If you need new windows, you probably have a lot of questions. Window replacement is an expensive investment, but it can provide many benefits. If you would like to learn more, check out these commonly asked questions about window replacement.
How Much Do New Windows Cost?
The exact cost of your windows depends on the type of window, the frame, the size, and the efficiency.
More specialized windows, such as bay windows, bow windows, sliding glass door windows, skylight windows, garden windows, and egress windows tend to cost more than your standard window. Since these may require more work or specialized skills, you may have to pay more for labor too.
What Pane Choices Are Available?
When choosing your windows, you’ll have to pick the type of windowpane you want. Windowpanes come in multiple styles, including single, double, and triple pane. This means the window frame has either one, two, or three pieces of glass inside. With double and triple pane windows, insulating gasses can be added to offer more insulation.
Another option for boosting energy efficiency is using low-E windows. These windows have a special coating that helps block UV rays without blocking how much visible light enters the house. As an added benefit, you will see less fading on fabrics, flooring, etc. thanks to the UV-blocking properties.
Finally, you’ll have to choose the type of glass you want. While most widows are clear to provide visibility and plenty of natural light, other options include tinted, mirrored, and obscured glass. These are good in rooms that require more privacy, such as a bathroom.
What Frame Choices Are Available?
While you have many window frame choices, the most common are vinyl, fiberglass, wood, and aluminum. Vinyl windows have grown in popularity because the quality has improved but the price has stayed low, keeping them one of the most affordable window frame options. Plus, they offer great insulation.
Fiberglass windows are one of the most durable options because they can withstand weather and temperature changes. Other materials are prone to expand and contract in temperature changes, which puts wear and tear on the window and house.
Wood frames are also durable, but they are the most expensive option, and to stay durable, they require a lot of maintenance. However, wood frames are attractive and can be used to design unique window options.
The last common window frame choice is aluminum. Aluminum is another durable option, but like fiberglass, it requires little maintenance. It isn’t prone to rot or decay. However, it lacks in the energy efficiency department. Metal is great heat conductor, but you can ask about thermal blockers.
What Are the Most Common Types of Windows?
Windows come in many styles, but some of the most common are double-hung and single-hung windows. These windows have two sashes. With double-hung windows, both sashes slide up and down, and with single-hung windows, only the bottom sash opens.
Casement windows don’t slide open or closed; they use a hinge. This allows them to open and close like a door. Slider windows often look like casement windows, but instead of having a hinge, they slide open like single-hung windows, but they slide to the side to open.
Other window options are designed to offer a unique look. For example, picture windows are stationary windows that can’t open, but for this reason, they can be big. This makes them a great option if you have a nice view. Other windows that add style include bay windows, awning windows, and transom windows.
Windows are an important part of every home, so choosing the right one for your needs is a must. With so many options, it can seem overwhelming. If you need help picking out your next windows, or if you want to request a quote, contact us at Archer Exteriors.