Guide to Window Replacement
Have you been putting off replacing your old and inefficient windows, even though you’re pretty sure that they’re part of the reason why your monthly energy costs are continuing to climb? If you’re finally ready to have new windows installed in your New England home, you’ll need to do some research before jumping in. Fortunately, we’ve put together a guide that will help you get the most out of your investment in terms of performance, aesthetic appeal, and energy efficiency.
When Is It Time to Replace Your Windows?
There are several telltale signs that it’s time to consider replacing your windows. For starters, if they’re old and their wooden frames are deteriorating, they’re definitely not helping the aforementioned heating and cooling costs for your home. You should also look out for:
- Drafts – Poor seals or weatherstripping can allow outside air to enter your home, which will force your HVAC system to work overtime.
- Condensation – Condensation on a window pane is a sign that a window is poorly insulated, as it only forms when the glass is significantly cooler than the air around it. It’s especially common with single-pane windows.
Types of Windows
The first step in selecting your replacement windows is deciding what material you’d like your window frames and sashes to be made of. Today’s most common options include:
- Vinyl – Vinyl windows have become extremely popular because they’re durable, easy to maintain, and provide good thermal performance. They’re also less expensive than some of the other options on the market.
- Composite – Composite windows are often made from a blend of vinyl and another material, such as wood fiber. They’re resistant to moisture damage and usually provide excellent energy efficiency.
- Fiberglass – Fiberglass windows have rigid frames that are usually filled with foam to improve their thermal performance. They also resist fading and moisture damage, so they’re easy to maintain.
- Wood – Many older windows have wood frames, which are great at preventing heat transfer and are easy on the eyes. The downside is that they’re susceptible to rot and insect damage and typically need to be painted or stained every few years.
- Aluminum – Aluminum windows are extremely strong and resist moisture and insects, but they’re lacking in terms of energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal.
Once you’ve decided on the material that you want your replacement windows to be made of, you’ll have to decide which styles you want for different areas of your home. Some of the more popular window styles include:
- Awning – Awning windows attach at the top and open outward, and are ideal for rooms that need extra ventilation, like a bathroom, basement, or kitchen.
- Bay and bow – Featuring individual windows that extend out from the side of the home, bay and bow windows create a unique architectural addition.
- Casement – Casement windows attach to the side of the frame and open outward.
- Double-hung – The most popular option in North America, double-hung windows have two operable sashes that slide up and down in the frame.
- Hopper – Similar to awning windows, hopper windows feature a single pane that opens outward, but they attach at the bottom of the frame.
- Picture – Ideal for larger openings, picture windows don’t open and provide extensive views of the outdoors.
- Slider – As the name indicates, slider windows move sideways along a track and provide a weathertight seal when closed.
Depending on the windows you choose, you should have a variety of customization options available that can improve their aesthetic appeal, protection against the elements, and energy efficiency. Some of the more common upgrades include:
- Multi-pane glass packages and gas fills between the panes, both of which can help reduce heat transfer
- Low-E glass coatings that help prevent harmful UV rays from entering the home
- A variety of frame colors and finishes so you can complement your home’s interior and exterior design schemes
Selecting the Right Window Company
No matter how well-made your new windows are, they’re not going to perform as expected if they’re not installed properly. This is why it’s important that you partner with a window installation company that not only offers high-performance products, but also has the expertise needed to ensure that the job is done right the first time. What’s more, your window contractor should offer a generous workmanship warranty that protects you against any type of installation missteps.
High-Performance Replacement Windows for New England Homes
NEWPRO offers replacement windows that are engineered for the New England climate, and perhaps best of all, we offer several product and style options to fit every homeowner’s taste and budget. We’re a family-owned company that has been putting our customers first since 1945, and we’re proud to be one of the most respected home improvement contractors in the region. We offer high-performance windows that are built to last, and we stand behind our work with ironclad warranty protection. These are just a few of the reasons why we’ve maintained an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau for many years.
Our Window Options
When you partner with us for your window replacement project, you’ll start by selecting the windows that are the best fit for your needs. We offer:
- EcoMAX windows that feature double-pane glass and advanced HeatSeal Spacers
- SuperMAX windows, which come with triple-pane glass and gas fills and are our most popular option
- UltraMAX windows, which deliver unmatched weather protection and energy efficiency
All of our replacement windows feature durable frames and sashes made from Celuca, a patented composite material that’s stronger and better at preventing heat transfer than vinyl. Our windows are also available in an all of the most popular styles, including double-hung, awning, bay, bow, casement, picture, and more, so you can choose the perfect options for every room in your home.
Want More Information?
We’d love the opportunity to visit your New England home to tell you more about the high-performance replacement windows we offer. Contact us today and we’ll schedule a time for one of our product specialists to visit your home to answer your questions and provide a free estimate.