Old windows can become hard to open, problematic to clean, and may require frequent painting and maintenance. Drafty, inefficient windows can also make rooms uncomfortable and difficult to heat. By replacing your windows, you can eliminate many of these issues and enjoy additional benefits, including:
- Increased Energy Efficiency
- Decrease in Drafts
- Reduction in Heating Costs
- Elimination or Reduction of Maintenance
- Smoother Operation
- Easier Cleaning
- Improved Aesthetics
- Increase in Home Value
- Reduction in Noise Transference from the Outside-in
- Decreased Fading of Upholstery and Carpets due to Greater UV Protection
Anatomy of a Window
Tips for Shopping for Windows/Doors
There are a vast number of window and door products on the market, ranging from inexpensive vinyl windows to custom-made wood windows. The following are a few items to compare and consider when shopping for the right windows and doors for your home:
- Know what materials were used
Did the manufacturer use nails or staples? What material is the frame made of; wood, vinyl, fiberglass? Make sure the window you choose is of sound construction and will stand the test of time.
- Pay attention to the details
Is the window square? Does every corner and angle line up properly? Are nail heads or staples visible? Check closely and make sure you are getting the level of quality you want.
- Choosing your installer
Not all window retailers offer professional installation services, meaning you may have to go through a third-party contractor. It can be a hassle to try and coordinate a large project like window replacement on your own, so it is best to choose a reputable installer that is experienced and insured. Carp's Complete Exteriors offers all of the above, in a one-stop shop. When you hire Carp's for your home window replacement, you get the assurance of our top-rated customer satisfaction, excellent service, highly-trained installers, and the industry's leading window and door products.
- Understand the warranty
Be sure the manufacturer you choose is willing to stand behind their product. Have they been in business for a while...will they be around when your warranty expires? Who is going to service your windows if repairs are needed in the future?
- Compare industry standards and terms
NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) rates windows in four areas of energy performance. Make sure you see their label (or ask about it). You are looking for a low U-factor, low solar heat gain coefficient, low air leakage and high visible light transmittance.
Energy Star is only given to products that reduce energy use. Check for their backing to make sure you are getting an energy efficient product for the region you live in.
Design Pressure (DP) Performance rating will tell you how much pressure a window or door is designed to withstand when closed and locked. A higher DP rating is better, so look for one at least DP30.
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