Window Buying Guide

Window Buying Guide for the Home Installing new windows in your home can more than pay for itself in energy savings in just a few short years. Replacing old, worn out windows will also make your home look better as well. This makes adding new windows to your home a great investment. The problem is choosing the right windows for your home because there are so many on the market. This home window buying guide will give you some tips on choosing windows for your home. Efficiency Ratings Technological advancements in manufacturing processes, materials, and other factors have made modern windows very energy efficient. Between multiple panes of glass, different types of glazing, Low-E coatings, and gas insulation between the panes of glass there is much to consider when shopping for new windows for your home. All window manufacturers must mark their windows with ratings that tell the consumer how well their windows will insulate. When shopping for windows you will either see an R-value or U-factor rating. The U-factor is new to the industry and is the exact opposite of the R-value. So when shopping for windows the lower the U-factor the better the window insulates, if your windows are rated by R-value you want to look for the highest R-value available. Using efficiency ratings is one of the best ways to ensure you are getting windows that will meet your insulation needs. Child Safe Windows If you have children this may be a feature you want in your new windows. Currently only one manufacturer offers this feature on any of their windows. Child safe windows only allow a window to be opened four inches unless an adult uses the override feature, which then allows the window to be opened fully. Choosing a Material Windows come in many different designs and are made of many different materials. Each different type of material has pros and cons. When it comes to durability and overall value wood windows score very high, this is especially true for types that have the wood wrapped in vinyl or aluminum for added durability. Windows with these types of frames will not allow air or water to pass through and their performance does not change over time. Windows with all fiberglass frames also scored very high in all of the tests that were done on them, they were just slightly less efficient and durable than wood framed windows. Vinyl framed windows are one of the least expensive types of replacement windows on the market. They did not seal as tight as wood or fiberglass framed...