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Choosing Windows for Your New Home Addition

4/13/2015 7:47:50 AM

If you’re working on the final details of your home addition, choosing new windows is one aspect you can’t neglect. Windows provide warmth, light, ventilation and a view to the outside. They also greatly impact the appearance of your home addition, both from the inside and the outside.

Use this starter guide to help you know what characteristics to look for when choosing new windows for your home addition.

Choosing Energy Efficiency

There’s no reason to choose inefficient windows for your new addition. Opting for high-efficiency windows lowers your heating and cooling bills, increases home value, and adds to its curb appeal.

The most energy efficient windows available today feature the ENERGY STAR® logo, which means they match or surpass minimum energy performance rating criteria for the climate you live in.

Energy efficient windows come with some of the following characteristics:
  • Low-E coatings to reduce heat transfer through the glass.
  • Spectrally selective coatings to filter out 40 to 70 percent of the heat that normally passes through the window pane.
  • Tinted glass to allow less light and heat to get through the window.
  • Reflective coatings to bounce UV light back outside.
  • Gas-filled double- or triple-paned windows to increase insulation.

Considering Maintenance Requirements

Glass is a very low-maintenance material, but the way a window functions determines how easy it is to clean the window’s exterior from the second story. You might be interested in a special design with hinges that allow the pane to flip inward. This way, you can easily wipe both sides of the glass without hiring professional window cleaners.

The window frame material also determines how much time you spend maintaining your new windows. The goal is to find beautiful, durable and energy-efficient windows that are also easy to maintain.

Your top options include the following:
  • Aluminum clad windows have a wooden core wrapped in an aluminum jacket. The material is available in a wide array of colors, and thanks to its durability, dent-proof qualities and weather resistance, you should never have to repaint aluminum clad windows ever again.
  • Fiberglass windows are designed to look like wood from afar, but they don’t have the same fallibilities, such as a tendency to warp, rot or crack. Fiberglass is fade and scratch resistant, so it’s the perfect material for withstanding the elements.
  • Vinyl, a material praised for its durability and affordability, makes a great window frame material. It has low maintenance requirements and is resistant to fading, peeling and flaking.

Selecting Window Shape/Style

Your home addition may feel like a brand new space, but it’s still attached to the rest of your home. This means the shape and style you choose should match or at least complement your existing windows.
Vinyl Sliding Window

Some of your window shape and style options include:

Finding a Window Dealer

Once you know what type of windows you want to install in your home addition, the next step is to find a dealer with the windows you want capable of performing a quality installation. To ensure you find a reputable company to work with, do the following:
  • Learn about the company’s history.
  • Find out what brands the company carries.
  • Ask to see credentials, licensing and insurance numbers.
  • Ask about association memberships.
  • Browse portfolio images and call references.
  • Visit a showroom.
At Weather Shield, our dealers are equipped to handle quality window installations to match our premium products. We can help you find a reputable dealer in your area. Contact us directly or find a dealer near you to get started.

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