Are you replacing your windows or building a new home and trying to decide which types of windows to get? Want to learn more about home windows? Get answers to common window questions you’ve been curious about right here!
Windows can be made of different materials: wood, vinyl, aluminum or fiberglass. Decorative features like muntins/grilles are also available in different materials. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages.
You can choose to install a variety of styles of windows. Each one is different, and the type you choose will depend on the location of the window, your home’s architecture, your budget, and the look you want to achieve with your new windows. Shanco currently installs the following styles of windows:
Yes. Shanco Windows sells all types of windows, whether you need a replacement or are adding an addition on your home.
Energy-efficient windows help prevent heat from leaving your home in the winter and leaking in during the summer, saving you money on your energy bills. When buying windows, it’s recommended to get only energy-efficient windows with the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) label. Most ENERGY STAR® windows have the NFRC label as well. In fact, many states now require window products to carry the NFRC label.
The most energy-efficient window materials are wood and vinyl. When it comes to styles, the most energy-efficient windows are picture/fixed pane (which don’t open at all), casement, and awning.
There are a few signs that should tell you when to replace your windows. It’s most likely time for window replacement if:
Updating your windows has many benefits. While it may seem expensive at first glance, it will save you money in the long-run if you install energy-efficient windows and will add extra comfort to your home by eliminating areas with uneven temperatures.
Generally, it’s best to consult professional window contractors to determine if you should get window repair or replacement. However, it’s likely you need a full window replacement rather than just a repair if your repairs have been getting more frequent and expensive.
Low-E stands for low emissivity, which refers to the quality of a surface that emits or radiates low levels of radiant thermal energy (heat). Low-E glass reflects energy from the sun, which makes your home more energy-efficient and comfortable.
Divided-light windows have multiple panes of glass separated by muntins (which are also called grilles). The typical pattern is nine lights, three wide and three high. Divided-light windows have a historic Colonial style look but meet today’s energy efficiency standards.
True divided-light windows have multiple panes of glass. Simulated divided-light windows, although they look like true divided-light windows, have only one pane of glass and removable muntins that are attached to the glass with a strong adhesive.
Before window replacement, it’s a good idea to remove wall decorations near the windows, as well certain pieces from the windows, including:
New windows are used for new construction projects and include framing as well as interior and exterior sill work. Replacement windows are installed in an existing opening and replace just the window, not the frame and sill.
A double-pane window is a window that has two panes of glass separated by a thin space that is typically filled with a noble gas such as argon or krypton. This gas helps with energy efficiency. Many double-pane windows also have Low-E glass, which is extremely energy-efficient.
Your overall window installation cost will depend on a few things—window type, size, etc. According to HomeAdvisor (based on more than 300 cost profiles), in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the average reported cost of installing windows is $5,445.
You should clean your windows at least twice a year. When you do, keep some things in mind:
Excess condensation on windows can be caused by:
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