Window Replacement – Choosing the Right Windows
Buildings without windows will be lifeless and dull. You need windows for insulation, air, heat, light, and other things. You should make sure the windows are maintained and replaced if necessary. Twenty to twenty-five percent of a building's heating bill is because a lot of heat loss goes through a window according to the US Department of Energy. When this happens, it is a good indication that you need a window replacement.
To get a better understanding of windows you should know the difference between a replacement window and a window that has been newly constructed.
• Replacement windows-these windows have many restrictions. You have to look for a window that suits the building and then fix them in the same size frame.
• Windows that are newly constructed-these are also referred to as "rough opening." The size, shape, and design will be according to the requirements of the builder and put in a totally fresh place.
Some of the factors that need to be taken into consideration when getting a window replacement include:
• Energy efficiency-this is an important consideration. Two factors that need to be consider are the R and U factor. The R factor is the ability to contain energy or a measure for better insulation. The value of the R factor should be very high because the greater value the more insulated the material will be along with more heat resistant. The U factor is the measure of energy loss or transfer of energy. The values of the U factor will generally fall between 0.20 to 1.20. Look for a window replacement with the lowest energy loss. To be the best window replacement it should have a high R factor and a low U factor
• Material-most will use the same material that was previously used because the frame will be the same. You can use windows made of wood, fiberglass, vinyl, or aluminum.
• Visible transmittance-this is the amount of light that enters through your window. It may be given in the measure of zero to one. You should go for the higher value.
• Guarantee / warranty — the company should be ready to stand by their products. Most companies will offer a ten-year warranty.
• Cost-what a window replacement will cost depends on the design, size, and material. The more expensive ones are made of aluminum and wood. Ones made of wood and vinyl is the less expensive.
When getting a window replacement there are also other factors to consider. You should look at the maintenance that is required, they should complement your home, and you should check to see if there is any air leakage. You should have a professional install your window replacement.