We’ve been getting quite a few calls recently from homeowners around the Twin Cities who have decided it’s time to replace their old windows. This is a great time of year to do that – the weather is still mild, and with warmer days ahead you want your windows to work the absolute best. Energy-efficient, maintenance-free windows are the solution to any window problems you’re having. But with the almost limitless windows on the market to choose from, how do you select the best ones for your home?
Check out these tips below to help you decide on what windows will work best for you and your home.
Tips for Choosing New Replacement Windows
When it comes to choosing the best replacement windows, first take some time to think about what you want in terms of an overall look. New replacement windows come in a variety of styles and materials, and there are lots of different options you can add on. Windows add so much to the look and function of a home, so choose windows that will stand out and show off your house to its best.
With this being said, the right windows for your home are much more than the ones you like the appearance of. The best windows for any home (and homeowner) are the those that deliver looks, function, energy-efficient performance, and value.
Shopping for Replacement Windows
One of the biggest things to think about when it comes to replacing your windows is facilitating air flow. Picture windows and other fixed window styles have their place, but you need some windows to be operable. You have to be able to open it to let ventilation into your home.
Another consideration is window frame composition. The material you go with should be evaluated in several aspects, especially for maintenance and longevity. Some windows require more upkeep, others are more durable. And a few select ones offer the best of both.
Then think about lighting needs. If a room is going to be used in the daytime, you want windows that let in a lot of sunlight. Certain types of frames and styles will allow more light than others. But you also want to make sure that you choose a window with a coating that will limit UV rays that can fade your furniture, carpet, and other items in the room. For some rooms like bedrooms that get used mostly at night, the amount of light let in is not an issue.
With the extreme temperatures Minnesota experiences, number of panes and insulating value are important to consider. Your windows should help you keep the home cool and warm as the seasons change. Window openings account for the majority of a heat loss in a home, but energy efficient windows can really cut down on wasting heating or cooling.
Are you ready to replace the windows in your home? Contact us today to have one of our replacement window experts come out for a free in-home consultation. There’s no obligation, and we can help you choose the best windows for you and your home. We also provide the very best in installation, so those new windows will perform the way they were designed to work.
Window Outfitters, Inc. is a licensed Minnesota home remodeling contractor specializing in energy-efficient replacement windows for homes and businesses in the greater Twin Cities metro area.