Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro replacement windows and patio doors add value to your property and enhance the comfort of your home. However, before you design your custom windows you need to know what makes different styles right for you and your home.
Here are some things you should know before you make final decisions about your home improvement fixtures.
An Andersen Replacement Window Isn’t Just a Window
Technically, a window is an opening that allows you to see outside and bring in, or block, outside air flow. Windows have changed dramatically over the years from a hole in the wall covered with paper or oilcloth to high-performing energy-efficient insulated windows that are weather-tight and beautiful.
Replacement windows and patio doors are designed to replace aging windows that aren’t performing as well as they could to protect your family and keep your indoor climate comfortable, hence the name replacement windows. There’s a key characteristic that differentiates this type of window unit from new construction and off-the-shelf windows on the market.
Different Window Styles Have Different Roles
While modern, high-quality replacement windows help you get a clear view of the outdoors and help you air out your home, they do so much more today. With advanced technology, they practically help clean themselves, require minimal maintenance (you just need to inspect and clean your weather-stripping, frames and sash periodically and look for signs of wear and tear and damage caused by inclement weather), and look beautiful for years without painting or staining.
Window styles help you save money on heating and cooling bills while increasing functionality, safety and convenience in your home. Some styles, like awnings and casements, are well suited to installation high on the wall and over counters that require a reach. Others, like sliding and double-hung windows, work better in areas where you can easily reach the window to move lower the sash. Deciding which style will work best in every room requires a close look at who will be using the windows and whether you prefer a window that opens fully to capture a breeze, like a casement window, or you want to drop the upper sash slightly in a nursery or playroom without worrying your toddler may try to climb out.
Construction Components Matter
The overall design of a window and the individual components of the window also impact performance. Glazing choices and framing materials significantly influence energy-efficiency and performance. High-quality windows constructed with Fibrex composite frames are stronger than vinyl window frames, but won’t rot, chip, peel or flake like wood frames. Glass, frame materials and special coatings all impact energy-efficiency. You can’t just consider the glass when trying to figure out which window is the best solution for your home, or which one has the highest energy-efficiency ratings. For example, windows built with insulated glass will always perform better than a single-pane option. But, not all multi-pane units are equal. Air-filled and gas-filled models have varied performance and the frame influences U-factor, R-factor and thermal efficiency ratings. Even the material used as spacers between the panes and sealants that hold the panels together can be a factor in overall performance.
Designing for Performance, Energy-efficiency, and Long-lasting Beauty
When it’s time to design your new windows and patio doors, you have to look at the individual pieces and the whole window unit to get the highest return on your investment. Working with a replacement window and patio door specialist, you should consider factors that contribute to high-performance and decorative features that appeal to your sense of style. Color choices, hardware finishes and accessories like grilles empower you to create windows that are attractive and low-maintenance while reducing your heating and cooling bills.
Learn More About the Renewal by Andersen Replacement Window & Patio Door Design Process
Designing modern Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors to perfectly fit your environment and your lifestyle is vital since your upgrades are manufactured to last for as long as you live in your home. Our full line of home improvement products includes a wide range of styles from bays and bows to sliders and awnings. If you’re ready to explore options for your home, we invite you to call 1-888-826-2451 today to schedule a free, no-obligation home consultation. The call is free. Or, fill in the short form on this page and let us know a convenient time to call you back.
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- The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
- The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
- How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
- The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
- What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!