The windows on your home do much more than providing a way to look outside. Windows shield you from the elements. They filter out noise. And in today’s world windows help button up your house in order to ensure you aren’t spending more on energy costs than you should.
If your current windows don’t do those things — they should also fit your style and be easy to operate — then it may be time to consider replacement windows.
By asking yourself a few basic questions, you can begin to determine whether it’s time to search for a local window installer.
Do you current windows open easy or not? Is it hard to keep them clean? Are they airtight, or do you feel drafts?
First start by determining if your window frames are still intact. If your original window frame is still intact, you can simply install replacement windows, the sashes, side jambs, and trim.
But if your frames are rotted or out of square, a new construction window must be installed.
Once you have decided whether you need new windows or the frame too, you can move onto deciding which type of window is best for you.
Picking the right windows are based on a number of factors besides cost, such as ease of maintenance, energy efficiency, aesthetics, safety, durability, and others.
There are a variety of windows you can consider, made from a variety of materials.
- Double-hung windows are those which can be opened from the top or bottom.
- Double-pane windows contain two pieces of glass which hold in a type of inert gas and insulates air better than air.
- Mullions, or vertical and horizontal dividers, have a more traditional look and are easy to clean.
And tilt-out windows are those which allow you to clean the windows’ exterior from inside your home.
In order to double check for a window’s energy efficiency rating, look for the National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) rating label on its specific performance. This information is also listed on the NFRC’s online Certified Products Directory.
Last but not least, window shoppers must consider selecting the right company to sell and install their windows for them. Don’t fall for telemarketers or the guy selling windows from his truck.
Check a company’s ratings on the Better Business Bureau, or with county or state offices of consumer protections. Window installation is as important as the actual window itself in order to get the full benefits of new windows.
If it’s time new windows for new windows at your home, contact Miller Custom Exteriors, a quality Cleveland area window company. We specialize in all sorts of home exteriors but can specifically help with your window replacement in Cleveland, Ohio and the surrounding region, as well as replacing the framing.