If you’re buying new windows for your home, there are plenty of values and numbers to keep in mind as you’re picking out the right glass and materials. However, there are plenty of other factors that you have to consider before buying your new windows. We’d like to go over the main four in order to help you get the most bang for your buck:
• Climate. The area and climate that you live in will have a big effect on the type of windows that you need to buy. For example, a desert home will need highly-reflective windows that allow very little heat in, whereas a northern home will need high insulation in their replacement windows so that it has a barrier to protect it from winter extremes.
• Materials. Windows with frames made of wood and vinyl are the most popular, and vinyl is among the most energy-efficient materials in the market. Windows with wood or vinyl casements often require little maintenance.
• Energy Star. Windows that are marked with the Energy Star label have been rigorously tested and have met the requirements to be considered energy-efficient windows. Backed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you know that windows with the Energy Star label are guaranteed to protect your home.
• Features. There are plenty of modern features that help your replacement windows be more effective. Sometimes the glass is coated in a special glaze, and other times they may be engineered with different materials in order to allow less heat in. Some windows have weather stripping, others have gases between glass panels, and others have a reflective film applied to it to protect from the sun.