Are your windows difficult to open? Do you have condensation building up between the panes? Can you hear every street noise in your home?
It might be time to replace your windows! These are all indicators that your windows aren’t working as well as they should be. Perhaps it’s time to investigate another option.
Keep reading for more information about how to replace a window in your home.
Different Window Styles
Deciding between single hung vs double hung windows is a matter of more than just personal taste. Single-hung windows have a fixed top half (or, sash) and only the bottom opens. They are more affordable and potentially more energy-efficient.
Double-hung windows can open from the top or bottom and provide more ventilation.
Or, you could also consider a crank-out window, which is the most energy-efficient style. And, they provide excellent security options as well.
Choosing a Material
The majority of windows are made from wood, fiberglass, or vinyl. When considering materials, your best bet may be energy efficient fiberglass windows.
Fiberglass windows don’t expand or contract in different temperatures and stand up well to both extreme heat or cold. They are also more durable and will last longer than wood and vinyl.
Some states may even offer a tax credit for energy-efficient windows. Check out the Energy Star site to learn more.
What Is Glazing?
Another energy efficiency option is glazing. A double glaze or dual-pane window has two layers of glass with a space between them. This helps keep homes warm in winter and cool in summer. It also provides a sound buffer to reduce outside noise.
Sometimes a window is enhanced with a third layer of glass. These triple glazed windows create two separate chambers that reduce heat flow even more.
How to Replace a Window
One way to replace a window is to take off the entire unit and replace it with a completely new one. This includes the interior and exterior trim. And you would insulate everything before reinstalling the window.
The other option is to install an insert. This is a smaller window unit that fits inside the current opening. It keeps the same exterior trim.
You can save up to $300 per window because it requires less labor. However, you won’t be able to add more insulation and often the insert window is smaller than the original.
Either way, it’s often best to have a professional help you make the decision and help you measure your windows properly.
Improve Your Home With the Right Windows
Whether you know how to replace a window yourself or need someone to help you, installing new windows can make your home more energy-efficient. They will add curb appeal to your home and may even be easier to clean!
Contact us to learn more about the right window options for your home!