Windows should be replaced every 15 to 30 years depending on the type of windows you currently have and how well they are maintained. Replacement windows offer a range of benefits, such as improved energy efficiency (lower energy costs), a more comfortable atmosphere inside your home, and more desirable curb appeal.
Replacement windows can also increase your home’s value by up to 85 percent.
Selecting The Right Replacement Windows
You can choose the right replacement windows by carefully determining the type of frames and glass you want and considering the U-value (and other important metrics) of each replacement window you consider. Other factors such as your home style, budget, and design preference should play a role as well.
There are different types of window frames to consider for your replacement windows. The recommended frame material depends on your budget, style preference, quality preference, and goals. Some of the most common types of window frames are:
Vinyl is a more affordable solution than wood or wood-clad, and it still offers a unique appeal and materials that last. Wood frames offer a more traditional look and can withstand the test of time. However, regular maintenance is necessary to minimize the risk of rot and water damage.
Wood clad (also called clad) window frames are a combination of wood and vinyl or aluminum, offering the best of both worlds. Composite window frames are an eco-friendly solution that mimics the look of wood with far less required maintenance. Fiberglass windows offer excellent energy efficiency and are durable. Fiberglass does not warp or twist at the same rate as vinyl or wood.
There are numerous window style options to consider as well. Among the most commonly selected styles for residential replacement windows are:
Single-hung windows are far less common than they were fifty years ago. They involve a single moving sash, which offers only one layer of glass protection. They are often the most affordable solution available to buyers.
Double-hung windows utilize the same concept, and the glass slides up and down to open and close. They have two moving sashes rather than one. Sliders are similar to double-hung windows, but they open sideways rather than vertically.
Bay windows extend further out than the wall. They typically include three sections (a center window and two side sections). Bow windows are similar to bay windows, but they have gradual curves rather than sharp angles.
Consider The U-Value
The U-value, also called the U-factor or thermal transmittance, indicates the rate of heat transfer through matter. As it pertains to replacement windows for your home, the U-value for the glass ranges from .20 to 1.20. The lower the number, the better the window is at keeping heat inside the home.
Other numbers that may be of importance are the solar heat gain coefficient and visible transmittance. The solar heat gain coefficient indicates the windows’ ability to keep unwanted heat out of your home.
This number (which ranges from 0 to 1) should ideally be low for warmer climates and higher for cooler climates. The visible transmittance also ranges from 0 to 1 and indicates how much visible light shines through the window.
The Installation Process
The benefits you receive from your replacement windows depend on the quality of installation. Windows that are not installed correctly may compromise the energy-saving benefits, cause water to infiltrate through cracks and gaps, and not open and close properly, among other potential concerns.
A professional window contractor can properly install your windows to ensure optimal function, appearance, and energy efficiency. Replacement windows that are installed properly are generally more damage-resistant from water, rot, etc., and last longer than windows that are installed by the homeowner.
When To Consider Replacement Windows For Your Home
You should assess the condition of your windows regularly for signs that indicate a need for replacement. Home windows last around 15-20 years on average. If your windows are more than 15 years old, then you should consider replacements. Other signs that indicate a need for new home windows are:
- Window damage
- Single-pane windows
- Safety concerns
The best way to determine if replacement windows are right for you is to have a professional inspect the condition of your windows and discuss replacement options that fit your budget. This can help you make informed decisions based on professional advice.
Get In Touch With Adelphia Exteriors Today
Call our team or send us a message today to learn more about your replacement window options and how to choose the best one according to your needs and design preferences. Our professional window contractors can help you with the decision-making process as well as handle the installation process for you.