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Tips for Buying New Windows

Tips for Buying New Windows

When shopping for brand new windows, consider these factors.

Believe it or not, windows have changed quite a bit over the years. There are always new technologies with features and styles that you are going to want to consider when buying new windows. Remember that investing in high-quality windows is important, as windows end up taking a lot of abuse due to heavy rain, strong winds, and snow or ice. Once windows are beyond repair and need replacing, you’re going to see plenty of options out there. Read on for some tips on what you should keep in mind when looking for new windows.

Picking a Material

Some materials you may want to consider include wood, vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum. Each has its benefits. Wood frames are often used in remodels to match whatever is already in place, though you can always update wood window sashes to prevent drafts. Wood is a classic material that works well for maintaining an original style. Clad-framed windows have a shell, either made of aluminum or vinyl, and appear in newer constructions. These new windows allow for plenty of options, including just how thick the cladding is. Vinyl-clad windows also come in tons of colors and require less maintenance, but they’re cheap, look nice, and insulate well.

Selecting Glass

Single-pane glass is considered outdated for most installations. Double-pane windows have a sealed air space between those two panes of glass, which helps reduce heat loss. They come in plenty of variations, but many are better at insulating than single-pane glass. If you’re in a really cold climate, some people even install triple-pane windows, which involve a seal made with argon or krypton. That gas then acts as a layer of insulation

Remember, though, that the more panes you use, the more your costs are going to be. The price for new windows can stack up if you’re not careful! One last factor to consider: better insulated windows also cut down on how much sound transfers through them, which is particularly notable if you’re in an urban area.

Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficient windows are all the rage right now. Energy efficiency is measured in what’s called an R-Value, which indicates just how efficient building materials are at insulating. The higher the R-value, the better insulation you can expect to get from your new windows. You may even be able to get certain tax credits depending on what kind of windows you end up using!


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