A Little Insight Makes Choosing A Whole Lot Easier
Buying windows can and should be a lot of fun. And if you’re well-informed, deciding is a whole lot easier. No doubt you’re tired of your old windows and looking forward to what your new windows might do for your home’s livability and family comfort.
Yes, a complete window installation for a home can be a transformative experience and generally sets homeowners on a course to improve their property overall. It tends to give the whole place a big lift.
What are other homeowners in the Stouffville, Richmond Hill, Markham to Pickering region doing? Those who own older homes are buying new windows all round. Those with higher end homes built 20 years ago have the financial resources to have custom designed windows with luxury features such as skylights, big multi-picture windows, and huge custom designed bay windows. Today, the sky’s the limit for design possibilities.
Let’s break down the whole discovery and decision process so it’s easier to digest and carry out.
First of All, Why Do You Need New Windows?
For many older homes (over 40 years) new replacement windows provide a big lift in aesthetics, health, and energy loss in the home. However, it’s important to get a thermal imaging of your home to discover all the sources of energy lost, whether outward in winter and inward during summer.
If heat is lost out from your roof or walls, you may need more insulation. But that shouldn’t stop you from learning more about the new windows being manufactured today and how to decide among types, styles and options. And I’d like to encourage you to be imaginative and avoid being too conservative with your window choices. It’s on the creative side, within beautiful interior designs that windows really make a visual and comfort level impact.
Get Dreamy, Nothing’s Impossible
The first step is to discover what new windows are possible and what you’d like to have. Looking at galleries of windows isn’t a bad idea. That can get your creative juices flowing. Get to know the window types, materials, and costs. That will get you more focused. You may need to call us to get a general estimate on your windows so you can get better oriented.
Discover Your Priorities
You’ll need to make decisions on type of window, style, materials, functionality, appearance, maintenance, and quality. There will be additional items too to consider such as skylights, sun tunnels, customized windows, or patio doors.
You can order windows made of vinyl, wood, steel, aluminum, and fiberglass. Today, vinyl has well surpassed wood as the preferred material. Vinyl is cheaper and offers significant advantages. Fiberglass is a very small portion of the window market however, it is growing.
Wood is still preferred by some buyers, however it is harder to install, requires more delicacy, and because wood expands with moisture and heat, it increases errors in installation, and requires much more ongoing maintenance, including the big time killer — painting. If you’re not rich and don’t like maintenance, you’ll understand why wood has fallen out of favour.
For strength, durability, easy maintenance, energy conservation, and ease of installation, vinyl gets our stamp of approval. In another post I discussed the advantages of vinyl windows. The ability of vinyl to withstand dents, high usage, and prevent thermal transfer gives them the highest cost savings value. And they are normally much cheaper, perhaps 50% cheaper.
These are the latest in window trends. Fiberglass is very strong and durable and is easily fabricated by the manufacturer, however this type is quite a bit more expensive than vinyl windows.
Steel and Aluminum Windows
Metals have issues related to energy transfer, window condensation problems, and cost. Metal can be expensive in residential settings. While these metals are often appropriate for commercial installations, they are considered too cold in appearance and touch for residential applications.
The overwhelming majority of normal residential replacement window purchases now are for vinyl windows. They really are the sensible choice.
From the common single hung window to the new tilt and swing window, you can incorporate a number of them into your project. You never know what’s available unless you ask your local window manufacturer or fabricator what they offer. At Stouffville Glass, we aim to provide customers with what they wise. We fabricate our own line of window products and we carry two of the top window brands — Euro Vinyl Windows and Pella Windows.
Additionally, there are other window technology decisions to consider such as whether to use triple pane windows with argon gas. Of course, the price is a little higher, but performance will be better too.
So those are your options. After you take a good look at your interior and have some idea of where you need natural light, factor in your budget, how many windows you need, whether you’d like a new type of window, and whether patio doors and skylights are a suitable addition. With that idea in mind, you can approach us for an estimate.