Replacement Windows 101
When it comes to windows, there are many types to choose from. It’s easy to see how many can get confused or overwhelmed. What many people don’t know is that selecting new replacement windows really doesn’t need to be difficult or overwhelming. This will be one of the best home investments you will ever make!
Local realtors say you will recoup most of what you invest. Windows are one of the biggest sources of home energy loss.
A large majority of your home’s energy shortcomings occur through convection, outside air infiltration, conduction and radiation through your windows and doors. Energy and heat value have become a major selling point during the recent boom in renovation resale, and modern replacement windows should be added to any list of planned property improvements to optimize efficiency potential.
Even with newer houses, the windows and doors that can come standard are “builder’s” models, designed to be inexpensive and easy to install. These models are not engineered to be energy-efficient, nor are they ever made from high quality materials. That makes window replacement one of the best ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency, with the potential to save you thousands of dollars over the years and increase resale values.
Keep in mind that not all replacement windows are created equal, and taking short cuts in this area can greatly limit your asking price. Features to look for in cutting-edge replacement windows include triple-glazing, spacers to reduce condensation, argon and krypton gas insulation and Celuca™ composite frames which deliver twice the insulating value of standard vinyl.