With the new year right around the corner, it’s a perfect time to start thinking ahead to new home remodeling projects you may be planning. One of the best ways to add to your home’s curb appeal and increase its value at the same time is by replacing your old windows. Replacement windows can also dramatically transform the comfort level inside your home while helping to reduce your energy costs each month at the same time.
If you’re thinking of replacing your windows, our team at Anderson Exteriors has put together this guide to help you through the decision-making process. Give us a call to learn about replacement window options for your Twin Cities-area home.
Important Terms to Understand
Before you get started on the hunt for new windows, it’s good to familiarize yourself with the terms you’ll encounter during the window shopping process. Here are a few common terms you’ll likely run into:
● R-Value: The term R-value refers to the insulating property of a material such as a window, roof, insulation material, or door. A high R-value product limits the transfer of heat and helps to insulate the inside of your home.
● Sash: A window’s sash is the frame that holds the glass in place.
● Glazing: Glazing refers to the glass in a window. A window with double glazing has two layers of glass.
● Muntin: A divider in a window.
Choosing the Right Window
As you go through the process of choosing a new window, you’ll have more than just double-hung windows to consider. Casement windows, awning windows, and even bay windows are just a few of the available options.
When choosing your windows, start by considering the type of ventilation you’re looking for. If ventilation isn’t a concern, you may want to consider installing a fixed window. Fixed windows can also be combined with operable windows for an attractive look that can be customized to each room. Next, consider the window’s placement. Certain areas may be more conducive to a window that swings in or out, while others might be better suited to a sliding window.
Choosing Your Window Design
Once you’ve decided on a window style, you’ll need to decide how you want it to look. Choose a color for your interior and exterior window frame. Next, decide if you want a window design with multiple lites or a grid.
Call Our Twin Cities Replacement Window Contractors
Are you thinking of replacing the windows in your Twin Cities home? We offer a complete range of window designs to choose from at Anderson Exteriors. To check out our past window designs, visit our online gallery. Give us a call to get a free window installation quote at 763-323-0970 or contact us online today.