Windows are an essential part of your home’s comfort and aesthetics. They provide light, ventilation, and protection from the heat and cold. Choosing replacement windows for your home can be confusing. The right replacement windows can significantly impact your home’s curb appeal and overall energy efficiency. Replacement windows are a significant investment, and choosing from the numerous options available can be challenging.
Consider the Following Factors
The windows you choose will have an enormous impact on your home’s appearance, so it’s essential to select a design that complements your home’s architectural style. A contemporary-style home may look best with large, single-pane windows that help create a streamlined look. Colonial, Craftsman, or ranch-style homes usually look best with double-hung installations with two separate sashes. Whatever style you choose should add to the charm of your home, not distract from it.
2. Your Climate
Some window models are designed for specific weather conditions and challenges. Homeowners who regularly experience freezing winter temperatures should choose windows that provide extra insulation and strength. If you live in a colder climate, consider purchasing gas-filled windows with Low-E coatings and windows with a low U-factor for better thermal resistance to reduce heat loss. If your area is prone to tornadoes, ask your contractor about reinforced installation options that can withstand high winds and flying debris.
Choosing replacement windows that are easy to clean and maintain is essential. Vinyl is available in various colors and is impervious to termites, rot, and warping. Wooden window frames offer a traditional aesthetic that gives homes a timeless look, but they require more maintenance to prevent them from rotting or peeling. It’s also important to consider how easy your new windows will be to clean. Some windows tilt inside the home to make exterior cleaning safer and easier.
4. Energy Efficiency
High-quality energy efficient windows are one of the most important considerations for new and existing homes. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling costs. When selecting windows for new construction or an existing home, choosing the most energy-efficient ones you can afford for your climate is essential.
All residential replacement windows installed today will meet certain basic requirements for energy efficiency. While most new high-quality windows have the ENERGY STAR label, it is important to review the performance rating from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) to find the most efficient windows for your specific needs. NFRC ratings are included on ENERGY STAR-certified windows and provide a reliable way to determine a window’s energy properties and compare different products.
The location of your home’s windows is an important factor to consider regarding energy efficiency. Windows on the south side of your home may have very different requirements than those on the north-facing side. An experienced window contractor can assess your home and make the proper recommendations to improve your home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency.
Replacing your home’s windows is an expensive project. The terms of a warranty can mean the difference between a good purchase and a great one. When choosing new windows, be sure to study the warranty options available. Manufacturers have different warranty lengths for various window parts (glass seal, frame, moving parts, and hardware). Not all warranties cover glass breakage. Labor and installation warranties are other aspects to consider. Some contractors will warranty their craftsmanship for much less time than others – reading the fine print is essential.
Along with the type of windows you select, the contractor that installs them is an important consideration. Experienced window professionals can help you make purchasing decisions while considering design, energy efficiency, and warranties and can ensure the proper installation of your new windows. Look for a locally owned installer certified by the manufacturer to provide the best results.
Choose Premium Replacement Windows
No two homes are the same, and finding the perfect windows will look different depending on your budget and priorities. Some homeowners might prioritize style over efficiency, while others want to minimize heat loss during cold weather. Balancing the factors we’ve discussed will help you find new window replacements that offer style, efficiency, and lasting value.
Replacing old windows offers homeowners numerous benefits. When expertly installed, new windows are an investment that will add to your home’s comfort level and energy efficiency year-round. Working with an experienced contractor will ensure your new windows are expertly installed and protect your home and family from the elements for years to come.
Work With a Locally Owned Expert
Banner Construction has been in business since 1993, beautifying homes throughout St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. We provide exterior restoration and replacement services, including James Hardie fiber cement siding, premium window replacements, and low-maintenance PVC decks.
The only window brands we install are Pella and Simonton windows. These two brands provide homeowners with high-quality solutions that last for decades. Both brands are highly rated by Consumer Reports for their superior performance and durability against the elements.
Banner Construction is proud of our outstanding reputation for excellence in customer service and performance. We have received the Guidemaster Award for Excellence several years in a row. This award is for reliable service and on-time and on-budget performance. 94% of our clients say they are likely to recommend us. Contact us online or call 314-356-9861 to schedule a free consultation.