Putting new windows in your home is a big decision, but also a good one. New windows can make your home look better, they can block out a noisy neighborhood, and they can make your home a more comfortable place to live. But, with so many different types of windows out there, how do you know what ones are going to work best for you?
Here is some basic information you will need to know about windows to make an informed decision about the windows you want to install in your home.
Window Efficiency ratings
The efficiency of a window is ranked so that you will know how your window will perform when it comes to the sun and the outside weather. You will be able to find these numbers on Energy Star and National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) window labels when you are shopping around for new windows:
U-factor, or U-value, usually ranges from 0.20 to 1.20. The lower the number the better the window is at keeping heat in.
Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) is between 0 and 1. The lower the number the better the window is at blocking unwanted heat from the sun. In warm climates you’ll want the lowest number you can find; in cold areas a higher number is better.
Visible transmittance (VT) indicates how much visible light a window lets in and is between 0 and 1. As the number increases so does the light.
Window glass is just glass, right? Nope.
Here are some of the different types of window glass that you will have to choose from:
- Single paned
- Double paned
- Triple paned
Don’t forget that you will also have to select the type of material that surrounds the glass of your windows. The material will greatly affect the cost and durability of the window, so it is important to choose wisely from these available materials:
Finding a Window Installer
Even the best windows won’t work like they are supposed to or make your home look better if they are installed poorly. Many major window manufacturers train and certify installers for their specific products. Using the same contractor for purchase and installation can minimize the chances of problems arising later, so it is best to stick with one company for the whole process.
Before you choose an installer though, make sure to do your research on their reputation and if you can trust them to do a good job.
Renewal by Andersen
Of course, if you want to save yourself the trouble of having to make all of these decisions on your own, we can help. From the first phone call to us asking about our windows until your new windows are in your home and you are fully satisfied, we will be there with you during every step of having new window installed in your home.
Call us today to see how much easier getting new windows is with our expertise.