5 Factors To Consider When Selecting New Windows

Posted on: 19 December 2019

Has the time come to purchase new windows for your home? If so, know that you have a lot of decisions to narrow down in order to find the best window style for your home. Here are 5 factors to consider when you are selecting new windows.

The Materials

Your first decision should be to narrow down the type of material that you want the windows to be made out of. Wood frame windows are very popular due to their look and that they can be stained or painted to change their color over the years. Vinyl windows provide excellent insulation but cannot have their look modified once they are installed.

The Style

With so many different styles to pick from, you may be struggling with deciding which one works best. Casement windows form a great seal when they are latched, which helps provide excellent insulation to your home. Double-hung windows are a popular choice but tend to leak air around the edges of the window sashes. You'll need to weigh the benefits of each style in terms of energy efficiency and cost.

The Glass

You can decide how many panes of glass will go into your window, with more panes adding onto the cost. Double pane glass seems to be the sweet spot, which provides excellent insulation at a reasonable cost. While triple-pane glass costs more money, it won't have much better energy efficiency. Triple pane glass will help reduce noise from the outside that leaks through the window.

The Maintenance

Painting and staining wood windows is not just for aesthetics. It is also necessary to help maintain the wood and keep it in good condition. A sealant is necessary to prevent water from getting into the wood and causing it to decay. Meanwhile, vinyl windows require minimal maintenance, as you are only required to keep the material clean. All you really need is soap and water to scrub the material until the physical dirt is removed. 

The Cost

The cost of the windows may be one of the main deciding factors for you. Wood windows will be the most expensive of the bunch, with vinyl windows being in the middle, and metal windows being a low-end material. If budget is a concern, wood windows may not be an option for you. 

Still undecided? Reach out to a local window replacement company for their assistance in selecting the right window.