Window shopping refers to the activity of browsing through or examining a store’s merchandise without an intent to buy. Window shopping is a popular holiday activity, where people and families walk viewing stores and department stores holiday display. But as you get older and you buy a house, the term “window shopping” completely changes.
What once upon a time was a fun, inexpensive thing to do, is now a more literal activity of shopping for the right windows that can be exciting and overwhelming. With the many features to think about for replacement windows such as energy efficiencies, tech, styles, frame materials, curb appeal, and pricing, it’s more important than ever to take some extra time when deciding what you want or need for your home. To make the process easier, here is a list of what to look for when you are out shopping for replacement windows.
Find the problem areas
It is important to do a full inspection of all windows to find the problem areas. Installing replacement windows should be considered a large investment and if you can only replace a few windows at a time, start with the worst windows first. Noticeable problems like rotting or broken windows, condensation or constant drafts coming from a particular area are all signs that it is time for a window to be replaced. If there are no obvious concerns but you suspect you have some major energy-loss areas, you should complete a home energy audit.
Choose the best type of windows for your home
Windows provide an insight into the style of your home as they are one part of your home that can be seen from both the inside and outside. They should complement the exterior architecture of your home as well as your interior décor. There are now so many different styles and combinations of windows to choose from.
These options include windows such as double-hung, bay, bow, sliding and casement. It is important to work with a professional window company who can help you create a custom window size and design that will be perfect for your home. Choosing replacement windows that fit your personal style and needs is a great way to improve curb appeal and possibly add value to your home.
Don’t forget the window frames
Window frames are almost as important as choosing the best window as the window frame is what seals out drafts and moisture from your home. Its insulating value, energy-efficiency, and its ability to reduce maintenance time and expenses depend largely on the material. While wood frames have been used for centuries, new technologies and materials are now competing for efficiency and durability. Each type comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, so be sure to do your research.
Make sure you purchase only energy efficient windows
When selecting the replacement windows for your home, make sure you only purchase energy efficient windows. New windows can save energy so make sure to look for the ENERGY STAR® label as well as the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) label, and use their stats to compare windows you are considering. Try to select windows with low-E glass as these windows have metallic coatings that reduce heating and cooling costs year-round.
Purchasing new, clean energy efficient windows will help bring in lots of light, will increase the value of your home and will add curb appeal. Studies show that exposure to light has positive health effects, both physically and emotionally. Use a combination of windows and skylights to let in natural light and brighten your space.
Do your research for qualified companies
Even the highest rated and best quality windows won’t do you any good if they’re installed improperly. You wouldn’t want to throw money away by having an untrustworthy or disreputable contractor install them. Be sure to properly research the company you choose by looking at the company’s website, online customer reviews, certifications and any other information you can find.
The right window replacement company will take pride in every window and door they manufacture and install. They work to provide every customer with an experience that will exceed their highest expectations and are accountable for every step of the process while selecting, manufacturing, and replacing windows and doors.