Quality is one of the most important factors to consider in professional window replacement. Does your contractor offer durable and energy-efficient options? Quality can, to a large degree, determine just how long your new windows will last and how well they perform. It’ll pay to focus on the following:
- Framing Material. Windows come in different materials, each one offering distinct features. Classic wood windows, for example, are best known for durability and their insulating properties. A warm and rich appearance also makes them a big hit among homeowners. Wood frames however, are more susceptible to rot and moisture damage, which means they need more frequent maintenance.
Another popular framing material, vinyl, is more cost-effective and versatile than wood. Vinyl windows are available in durable, fade-resistant colors that require little to no maintenance. However, they tend to warp when exposed to changes in weather and temperature.
If you want windows that provide the best features of both wood and vinyl, consider composite frames. By combining wood’s strength and insulating properties with vinyl’s maintenance-free performance, composite offers an airtight seal that prevents significant energy loss. Moreover, the material doesn’t crack, pit or corrode.
- Glass. The glass included with your windows can help improve your home’s energy efficiency. Some of the most popular options include tinted and reflective glass, but for the discerning homeowner, low-emissivity (Low-E) glass is the most superior choice. Low-E has a virtually invisible metallic coating on its surface, which helps block radiant heat transfer while protecting your home’s interior from harsh UV light. This allows for a cooler, more comfortable home, minus the high energy costs. With its energy-saving benefits, Low-E glass is usually paired with composite framing material for top-notch performance.
- Customization Options. Customization is another aspect you should consider if having great-looking windows is important to you. Besides being durable and energy-efficient, your windows should complement your home’s architectural features and enhance its other assets in the best way possible.