A Guide to the Anatomy of a Replacement Window
So you purchased your first house and while the redecorating has been fun, replacing those outdated windows is a little more than you bargained for. You don’t want to overspend, but you don’t want to cut corners either. It’s important to weigh your options carefully.
There are a wealth of options out there and an equal number of considerations to go with them. Do you want energy-efficient windows? What type of materials are heat and weather-resistant? And what about style? While you want your new windows to be aesthetically pleasing, you likely also have certain criteria in mind, such as choosing a replacement window type that’s easier to clean or how much fresh air will circulate when you open them.
WHAT TO AVOID
While considering your options, it’s equally important to know what to avoid when choosing an installer. Here are some common mistakes to steer clear of:
- Not Considering Future Maintenance – It is important that whoever installs your energy-efficient windows understands and explains the specific maintenance requirements involved. Remember this is a major investment, one that should last for many years.
- Not Making Security a Priority – It is easy to get lost in all of your options and overlook one of the key functions of your new windows, keeping you and your loved ones safe from intruders. Make sure that your installer explains all of your security options, such as impact-resistant glass and secure locking systems.
- Not Checking References – A professional, experienced, reputable installation company will always have satisfied customers who are more than happy to give them a good review. At Double J Siding and Windows, we have formed lifetime relationships with our customers, and we are in good standing with the Better Business Bureau and the Texas Panhandle Builders Association.
IT ALL STARTS WITH THE FRAME
Much like our skeleton supports our bodies, the anatomy of a replacement window begins with its frame. Your choice of frame should be guided by the experience of a professional installer who is familiar with the local climate and can make the appropriate recommendations.
- Vinyl – This frame is a practical choice as it is both cost effective and energy efficient. Tight construction prevents air leakage, and the use of insulated glass makes this a good choice for the needs of the West Texas homeowner.
- Wood – Traditional wood frames still offer the best insulation, and some homeowners find them more attractive, but it is important to note that they do require more upkeep.
- Aluminum – While strong, secure, and long-lasting, they are not as effective against heat transfer and loss as their vinyl counterparts. They are also more expensive than vinyl.
The professionals at Double J Siding and Windows use double-paned, argon-filled glass, protecting your home’s interior from UV rays. They are also energy-efficient windows, keeping the heat of the summer sun at bay and preventing heat loss during the colder months.
We use Wincore windows and offer custom shapes and sizes to fit just about any unique situation. Our experienced installers will offer you recommendations to fit the scope of your structural needs and style of your home.
Call the professionals at Double J Siding and Windows in Amarillo TX, to boost your home’s curb appeal and make your windows last for years to come.