25 Must-Know Facts About Replacement Windows

Replacement Windows Paramount Siding & Windows DenverAt Paramount Siding and Windows, serving all of Denver, we get a lot of questions from our customers and try to share as much information with them as possible.

We believe that an informed buyer is a better buyer, one who will be happy with their new windows for many years to come.

Today, we share 25 must-know facts about replacement windows for your home, just a few things you might want to keep in mind if you plan on investing in new ones.

  1. If your windows tend to collect condensation or frost, if they’ve been painted shut, or you feel air coming in at the edges, consider replacing your windows.
  2. The R-value of a window measures its ability to resist heat flow, either coming in or going out.
  3. Windows should have a lifespan of around 20 years – your warranty should reflect this.
  4. The most budget-friendly and low maintenance type of windows are vinyl windows.
  5. For bathrooms and other spaces that require privacy, you can get frosted or bubbled glass that lets light in but limits the view.
  6. Wood window frames with a metal outer surface are known as metal clad windows and are often the most expensive option.
  7. If you want a window that can be painted to match the interior of your home, composite may be a good choice. These windows are also stronger than wood and vinyl.
  8. If you want to “bounce” or reflect heat back to its source without blocking light, a low e-coating can be applied to your window.
  9. If you want windows that are easy to clean inside and out, no ladder needed, ask us about tilting double-hung windows.
  10. For unobstructed views, fixed picture windows are ideal. Just remember that they don’t open, so you’ll want other windows nearby to provide you with ventilation.
  11. If you want the best of both worlds, a low maintenance window and the ability to paint your windows in the future, consider fiberglass windows.
  12. Awning windows can be left open during light rain, allowing ventilation without letting in water.
  13. Shatterproof glass is two to four times stronger than standard window glass and recommended in hurricane prone areas.
  14. Solid wood windows are cost more and require maintenance but provide great insulation.
  15. Double glazed replacement windows not only reduce heat loss, but they can also reduce noise levels from the outside entering your home.
  16. When it comes to a home’s wall space, about 15% is taken up by windows.
  17. Metal windows, usually made from aluminum are affordable, durable and low maintenance. But they are not good at insulating which makes them a poor choice for Colorado weather.
  18. Casement windows are often placed over sinks or countertops because they use a crank handle to open and close. No need to climb counters to push a double-hung all the way to get a breeze.
  19. Single or double hung windows are flush, requiring no extra space when opened.
  20. Low-E glass for windows uses a coating that can cut glare and block the UV rays that cause interior walls and carpets to fade.
  21. Metal spacers in double glazed windows allow more heat transfer than plastic or rubber ones.
  22. When choosing shades and awnings, use light colors to greatly can reduce window heat gain.
  23. Inefficient window glass glazing accounts for up to 25% of the average home’s energy bill.
  24. To create custom designs for your replacement windows, beveled or colored glass can be used.
  25. Experienced and licensed window experts can help you make the best decisions on new or replacement windows for your home.

If you need even more information, contact Paramount Siding and Windows in Denver to request a free, no-obligation consultation. Our team is here to help!

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