Windows 101: An Introduction to the Essentials

Jun 01, 2011 No Comments by

Since windows are one of the signature design elements of your home, not to mention a source of energy savings, it’s important to consider several factors before purchasing new windows or repairing older ones.

First, you have to decide whether you want to get involved in repairing windows you currently have, or replacing them and purchasing new windows. While installing new windows costs more, it results in greater energy savings and is much less time-consuming that repairing old windows. So, you’ll have to weigh your options and choose the one that best fits your budgetary, design and energy goals.

Next, when purchasing windows, you should consider trends in window styles, and come to a decision as to whether you want to go with something classical, contemporary or a combination of the two. You can do your preliminary windows research online and then visit a window retailer, home construction design center or manufacturer’s showroom to see the windows in person. If you would like to put the decision in more experienced hands, you can also seek the guidance of an interior designer.

Whether you purchase or repair, it’s important to get an idea of window costs and how much you will have to spend to upgrade. You can get an idea of these costs by working with an experienced contractor who can price out your options and make sure you stay on budget.

Windows are made from several different types of materials, including aluminum, wood, fiberglass, vinyl and storm—with each material entailing a different set of pros and cons with regard to costs, benefits and aesthetic qualities. In fact, sometimes it will seem like your window options are endless.

The benefits of repairing windows that you have fallen in love with over the years, or taking an exciting leap of design faith on new windows, are many. Foremost, by either sealing your old windows or installing new energy efficient windows, you can save considerably on heating costs. Further, by enhancing the look of one of the most visible aspects of your home, you can easily transform the entire aesthetic appeal of your dwelling, be it for your own family or a prospective home buyer to enjoy.

Home Improvement, Home Services, Windows

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