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What to Consider When Purchasing New Windows

Feb 20, 2017

Purchasing new windows is an exciting time that provides the opportunity to incorporate new design elements into your home. While it’s fun to flip through magazines and draw inspiration, it’s important to take the right factors into consideration prior to deciding which windows to purchase. Depending on the number of windows you need, your new windows can require a hefty investment, so it’s important to purchase the right style and materials the first time. To help guide you through the buying process, we put together a short list of factors to keep in mind while shopping for the perfect windows.

 

Consider the Type of Energy Efficient Windows That Are Best for Your Home.

While many homeowners know they want to purchase energy efficient windows, few are aware of the type of energy efficient windows they need. Different energy efficient or energy star windows come with features such as visible transmittance, air leakage, solar heat gain, and condensation resistance. Remember to look for the energy efficiency rating that comes with all energy star windows to know which windows are best for reducing your monthly energy bill.

 

Consider the Layout of Your Home’s Exterior.

In order to know the size and type of windows you wish to purchase, it’s important to keep the layout of your home’s architecture and landscaping in mind. Homeowners should take note of which side of their house receives the most sun, if there are any large bushes or trees in the area, or if there are any window awnings or patio covers. These features will help you determine which areas require energy efficient windows and which naturally receive enough shade to keep your home cool.

 

Consider the Material Used on Your Window Frames.

One of the most important factors to consider is the type of window material that best suits your home.  Homeowners can choose from vinyl, fiberglass, wood, and aluminum frames. Each comes with benefits and disadvantages. To decide which material is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How much time am I willing to invest in upkeep?

If you prefer windows that require very little maintenance and upkeep, you may want to consider options like vinyl, aluminum, and fiber glass.

  • Is energy efficiency a priority?

If energy efficiency is at the top of your list of requirements, look into vinyl windows.

  • What kind of budget am I working with?

Homeowners working with a more flexible budget might consider wood or fiberglass, while homeowners on a tighter budget should look into vinyl or aluminum.

 

At Window Solutions, we understand there is a lot that goes into finding the perfect windows, which is why our highly trained San Diego, CA window replacement professionals are here to help you every step of the way. Our experts are ready to answer any questions you may have, as well as provide you with a free estimate. To receive your free estimate, give us a call at 619-258-0515 or visit us at our San Diego showroom located at 11632 Riverside Dr Lakeside, CA 92040.

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