Replacing the windows in your home is an expensive but worthy capital investment. Unlike in newly built buildings, replacement windows must be customized in order to fit into the existing building. However, the costly sticker price does not mean that you cannot get efficient and attractive windows at a cheaper price.
Here is what you should consider for your window replacement.
Double-Hung or Single-Hung?
This mostly refers to the window part that moves, also known as the sash. It consists of an inside frame plus the window glass. In the case of double-hung, both the bottom and top sashes move. On the other hand, one sash moves in single-hung. Typically, this is the bottom sash that moves.
Opening-and-Closing or Fixed?
Fixed and non-opening windows are very common in office buildings as well as residential skyscrapers. Opening-and-closing, on the other hand, are common in traditional homes.
Triple-Pane or Double-Pane Glass?
The window glass, also known as the glazing, can be insulated for cold, heat, or noise. This happens by using multiple window panes that are separated by inert gas or air.
Lamination or Low-E Coating?
Low-emittance or low-emissivity window glazing helps in reducing the levels of infrared light or UV rays to assist in preventing damage to fabrics and other indoor things. In addition, they assist in preventing heat from entering the building.
Removable, Casement, or Tilt-and-Turn Windows? For the removable window option, it leaves a large and temporary opening, which increases the chances of objects falling out of the window. Casement windows, on the other hand, have hinges similar to a door, and they open inwards for cleaning. The tilt-and-turn window option is the most common, where the homeowners use a button or lever to tilt the window sash inwards. This allows them to clean both the outside and inside of the window.
What Kind of Frame Material?
When it comes to frame material of the window itself, frames made out of aluminum are very common since wood tends to be more expensive. In addition, it is hard to install wood frames without risking to damage the wall. There are some buildings that require wood frames on the exterior and aluminum-coated wood in the interior. The wood can either be composite or solid, which is mostly made of glue and sawdust. Composite wood works better for window frames compared to solid wood, which contracts, expands, and is affected by moisture.Share