When looking for a contractor to replace your old windows look no further. Windows are not only a vital part of your home or business's protection, but they can also make all the difference in visual beauty and appeal. When choosing replacement windows there are what seems to be a thousand choices. One of the most important things to consider when considering to replace your windows is what the windows are covered or clad in. Almost all decent grade windows now-a-days are double pane, your next consideration should be the durability and upkeep of the windows.
Windows can be just wood which requires a lot of maintenance and is very susceptible to rot and thus not a good choice here on the coast of South Carolina. They require regular sanding painting and sealing to keep the water and sun damage from ruining them. Most contractors will suggest windows that are covered (clad) in vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass and even copper. The most cost effective and low maintenance is vinyl. Vinyl clad windows and doors like vinyl siding doesn't need painting, and is very resistant to sun and water damage.
Energy Efficient Windows: We must first understand what the word Low E is referring to:
Low emissivity (low e) - actually low thermal emissivity - is a quality of a surface that radiates, or emits, low levels of radiant thermal (heat) energy. Window glass is by nature highly thermal emissive and to improve thermal efficiency (insulation properties) thin film coatings are applied.
Other features that make a window energy star rated are how many panes they are made up of and are they gas filled.
Most common types of windows to consider when replacing:
Casement windows - Windows attached/hinged at the side so they can swing in and out.
Double Hung windows - Most recognized and attached from the sides without hinges but both the top and the bottom sash can move independently. Also include tilting for ease to clean.
Glider or Slider- Windows that can slide along a track
When it is time to replace your windows, count how many windows you have, measure the width and height and note which type of opening you prefer (if any). This will help your contractor give you a quote faster. The only other variable with regards to the cost of the window products is the quality and design.Check the manufacturer's warranty to determine which one is best for you. With windows you usually get what you pay for.
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