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The Best Windows for Your Home

Monday, February 25 2019 3:01 PM
By Melanie Chaves

If you want to minimize the costs of heating and cooling your home, you have to consider what’s flying out (or coming through) your windows. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the heat loss and heat gain from windows are responsible for 25% to 30% of residential energy use, particularly heating and cooling. To avoid energy loss, you should choose windows that not only boost curb appeal but also promote energy efficiency.

Maximize Functionality: Choosing the Most Suitable Windows for Your Home

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Windows are a big investment; choosing the right window style as well as using the correct materials for the job, at the beginning, will save you from future headaches and expenses. Whether you’re building a new home or just replacing your existing windows, it is vital to know which styles and materials are perfect for you and your needs.

Window Styles

The style of your windows depends on your aesthetic preference and the overall look of your home. The following are a few window styles that you should consider:

Casement Windows

Casement windows have a crank or level that allows the window to swing outward, like a door. With one large sash that is hinged vertically, these windows provide excellent ventilation, as well as unobstructed views and a more contemporary look.

A version of casement windows, awning windows are hinged from the top. They open by tilting the window out from the bottom, giving the appearance of an awning. This window type is most popular for bathrooms.

Single and Double-Hung Windows

Single and double-hung windows are the most common types of window. Found in numerous homes, these windows consist of two distinct sashes that you can open and close by gliding vertically up and down. While a single-hung window can only be opened from the bottom by sliding up, a double-hung window can be opened from both top and bottom. They exude a traditional look and are ideal for creating air flow just by lowering the top sash.

Sliding Windows

This type opens by sliding the window left or right. They’re easy to open and are ideal for allowing natural light and fresh air into your home. Since they open without protruding, they’re perfect for rooms that face porches, patios, or walkways. They require little maintenance and can be less expensive than other types of windows.
In a single slider, one sash can slide open, while in a double slider, both sashes can open from both sides. This makes them great for allowing air circulation in a room.

Fixed-Pane Windows

These kinds of windows do not open or close; they are only for allowing natural light into the home. Since they are fixed, there is no risk of air leaking in or out, which makes them highly energy efficient. No matter what shape or size, fixed-pane windows brighten up your home and provide expansive views.

Bay Windows

Bay windows are created by combining three or more windows so that they protrude from the house’s exteriors. This kind of window lets in a lot of light and forms a bay inside your room, which gives you extra space. Bay windows can be made from casement, double-hung, or fixed-pane units, depending on your preference.

Window Materials

After you’ve chosen the style and design of your windows, you must decide what material to use. There is a wide variety of framing and glass materials from which you can select:

  • Frame Materials
  • Vinyl – A popular material, vinyl is highly durable, as well as low maintenance. It is very affordable and provides excellent insulation.
  • Aluminum – If you want strong windows, aluminum is the material to go for. It is practical in humid climates; however, it is a big conductor of cold and heat, alike.
  • Wood – Wood offers a classic look that can complement any style of window. It is beautiful and has good natural insulation properties, resisting both heat and cold. It is, however, somewhat high maintenance. Wood must be properly treated and maintained to safeguard against moisture and rot.
  • Vinyl-Clad Wood – This provides the best of both worlds. With vinyl-clad wood, you get the beauty of a wood interior, the durability of a vinyl exterior, and the insulation properties of both.
  • Composite – Made from scrap wood shavings and plastic resin, composite windows are an eco-friendly choice. They can mimic the look of wood so that you can have its classic beauty without the hassle of constant maintenance.
  • Fiberglass – Fiberglass windows are made from glass fibers and polyester resins. While fiberglass windows may be pricey, they make up for it by being having a low thermal conductivity, which makes them incredibly energy efficient. Additionally, they don’t twist or warp.

Glass Materials                                                                              

  • Impact-Resistant Glass – This kind of glass is shatter-proof and holds up well against extreme weather conditions. You can hit the impact-resistant glass with a baseball bat and it may not even crack.
  • Low Emissivity (Low-E) Glass – Low-E glass for windows has a coating that is microscopically thin and transparent. Low-E glass reflects heat and keeps the temperature of your home consistent. It was made to minimize the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that comes into your home.

Energy Efficiency Considerations

Your windows should be energy efficient. For this, you should look at the R-values and U-factors of each window before you get them installed.

R-Values – This is the measure of how well your windows resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance.

U-Factor – The U-factor indicates the rate of heat loss. The lower the U-factor, the more energy efficient the window is.

If you’re looking for residential window installation, turn to the pros at Precision Windows and Doors. We are a locally owned and operated company in Kansas City, MO. With us, you’re sure to get customized attention and complete dedication. Our team of experts is more than capable of doing the job right the first time, every time.
For more information on our installation services and showroom, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! We would love to hear from you.

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