Is it foggy out or is it just me?
Nope, that’s not fog. It’s your windows!
If you’re noticing a bit of a draft, condensation and/or decreased visibility, then it’s probably time to get new windows.
Windows usually last 20 to 40 years, but as time goes on, their effectiveness can lower. By making a quality investment decision the first time around, you can expect to save money in the long run.
So, if you’re in the market for buying new windows, then you’ve come to the right place!
Read on to learn our top 5 tips for choosing new windows for your home.
The climate you live in has an enormous effect on your window purchase decision. Homes in your area are likely to use similar materials for the window frame and glass.
If you live in a cold climate, then double- or triple-paned windows are the best option to protect your home from the brisk winters. They can also keep your energy bills lower as your new windows help to regulate the temperature inside your home.
To make an informed decision, research and gather information about what homes in your area are usually selecting for framing, glass, and type of window based on climate influences.
Windows, just like any other home expense, increase in price as quality rises. Refer to your budget to determine if a particular window choice makes financial sense.
Determine how much new windows could save you in energy bills during their lifespan. You may find that they basically pay for themselves!
If you want to make a quality investment, but know you can’t afford the windows that will ultimately be a great investment, consider saving up more money. Getting the job done right the first time is key if you’re able to wait and save up.
After you understand your climate and consult your budget, it’s time to choose your window glass. When selecting glass for your new windows, note the U-value, Solar heat gain coefficient, and visible transmittance factors.
The U-Value or U-Factor is a number that indicates how efficient the glass is at keeping heat inside your home. These values range from .2 to 1.2. The lower the number, the more efficient the glass is at keeping heat inside your home.
Solar heat gain coefficient is a number between 0 and 1 that shows how well the glass is at keeping heat out during the summer months. The lower the solar heat gain coefficient value, the better the glass is at blocking out heat. People in warmer climates should opt for the lowest number possible, whereas folks in colder climates should look for the highest number available.
Finally, consider how much light you want to let into your home by taking into account the visible transmittance factor. The visible transmittance factor is a value between 0 and 1. The more light you want to get in, the closer to 1 you’ll want to be.
Personal tastes can make or break a budget. Windows come in many designs, shapes, and sizes, but not all of them are cost-effective or practical.
If your style leans more towards fancy, then be prepared to pay for it. If you do decide to choose a higher-end design, but still want to save money, then select windows that have a dual purpose. For example, if you fall in love with a transom design window, then see if it’s an option for these windows to also open and close.
Additional features such as Low-e window coating, hardware finishes, and triple-insulated glass can enhance the function and design of your home. However, remember that additional features aren’t a necessity. If you’ve selected a glass type and frame that meet your needs, then you can rest easy knowing that you made a good investment.
Additional features certainly do provide extra protection and style. So, if fancy is your thing, then go for it!
If so, we’re glad to hear it!
If you live in the Hesperia, California area then consider us for your new windows purchase. We specialize in commercial and residential window installation and can help you to select the best window for your needs.