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The decision on which windows to install in your home is a daunting one but can be broken down into four considerations: material, type of window, glass package, and budget.
Most window frames are made of one of three materials: wood, fiberglass, or vinyl. Wood windows are a good choice if you’re looking to match the window to an existing wood trim on your home’s interior. The most durable of the three materials, fiberglass windows (also known as composite windows) will typically have the longest lifespan. Finally, vinyl is the most popular by far, making up about 75 percent of all windows sold, and are available in a number of different colors.
Type of Windows
There are a handful of options available for the type of window you can install in your home as well. Double-hung windows are the most popular of the group. These are designed to tilt into your home and can be cleaned without the need for ladders or stools. Sliding windows are a wider but shorter type of window and are also a good choice depending on your needs. Lastly, crank-out windows should also be considered as not only can they be used in a variety of different openings but are also the most energy-efficient option as well.
Regardless of the material or type of window you choose, the glass package is the most important part of your decision. Low emissivity coatings (Low-E) are recommended as they play a large role in making a home more energy-efficient by allowing heat into your home in the colder months and reflecting heat away from your home during the warmer months. This means that you save on heating and cooling costs.
When it comes to window shopping on a budget, feel free to choose the cheaper material and style options but do not take shortcuts with the glass package as a good Low-E coating will save you money in the long run.