St. Charles Window Replacement
Replacing your windows might be the last thing on your mind but it should, in fact, be on top of your priority list. Why? Two words: energy savings. Energy bills are becoming a heavy expense for many homeowners and window replacements can cut them in half.
With up to 40% of the air in your home going in and out of windows, it’s no wonder homeowners are rushing to window companies for replacements. Better insulation and less air leakage means lower costs in the long run.
In addition to big, yearly energy savings, window replacements add plenty of style to your property. The wide selection of designs, colors and materials available today makes upgrading your home simpler, quicker and much more affordable.
Pay Less for Energy
Your windows, air conditioning system and energy consumption are all directly related. During a cold season, a homeowner naturally turns on the heating system to warm up the home. If this warm air stays in the home, the system fulfills its purpose using a reasonable amount of energy.
However, if your windows are old and damaged with gaps, warm air can easily. Depending on the condition of your current windows, as much as 40% can leak out. As air escapes, your home gets colder, forcing you to crank up the system and keep it running for longer. The result? Higher energy bills at the end of the month.
But what if you replaced your windows with an insulated design? Your home will not only be able to retain heat, the interior will warm up faster. This means your air conditioner will work less and therefore use less energy. You reduce energy consumption and consequently increase your savings.
Over the last several years, window replacement manufacturers have gone above and beyond to develop better insulation. Technologies like Low-E coating are emerging as solutions to air leakage and can greatly decrease the loss of heat.
Another rising trend in insulation is double-gazing. This technique involves connecting two glass panes separated by a gap filled with air. While some replacement windows fill the gap with ordinary air, others use carbon dioxide, krypton and other gases for enhanced insulation.
To reduce energy costs even further, you can ask professionals for triple-glazing window installation. With some installation, triple-glazing can include a third glass pane. However, window installers have found that it is more practical to insert Low-E film or coating in between glass panes instead.
Suspending a layer of Low-Emissivity film is a more cost-effective option compared to other triple-glazing techniques. It provides just as much insulation while blocking out infrared beams.
To measure the insulation capacity of window replacements, the National Fenestration Rating Council has developed a system. New windows are assigned a U-rating which is written on a label. The lower this rating is, the more efficient a window is at insulating your home.
When shopping for replacements, this is the number to keep in mind. Also note that windows designed for home use will have “AA” on the label. If the label reads “BB”, it is a commercial window. If there is no label at all, you might want to consider choosing a more reputable vendor.
What to Consider Before Buying
Although going for a triple-glazed window with a low U-rating seems like the logical choice, there are factors to consider first. This option is a good investment if you believe the price of energy is going to go up in future and if you believe you’ll still be living in the same home for the next 10 years.
If you are planning on selling your home within 10 years and believe energy prices will drop or be stable in future, you are better off with a double-pane, low U-rating option. Calculate your window replacement cost beforehand and decide which replacement is a better choice.
Replace Originals with Original Designs
Some homeowners are attached to windows regardless of how damaged they are. Replacing them would be like replacing a piece of history, especially if the home was built centuries ago. Many also believe that window replacement will also take away from the character of the property.
Choose Your Style
This couldn’t be further from the truth. With the range of designs out there, you can replace an antique window with a similar design. Manufacturers can now re-make classic window styles from any era and replicate the look down to detail.
The only difference would be that the replacements will be newer and provide better features than older models did. Whether you want to replace stained glass windows or replicate grand picture designs, you can get the same timeless look with modern energy efficiency.
If you would like to change the style of the windows while keeping with the original theme, there are plenty of design types to choose from. Casement, rounded top, picture and special shape windows can add panache to older, more traditional homes.
Bay, bow and garden options also exude timeless elegance and are perfect for mansions.
Add Modern Touches
On the hand, if you are looking for modern finishing touches to contrast the old, awning and hopper windows can add contemporary finishes. These window types are also preferred for their ventilation, space-saving ability and durability.
Install Window Replacements for Lasting Use
Windows can become defective over time in more ways than one. Glass might break, hinges can wear out and even latches can come undone. Because of this, it is advisable to choose materials that are stronger and sturdier for lasting use.
Choosing the Right Materials
Choosing materials, however, is easier said than done. Materials like wood can be aesthetically pleasant but are more fragile, requiring regular upkeep. Metal window replacements, on the other hand, can provide superior strength but lack the insulation you need.
Of all types, vinyl window replacements is most capable of providing both resilience and insulation. More flexible than in earlier years, vinyl can now be made to look like other composites and is more accommodating of insulating technologies.
Window replacement is a service every homeowner needs. Not only does it cut down energy expenses, it can also renew the look of your home and prolong the life of your windows.
Call St. Charles Window Replacement today: (636) 486-1066