The windows are essential parts of the house. It welcomes the natural light in. It also allows the air to ventilate. Just like any part of the house, windows suffer abuse from the environment as well. Wind, snow, rain and other environmental elements can damage the windows. One day, you will discover that the window is all drafty. However, finding the right replacement will not be easy as the choices available are overwhelming.
You can choose to have a new or replacement window. A new window is generally needed when you need to change the structure, size or shape of your window. There is more work to be done because of the carpentry involved. Although the new window does not cost a lot, you will need a contractor to work on the installation.
You can also have a replacement window. This is less tedious, thus you do not need to pay much for the labor. This will suffice if the frame of the window remains intact and everything about the window remains pleasant. There are also different types of window you can choose from.
When choosing a window, there are several things to consider. First, you need to consider the children, if you have. Children may climb the window and hurt themselves. You should also think of the area where you are going to place it. Some windows are better in the bedrooms while others are best in the kitchen. And, you will want to pick an energy-efficient window too.
If ventilation is not an issue in the room but your want a stream of light in, you can use the picture windows. They are also suited for dark hallways as they let light in. You may also use the bay window. They only open at the side. However, you will not want to keep them open for long because they usually do not have screens.
If you have children, then the double hung window is a great choice. It opens from the top as well as from the bottom but you can keep the bottom part locked. This only opens 50% of the window at a time, if this is an issue for you; this is not a great choice. Casement window is a more flexible window because you can open it to ventilate or light the room but you can also close it and to seal the room.
Aside from the type of window, you should also be concerned about the type of pane used. There is the double pane window, which can greatly help save on heating and the cooling costs. It has a special coating known as low-e. However, the saving may be lower in certain areas. But still, this is worthy investment as this can help you save more in the end.
Invest in high quality windows. If you are going to cut corners for this, you will pay the price later. Windows with poor quality will easily break and will not be able to trap heat during the winter and will not be able to effectively protect you from heat during the summer.