacement window project. We will be able to include estimated savings of an energy efficient product and we promise to exceed your expectations when it comes to choosing the proper window size for your home. Call us today and we will send one of our professionals to discuss the way you envision your home and can show you how to replace a window the professional way!
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