Choosing the right replacement windows for your home

New windows can make your home quieter, more attractive, and less drafty, and they don’t need painting. They’re also easier to clean than old windows with combination storm and screens and can reduce your carbon footprint.

1.Price doesn’t indicate performance

2.Match windows to climate

 If your home is exposed to high winds and cold temperatures, look for windows that were excellent at low-temperature wind resistance.

3.Don’t overspend on options

  Low-E coatings improve efficiency, but triple glazing probably isn’t necessary   unless you live in an extremely cold climate. Double-hung window sashes that tilt in make cleaning easier, and full screens allow optimum airflow when the top window is lowered and bottom window raised. Finer meshed screens let more light through and do not obscure the view as much as standard screens

4. Frame provides structure.

5. Cladding protects the exterior of a wood or composite window and is made of vinyl, 

  aluminum, or fiberglass, eliminating painting.

6. Sash is the moving part of the window; it can be tilted in for easy cleaning.

7. Insulated glass Double-glazed windows have a sealed space between two panes of glass

  filled with air or another gas that insulates better than air. Argon gas is standard

  on many windows, but the energy savings won’t justify paying extra for it.

8. Low-E coating is transparent and improves the efficiency of the glass by reflecting 

  heat yet letting light in. The coating is applied to the outside of glass in warmer

  climates to reflect the sun’s heat out; in colder areas, it’s applied to the inside

  glass to keep heat in.

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