If they're doing their job properly, you shouldn't notice the windows in your house. But if you're in the market for an upgrade, there are tons of options that can add value to your home and make a stylish statement.
HIGH VS. LOW
When buying windows, look for:
HIGH R-Value - determines how well the window prevents heat loss.
LOW Emissivity - reflects the heat to the warm side of the glass.
You have two choices for installation: retrofitting (inserting new windows into the existing casing) or brick-to-brick (stripping out the windows and frames and starting fresh). Retrofitting is less expensive, but brick-to-brick is the more energy efficient option. And remember, if you're installing a new window where one didn't previously exist or enlarging an existing window opening, you have to get a building permit - no exceptions!
Here are some telltale signs that your windows need replacing. Inspect them regularly for the following:
~Condensation & fogging,
~Rot or mould,
TYPES OF WINDOWS
Casement; swinging in and out like a door and operating with a crank, they offer a high level of ventilation and have a tight seal when closed. This is a great choice for hard to reach or awkward places because they're easier to open.
Double-Hung: One of the most common type of windows, they consist of two sashes that move up and down. They are great for ventilation and complement any style of home.
Picture: Large and fixed and usually flanked by two casements or double hung windows, their big, dramatic shape allows for lots of natural light and unobstructed views. They can be pricey because of their size but keep in mind that they offer no ventilation.