How To Choose Windows To Suit Your Home


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How To Choose Windows To Suit Your Home

  1. 1. How To Choose Windows ToSuit Your Home
  2. 2. ∗ Window shopping is more than an idle pastime. Given thateach window in your home might have a differentfunction, choosing the best one can be challenging.∗ Say you want to replace aluminum windows on the frontof your home with appealing ones made from wood.Maybe an older window leaks and you need to installsomething more watertight.∗ Perhaps youre choosing dozens of windows for a houseunder construction and you need to stay within budget.Given all the variables, how do you choose the rightwindow?Introduction
  3. 3. ∗ Before you consult with a window specialist, it helpsto know something about the basic components of awindow: frame materials, glass, and hardware.∗ Comparing several manufacturers products can giveyou some idea about how various options performand what they will cost.Introduction
  4. 4. ∗ Window frames come in three basic materials:aluminum, vinyl and wood.∗ Most people choose vinyl over aluminum becausethey prefer the look of a vinyl window.Frames & Finishes∗ A vinyl window will also requirelittle or no maintenance and isrelatively inexpensive.
  5. 5. ∗ A window frame made of wood will cost nearlydouble that of vinyl.∗ You will also need to apply a finish to the frame, sofactor in the cost of painting the window whenconsidering the cost of wood windows.∗ Wood is usually chosen for its insulating propertiesand traditional appearance.Frames & Finishes
  6. 6. ∗ Although wood frames have been known to last forcenturies, they require more maintenance than thosemade from aluminum or vinyl.∗ These days, however, manufacturers offer exteriorfinishes for wood that reduce maintenance demands.Frames & Finishes
  7. 7. ∗ Exterior aluminum or vinyl cladding on a wood framemakes it extremely weather resistant.∗ A film of aluminum or vinyl is applied to the exteriorsurface of the wood frame and then baked to a hardfinish.∗ Unless you are closely inspecting the window, it lookslike a painted-wood finish.Frames & Finishes
  8. 8. ∗ Most modern windows have at least two panes ofglass in the frame. Dual panes provide greaterinsulation, which reduces temperature and noiseextremes.∗ Several manufacturers also fill the air pocket betweenthe two panes with argon gas, a colorless, odorless,nontoxic gas that has 30 percent less thermalconductivity than air.Glass Options
  9. 9. ∗ Increasingly, glass comes coated with Low-E, a low-emissivity coating that reduces energy transfer throughthe glass.∗ Low-E reflects radiant heat outward in the summer,reflects the internal warmth of the room back inside in thewinter and blocks over 80 percent of the ultra-violet rays.∗ Unless youre very astute, visually you cant tell thedifference between a pane of glass coated with Low-E andone without it.Glass Options
  10. 10. ∗ If you have extreme weather or outside noise problems,you can order specialty glass for your window.∗ For example, some window and door manufactures offerheat mirror glass helpful in very warm climates or in aroom with strong reflections off a light patio or pool for anextra 15 percent.∗ Their laminated glass provides intensive sound insulationfrom freeway and other urban noise, but costs an extra 50percent.Glass Options
  11. 11. ∗ There are fewer options when it comes to upgradingwindow hardware, but a bigger price variation.Standard cranks, levers and pulls are usually made ofplastic or steel, but some companies offer solid brasshardware as well.∗ Converting to brass hardware on an Andersonwindow would increase the price nearly 20 times.Hardware Standards