Choosing new windows for your house can seem like a daunting task. There are so many different styles and materials to choose from, and it’s hard to know which option is best for you and your home. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at the various types of windows available and giving you some tips on how to select the perfect ones for your house.
Types of Windows
The first step in choosing new windows is understanding the different types that are available. The two most common types of residential windows are single-hung and double-hung. Single-hung windows have one sash that slides up and down, while double-hung windows have two sashes (one above and one below) that both slide up and down independently of each other. Other popular window styles include casement, awning, bay, bow, garden, hopper, picture, slider, tilt/turn, transom/awning combinations, fixed frame/picture combinations, and more. A window company can help give you guidance when choosing a style of window for your home.
Energy Efficiency Considerations
Once you’ve selected the style of window that fits your needs best it’s important to consider energy efficiency when making your purchase decision. Windows with advanced glazing technologies can help reduce heat transfer through the glass by blocking out UV rays while still allowing natural light into the room. Low-E glass coatings also provide an extra layer of insulation against outside temperatures reducing heat loss during colder months and reflecting away heat during hotter summer months. Look for window models with ENERGY STAR certification as well as other green certifications such as NFRC or LEED to ensure that you’re getting the highest quality product possible at an affordable price point.
Last but not least comes materials! The material used in construction plays an important role in determining how long your window will last before needing replacement again as well as how much energy it will help save over time. Vinyl is a popular choice due to its durability low maintenance upkeep requirements but wood has its own unique charm if you’re looking for something more traditional or timeless. It’s also important to note that some materials such as fiberglass may be more expensive upfront but they can pay off in savings over time due to their superior energy efficiency ratings compared to other materials like aluminum or vinyl frames which don’t insulate as well against outside temperatures leading to higher heating costs throughout the year.
With so many options out there it can be difficult to know where to start when selecting new windows for your home but armed with these tips hopefully you now feel better prepared. Do research on all available options including different styles, materials, glazing technologies, ENERGY STAR certification ratings, green certifications etc., so you can make an informed decision about what type of window best suits your needs and budget lifestyle preferences. Now go forth confidently knowing that you have all the tools necessary to choose the perfect windows for your house!