Replacing your home’s windows is a smart decision. But the process of choosing the right replacement windows can be complicated. Today’s windows are so advanced, and offer so many different options – it can make your head spin! So the team here at Rescom Exteriors has created a list of seven important factors to look into when you are shopping for new windows.
- Frame Materials – There are a number of different materials used to build the frame and sash of a replacement window. You can choose from traditional wood, aluminum, fiberglass, composite mixtures or vinyl. But when you start to compare looks, durability, performance and cost the clear winner is vinyl windows. Vinyl is strong, long lasting, easy to maintain and offers excellent thermal performance. All at a cost that can be significantly less that other materials.
- Glass Choices – Window glass used to be simple – one pane, tempered glass, decision done. Now, however, you can create a glass “package” that includes two or even three panes of glass, sandwiched around sealed gas chambers that form a barrier to energy transfer. Then add a Low-E coating to reflect UV rays from the sun and help to keep heat inside. Our advice is to choose the best glass package your budget allows. Because the glass surface area is the largest single component of a window, investing in high-performance glass offers you the best chance to reduce energy loss and lower energy costs.
- Styles – In New England, we have long been content to accept the traditional double hung window as a “standard.” But just as advances in frame and glass technology have created more efficient windows, they also have opened up window design. Now we install a much wider variety of windows, including casement, sliders, garden windows, expansive picture windows, elegant bay and bow windows, or customized shapes that can add glitz and glamor to your home’s décor. Don’t limit yourself to boring!
- Color – When people installed wood windows they could choose their own color, so long as they did not mind the drudgery and expense of scraping and painting the frames every few years. You won’t have to paint high-tech vinyl replacement windows, but you can still enjoy a wide range of color options to complement your home’s décor. The good news is that the color on a vinyl frame is “through and through,” and won’t fade, chip or flake.
- Decorative Additions – While today’s double- and triple-paned glass panels are generally one large piece, you can still get a traditional look by adding decorative muntins (grid-like bars) to divide the glass area into smaller sections. Other decorative options include etched glass, leaded glass, or glass with “frosted” edging.
- Convenience Features – Modern windows are easier to maintain and use. Some of the most popular add-on options are tilt in sashes, which allows you to clean the exterior of your new windows from the comfort and convenience of the inside of your home, extra secure locks, and micro-screens, which do a great job of keeping out insects but are virtually see-through.
- Your Window Company – This is the most important choice you will make when installing new replacement windows in your home. Find a company who you can trust to deliver on the promises they make. They should tell you what to expect, when to expect it, what it will do, and how much it will cost. The only surprise you want is when you see how wonderful your new windows look!
Rescom Exteriors has made the window buying experience a pleasure for hundreds of homeowners from Worcester to Cape Cod, Nashua to Providence. We can do the same for you! Call Rescom at (866) 410-5884 to schedule a free in-home consultation and we’ll walk you through these seven important factors.