According to a JELD-WEN survey, 67% of homeowners need to replace their current windows. Unfortunately for homeowners, buying replacement windows can be a very daunting task. Not only are windows an expense that many homeowners do not feel they can afford, but the choices are nearly endless. Luckily, the window experts at Architectural Window Supply are here to help! We have compiled a list of window buying tips to help you improve the style, comfort, and energy efficiency of your home.
Replacement Window Buying Tips
1. Window Frame Material:
|Vinyl||Vinyl is durable, energy efficient, able to stand up to the elements, and will never fade or peel.|
|Wood||Nothing gives your home that traditional look quite like wood. However, wood requires a lot of maintenance.|
|Clad-Wood||Clad is a strong layer of metal over your wood window frame. This provides extra protection and reduces maintenance.|
|Aluminum||Cost effective, aluminum is corrosion resistant and performs well in most climates.|
2. Energy Efficiency: Energy efficiency is on every homeowner’s mind. So to ensure you purchase energy efficient windows, look for Low-E glass, a special glass coating designed to reflect infrared light. Also look for the ENERGY STAR label!
3. Window Style: When it comes to new windows, they obviously have to look good. After all, your windows play a major role in the curb appeal of your home! So what type of windows are you looking for? There are awning, bay, bow, casement, double-hung, fixed, garden, single-hung, sliding and tilt and turn – windows available in all types of shapes and sizes.
4. Security: Glass strength and locking mechanisms play a major role in the security of your home. So look for windows that meet forced entry requirements; use Low-E glass, which uses thicker double strength glass; and have superior locking mechaisms with tamper-resistant technology.
5. Budget: Now for the category on every homeowner’s mind: budget! Luckily, Architectural Window Supply is here to help! Not only is our sales staff factory-trained and capable of offering you unparalleled insight and advice on your replacement window selection, but everything we sell is incredibly affordable, including measuring, ordering, and delivery.
If you have any further questions about Replacement Windows or if you wish to schedule a free consultation, please contact Architectural Window Supply by calling 410-266-5254 or visit our website!