Understand the Different Types of Window Replacement

Poor window replacement can be disadvantageous as it protects you from external elements like sunrays, dust, and rain. It even keeps you safe from potential thieves. If you are planning to sell your property then non-functional and lousy windows can make potential buyers reluctant to purchase or payoff can be reduced.

If you find utility bills increasing quickly then window replacement may be the right solution. Therefore, look for an ideal replacement window contractor in your locality.

If you reside around Caledon then check the works of Cedar Hills Contracting on their website. They offer an array of services including window replacement Caledon. The experts know the right kind of window to replace. Let’s understand window basics and types.

Window anatomy

Single or double-hung window

  • Head jamb
  • Glazing
  • Grilles between glass
  • Sash
  • Stile
  • Sid jamb
  • Sill
  • Rail

Different replacement window types

  • Double-hung
  • Single-hung
  • Sliding windows
  • Accent windows
  • Glass block windows
  • Basement hopper windows

Special replacement window types

  • Projection windows
  • Picture windows
  • Casement windows
  • Awning windows
  • Skylights
  • Storm windows

Window frame materials

Frame material is crucial as it impacts durability, maintenance, and heat transfer.

  • Vinyl – It is a common material with heat & condensation resistance. It does not rot or fade and there is no need for finishing or painting.
  • Aluminum – It is an economical replacement window option. It is light, durable, corrosion-resistant, and needs little maintenance.
  • Wood – It is a great option for new construction, especially on the interiors of the window.
  • Fiberglass – The material is water-proof, durable, and easy to maintain. Heat conductivity and thermal expansion are low, so frames will never expand or contract.

Energy-efficient windows

Some windows feature double or triple panes. Argon gas or air has better insulation properties, so they are used as insulators between the panes. A properly constructed unit does not allow condensation, but desiccant [drying agent] is used for added safety from condensation.

Low-E or Low-emissivity coating allows the light inside the house but blocks extra heat it connects with. Thus, on hot days, the home interiors feel cool as exterior heat is blocked from moving inside the house. On cold days, the heat from the inside is not allowed to escape via glass. Even UV ray’s quantity is decreased from entering home interiors thus protecting furniture, upholstery, and carpets from fading.

Check the U-factor or U-value of the window. A lower U-value means the window has better insulation capability. The SHGC or Solar Heat gain Coefficient specifies how much solar energy will penetrate the window. If the number is high, it means the window will allow high penetration of solar energy and vice versa. If the room that needs window replacement is in the direction that receives a high volume of sun rays then choose a low SHGC rating to block the heat and lessen the cooling cost.

Other window features to consider

  • Tempered glass crumbles rather than shattering.
  • Sound Transmission Class or STC rating means how much noise is reduced from entering or leaving the room. A high rating means less sound enters or leaves from the window.

Make sure to hire a reliable replacement window contractor!