A replacement window is a window that’s custom built to fit within a pre-existing window opening. A new construction window has nailing or attached fins, or flanges, on the exterior of the window and are designed for homes that have yet to be constructed or for instances where an existing window has to be removed down to the studs of the wall. On the other hand, replacement windows are made to fit in your old window opening and doesn’t require removal of interior or exterior casings. This would leave your siding, walls and trim intact after the windows are replaced and will minimize disruption and costs. Because the installation of new construction windows would require removal on the entire window down to the studs of the walls, this option is more labor intensive and would potentially involve work on the walls and siding that is beyond the casings.
"Off the shelf" standard or lumberyard windows are less expensive at the start until you consider the increased costs of labor and problems with how to trim or finesse the inside of the window opening. Custom windows provide the best fit and energy performance for your home. All replacement windows nonetheless will give you savings on your heating and cooling bills and provide a noticeable reduction in the amount of noise entering your home.
Vinyl windows eliminate issues around painting or staining and therefore are nearly maintenance free. For storm windows, you don’t have to remove them in order to clean them. They are designed for you to clean easily from the inside of your home. Remember to always use the mildest cleaners possible. Never use abrasive cleansers as some chemicals can harm vinyl and PVC surfaces as well as other window components.
Insulated glass packages, which feature Low-E glass, reduce ultraviolet rays that enter the home and therefore prevent harmful ultraviolet radiation from fading furniture, drapes, carpet and woodwork. Low-E glass is the most effective way to increase the energy efficiency of your home's windows. It is a very thin coat of material on the glass that helps to reflect heat away from the surface of the glass. Argon gas is colorless, odorless, nonflammable, nontoxic and a safe inert gas that is heavier than air. Argon gas helps to increase the energy efficiency of windows as well as to make your home quieter. Year-round energy savings is another major bonus.
Condensation forms when warm humid air makes contact with cool glass surfaces. This phenomenon can occur when interior and exterior temperatures and weather conditions differ drastically depending on the changing seasons. However, when humidity levels are regulated, condensation is very unlikely to take place. Energy efficient windows can achieve this adjustment by having outside glass be closer to the exterior air temperature. Inefficient windows, on the other hand, often fall short, and as a result, its outside glass adopts the interior air temperature. Double pane glass, Low E coatings and argon gas fill are all viable ways that new windows help to reduce the flow of undesired heat. Therefore, energy efficient windows minimize the amount of heat moving through your home's window system and eliminate condensation on the frame or at the edge of the glass.
If your wood frames are rotting, if they allow excessive condensation or if you feel drafts while being next to your current windows, then you might want to consider replacing your windows. If your windows aren’t energy efficient, if you have single-pane windows, if you are tired of painting and staining your windows, or if you notice your furniture and carpets are fading due to your windows, it might be time to replace them. Windows can be installed in winter or summer and you will experience great results from having new replacement windows.
Energy Star is a voluntary program in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through achieving superior energy efficiency. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy help consumers recognize energy-efficient products through this program. It promotes environmental and economic benefits of these products through the ENERGY STAR® label and other program activities.