Replacing your windows is a big decision because it's a large investment, particularly if your home has a lot of windows. If your windows are old and have various problems such as sticking, fogging, and peeling, you might want to put up with them as long as you can or have them repaired rather than replaced. However, at some point, you'll probably get frustrated with your old windows and decide it's time for new ones. Here are some tips for getting new replacement windows.
Change The Style
Replacement windows fit in the opening where your current windows are located. That means you're limited when it comes to shape and size, but not when it comes to style. If you bought an older home with windows that crank open and you're tired of dealing with broken cranks and windows that jut out from the house when open, then you could exchange them for double hung windows if you like them better.
Double hung windows can make your home look different from the outside and they can give you peace of mind that you can escape through the window if necessary, which is something you may not be able to do now with jalousie windows. On the other hand, you may love the appearance of jalousie windows and prefer the added home protection they offer. In that case, you may wish to install them in place of your old single-hung windows. When you have replacement windows installed, you're free to choose the style you like most.
Opt For Low-Maintenance Frames
Wood frames may have a classic look, but they also need a lot of care. The wood may start to rot eventually and the paint will flake and peel. When you get new windows, you may want to have vinyl or composite wood frames installed. These won't rot or be destroyed by insects. These materials are very durable and last a long time. You won't even have to paint vinyl windows.
Buy Energy-Efficient Glass
If your windows are old and drafty, you probably can't stand to sit too close to them in the winter due to the chill that comes through. When you decide to buy replacement windows, you'll want to look for energy efficient versions as they will make a big difference in your comfort. New frame materials are made to be more energy efficient and proper installation will ensure the windows won't be drafty.
Still, you'll want the glass to block heat transfer as much as possible. This can be done by buying windows with double panes so the air or gas between them acts as insulation. You can also buy glass that has film applied that reduces heat transfer so warm air stays in the room during the winter and keeps you more comfortable.
If your windows are decades old, having new versions installed is worth it for the newer innovations alone. You can buy windows that tilt in for easy cleaning so you'll never have to put up with dull or streaked windows again. New windows also glide easily, so stuck windows are a thing of the past. Plus, new windows increase the value of your home which could pay off if you decide to put your house on the market.