So, you’ve made the decision to replace your windows? Excellent idea! You will benefit from increased energy savings, while enhancing your home’s comfort level, convenience, safety and appearance. However, be sure to avoid common mistakes that come with replacing your windows. Here are four of them.
- Replacing with the same windows when so many better options are out there: This is your chance to upgrade the look and feel of your home while improving its function at the same time. By replacing your originals with the same kind, you’re missing out on the chance to truly improve your home. Technology and material quality have come so far in the years or decades since you’ve last put in new windows. Take advantage of the features of today’s windows that can enhance your home, add to your convenience, lower your energy bills and augment your style.
- Failing to match your windows to your needs: By choosing windows willy-nilly, you’re limiting yourself from the true potential of your home’s interior comfort, style and more. For instance, incorrectly matching your windows to each room’s purpose can cause warm spots and glares. Another important consideration is to ensure your new windows match the design and architectural elements of your home so as to provide a uniform appearance.
- Choosing the wrong glass package: Windows aren’t just about the look of the frame. They’re about the glass – which is where the real energy savings come in. Low-E and double and triple pane are excellent choices because they afford more efficiency and help you cut down on those rising energy bills. Take low-E glass, for example. Whenever the interior heat energy attempts to escape to the colder outdoors in winter, that coating reflects the heat back in. This reduces radiant heat loss through the glass, with the reverse being true in the summer. Plus, low-E glass blocks two times more ultraviolet light than standard windows, reducing the prevalence of fading for carpets, curtains and couches. Lastly, low-E coatings ensure the temperature of the inner window remains similar to the room temperature, preventing condensation.
- Buying windows that are difficult to maintain: The windows you’re eyeing may look good online, in the showroom or in a catalog, but in reality, they pose a big inconvenience. For instance, wood is a beautiful material in theory, but it needs frequent annual care, from stripping to painting. Plus, it is susceptible to rot and insect damage. Aluminum can become chipped or scratched, causing the metal to show through. Vinyl is generally the most durable choice because it has the lowest maintenance requirement.
Here at Rescom Exteriors, we install Bristol windows, featuring multi-frame construction that maintains structural stability and thermal performance. As such, we offer a wide selection of window styles, shapes, and colors, with each window carrying the NFRC label. We have the durable, energy efficient materials, beautiful designs, and a 50-year warranty you need for peace of mind. Call us today at 508-832-5202.