When deciding on the type of window you want, it’s important to look at all the various window features that are available as well. This will help make your decision much easier. From glass options to grills, we’ll outline the main features that you should consider when installing replacement windows.
1. Glass Options
About 80 percent of a window is glass, so it makes sense to choose glass that will reduce your heating and cooling bills. Most of that ability comes from “improved glass performance,” not a high R-value for the frame. Here at Rescom, we use the latest technology to improve the performance and the longevity of the window’s insulated glass unit, which comes standard on all windows installed.
An Insulated Glass Package with Low-E Glass provides a good barrier against ultraviolet rays that can fade carpeting, furniture, drapes, and even woodwork. Argon gas – a colorless, odorless, non-flammable, non-toxic, and safe inert gas — is heavier than air. This means it can help increase the energy efficiency of a window and reduce noise.
2. Bug-Resistant Screens
In the warm weather, you’ll want to open your windows and let the fresh air in – but not the bugs. Some tiny bugs can still get through standard screens, so look for bug-resistant screens specifically. Since bugs like mosquitoes carry diseases and others can sting and cause allergic reactions, it’s important to keep these insects out of your home and outside where they belong. Choose ultra-tight weaves designed to protect against even the smallest type of bugs from entering.
3. Hardware Options
From cranks to locks, your window’s hardware provides an important purpose, with the ability to make or break the functionality, aesthetics, safety and operation of your windows. From standard (think white or beige) to premium (think bronze or nickel), there are many options to choose from.
Some homeowners prefer white because it blends in with the white trim of the vinyl windows for a low-profile, functional accessory that is not necessarily a highlighted part of your design. Others want to draw attention to the hardware, or make it coordinate with existing hardware throughout the home. Consider what materials and finishes your doorknobs, hinges, curtain rods, drawer pulls, and fixtures are, and choose a complementary window hardware.
4. Grills and Muntins
From Colonial to prairie to diamond, there are many grill patterns to choose for your windows. The ones that are available to you will depend heavily on the type and style of window you select. Grills can be customized to your particular needs, as can muntins, which are bars or rigid supporting strips located between adjacent panes of glass.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
To get a free quote on new windows, contact us at 774-321-6750. We look forward to serving your needs with any new windows you may need to replace, giving you advice on anything from hardware to grill options.