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Choosing The Right Replacement Windows: What You Should Consider

When you are working on home improvement and decide that the time has come for window replacement, there are numerous factors that you will need to consider. While many people assume that all windows are basically the same, there are many different types of windows in the materials, type of opening, thickness and tint of the glass, and many other factors. Get to know some of the factors that you should keep in mind when selecting your replacement windows so that you can be sure you get the best possible windows for your home improvement project.

The Number Of Panes

One of the factors that you will want to consider is the fact that window glass can be categorized based on the number of panes of glass. Panes are thin layers of glass that make up the window that separates the interior environment of your home from the exterior.

Multiple panes of glass are generally considered more energy efficient than single pane glass because the tiny pockets of space between the panes of glass can trap energy and air that would otherwise transfer through the window. In other words, in the summer, those spaces protect your home from the thermal energy outside while in the winter they keep the cold air from getting in.

Single pane glass windows are most often found in older homes that still have their original windows. In such cases, for authenticity and preservation, you may want to choose single pane glass. However, if you are worried about your energy bills and sustainability, two-pane or three-pane windows would be your best option.

The Type Of Window Opening

Windows can also be categorized based on the ways that they open to allow fresh air into your home. Some windows are fixed in that they do not open and are just a solid panel of glass. This type of window is most often chosen for decorative windows with the sole purpose of letting in light.

The operable window options are much more extensive. You may have sliding windows where the panels move along a horizontal track. There are also options that slide and open vertically known as single hung windows. Double hung windows, on the other hand, flip open like window blinds or shutters would.  And of course, you could choose windows that open using a crank that either open outward like opening a book or upward like flipping the pages of a wall calendar.

Now that you know a few of the different factors to consider when choosing your replacement windows, you can finalize your window choices and get your new windows installed as soon as possible.