Choosing exterior windows can feel somewhat overwhelming especially if you’ve never dealt with window replacements before. Your windows are such an important feature in your home for insulation, aesthetic, privacy and safety, and you want to make sure your windows are high quality and strong but also affordable and well-priced. There are plenty of options out there, so we want to give our expert advice and tips for choosing exterior windows to make the decision easier.
Can you preserve the existing windows?
One of the first things to think about is whether you can preserve your existing windows or window frame. Especially if you have a period home, it’s a good idea to talk to your glass specialist to see whether your windows can be salvaged with things like storm windows or caulk. However, do bear in mind that single-glazed or rotting windows normally warrant a replacement and it does depend on the condition of your windows as to whether they can be preserved.
Your window frame material is very important as this makes a huge contribution to the aesthetic of your house. Wood frames are popular as they’re great insulators and are highly durable and they can be painted to match the design, and vinyl windows are an excellent choice too as they’re great insulators, affordable and they look sleek and stylish. Other popular materials include composite, fibreglass and aluminium, which are practical in humid climates.
Type of glass
Another thing to think about when choosing exterior windows is the type of glass that’s used. Double-glazed windows are a must, as they’re significantly more efficient than single-glazed windows and they prevent heat loss and transfer. You want to opt for a high-quality glass, and there are numerous filters available such as UV-repellent film that helps to keep your home cooler and preserve paint and upholstery in your home from the sun’s rays.
You also need to consider the way that your windows open. You can choose from sliding windows, awning windows which swing open upwards, double or single hung windows, casement windows which operate with a crank, and more, so talk to your glass specialist to see what’s best for you.
Finding the right installation specialists
As with any home improvement project, it’s important that the installation company of your choice is trustworthy, with a good reputation and experience installing windows. At Kristo’s Glass, we have over 60 years of experience and we know that properly installed windows should last for years to come.
Are you looking for a glass specialist in Vancouver? Get in touch with us today to talk more about choosing your exterior windows.