Tips for Choosing the Right Windows
Today’s savvy home buyers are energy-conscious and want a home that reflects the times. That means the right windows. They don’t want the high costs of heating and cooling the home because of older windows.
What are the tips for selecting windows for your home—either a new construction or replacements? Mt. Pleasant is here to help you select the best quality without breaking the bank.
- First, evaluate the condition of your windows. In some cases, a little caulk or weather stripping is all it takes. Maybe storm windows are an easy solution—especially for historic homes where you want to keep the original windows intact for
character integrity purposes.
- Does your window have single pane glass? Is it poorly fitting? If your windows leak water, cause humidity problems, or incur pest infestations, a replacement is likely the way to go. Contact an expert, such as the team at Mt. Pleasant for
a professional opinion.
- See any cracks, rot, or other damage to the windowpanes, frames or sills?
- Safety comes first. For windows that don’t open or shut all the way, don’t hesitate to replace them for your family’s safety in an emergency situation.
Now that you have a better handle on your path forward, if this includes replacing your windows, you’ll have to consider a few options. These include type of frame, glass, design and installation.
- Vinyl– a solid choice for your wallet. Offers energy efficiency.
- Wood– requires more upkeep and has potential for rot but best in rainy and humid climates.
- Aluminum– excellent in hurricane-prone regions; not great with heat transfer and loss
- Composite– mimics wood and maintenance-free; eco-friendly
What’s inside the frame? Single, double, or triple-pane with low-E glass and UV and sun heat protection?
Design & Installation
Aesthetics and function are important too. For example, manufacturers are now offering active transoms, which means they open. Another consideration is double-hung, casement, and picture windows. With so many options, it can be overwhelming. Especially
when some designs are more efficient than others.