Have Questions About New Windows?
If you have considered getting new windows for your home, you may have a lot of questions. Windows are a great investment in your home, but make sure you pick the right windows for you and your needs. If you would like to know more, keep reading.
What Types of Windows Are Available?
You have many types of windows from which to choose, but a good place to start is with casement, slider, double- or single-hung, and fixed windows. Casement windows have a hinge on one side, so they open like a door. Slider windows slide to the side to open. Similarly, double- and single-hung window slide up and down to open. Fixed windows do not open, but because of this, they can often be larger than average.
Of course, you can consider other types of windows, such as skylights, bay windows, and glass block windows. Skylights go on the roof to provide direct overhead sunlight. Bay windows require a lot of room because they bow outward. Glass block windows are great if you want light but not a view because they obscure the vision but still let in light.
What Types of Glass Should You Consider?
Once you have decided which type of window you want, you need to choose the type of glass. In the past, all windows only came with float glass, which is just a standard, piece of glass. However, float glass is incredibly fragile and does not withstand the transfer of heat well, so other types of glass were created to improve windows.
Laminated glass is more durable, and it is more common for businesses to prevent break-ins. Tempered glass is also more durable than regular glass. However, if your biggest concern is heat loss, consider insulated glass. With insulated windows, you will need double- or triple-pane glass, so insulating gasses can go between the panes.
How Much Does Window Replacement Cost?
The exact cost of total window replacement depends on the type of window and glass you have chosen and how many windows you have. On average, however, you can expect to pay $650 per window, but some may cost as low as $200 or as high as $1,800.
Ideally, you should replace all your windows at once to get the best benefits, such as reduced heating and cooling costs. Luckily, windows have a high ROI, so when you sell the home, the windows will boost the value, allowing you to recoup some of your investment.
Do Windows Protect You Against UV Rays?
Windows are great for allowing natural light and heat to flood the home. However, in many cases, you also allow UV rays to enter. UV rays can damage skin, increasing the risk of skin cancer. Plus, these rays can fade many fabrics, such as your couch, rug, flooring, or clothing.
You can protect yourself from UV rays with Low-E glass. This type of glass stops the flow of UV rays. For the best results, you will want Low-E glass included when you purchase and install the windows. New windows are a great decision to boost the value of your home, lower your monthly energy bills, and boost curb appeal. Replacing all windows can be a hefty investment, but the many benefits are worth it for many homeowners. If you would like to know more about windows or if you want to schedule a quote, contact us at Fischer Window & Door Store today. We hope to hear from you soon.