When it’s time to replace your windows, consider more than just price. Consider the manufacturer, material, style, energy efficiency, and more. It might seem overwhelming, but the information in this article is a great place to start! Grab a cup of coffee, move away from that drafty window, and get ready for a crash course in Wisconsin Windows 101!
You’ve Never Heard of Hopper Windows?
Hopper: Hopper windows open by swinging the top edge of the window into the room. They are similar to awning windows, with an important difference.
Awning: While hopper windows open into the room, awning windows are designed to open along the bottom and swing outward.
Double Hung: The term double hung windows simply means that both the top and the bottom of the window are operable. This allows you to raise the bottom portion or lower the top section. These windows also tilt in for easy cleaning.
Casement: Casement windows are hinged at the side, and they swing open rather than being raised and lowered.
Garden Windows: A garden window protrudes from the home and provides space to grow small plants. It’s a great choice for those who want to bring extra natural light into the space.
Picture: Picture windows are large, fixed windows (meaning they do not open.) They let in lots of natural light, and can be combined with other windows to create an elegant focal point.
Sliding: Sliding windows are easy to open, very secure, and a great choice for a tight space as they can be easily opened with one hand.
Bow and Bay Windows: Bay windows are typically made up of three sections while bow windows are comprised of four or more. Similarities and differences include:
· Bay windows are more angular. Bow windows appear curved.
· You can add operational flanker windows to both styles.
· Bay windows protrude further than bow windows.
· Bow windows can be placed around a corner of a home.
· Bow windows are typically larger
· A window seat can be added to either a bow or a bay window.
Price Matters—A Little
Now that you’ve narrowed down the style of window you’re interested in, it’s time to start shopping! Price is a consideration when selecting your Milwaukee windows, but it shouldn’t be the most important factor. Windows are a long-term investment in your home. The right windows not only make your home more beautiful, but they make it more energy efficient as well. Consider the price, yes, but weigh that against other factors.
Material: Windows are made from wood, PVC, aluminum, fiberglass, or a composite of more than one material. Each material has its pros and cons. For example, a lot of people like the look of wood, but wood isn’t as energy efficient as some other options and it needs regular maintenance. It’s important to learn the features of each material before making a decision.
Low E Glass: Low E is short for low thermal emissivity. It signifies a glass coating that blocks heat while still allowing light to come through. Instead of letting the heat penetrate, it diverts it away from the house and creates greater energy efficiency.
U-Value: This is a biggie here in the frigid Green Bay area! The u-value is a measurement of heat loss. The typical range is .25-1.25, and the lower the number, the better.
Gas Filled Panes: Gas added between double or triple pane windows help lower the u-value and further trim your heating and cooling bills.
The Bottom Line: You can get quality, energy-efficient Wisconsin windows without spending a fortune, but don’t make the mistake of choosing the cheapest windows you can find. You’ll
end up paying for it in the long run.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside!
If you’ve spent five minutes in Wisconsin in winter then you’ll understand the importance of choosing quality, energy-efficient windows. The typical homeowner can save close to $500 a year when upgrading to energy-efficient windows. The colder-than-average winter temperatures in this area could make that savings even more significant.
Now that you know a bit about how to choose replacement windows, contact Tundraland to discuss your options! Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the windows that are best for your home and your budget. Give us a call today, or fill out our online contact form to get started!