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Choosing the Right Windows


High energy bills

Are your heating bills going through the roof? Is the draft coming through your windows blowing out candles? If so, there is a good chance that the time has come for you to replace your windows. There are a number of considerations about which homeowners should be aware before buying new windows. First, there are many different types of windows — wood, vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass are the most common


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Wood, vinyl, or aluminum

Wood windows are strong, insulate well, and generally have a natural appeal and warm look. This is the most popular choice among homeowners. Vinyl windows don't need to be painted or stained, and they also offer good insulation value and strength. Aluminum windows have a stronger frame but poorer insulation than wood or vinyl, and fiberglass combines the frame strength of aluminum with the insulation of wood or vinyl

Factors to consider

Before buying new windows consider the following factors: energy efficiency, design, ease of installation, and ease of maintenance. Most new windows come with two to three pains of glassing, providing an air buffer between the outside and inside pain. This helps insulation. Windows can also come with reflective pains that keep the suns rays out of the house and reflect heat in. There are a wide variety of window designs available. When replacing your old ones, look into new window designs that could look better in your house. If you are doing it yourself, make sure you understand completely how to install your new windows. Some installations are much more difficult than others. Determine how much effort you want to expend in maintaining your windows. If you don't want to ever touch them again, a wood window might not be the choice for you.

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