A great deal of how your window replacement turns out will depend on having the right contractor, but just as important is having the right replacement windows. But what kind of window should you get? Here are a few key factors that you should look into when choosing the right replacement windows:
Windows are expected to protect you from the elements so your replacements must be capable of handling the weather in your area. Aside from taking note of your local climate, however, you can also consider location in terms of the actual spot your replacement window will be installed in. If you’re going to be replacing a window in the kitchen, for instance, you’re going to need a replacement that offers excellent ventilation and ease in operation, as it’s not unusual to have your hands full while cooking. Casements meet these requirements perfectly which is why they are great as replacement windows for kitchens.
The kind of strengths and weaknesses a window has is mostly determined by the kind of material it is made from. Every material has something to offer so it’s a matter of finding one that matches your needs and preferences. Take a composite material like Fibrex®, for example. It can be made to look like wood but because it’s not, it does away with the material’s weakness against moisture exposure. This makes windows with Fibrex frames ideal for areas that receive a lot of rain.
Your reasons for investing in a window replacement project may be mostly functional, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take advantage of the aesthetic boost that new windows can give your home. Fortunately, windows come with differing exterior and interior trims so you don’t have to worry about choosing something that works for both. Feel free to treat trim options differently but don’t forget to choose whatever will complement your home, be it inside or outside. Certain window styles work well with certain architectural designs so it’s a good starting point to consider what will be suitable for your home in that respect.
Choosing the right window is important, but so is choosing the right brand! Find out what to look for in a window brand in Part 3 of this blog series.