Window Replacement—Frequently Asked Questions
How do window replacements impact energy efficiency?
If your current windows are single paned, you can increase your energy efficiency by replacing them with double pane or triple pane windows. You’ll enjoy savings on your utilities due to the boost in energy efficiency you receive with replacement windows. Most new window come with ENERGY STAR® ratings, meaning they meet or exceed requirements such as:
- They are independently tested, certified, and verified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).
- They have NFRC ratings that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Their performance criteria are based on ratings certified by the NFRC and vary for each climate zone.
How do I choose the best window style for my Portland home?
The type of window that is best for your home depends on what style of home you have. If you have a Bungalow style home, fabulous window selections include: single-hung, double-hung, awning, and bay windows.
How do I know my home needs new windows?
It’s time for window replacements if any of the following are occurring in your home windows:
- Do you feel drafts indoors when your windows are closed?
- Do you see signs of wood rot on your window frames or sills?
- Is the paint on your window frames peeling?
- Are your windows hard to open and close? Do they get stuck open or close?
- Is there condensation between your window panes?
- Is there damage to your window glass from an object penetrating it?
- Have your utilities bills skyrocketed for no apparent reason?
- Do you get excessive noise intrusion through your current windows?
- Are you ready to boost your curb appeal and home value with a sought-after home upgrade?
What type of warranty will my new windows have?
When comparing replacement windows, take a good look at the warranty each manufacturer offers. While you don’t anticipate any problems, it can give you peace of mind to have a good warranty in place just in case.
Who should I hire for my window installation?
To get the high performance you deserve from your windows, you need to have them installed with precision. Get estimates from three different companies, and check the online reviews on each company including reviews on the company’s website, Angie’s List, Yelp, and their BBB rating. Ask the companies for references and follow up on them.
What are my options when it comes to window frame materials?
ENERGY STAR® certified windows come in a variety of frame options:
- Fiberglass—Known for their strength and durability (think fiberglass canoes and hard hats), these low maintenance frames give you great insulation and long-lasting performance.
- Vinyl—These cost-effective window frames are known for their thermal insulation. They are low maintenance and never need to be painted.
- Wood—The timeless beauty of wood frames gives a genuine warmth to a home. They are strong, provide great insulation, and work best in historic homes in order to stay consistent with the look of the historic period in which the home was built. Wood windows require more maintenance than other window frames.
Is window trim something I should add during my window installation?
Decorative window trim adds visual interest to a room and frames the beauty just outside your window. This finishing touch can make a distinct difference in the look of your home interior and will add to the value of your home.
What type of replacement window styles are there to choose from?
There are a variety of styles you can select from when installing new windows:
Double-hung windows—These are the most popular window type due to their classic look and fabulous function. They can be opened from the top down and from the bottom up to allow air to circulate in your home.
Casement windows—These are the second most popular window type due to their exceptional energy efficiency. They offer great views because the sashes open to the right or left rather than vertically. They open with an easy-to-open crank and are often used above kitchen or bathroom counters.
Bay windows—Bay windows add visual interest in your home, and allow natural light to teem through them to brighten your home. They expand a room, and their nook can create a cozy space to read, or a refreshing breakfast area.
Awning windows—These windows are fabulous for ventilation and can be left open even in the rain because they open upward.
Slider windows—These are large, seamless windows that give you gorgeous views and allow a wealth of natural light into your home. They slide to open and are energy efficient due to their tight seal.
Picture windows—These are static, stationary, and non-openable windows that focus on views and aesthetics. They bring an abundance of natural light into a space.
Will new windows improve my home’s safety?
Yes! Today’s window replacements have outstanding locking mechanisms that boost home security.
The Value of Replacement Windows
Your replacement window investment will greatly pay off as your lifestyle is enhanced with new windows. Your home insulation will increase significantly when new windows are installed, lowering your utilities consistently.
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For more detailed information about window replacement, contact Lifetime Exteriors today.