When you install replacement windows in your home, research your options. A homeowner must consider achieving a balance between practical elements such as energy efficiency with appearance.
You can choose many styles when you replace windows in your home, including casement, double hung, bay, awning, and bow windows. You also will learn, when replacing windows, that you can get special shaped windows, and those with round tops, too.
- Bay replacement windows feature a large center pane with 2 smaller panes on either side. It protrudes from the side of the house.
- A bow replacement window is comprised of several panes of glass of equal size installed to form a curved shape protruding from the side of the house.
- Awning style and casement replacement windows will either push out, like an awning, or crank open. They can look very clean and modern, and feature a hinge opening.
- Double hung replacement windows are energy efficient, and carry off a classic look. Usually, they are constructed so that you can tilt them open for easy cleaning.
- For special shaped or round top windows, you’ll need to consult with a designer or architect, who can recommend and design any structural changes that need to be made.
- Vinyl replacement window price is by far the most cost effective, and they are usually the best choice in most applications. The window frame itself is usually dead air space, providing a heat/cold exchange of your climate control. With vinyl replacement windows, this space is solid vinyl, giving the window frame insulating properties. This will keep cool air indoors in the summer, and warm air indoors in the winter. The only real drawback to vinyl replacement windows cosmetic, as they’re not available in every color. However, the benefits of vinyl replacement windows often will outweigh this design problem.
- Wood replacement windows are perhaps the most esthetically attractive windows, and many people choose wood replacement windows, which often come with cladding. Vinyl clad or aluminum clad wooden replacement windows are much more resistant to the elements than wood that is not clad. Wood replacement windows usually lose their beauty when exposed to the elements, and require a lot more maintenance, such as scraping, priming, and painting or treatment with wood stains. It also is usually more expensive, and the upkeep adds to the expense.
- You’ll find aluminum replacement windows most commonly in commercial applications. It is a very poor choice because aluminum is not a good insulator. Putting aluminum replacement windows in your home will result in higher energy costs. You can, however, choose aluminum clad wood replacement windows with acceptable results.
- Fiberglass replacement windows are growing in popularity because the construction techniques have improved the product. Fiberglass frames used to be weak, and not very good a insulating. Now, technology uses a combination of epoxy resins and fiberglass cloth to construct strong frames for replacement windows. You can even get wood windows with fiberglass cladding. Fiberglass is a good material for extremely large replacement windows, because it is more lightweight and strong, too. Fiberglass, however, may require painting.
- Andersen Windows has developed a product called Fibrex. Constructed of epoxy resin and wood, it requires no maintenance since it is very durable, but can be painted. It looks like a wood replacement window without the degenerative qualities or maintenance needs. The replacement window cost of the Fibrex materials is more expensive that the others mentioned, here.