From Margaret on December 1st, 2011 in Window Replacement
You want to upgrade the windows on your home before the long stretch of intense weather hits, but you don’t know what type to choose. Good news. We have some answers for you. And bravo to you for getting started on an important home improvement project: window replacement.
By now you’ve probably heard the benefits of window replacement. Namely that it:
- Saves thousands of dollars annually, since up to 30% of your energy can leak through inefficient windows.
- Insulates your home better in the winter (and, eventually, those sweltering summer months, too).
- Immediately revolutionizes your curb appeal.
- Can be a big contender for great aesthetics and sell-ability in your neighborhood.
But you may not know clearly what types of windows to look at, especially if you’re wanting a big bang for your buck. The right windows at the right price. Indeed, there are many things to consider with what window type you go with, and pricing in particular.
To get pricing on replacement windows in your area, click here.
Types of Windows & Pricing
You may be interested in unconventional shapes such as curves, circles, hexagons—or beautiful arch windows. While these can add vast individuality to a room both inside and outside, be aware that such customized choices can quickly raise the price on your window replacement project.
But don’t despair if you have something like this in mind. Just consider a balance. Perhaps you go with more standard window sizes throughout the house, and save that unusual window addition for a new bay window in your breakfast area.
As a standard, the most cost-effective windows tend to be straightforward styles, such as double-hung windows, casement windows, slider windows, and picture windows. These are more common and therefore easier for your window contractor to install. But these styles are in no way settling, or just to save a few bucks. These window types are popular for the very reasons that they are great and lasting options.
Picture windows, also called fixed windows, are excellent for places you’d like to improve natural lighting while keeping a tight seal between your exterior and interior. These make sense in places where you can’t access the window, or where you wouldn’t need to open it for ventilation. In fact, they are most often coupled with other windows that do open and close, like double-hung windows.
Casement windows, on the other hand, offer easy opening and closing with a swiveling handle at the base, allowing the window to swing open on its hinges. For wintery weather, keep in mind that these aren’t as tight of a seal as other types, though a quality casement window will certainly seal to your (and your energy bill’s) satisfaction.
Check out CalFinder’s window library to get more information about each option available to you. And don’t forget that CalFinder offers thousands of contractors—and you can find one in your own area who can give you a free initial cost estimate on your window project by clicking here.
Once you’ve looked over your home and made notes on what you want and expect, a contractor can step in and help you replace your windows to your liking.
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