Choosing the Best Replacement Windows for Your Home

knightdale-nc-featured-imgWindows are no longer about finding appropriate glass coverings. Your choice of windows could also make your home more energy efficient by reducing heating and cooling costs. When replacing your windows, it is best to choose replacement windows in Raleigh NC that will give you the best value for your money. You should consider getting a home energy audit to determine the energy efficiency level of your home to find out where the major energy loss areas are.

You should get replacement windows if:

  • You have single-pane glass windows and temperature conductive frames and sashes, these are the windows that perform most poorly
  • Your windows are in a bad state as poor condition windows lead to water leaks, pest infestations, and humidity problems
  • Your windows are a safety problem when they do not shut or open properly.

There are three important considerations when choosing replacement windows in Raleigh NC. First, price does not always indicate performance, sometimes it is just a matter of branding. You can find some top rated windows that are really cheap yet offer great performance. Second, you should always match the windows to the climate; choose windows that apply to where you live. Finally, you do not have to overspend on options, triple glazing is not very important unless you live in extremely cold climates.

What are your options?

Window frames

Wooden frames are known to be less prone to heat and cold transfer as compared to aluminum frames but this does not mean wood always makes the best choice for an energy friendly window.

  • Vinyl is a less expensive material that is practical choice when constructed well and installed properly. It has a tight construction that reduces air leakages.
  • Wood has the best insulation value but requires more upkeep than vinyl due to their potential for rot.
  • Aluminum windows are a great choice for strength windows in hurricane prone areas but they are not the best performers in preventing heat transfer.
  • Composite windows are made from plastic resin and wood shavings; they mimic the look of wood and are maintenance free. They are a great choice for eco-friendly people.
  • Fiberglass is also a form of composite windows that are extremely energy efficient, strong and durable.

Window Glass

Double paned windows provide more insulation than single pane windows. They protect the inside of the house from heat and UV rays and prevent heat escape when it is cold outside. Get window glass with a good U-value (Measure of resistance to heat loss) and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC or measure of how much heat enters the home through the glass.

Get the best deals on Raleigh window replacements. Talk to us and let’s discuss your needs. Call us Coyote Siding and Windows today!