If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then windows are definitely the soul of the home. We cannot imagine a house created without them and yet they are an understated part of our everyday lives; until they are broken or stop functioning properly.
When it is time to replace your windows due to: age, a remodel or a wayward soccer ball, many consumers are not aware of their options and do not know where to start or even if their windows need replacing.
Here are 3 commonly asked questions and helpful tips about replacing your windows.
1. Why are my windows foggy and weeping? If you have double paned windows, some homeowners have the problem of water gathering in between the glass. This makes your windows look like they have a film on them, a film that you cannot wipe away. Most people describe this as foggy windows. Windows can also weep in between their panes, so that it looks like it is raining within the glass layers of your window.
These view-disturbances are both caused by the same reason.Double paned windows have gases in between the glass layers that are denser than air, designed to prevent fogginess and weeping, but over time the seals can break down. Fixing a foggy window is purely for aesthetic reasons, but windows contribute exponentially to the beauty of our homes. If you can’t see out your windows, then what are they good for?
2. What are the products out there that I should be aware of?You are going to want to get windows that are Energy Star certified. Windows that are Energy Star certified should save you around 7-24% on your energy bill. They are more expensive than an average window, but they help save you money every month. Products that have Low-E reflective glass and dual panes are also a good option. Low-E stands for low-emissivity and this microscopic coating on the windows helps reflect light and heat back to its source. This coating also impedes a considerable amount of radiant heat and helps decrease heat flow through the window.
Dual panel windows are pretty much the standard for the industry, but if there is a side of the house that is positioned to take a lot of direct sunlight during the heat of the day, especially if you live in a city like Phoenix in the Southwest, you might want to consider triple-pane windows. Flush Fin vinyl windows are another option. These are pre-made windows that allow for easy installation and in some cases work well for quick builds or remodels; click here to learn more about
3. Where can I get the best deal on my window replacement? A window replacement company should come to your office or home, measure your windows and give you an estimate free of charge. If the window is broken, they should be able to replace it that same day. If not, you should move on because broken glass and damaged windows are hazardous in any situation. At the very least, if your windows are especially unique and need to be ordered, let the window company professionally secure the area so that no harm will occur to you or your property.
You should treat your window replacement as any other investment and give yourself options and shop around. You just have to do the leg work. Gather 3-5 estimates on your windows from venders in the area so that when you do decide on a window replacement company you will know that you got the best product for the best deal.
Curb appeal is very important when it comes to selling homes or getting a good return on your investment. Windows are very impactful to the aesthetics of a home and one of the first things potential buyers notice when they are looking for a home. So whether your windows are old, broken or just in need of an upgrade, these 3 tips will get you on your way to the perfect window replacement for your home or project.
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