Things To Consider When Replacing The Windows In Your Home

by | Jan 6, 2015 | Construction and Maintenance

If you have reached the point where many homeowners are and you are fed up with ever increasing energy bills, then making the decision to have replacement windows in San Antonio is a great way to tackle this problem. There are a few things that need to be considered when you set out to replace the windows in your home; wood or vinyl as the frame material, double hung or casement and your budget. Once you have gone through these variables you will be in a much better position to make an informed choice for the replacement windows.

When you replace the windows in your home it is not necessary to use the same type that are currently installed, you can decide to change design or the way they open. Of course, if the design of the house is such that the original window design and size is ideal, then that can be left the same. As replacement windows can be had in any size you are free to change if you are so inclined.

A casement window has the hinges in the vertical plane, these windows swing outward using a crank handle. The casement window can be either single or double, a single casement window locks to the panes, double casement windows lock to each other and the frame. Single or double hung windows glide up and down in tracks, sliding windows are the same but rather than slide up and down they slide from side to side. The last popular window is a fixed pane which does not open at all.

When you consider replacement windows in San Antonio give ample consideration to the way in which they are made. It is important that you take into account the visual appeal as well as the energy efficiency of the frame materials that are available. Vinyl windows perhaps give the best insulating qualities and are low maintenance as they do not need painting. Wood casements which can be made from either hard or soft woods are ideal as they can be painted or stained to suit the external décor of the house. Wood is quite good as an insulator. Aluminum framed windows are available but they offer little in the way of insulation. You may want to look into fiberglass, this material is relatively new for this application but it is a great insulator.Browse Shaw Company Remodeling  for more information

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