Windows in Minnesota homes not only have a utilitarian purpose but also serve as an expression of our tastes and our living styles. This is the reason why so many homeowners pay particular attention to getting the exact replacement window that will best complement their homes. This article provides you with useful information on the variables to consider before selecting a replacement window.
Retrofit Vs New Construction: Both have their merits and which is right for you will depend on the nature of your project. The cost of installing a retrofit window is approximately half that of a new construction window. In retrofitting, an existing square frame (window opening) is used for installation and the existing window trims are usually left untouched. New construction windows are either nailed or screwed as a unit to the wall’s structural framing after removal of interior and exterior trims. Retrofits are advisable for houses with a stucco exterior and substantial trims around the windows. If done right, a retrofit will provide as good a seal as a new construction.
Vinyl Replacement Windows
The most popular option, more durable than aluminum and wood , resistant to corrosion, swelling, and peeling, reduced energy bills due to good insulation properties of vinyl, medium to high R-value, low maintenance, competitive pricing, moldable into a variety of shapes, resistant to scratches, fits well with most structural designs, covers a wide range of prices. Disadvantages of vinyl windows include its properties change with temperature, repainting is not recommended, needs to be shielded from very high temperatures, since vinyl is extruded, it not as easy to shape as aluminum.
Double Pane Windows
These windows have two sheets of glass separated by a gap of one half to one inch that contains either air or an insulating inert gas, such as argon.. These windows have a low U-value of approximately 0.5, which means enhanced insulating properties and greater energy savings.
Triple Pane Windows
Three sheets of glass with layers of insulating gas between them makes these windows the most energy efficient. However, their cost and difficulty in installation due to their weight are a drawback. With two layers of air / gas, the chances of a failure of the insulating seal are higher.
Low Emissivity Windows
These windows have a coating that reduces the heat loss due to radiation by 40% to 70% but allows the light to pass. Thus, low–e windows have better insulation properties. Application of low–e coating can reduce the emmisivity of clear glass from 0.85 to 0.15. Double pane windows with a low–e coating offer similar insulation as a triple pane window but without the increase in weight. How to find the right contractor?: The right replacement window contractor can install your new windows at a reasonable costs and in a timely fashion. Credibility and reliability are important.