How to Choose Replacement Windows
When it comes to replacing the windows on your home, there’s no shortage of options out there—a world of different sizes, shapes, and styles, different materials, energy-efficient glass packages, built-in blinds, muntins, and so much more. While it may seem overwhelming to sift through this mountain of seemingly endless options, choosing replacement windows can actually be an enjoyable experience if you have a good idea of what you’re looking for. Below, we offer some tips on how to choose replacement windows.
Start with the Style
The style of window you choose—whether double hung, bay, casement, etc.—will not only affect the way your home looks, both inside and outside, but it will also determine functionality. What’s more important to you? Enjoying a spectacular view or catching a refreshing cross breeze? Keeping your window panes clean as a whistle or being able to keep your windows open during a rainstorm? Deciding what you want your windows to do will help you decide what kind of windows you need.
Select a Frame Material
While window style is important, so too is the material from which the frames are constructed. Not only will this inform your home’s architectural aesthetic, but it will also determine the level of upkeep required. Wood windows, for example, can help older homes retain their historical charm, but they will require more upkeep than vinyl windows, and probably cost more.
Pick a Glass Package
One of the most important components of a window from an overall functionality standpoint, the glass package that you choose will determine how energy efficient your new windows are. Nowadays, lots of window manufacturers make this part easier by offering glass packages that are custom-tailored to a specific region, which takes a lot of the guesswork out of choosing windows that will perform in your specific climate.
For more information about how to choose the best replacement windows for your Madison, Wisconsin, area home, contact Frey Construction today.