Whether you’re remodeling an existing home or building a new one, picking the right windows is an important decision. Windows not only characterize the look of your home, they help determine its energy efficiency. The type of windows installed in a section or individual room of the home can influence how it’s used.
But with so many options for windows on the market today, how do you know which windows are right for you? We can help you break that decision down with just a few steps:
Window aesthetics are a good place to start since they will help you narrow down some options. If a person’s eyes are said to be the “windows to the soul,” you can think of windows as a home’s eyes. What do you want them to express about the “soul” of your home? Welcome warmth? Stylish austerity? The overall design of your home, new or existing, can help make that determination and lead you to a variety of styles and materials. If you’re remodeling, consider whether you’re replacing all of the windows or just a group and if the style can be matched. Windows are made from materials ranging from wood to aluminum to fiberglass to vinyl, and each requires a different level of maintenance. Remember that windows are ideally a long-term purchase meant to withstand many years of extreme weather conditions.
Where a window is located, meaning a specific room or part of a home, presents you several fun options about styles of windows to install. A bay window can make the room feel bigger. Sliding windows that open side to side are easy to install and require less maintenance but don’t provide as much open air as a double hung windows that open up and down. If you’re looking for full view and more ventilation, consider hinged casement windows. Each style has its advantages in terms of accessibility and durability, so it really comes down to your personal taste and what the size of the space allows.
One the reasons you may be replacing your windows is to increase energy efficiency in your home, and modern windows have much more to offer in that regard. Today’s double pane windows provide better insulation and can reduce your heating costs. Depending on your budget, triple pane windows are more expensive but can result in even more energy savings over time. If you install windows highly rated for energy efficiency, you could qualify for tax credits or other incentives in your area. A small tip to keep in mind when you are window shopping, look at the numbers. The R rating represents insulation, which you want to be high, while the U rating represents heat flow, which you want to be low.
By focusing on these three key factors, you are sure to find windows perfect for your home. Fischer Lumber carries a wide selection of windows, and the professionals on staff can help you determine which windows will work best for your home. Contact Fischer Lumber today at 618-259-7434 or visit our store on North Shamrock in East Alton.