Things to consider when replacing your windows
June 4, 2015
With summer months come summer to do lists and if replacing your home windows is on the top of that list, Hagen Glass can help. Maybe this winter was a rough one and you noticed a cool breeze in your home due to air leaks around your windows. Or maybe those storm windows you purchased 15 years ago have seen better days. Or maybe, your just in the mood for a new look. No matter the reason, one of our window experts can guide you through the entire process of replacing your homes windows. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering replacing your home windows.
Wear and Tear
Consider replacing your windows if they show any of these signs of wear.
Poor performance — Has opening and closing become a difficult tasks? Are air leaks occurring in, out or around the window? Do you see condensation or fogging occur on or between glass panes? If your windows are painted or nailed shut and virtually impossible to open, it may be time to replace them.
Looks — chipping, deterioration or water stains of the window or the area around the window (inside or out) is a sure sign; outdated design or style that doesn’t blend well with the rest of the home
Effort — If cleaning is a major hassle and replacement parts are hard to find or even non-existent it may be time to replace your home’s windows.
Things to consider for the style and look of your home
Where your windows are on your home can also have an impact on the wear and deterioration. If the windows get a lot of sun, or face the direction from which storms come in, those windows may deteriorate more so than windows that do not get a lot of sunlight or face weather.
When replacing your windows, consider replacing all the windows at the same time to keep your look consistent. If you can’t do it all at once, try to at least replace all of the windows on one side or level of your home.
Thanks to new design and technology, new windows can greatly reduce the amount of noise that comes into your home from traffic, neighbors and other outside disturbances.
For a neater appearance and for better energy efficiency, replace your windows before you replace siding on your home. This will ensure your siding fits snuggly and correctly around your new windows preventing leaks and making a clean look.
Improve energy efficiency
Choose Low-E (low emissivity) glass coating which help reduce heat transfer and UV rays which can fade art or photos on your walls as well as fade your carpet or furniture. Low-E reflects heat which will help keep your home cool. A Low-E coating will make your windows appear darker when viewed from outside, but will greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Replacing single pane windows with double or triple paned windows is also a great way to reduce the cost of home heating and cooling.
If your home has windows that cannot be opened, consider replacing them with windows that can be opened to vent and improve the flow of fresh air in your home. When choosing your windows, look for the Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR rating. This rating is given to products that are energy efficient and will lower the energy costs in your home.
Contact Hagen Glass for any of your window needs. We can help you find window that will keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Visit the Hagen Glass news feed for more information on how Hagen Glass can help you design the home of your dreams.
Last Modified: 06/04/2015 10:38:23 am MDT