Are the windows in your Michigan home beginning to get a little leaky and worn? It’s probably time to replace them, which means you will need to begin shopping for replacement windows. With so many different styles and types of windows on the market, how do you go about choosing the right ones? Here are five things to look for in good-quality replacement windows.
1. Efficient Glass Options
Plain glass is not a very good insulator. Years ago, people used plain glass in their home windows, and those windows allowed a lot of heat to pass right through. This meant that in the winter, the areas in front of the windows would get very cold, and in the summer, those same areas would get very warm. Clearly, that was not ideal, so window manufacturers have come up with features to make glass more efficient. Low-e glass, like SmartSun™ glass, reflects most heat waves rather than allowing them to pass through the glass, thereby lowering your energy bills. Double-pane glass windows feature two panes of glass with an air gap between them; the air acts as an insulator.
2. Beautiful Color Choices
If you want plain white windows, that is definitely okay. However, most Michigan home owners want to get more creative and use their new windows to add a pop of color to their homes. High-quality windows tend to come in a range of colors, from cream to navy blue. Look for a color that will make you feel excited about your home’s new look.
3. Durable Materials
Look for windows that are made with durable, low-maintenance frame and sash materials. Vinyl windows are really popular, but vinyl is not as efficient or durable as you might think. In climates like that of Michigan, where temperatures rise and fall, vinyl can crack and warp, causing windows to leak when they are just a few years old. A more durable material to consider is Fibrex®, which resists warping and bowing even when temperature and humidity levels change. Fibrex is very strong, so it can also be made thinner than vinyl, resulting in windows with a more sleek appearance.
4. A Great Warranty
When you find windows that appear to be durable and attractive with great glass options, the next thing to consider is whether they are protected by a warranty. A good warranty ensures that if one of your windows are defective, you won’t pay the price. Window companies that offer a great warranty on their windows also do so because they are confident in the quality of their windows; customers rarely have to cash in on those warranties.
5. Professional Installation
Definitely look for windows that can be installed by a professional installer who has experience working with that specific brand of windows. A window is only as good as its installation; even the most efficient, durable window won’t protect your home or last very long if it is installed improperly. Windows purchased from a home improvement store for DIY installation are inexpensive, but you get what you pay for.
When choosing windows for your Michigan home, it pays off to choose the best-quality windows you can afford. Good windows will give your home a beautiful new look while improving your efficiency and reducing required maintenance. Contact Renewal by Andersen to schedule a free, in-home consultation and learn more.