Considering Window Replacement? A Few Dos and Don’ts (Part 2)
In the last post, we discussed some helpful dos and don’ts to keep in mind when getting your home’s windows replaced. However, there are a number of other factors to consider that can help you make the most informed decision regarding high-quality home window replacement. To avoid wasting any money on this important home improvement job, here’s part two of our guide about window replacement dos and don’ts.
DO: Prioritize energy-efficiency
As we discussed in the last post, a typical family spends about a third of its annual heating and cooling budget — roughly $350 — on air that leaks into or out of the house through unintended gaps and cracks. You can easily reduce this number to nearly zero by looking for window models with an Energy Star seal. This seal indicates that your new windows will be among the most energy-efficient on the market. They’re also likely to be fully equipped with energy-saving features such as krypton gas, argon gas, low e-glazing, and more.
If you’re trying to make your home more energy efficient in general, your windows and doors are a great place to start!
DON’T: Choose materials prone to rot
Wood windows are certainly sleek and elegant, but they do carry the risk of becoming rotted without proper care. Vinyl windows, on the other hand, are extremely strong and will never rot due to excess moisture. When choosing the right materials, don’t just consider aesthetic appeal, but also longevity and durability.
DO: Consider the benefits of triple pane technology
Triple pane windows are growing in popularity, and for good reason. In the average home, 38% of heat loss is through windows and doors. If your home has drafty single-pane windows, heat loss through windows may increase to 50%. Not only does triple pane technology significantly increase energy efficiency, but it doubles as sound blocking technology. It’s exceptionally useful for homes located on busy streets or with loud neighbors. Not only will triple pane technology save money on energy bills, but it will help you sleep more soundly each and every night.
DON’T: Do the job yourself
Finally, it’s important to leave it to the professionals when it comes to major home-renovations that can impact your home’s integrity and structural value. Even if you feel as though you can do a standard job, there are a number of higher end window designs, such as bay windows, bow windows, and more that will require a professional touch. Something as major as window replacements should never be performed by anyone other than a certified professional.
Ultimately, being aware of these dos and don’ts can help you make the most informed and well-rounded decisions regarding your home’s energy needs. For more information about high-quality windows repair or replacement in Maryland: