From energy efficiency and security to ease of use and durability, there are many features you should be on the lookout for when buying replacement windows for your own home or a multi-family complex. Because there’s such a large variety out there when it comes to window choices, it can be overwhelming to settle on the right one. Fortunately, the right window installation contractor will have some ideas to guide you. Here are four features to look for in replacement windows.
1. Energy Efficiency
When considering an energy efficient window, first consider the glass. The right glass, whether dual pane or triple pane, can reduce heating and cooling costs because it can slow down thermal transfer. Inert argon gas between panes will improve insulating properties, and laminated, tinted, tempered, and obscure insulating glass can add UV protection to keep your home more energy efficient. Look for windows with ENERGY STAR® and NFRC labels.
You can also make other changes in your lifestyle to make sure your windows are as energy efficient as possible, such as drawing curtains, shades and blinds on hot summer days, or opening them up on sunny winter days.
Locking mechanisms are the first thing you probably think of when it comes to security. But choosing the right window in the first place can add to the security of your home. Picture windows are the most secure because they don’t open, but the next in line would be casement, awning and hopper windows due to their hinge placement as well as latches inside the frame.
Next, you’ll want to choose replacement windows with durable frames. There are four main materials when it comes to frame construction: vinyl, fiberglass, wood, and aluminum. Aluminum and fiberglass are the strongest, while vinyl and wood are less so.
You can also choose various safety glass options, such as tempered glass that is processed or treated to boost strength. And lastly, consider supplementary locks, hardware and alarms to increase the security of your windows.
3. Ease of Use
Your windows should open and close easily for convenience, cleaning and comfort. This is where quality of the window and professional installation come into play. Over time, window frames tend to warp and can make it difficult to open and close the windows. If you have a quality window that was installed correctly, this will help resist those effects.
Make sure the window style you purchase is conducive to your needs. Double hung windows, for example, are a popular type of window for just about any room. They tilt in for easy cleaning so you don’t have to get on a ladder outside to do the exterior.
You want your windows to be able to sustain the demands of tenants and residents over many years. They have to be able to withstand frequent use, which is why choosing a durable window, especially when it comes to the frame, is critical in a multi-family property situation. The replacement windows you choose should feature weathertight construction, backed by top-notch craftsmanship and fusion-welded components for the utmost in strength and durability.
Contact Allstar Construction for Window Replacement in the Twin Cities
Allstar Construction specializes in exterior maintenance and replacement windows in the Twin Cities area. For a free roofing estimate please contact us at 763-297-5100.