With the warmer temperatures soon beginning, now is a great time to arrange for window installation in Loveland, CO. If you spent all winter avoiding drafts, replacing your windows now will reduce drafts in winter and make your air conditioning more efficient this summer. It is easy to know when you need new windows; choosing replacement windows is the difficult part. Here are five elements to consider when finding your new windows:
- Price: You likely have a budget for your windows, but do not get too hung up on price. There are many value-priced varieties that offer all you need in terms of insulation and light. Check online reviews, since many less expensive varieties will likely score better. In many cases, it is advised that you purchase at the top of your budget. This is not usually necessary when it comes to windows.
- The numbers: Pay attention to the window ratings. There are three that indicate performance the clearest. The U-factor or U-value indicates the ability of the window to keep heat in. It ranges from 0.20 to 1.20, and the lower the number, the better heat stays inside. Low U-factors are recommended for cooler climates. The solar heat coefficient indicates how well a window blocks unwanted heat from the sun. Lower numbers show a high ability to block heat. Finally, visible transmittance indicates the amount of visible light the windows allow to pass. Higher numbers mean more light. Your choice is not determined by climate alone. For example, homes that attract direct sunlight most of the day require a lower solar heat coefficient than homes that are well shaded.
- Added features: If you buy good quality windows, you do not have to worry about features as much. Triple-insulated glass may be a good idea if you catch all the cold winter breezes, but it may not be necessary if your home is well sheltered from the elements. Many features are aesthetically based, so you will likely invest in them to help windows match your house better. Upgrades easily add up to 50 percent to the cost of windows, so if you are on a tight budget, you are better off buying quality and foregoing the features.
- Climate ratings: Windows also contain ratings based on climate zones. This makes purchasing them easier, since rather than weighing the ratings, you can check to see if a window model is appropriate for the climate. You never want to spend money on high-end windows only to experience another drafty winter because you bought a variety that does not work for this climate.
- Maintenance demands: Vinyl windows are the easiest to maintain. They are long-lasting and do not require painting. If you decide on another material because you want flexibility to change the color, you will spend more time painting, cleaning and maintaining them. The best course of action is to choose vinyl windows in neutral colors so they will match any future paint colors. That offers flexibility and low maintenance.
TNT Home Improvements is available for window installation in Loveland, CO this summer. Call us today to schedule an estimate.