Choosing the right windows is an important decision for your home. The material you choose affects its durability and energy efficiency. A reputable window installation company will take into account your aesthetic preferences and the local climate when offering you a quote.
JELD-WEN offers both aesthetic options and durable windows. Their energy-efficient models can help you save on your utility bills.
1. Vinyl Windows
Vinyl windows have taken over a large portion of the window remodeling market. This is due to their many benefits and their ability to improve a home’s aesthetic.
Standard vinyl windows are made of a hollow PVC frame and offer a simple look. These are good for a cost-efficient solution but may wear down faster than other types of vinyl windows.
In addition to their affordable cost, vinyl is also insect resistant. This is an advantage since insects like termites can damage wooden windows. However, homeowners must keep in mind that the chemical used to make vinyl is not as eco-friendly as other options.
2. Wood Windows
Wood windows offer a classic look and are a good insulator. However, they require regular refinishing to prevent swelling, cracking, and rotting. They also have a higher initial cost than vinyl windows.
For homeowners wanting the durability of wood but a lower maintenance level, choose clad windows. These have a wood frame and sash with a protective exterior of vinyl, aluminum or copper. This protects the exposed wood from weather and helps prevent deterioration over time.
Wood-clad windows are an ideal choice for historic homes, log cabins, and craftsman-style homes. They are often combined with other window types like vinyl or fiberglass to create a cohesive look.
3. Aluminum Windows
With a sleek appearance and an abundance of colors and designs, aluminum windows are an excellent choice for homeowners who value design flexibility. They’re also durable, able to withstand severe weather without incurring damage.
Regardless of the material you choose, reputable window contractors and companies will offer an array of warranty options. Energy efficiency has gained substantial interest in residential and commercial property owners, particularly in areas with distinct climate conditions like Hawthorne’s subtropical summers and mild winters.
Brands like Andersen and Milgard offer a variety of options for energy-efficient windows, including double-pane glass filled with argon gas and Energy Star certifications. This can significantly reduce the amount of money spent on heating and cooling bills.
4. Fiberglass Windows
Fiberglass windows are up to eight times stronger than vinyl and allow for larger panes of glass with uncompromised views on thinner frames. They are also lightweight and resistant to moisture damage and can withstand the harshest weather conditions. They also have low thermal conductivity so they insulate better, saving you energy costs.
They can be used in all types of homes and are available with a variety of options. These include single hung windows that open like doors and double hung windows that provide more ventilation.
You can find fiberglass windows from top brands like Andersen, Pella, and Jeld-Wen. Some offer a lifetime warranty, which gives you peace of mind and long-term security for your investment.
5. Single Hung Windows
Single-hung windows have a fixed top sash and a bottom sash that opens vertically. They are commonly installed in newer homes and are less energy efficient than double-hung windows. However, they’re a good option for older homes that want to save money on window replacement costs.
They’re a great choice for rooms with limited ventilation because the movable bottom sash allows air to flow into the home. However, they can be difficult to clean from inside because you have to go outside to reach the operational sash. This can be a problem for higher-placed windows on upper stories of your house. Double-hung windows, on the other hand, open from both the top and bottom of the frame, offering better ventilation.
6. Double Hung Windows
Double-hung windows are a classic choice for second-story rooms and offer ventilation while keeping outdoor noise to a minimum. They have two operable sashes and are available in several styles to match any home.
To replace a double-hung window, first remove the old one by cutting the sash cords and unscrewing the weight pulleys from the top of the frame. Open the weight pockets and remove the heavy weights, then dispose of them.
Insert the new insert window into its opening and secure it loosely with partially driven screws in the upper left and lower right corners. Shim the window if needed until diagonal measurements from opposite corners are equal.