Things to Know When You Need a Window Replacement

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When the time comes for you to install new windows on your home, it can be intimidating at first. Not everyone knows what to look for when buying replacement windows. There are many options available, and it can be hard to tell what the best one is for your home’s needs. Thankfully, Rutter Roofing & Exteriors is here to help. We know how important it is for your home to have the most effective types of windows installed, and that’s why we are here to help you make the best decision.

What to Look for When Buying Replacement Windows

Three main factors come into play when determining what types of windows are best for your home—the frame, the glass, and the design. The choices you make for these three parts can impact everything from energy efficiency, outer aesthetics, installation time and cost, and even noise reduction. To help you make the most educated decision for your home, let’s go into detail about the possibilities.

Types of Frames Available

The types of window frames we offer through our partnership with Pella Windows include the following: vinyl, wood interior/clad exterior, and fiberglass. Vinyl is generally the least expensive and most widely used window option available and is great for energy efficiency. Its tight insulation and lower price tag make it a great choice for people looking for good windows on a budget. Additionally, these windows are also easy to manufacture, so they have a quicker turnaround time than other types. Wood interior/clad exterior windows come with a wooden interior and a vinyl exterior, meaning that they contain the superior insulative power of wood while also having a vinyl exterior to protect against possible water damage. These window frames provide most of the same benefits as vinyl windows, but with a nicer aesthetic that gives a unique architectural touch to any home. Fiberglass windows are the best option in terms of energy efficiency. Because they are natural insulators, this type of window does not conduct heat or cold, making them one of the most highly efficient window options available today. Fiberglass windows are also more durable than vinyl or wood interior/clad exterior windows meaning they require far less maintenance than other types of windows.

Types of Glass Packages Available

The most important part of your window purchasing decision is the glass. If the glass is of poor quality, the frames and shape will only do so much. Low-E glass is crucial for energy efficiency, as it lets heat in during winter and reflects heat away in the summer. “Low-E” means low emissivity coating. Beyond that, there’s the U-Factor, which measures resistance to heat loss, and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, which measures how much heat enters a home. For both the U-Factor and the SHGC, the lower the number, the better it is. There’s also the pane count to consider. Typical windows use double-pane glass, but it’s not uncommon to use triple-pane glass. Triple pane windows come with a lot of benefits. They’re great for noise reduction and have stronger insulation which makes them great for harsh winters. The downside is that they come with reduced visibility and a higher price tag.

Types of Window Designs Available

There are several ways windows can be hung. Three of the most common types are double-hung, sliding, and crank-out. Double-hung windows open vertically, sliding windows horizontally, and crank-out come out on an angle. The difference is mainly in personal preference, although it should be noted that crank-out windows are the best from an energy efficiency standpoint. There are many more exotic window types we offer that may be interesting as well. For example, we offer installation of both bow and bay windows and casement windows. Bow and bay windows are great for increasing the amount of natural light in a room and providing the illusion of more space. Casement windows are also great for natural lighting and can open outwards, allowing for cool air circulation and a lower energy bill.

Rutter Roofing Contractors

The next time you ask yourself “Where can I find a good window replacement company near me?”, look no further than Rutter Roofing & Exteriors. A house is not a home without quality windows to protect you and your loved ones from the elements, while also protecting your wallet from ridiculously high energy bills. Contact us today to schedule your window replacement appointment.