As a property owner, you may be asking yourself, “Is it time to get replacement windows?” It could be because your windows are starting to look old, faded, and outdated. It may also be because of more functional considerations. Updating home features can be overwhelming particularly for first-time homeowners. But don’t fret. In this article, we’ll talk about everything you need to know about replacement windows and the importance of hiring professionals to do your window installation.
Do You Need Replacement Windows?
Not sure whether or not you need replacement windows? Here are some clear signs to watch out for.
- You can feel cold air coming in around your current window’s frame
- You’re noticing a spike in your energy costs due to strained heating and air-conditioning
- Your property has outdated single-pane windows
- Your window doesn’t open or close as easily or completely
- You notice frequent condensation on your window’s glass
- You have double-pane windows but you see moisture in the space between
- Even with your windows shut, you are bothered by outside noise
- You notice wood rot or corrosion on your window’s frames
Top Considerations When Buying Replacement Windows
1. Choose a Window That Complements Your Home’s Architectural Style
What kind of property do you have? Do you have a classic Victorian, Tudor, or contemporary home? Single-hung windows, double-hung windows, bay, and bow windows all look amazing when installed in period homes. On the other hand, many homeowners prefer a modern contemporary design because it looks crisp and fresh. It also gives the impression that your home is always well-maintained and updated. Oversized, high-profile fixed windows, or picture windows, are very popular in contemporary homes.
2. Determine Which Type of Window Is The One for You
In a nutshell, there are several factors to look into when shopping for replacement windows, including natural light, ventilation, and mode of operation. Check out these key questions to help you decide on what’s the best window for you.
- Do you want to maximize living space and increase natural light?
Go for bay or bow windows.
- Do you need a window that doesn’t open outwards so that you can use the space in front of it (i.e. have a plant box or a patio couch)?
If yes, consider getting sliding windows, single-, or double-hung windows.
- Do you want to be able to open your window when it’s raining without getting your furniture wet?
Awning windows could be your cup of tea.
- Do you need windows that just open out fully and let in as much ventilation as possible for their size?
Then casement windows are worth looking into. Additionally, because of how these windows open, they are also the ideal choice for egress windows.
- Do you live somewhere cold? Do you want to increase natural light in your home and get stunning outdoor views but don’t care much for extra ventilation?
Then fixed windows are your best bet.
3. Select Durable and Low-Maintenance Options
Modern windows are typically made from wood, aluminum, and vinyl. Of these three, vinyl requires the least amount of maintenance. Aside from the usual window cleaning, there is little else you need to do for vinyl windows. Even if vinyl replacement windows are constantly exposed to harsh weather, they are resistant to warping, corrosion, and other forms of water damage. Vinyl windows are also a good investment because they are durable and can last 20 to 40 years. Check if your replacement windows have galvanized hardware made of steel for maximum durability.
4. Opt for Energy-Efficient Windows
Energy efficiency should be an important factor when choosing your next replacement window. Energy-efficient windows help keep your heating bill down while also contributing to eco-conservation.
When shopping for new windows, look for the following:
- Energy Star label – provides unbiased information about the product’s energy efficiency rating
- Low-E coating – It’s a special window coating for reflecting the heat rays of the sun as well as the interior heating from the house. It keeps you cool in the summer and insulates you in the winter. This also protects your interiors from harmful UV rays.
- Intercept spacers – They hold the double glass pane together and increase the energy efficiency of your windows by as much as 5 percent.
In addition, evaluate each potential replacement window’s performance when it comes to other energy-efficiency metrics like SHGC, U-Value, and Air Leakage. At Clera Windows + Doors, our products are designed to surpass Energy Star’s strict standards.
5. Ask for Features That Protect Your Windows From Harsh Weather Elements
Go for premium replacement windows that have strong frames, insulated glass, and secure locks. Weatherstripping should be around the edges of the window frame to protect it against air and water leaks. Clera’s exclusive weather-stripping feature boasts antimicrobial properties to prevent the growth of mould. Our signature Clarity line is also equipped with Stormguard Technology, which keeps your windows safe against strong winds.
Shop for New Replacement Windows at Clera
Clera Windows + Doors offer durable, stylish, and energy-efficient windows. We have customizable windows that come with all the enhancements you need—Low-E coating, multi glazed window glass units, privacy options, robust galvanized steel hardware, fade, rust,warp-resistant vinyl frames, and more! We also offer professional window installation with our own Window Wise certified team.