Replacement windows are a great investment that brings several benefits; they help make your indoor living spaces more comfortable. They can boost your home’s curb appeal and, with the right kind of replacement windows, can help you save on your monthly energy bills. When buying replacement windows, look for the following qualities.
With today’s increasing energy costs, energy efficiency is now the most essential consideration when buying new windows. Ideally, replacement windows should be able to prevent heat transference, which causes heat loss during winter and heat gain during summer. The better insulation your windows have, the more energy-efficient they are.
Glazing is the biggest part of any window and should be the first thing you should look at when choosing windows. Double-panel glazing adds insulation to naturally-conductive glass; by eliminating contact between interior and exterior surfaces, only a small amount of heat is conducted. Low-emissivity glass coatings selectively block unwanted ultraviolet (UV) rays and heat from the sun. Insulated frames round out the energy efficiency features. At WMGB Home Improvement, we offer ENERGY STAR®-certified vinyl replacement windows from Simonton® and Alside®.
One of the downsides of choosing an off-the-rack replacement window is that you have limited options in terms of size, style and colors, which means you’d be less likely to get the color palette that you want. Fortunately, certain replacement window contractors and manufacturers offer replacement windows that allow customization in terms of size, colors and glazing types, and even such details as grilles and hardware finish. With that extent of beauty options, you can get replacement windows that you’ve always wanted without compromise.
Whether you choose to do it yourself or have it professionally done, scraping and repainting your windows can take a lot of time, effort and money. Vinyl window frames are currently the most popular window frame option, mainly because of their low-maintenance properties. Whether it’s a small egress window or a large bay window, all you need to keep it clean is a garden hose and a soft cloth for wiping away excess water.
To learn more about window replacements with these features, call WMGB Home Improvement today at (616) 328-6625, or fill out our contact form. We serve many areas in and around Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, MI.