Whether you are thinking of replacing your windows completely or partially, there are a number of things you need to consider. Obviously, you want it to look good on the outside but on the inside as well. You should think of other factors as well, such as the maintenance and you obviously want it to be easy to maintain.
They need to be energy efficient, plus you want something that is durable. Above all, you want to make sure you get the best of all worlds that is also in keeping with your budget. Here are a few things to look at when choosing windows for your home.
1. Should You Get A Full Replacement?
It isn’t always necessary to get a full replacement, which includes the frame. Normally, you would consider a full replacement if the frame happens to be damaged, or, if a full replacement would improve energy efficiency tremendously. A full replacement is also more expensive because it is a bigger job with more work involved as well as extra materials required.
A partial replacement, also known as a retrofit, is a more cost-effective option for many homeowners where only the window sash is replaced. The frame and trim are left intact making the installation process much more simpler. However, one drawback of this is that it will not be as good for energy efficiency when you compare it to a full replacement.
Another thing to consider is the style of the window. Even though you may be somewhat limited due to the shape or size of the current window opening, you still do have a number of permutations that you can work with. When you look at all the options available, you will need to consider the big picture and weigh all the advantages and disadvantages for every option. However, the most important consideration is if it makes perfect sense for that particular room or location.
4. Function Of The Room
The room’s function will play a determining factor on your choice as to what works best. Awning windows are good for a bathroom since it provides ventilation but also protects from wet weather conditions. For kitchens, casement windows would be an ideal choice because you want ventilation there as well. A larger opening provides lots of natural light and even if you have to reach over the sink to operate the crank, it should not be too difficult.
5. High & Low
Make sure you remember this when you are buying new windows. High (high R-value) refers to how efficiently a window prevents loss of heat. Low (low emissivity) or low-E is how heat is reflected to the warm side. In cold weather, heat is locked in and in hot weather, the heat remains on the outside.
Some people are not aware that if you intend to install a new window in a spot where there was no window, you will need to get a building permit. The same goes for enlarging an opening that does exist. Make sure to find out whether these things can affect you in any way before starting any project.