How to compare replacement window quality
There are so many options to making our homes more beautiful and functional. While certain sections of your home may have been renovated and the interior design of your home may have received quite a few face-lifts over the years, windows are often the most neglected part of your home. Now, there’s a good reason to start thinking about replacing your old windows with new ones and it’s not just for the aesthetics. With advanced technology, energy-efficient windows can play a key role in bringing down your energy costs!
There are several options for replacement windows – aluminum (or metal), composite wood, fiberglass, vinyl or wood. One of the more popular types is vinyl windows because of its low maintenance and moisture resistant features. With proper insulation vinyl windows are thermally superior to wood and metal frames.
If you’re wondering how to choose the right windows for your home, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
1. Look for certifications and affiliations: This point will help us to know with confidence which ones are the most serious about giving us the best product. Look for certifications and associations with organizations such as AAMA, NFRC, Energy Star, and so on. Some manufacturers have also earned the Good Housekeeping seal for quality and reliability.
2. Look for highest quality backed by lifetime warranties: When a manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty, it means he has confidence in the product he is selling! In many cases these warranties are transferable to the new owner of your home in case you sell your place. Sash and frames should be welded for greater strength and durability. Make sure there’s a quality spacer separating the glass panes. This minimizes heat loss and condensation. Safety features like ventilation latches allows windows to open a few inches. For added insulation to vinyl windows look for foam filling.
3. Energy Saving potential: Energy-efficient windows will save you on energy bills in the long run. You can expect your bills to come down by 10 to 15 percent. Energy-efficient glass like the Comfort 365 from Champion Window keeps you cool during the summer months and warm during winter. If you live in a climate where the winters are severe, you might want to add to the energy-efficiency with thicker drapes. But do remember to open them up during the day for the sun to seep in.
4. Look for licensed installers. A properly installed window will save you big time, long term. Windows that are not properly installed can allow air to flow in, creating a draft and raising your energy bills. There are manufacturers that offer lifetime warranties on materials and installation.
5. Aesthetics: There is a plethora of window designs and colors, so you’ll find one that suits the architectural style of your home.
Don’t neglect your windows when renovating your home! If needed call a local manufacturer for a free in-home consultation.
Author Bio- Jennifer Rossi has worked for 6 years as a real estate agent. Her interest in interior decoration and home improvement led her to pick up practical tips on home repairs and renovations. From replacement windows and doors to siding, roofing, landscaping, re-modeling patio rooms and sun rooms, Althea shares her knowledge through articles that she hopes will provide her readers with the information they’re looking for.