Whether you are building a brand new home or moving into a home that is new to you, buying new windows may be a task you need to accomplish. However, the majority of us have seldom faced the task of buying new windows. Where do you even begin?
Buying new windows shouldn’t be difficult, and we want to ensure that it’s not. To make this an easier process, just follow our beginner’s guide for buying new windows.
Why buy new windows?
The reason why you should buy new windows should be answered first. Purchasing new windows can solve many issues. They can help you to save money on your energy bills, they can enhance the aesthetic of your home, and they can eliminate drafts and reduce noise. Purchasing new windows can make life easier in terms of having to clean them. Knowing why you need new windows will narrow down the options of what kinds of windows will work best for you.
Who should install my new windows?
It is highly important to choose the right window installer professional as windows that are installed properly will last longer and be of higher quality.
The right window installer will have extensive experience and training. Compare window companies online and evaluate contractors before deciding on which window company best suits your needs.
What type of window should you purchase?
When it comes to buying windows, there are a few things you need to decide upon:
- What kind of material should your window frame be made of?
- What kind of features do you want? (IE double glazed or low-E glass)
- The type of window: Awning, Casement, Single or Double Hung, Single or Double Slider, Fixed, Picture, Bay, Bow, or Custom
If you don’t know the answers to these questions, your window company will be able to help.
Understand Window Efficiency Ratings.
Windows have different standards in regards to rating their efficiency, but as someone new to the window buying market, it may be hard to decipher what all the ratings mean. The following can help explain further:
- R-Value- This is the window’s resistance to heat loss. A higher score is better for this rating.
- U-Factor/Value- This rating is in regards to heat loss so you are looking for a lower number as that indicates less heat loss.
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient- This measurement is about how much solar heat is blocked. You are looking for numbers in the lower range here.
- Visible Transmittance- This rating indicates the amount of light that a window lets in. The higher the number, the more light that is being let in.
- Air Leakage- This is an indicator of the amount of air that leaks through your window frame. For this rating, you are looking for a lower score.
- Condensation Resistance- If you want your windows to resist condensation buildup, look for a higher number for this rating.
As you set out to buy new windows for the first time, consider the above guide. If need a quote or have any questions or concerns, contact the NorthTech Windows team! Whether you’re looking for windows for your first home or need new ones for the house you’ve lived in for years, we’re happy to help.