When homeowners consider window replacement, they don’t often think that there is much to think about. Too many homeowners, windows are windows, and until there is a problem, there is no need for concern. However, there are many trends in new windows that are a significant improvement over old windows, and window replacement may be one of the best investments you can make in your home.
Standard window replacement options will get the job done, but the current trend is all about customization to make your home exactly as you want it. Meeting with a window contractor can help you envision what you can do with your new windows. You may consider changing the sizes, adding color, adding a bay, bow, or garden window, or finding a new configuration to brighten dark rooms.
Details are important when doing a window replacement. Consider the hardware and accessories when you choose your windows. You’ll need to decide on the locks, levers, cranks, and handles. Brass hardware is traditional, but satin nickel is popular for a modern look. You can also use your window replacement to update shutters, shades, and blinds.
All windows let in light, but allowing more natural light to fill your home through casement or extra-large windows is definitely a more modern trend. More natural light can make your home feel bigger and more open, and is great for your mental health. If enlarging windows isn’t a project you want to take on, consider casement windows which can allow a maximum amount of light and easy ventilation with an unobstructed view.
Window replacement is one of the greenest things you can do for your home. New windows are significantly more energy efficient than old windows. Choosing energy efficient windows will save you money in your energy bills as well as being better for the environment. For the most efficient windows, high-performance glass is the best choice. High-performance glass has inert gas between the panes that will help your home retain heat in the winter and reflect heat in the summer. In addition, windows coated with low-E add another layer of efficiency.
Wood windows are the traditional choice for window replacement, but vinyl windows are taking the lead these days. Vinyl windows are stylish, durable, and energy efficient, but far less expensive than wood windows. They are also easy to clean and require little upkeep. Vinyl windows will not peel, blister, or fade, and they are not sensitive to temperature like wood windows can be, causing far fewer problems with sticking. Vinyl windows can be styled to mimic the look of wood if you still want the traditional appearance without the headaches.
New windows are one of the best investments you can make in your home. When you are ready to choose new windows, speaking to a contractor about the best choices for your home is the right place to start. We’ve been installing new windows in this community for over 75 years and we’re here to help you choose the perfect windows to compliment your home. Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors today for a virtual appointment to talk about your options in new windows, or any other exterior home improvement project you’ve got on your to-do list this year.
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