And let’s face it, windows are not a small purchase. We want you to be prepared when you jump into the window buying process, so we’ve done some work for you so you know what you’re getting into when you replace your windows.
Not all window materials are created equal. Windows frames come in a number of different materials, including wood, vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass and composite.
Vinyl windows are the most affordable. They’re also long lasting, energy-efficient and can be built to fit any size opening. And unlike wood, they never need repainting.
Wood windows are slowly being replaced by vinyl windows. And for good reason. Wood windows are high maintenance. They have to be painted or stained regularly to remain protected from the elements.
Aluminum windows are low-cost and low-maintenance, but offer the least energy efficiency of any window material.
Fiberglass windows offer the strongest window frame, but they’re certainly going to cost you. You may pay a healthy 15-30% more for fiberglass windows than you would for vinyl.
Composite windows combine multiple window materials to take advantage of the benefits of each. Although these windows typically perform well, they are the most expensive window in the market.
In summary, out of all these window choices, most people choose vinyl because they provide high-quality windows at an affordable price.
Create a window style that reflects you. There are a number of ways you can customize your windows to suit your home.
Color – Simonton offers a wide variety of color options for the interior and exterior of your home so you can design your ideal window or door.
Grids – The right grid can transform the look of your home and accentuate its architectural style.
Hardware – Window handles and locks come in a variety of finishes to match the hardware in any room.
Glass packages have the greatest effect on your window efficiency. You may pay a little more for a great glass package up front, but you’ll save more in the long run. Here are some glass package options to keep in mind.
Low E – Reflects infrared light keeping heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. It can also help keep your carpets and furniture from fading.
Gas Fill – Either Argon or Krypton can be placed in between glass panes to provide greater insulation than regular air.
You need to find the type of window that not only suits your home, but suits you. Ease of operation, function and style are all important factors to consider. Want a more customized shape such as a bay window? These cost a little extra, but the added curb appeal and beauty it gives to your home is well worth the investment.