How old are your windows? Older windows are less energy-efficient and are potentially more susceptible to damage from mold, condensation, or wind. If it’s time to replace your windows, then here is what you should think about as you start the process.
Single-hung windows can present a considerable safety risk if your children can reach them. If you have single-hung windows, then it would be a good idea to upgrade and replace them with double-hung windows instead.
Although it’s not always apparent, windows are just as important for the security of your home as doors are. Old windows might not lock too easily, which can present a security risk. Replacement windows feature locking mechanisms that will open and close more easily without becoming a problem.
Another consideration that isn’t an obvious concern is the condition of your home’s foundation. Look for any strange cracks in your windows. These cracks may indicate problems with the foundation. Before you can begin the process of installing replacement windows, you should inspect every part of your home’s exterior – and that includes the foundation, the siding, and the roof.
Now that you’ve decided to get replacement windows, you also have to think about how energy efficient they are. When your windows are energy-efficient, they help you save money because the conditioned air you depend on to stay cool during the day won’t escape. That means your home’s air conditioning won’t have to run as often or on full-blast. This, in turn, helps you keep your energy bills down. These ratings will help you determine how energy-efficient your new windows are:
Condensation resistance: Condensation on your windows may seem like an ordinary part of life. After all, it’s normal for there to be condensation after a rainstorm. But water damage and fogging can ruin the glass of your windows, so the more resistant your replacement window is to condensation, the better.
Air leakage: How much air can get in and out? In this case, you want to see a lower number.
Visible transmittance: How much sunlight can get in? In the fall and winter, you’ll be glad to get as much sun as you can, but during the last days of summer, all that sunlight can get uncomfortable during the hottest part of the morning and afternoon.
Solar heat gain coefficient: How well does the window repel heat? Again, you want to see a lower number when it comes to this rating.
Types of Glass
You’ll also need to think about the type of glass you want for each new window that you get. Insulated glass helps protect against potential break-ins and sun damage to your furniture. It also helps reduce noise pollution, and it will also improve your home’s overall energy-efficiency.
Replacement Windows from Capital Remodeling
Capital Remodeling is ready to transform and beautify your home in Maryland, Virginia, and Georgia this summer with affordable replacement windows that will exceed your expectations. With our quality replacement window services, reasonable prices, and flawless customer service, you will love the end result. If you’re ready for a free quote, visit us online or give us a call at 1-800-300-6780. If you’d like to see our previous projects, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube.