Window replacement is fun, but, like any home improvement project, it requires careful planning and research. While you have plenty of options to choose from, not all window styles work well in every situation. Picking the wrong style can compromise your home’s livability and value.
To facilitate your decision-making process, V. Nanfito Roofing and Siding shares practical tips to help you choose the best replacement windows for your unique circumstances:
Decide on a Room-by-Room Basis
Every room has different functional needs, which is why using the same style of window throughout your home may not be a good idea. For example, the style that works best in your living room may not be suitable for your kitchen, bathroom or bedrooms. Also, understand the way each window works. How a window is operated determines how much ventilation it provides, whether it will obstruct high-traffic area and so on.
Don’t Let Tradition Stand in Your Way
Don’t feel boxed into a certain window style because it is commonly associated with your home’s architectural design. Although adhering to the norm contributes to curb appeal, the dictates of tradition could be out of tune with today’s building regulations. For instance, some homes that historically use double-hung units have switched to casements to meet the latest egress code. An architecturally savvy contractor can help you find the perfect balance among aesthetics, operation energy efficiency and other important factors.
Check Energy Performance Ratings
ENERGY STAR® has different energy efficiency requirements unique to every climate. It pays to read the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) label on the product to learn about the window’s ratings. In New Haven County, look for window companies that provide windows with a U-factor of 0.27 and any Solar Heat Gain Coefficient value for maximum energy efficiency.
Think About Maintenance
One of the best benefits of tackling window replacement is eliminating maintenance nightmares. Old windows are notorious for needing ongoing scraping and repainting, a thankless and costly job. To reduce tedious maintenance requirements, search for durable windows that tilt inward, making it easy to wipe the exterior glass surface.
Let V. Nanfito Roofing and Siding help you make the best decisions for your window replacement project. Call us at (203) 639-1634 today to talk about your project needs or fill out this form to get a free estimate.