Getting new windows?
Are you seeking some advice on how to set up your windows in your new house? Look no further – this is the best place for you to find out more. We have collated everything you would need to know about vinyl, wood, clad, fiberglass, and many more materials for your windows.
To choose the best window for your new house, you would need to consider style, price, insulation, and the frame material minimally. Mostly, buyers would be more willing to spend more on windows with better insulation characteristics and better able to withstand all four seasons.
All window frames can be of materials such as wood, vinyl, fiberglass, or metal. The glass window panes can be single-, double- or even triple-paned, and can be coated to ensure heat is trapped in the house during the colder season, and warmth is kept outside during the hotter periods.
You should choose and purchase your windows as soon as you have settled the rental lease. The cheaper windows are of a standard dimension and you can collect immediately from a physical store. Personalized windows would be pricier and can take some time, up to a month, to be delivered to your new house.
We will now begin to discuss some of the factors you should take into account when choosing the best window for your house. It would further add value if you are able to seek some advice from a professional salesperson in the showroom given your new home’s environment and your budget. If you are just looking for window replacement, it may also be worth it to buy one made of another, sturdier material than your current one.
What to look out for when you buy your new window?
Most window panes have a rating that indicates how it behaves under certain conditions and its overall score from those characteristics.
R-value indicates the degree to which the window can regulate the warmth from outside and from within the house. A larger R-value implies that it is better able to ensure an appropriate temperature indoors.
U-value or U-factor is the reciprocal of the R-value. It indicates the likeliness of the window to transmit heat. Hence, the smaller the U-value, the more you should consider it.
Solar gain measures the degree to which the window will warm up the room when the sun rays are shining indoors. This feature is beneficial when the colder seasons come, but it can increase the air-conditioning prices during the hotter seasons. A larger solar gain value, the more warmth the window can bring indoors.
Wind resistance or air leakage has a unit of cubic feet per minute (cfm). There are two numbers – one for 70 deg F and another for 0 deg F. A smaller number indicates that the window can better prevent air leakage.
Choose the best window given your climate
In northern climates, preventing the cold air from entering indoors would be the greatest interest of all homeowners. On the other hand, southern regions would be keener on preventing warmth from entering their homes. Do seek advice from your local professionals for better suggestions.
What material should your window be made of?
This is the cheapest option and is appropriate for most homes. If you purchase one of inferior quality, the weatherstrip would be weaker and might not wear out very soon. Furthermore, vinyl contracts and expands according to its surrounding temperature, which impedes its ability to secure in place. If it is under high temperatures for a long time, it might change shape too. Although vinyl can be coated with paint, it may peel in a few years’ time and has to be recoated when the time comes.
Wood would be pricier than vinyl and it would need to be recoated with paint or finish to prevent the wood from decomposing, especially under strong sun rays. However, as wood has insulating characteristics and many love how the wood appearance elevates their home style, it is adopted by many households. Although some wooden windows are made of stain-quality wood, some are done with distinct hinges that are not aesthetically pleasing when stained. For those with clear hinges, you can choose to use paint to coat over staining.
Most windows are able to tilt out for greater convenience when cleaning from indoors. However, be cautious of inferior-quality windows paired with this function – the windows and frames can break when you tilt them out or bring them in.
To upgrade wood to be more lasting, many window producers wrap the external parts of the wood with aluminum, vinyl, or fiberglass. Aluminum cladding can be coated with paint after it is coated with a layer of primer. The majority of colored vinyl and fiberglass can be coated with paint, though there might be problems with coating paint on white vinyl.
Fiberglass is more durable than vinyl, and less likely to contract or expand according to the environment’s temperature, and will not easily change shape under high temperature. It has to be coated with paint, but most window makers would add a hard finish at the plant.
Double-hung windows can be found in most households because of their flexibility which allows easier cleaning and moving. The outermost sill is built at an angle to allow water to flow down smoothly. The inner sill is usually just sufficiently large for a mini plant. If it is any longer, it would be sticking out like a sore thumb. Stop moldings and parting stops must be accurately fixed so the window can be closed completely but also let the sashes to shift up and down smoothly. The pulley mechanism is also the same one used in the previous versions of wooden windows. The modern versions use friction or springs to allow the sashes to be kept in the ideal position when it is pushed upwards.
A storm window is perfect for an old window as it can exponentially boost its insulating characteristics with the storage of a few inches thick of air between the original window and the storm window. Do read up on how to pick the best storm window for your own set of pre-installed windows.
Choose the right materials for your windows
Now that you have a better understanding of the different types of windows and what to look out for, you are ready to make your window purchase. Remember to take into account your environment and budget when making your decision!