Window Replacement: Key Things to Consider

Windows allow natural light and fresh air into your living space. They affect your home’s overall appeal and energy efficiency. When they are in poor condition, you could end up dealing with water damage, humidity issues, increased utility costs and discomfort. 

Window Replacement

Keep in mind that delaying window replacement is never a good idea. Make sure to hire a reliable contractor and consider these things before starting your project.  

Frame Materials

The frame material plays a major role in the durability, longevity and energy efficiency of your windows. At Renewal by Andersen® of Cincinnati, we offer windows with frames made from our exclusive Fibrex® material. Thanks to the excellent durability of this material, you won’t have to worry about scraping or painting. It’s water-resistant, meaning it won’t develop mold or rot. 

Fibrex is also long-lasting, can withstand different weather conditions and doesn’t require constant maintenance. Its superior strength allows us to craft windows with narrower frames, providing you with more glass and better outdoor views. Our windows will improve the appeal of your home and boost its defense against the elements. 

Type of Glass

A significant amount of energy loss in your home occurs through your windows. When it’s time to replace your bay windows, consider products with multiple panes of glass. Windows with at least two panes of glass are more effective at preventing heat transfer than outdated single-pane units. Between the panes of glass are odorless, colorless and non-toxic gas fills, usually made from argon or krypton. These special gas fills further improve the insulating properties of a window. 

Windows with insulated glass are beneficial for the safety and security of your home. They are more durable and difficult to break than single-pane windows. After installation, you will notice that your living space is quieter and more peaceful. This is because insulated glass helps in preventing outdoor noise from penetrating your interior. 

Energy-Efficient Components

Whether you are getting casement, double-hung, bay or specialty windows, always consider energy efficiency. If you have deteriorating or inefficient windows, your comfort can suffer, and your utility bills will increase. ENERGY STAR® windows can help reduce your monthly heating and cooling bills. You can determine how energy-efficient windows are by checking their ratings for condensation resistance, solar heat gain coefficient, air leakage and visible transmittance. 

All Renewal by Andersen windows comes with the ENERGY STAR-qualified insulating glass packages. They are significantly more energy-efficient than conventional dual-pane glass. During manufacturing, low-emissivity coatings are integrated into our window glass, minimizing heat transfer. This coating helps keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. They block the sun’s harmful UV rays while still allowing natural light to flood your living space. 

Safety Features

If you have young children, you need to carefully consider the safety features of your new windows. For instance, expansive, single-hung windows are dangerous around children when opened. Choosing a double-hung window will eliminate this risk and still provide your living space with added ventilation. If you have windows that don’t completely close or have broken locks, it’s a good idea to have them replaced as well. 

Your Home’s Foundation

Before having your windows replaced, you should have your home’s foundation inspected. A common sign that you have a foundation problem is cracks in the windows. Are your windows sticking or won’t close properly? They can also indicate that your foundation needs to be checked by a professional. Scheduling an inspection before the actual window replacement will save you time and money in the long run. 

The Style of Your Home

Another thing you must consider when getting new windows is the architectural style of your home. Make sure that your windows complement both your interior and exterior. Keep in mind that their location can affect your curb appeal and the comfort of your living space. If you are thinking about selling your property in the future, it’s all the more important that you choose attractive and energy-efficient windows. 

At Renewal by Andersen of Cincinnati, we install windows that will boost your home’s appeal, protection and energy efficiency. We offer a wide range of styles, from casements and double-hung to sliding and specialty windows. Give us a call at (866) 609-5033 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve homeowners in Mason, Sharonville and Loveland, Ohio.

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