Committing to window replacement is great, but it’s not just the windows themselves you’re buying—it’s all the options that go with them. You have more say in this than you think you do. In fact, look at it like you’re customizing your own window. From glass packages to lock hardware, control is at your fingertips when it comes to choosing the best replacement windows for you.
Let’s go over some popular options for replacement windows.
Glass Package Options
From double and triple pane glass to low-e glass coating, there are many things to consider about the glass in your new windows. Since 80 percent of a window is glass, heating and cooling savings mainly originate from what is known as “improved glass performance.” For instance, we use the latest technology to improve the performance and the longevity of the insulated glass unit.
Low-e glass, short for low-emissivity glass, features a thin coat of material which makes it more efficient. It’s designed to keep standing heat away from the surface of the glass, ensuring unwanted heat stays out in the summer and desired heat stays inside in the winter. Low-e glass happens to be the most cost-effective way to increase the energy efficiency of your windows.
Low-e coatings also reduce furniture and carpet fading because it guards against a good amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can enter the home. Did you know that harmful ultraviolet radiation alters the chemical structure of dyes and colorants in carpets and furniture, leading to fading over time?
In terms of security, your new window is only as good as the locking mechanism you choose for it. Look for locking mechanisms that will be easy to use and appropriate for every member of the family. For instance, folding nested operator handles, offered on all casement and awning windows, are the easiest to use. You can also consider ventilation limit latches, flush-mounted sash locks and multi-point locking systems.
Inside and Outside Finishes
From painted vinyl to aluminum cladding, there are many types of interior and exterior finishes to choose from. You can paint or stain wood or choose vinyl that comes in a rainbow of colors: the choice is up to you. The finish you select should be durable enough to last the test of time, especially on the outside. We can walk you through the various types to settle on the kind that’s best for your window and the best type of trim that matches your home.
Also known as grids, mullions can really add depth and character to your windows. Take a look at some optional grid inserts which you can add to your windows, thus transforming their entire appearance. The pattern, color and style you go with will determine if you want a traditional or modern look for your house. Adding grids to your windows not only enhances the uniformity and consistency of your exterior, they break up the monotony of a large glass area. From Colonials and Tudors to Victorians and contemporaries, there is a grid pattern and style for every type of house.
Contact Rescom Exteriors to Explore Your Window Replacement Options
To learn more about our many choices for your new replacement windows, contact us today for a free quote and consult.