Window replacement can transform your home in many ways: it can help improve your home’s energy efficiency, boost your home’s curb appeal, and address functionality issues brought upon by difficult-to-operate windows. This emphasizes the need to choose the right replacement windows. Read on as Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod takes a look at the factors you need to consider when choosing the new windows for your home.
Energy Efficiency Ratings
Replacement windows are rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council or NFRC for energy efficiency, the results of which are printed on a label affixed to every new window. Such ratings allow consumers to compare aspects such as insulation (U-Factor), heat gain from sunlight (SHGC) and natural lighting (VT) at point-of-purchase. Homeowners who need a simpler indicator of energy performance can simply look for ENERGY STAR® certification labels.
Homeowners who choose the same window style as their old ones may be missing an opportunity to improve their home aesthetically and functionally. For example, double-hung windows with Colonial-style grilles are more appropriate for traditional home styles, and may even add a touch of authenticity — a particularly important detail if you happen to own an historic property. A different window style may also help you make the most out of your living spaces. Sliding windows, in particular, are ideal for spaces where other window styles may take up more space or get in the way.
Your choice of window material will impact your window’s long-term performance, maintenance requirements and energy efficiency, among others. Wood, the most traditional choice, is durable but vulnerable to moisture damage if not regularly maintained. Vinyl requires virtually no maintenance but is not as durable, and is vulnerable to damage caused by high temperatures. This is why Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are made with Fibrex® material, a composite made of wood fibers and polymer that combines the best aspects of wood and vinyl.
Learn more about our custom replacement windows by calling Renewal by Andersen of Cape Cod at (508) 936-1171. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve communities in Cape Cod, MA.