Whether you’re building a new home or renovating a fixer-upper, your home won’t be complete until you install new windows. But with so many choices, how can you confidently make the best selection? The type of windows you end up choosing should match your personal preferences and priorities. Look for the following features to help you narrow down which new home windows are best for you.
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Look for These Features in Windows for Your New Home
It’s easy to pick out the most efficient windows; just look for the ENERGY STAR® logo! Energy efficient windows lower heating, cooling and lighting costs. Better performance is made possible by advanced technologies such as glazing, low-e coatings, tinted glass, reflective films, and spectrally selective coatings.
Windows provide a view, but they also allow for ventilation if you choose an operable window. You have many choices, including tilt, hopper, single- or double-hung, sliding, and casement windows. You may make your selection based on your home’s style and ventilation requirements.
The type of window frame you choose is the largest factor for window maintenance requirements. The least intensive materials to care for are aluminum, vinyl and clad windows with a wooden core for insulation and an outer shell of a more low-maintenance material. Wood windows require more maintenance than vinyl, but the aesthetic appeal may be worth it to you.
The way your window operates also determines how easy it is to clean the glass. Sliding windows are easy to clean because you can completely remove one pane from the inside. For other types of windows, look for special hinges that make cleaning both sides of second-story windows a breeze.
While just about any window is considered secure if you can lock it, the most secure type is a casement window. This swing-out style window uses a crank to open and close. When shut and locked, it’s virtually impossible to open it from the outside without breaking the glass. Sliding windows with a burglar bar and double-hung windows with a security tab are also considered top selections for home security.
Whether you opt for one of these window styles or another type, laminated glass is another technology that makes your home more secure. The same as a car windshield, new home windows with a laminated layer won’t shatter when broken, making it harder for burglars to enter your home through a window.
Contact Shanco for New Home Windows in the Washington, DC Metro Area
No matter which window style you choose, Shanco has a wide selection of quality brands to suit your needs. To learn more about having new windows installed in your Washington, DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia home, please contact Shanco today.