Window replacement is an important home improvement project that improves your house’s resale value and increases its energy efficiency. Upgrading to new windows can lower your heating and cooling costs and reduce your carbon footprint.
Window installation experts will help you choose the best windows for your home’s style and needs. They can also assist you with door selections to complete your new look.
Single Sliding Windows
Sliding windows, sometimes called glider windows, have two window panes that are connected to the frame side by side and overlap slightly to provide an airtight seal. One of the panes can be opened to let in fresh air and sunlight.
These windows are ideal for narrow spaces and provide a modern, stylish aesthetic. They also offer excellent exterior views and are easy to clean.
However, these windows are not as energy efficient as hung windows and require more maintenance to keep them operating smoothly. The tracks must be regularly cleaned to remove dirt and debris and the hardware should be lubricated twice a year.
Double Sliding Windows
Like single slider windows, double-sliding windows have two window panes connected to a frame, but with the ability to open and close both sides of the window. This allows for more ventilation and natural light in your home.
Because they don’t open outward like awning and casement windows, double-sliding windows take up less space when opened. This makes them perfect for smaller rooms or homes with children.
Compared to other window types, sliding windows are not the most energy-efficient. This is due to the many moving parts that can decrease their efficiency. However, this can be offset by regularly lubricating the hardware to improve its operation and increase its corrosion resistance.
The cost of a casement window depends on several factors, such as the frame material and size. For example, uPVC windows tend to be cheaper than composite or wood frames.
Additionally, unlike other types of windows, casement windows are difficult to break into. This makes them a great choice for security-minded homeowners. However, this feature may also make them vulnerable to wind damage. To avoid this problem, install a weather strip or add insulation to your home. Adding insulation will reduce your energy costs and prevent drafts from blowing in through your windows.
Double Hung Windows
Replacing old windows with new double hung windows will drastically reduce your heating and cooling costs. They offer better energy efficiency than older windows primarily because of their design and window frame material. They have two operable sashes that move up and down.
Double-hung windows have moveable upper and lower sashes that allow for more ventilation. Opening both sashes allows fresh air to enter while stale hot air escapes. These windows are perfect for locations that require a lot of air flow. They are also easier to clean and safer than single-sliding windows. They are an excellent choice for homeowners with children or pets.
Triple Hung Windows
The ready-made replacement windows available at lumberyards and large home-supply stores are double-paned and offer varying degrees of energy efficiency. Triple-glazed windows have three panes of glass with two pockets that can be filled with a gas like argon to prevent heat transfer and help your home retain its temperature.
Triple-pane windows are more expensive than their double-pane counterparts, but they can save you money on your energy bills over time. These windows are also more durable and improve your home’s security. Intruders find it difficult to break through three thick layers of glass. They may even have a lifetime warranty depending on the manufacturer.
Homeowners have more choices in terms of materials, colors and styles when it comes to replacement windows than ever before. Vinyl windows are an increasingly popular choice. They’re cost-effective, energy efficient and can mimic the look of wood to a certain extent.
These windows can help to reduce homeowner’s energy costs by preventing heat transfer. They can also increase a house’s value at resale time. The insulated glass blocks the sun’s heat, keeping rooms more comfortable during warm or cold seasons. Three panes create pockets that can be filled with a gas like argon to further prevent the exchange of heat. Compared to aluminum windows, vinyl is less expensive and is more traditional looking.