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Once you've made the decision to have replacement windows installed, you'll need to decide what type of replacement windows will be best for your home.
Just like new windows, replacement windows are made from different materials, and it's helpful to understand the pros and cons of these materials.
No matter which window frame material you choose for your replacement windows, make sure that your new windows have earned the ENERGY STAR® rating to ensure superior energy efficiency.
Tax rebates and other incentives may be available for replacement window installation using ENERGY STAR® products.
Complete Home Solutions provides replacement windows in Silver spring, Gaithersburg, Hyattsville as well as Bethesda, Bowie, Rockville, Annapolis, Upper Marlboro, Laurel, Waldorf and all surrounding areas.
Here's a brief overview:
Energy efficiency. Replacement windows can help reduce your heating, cooling, and electrical bills.
Vinyl replacement windows are becoming more and more popular because they are usually more affordable than other types. The vinyl extrusions used for the sash and frame are hollow, but reinforced with internal braces that provide extra strength. Depending on the manufacturer, the vinyl will come in white only or a limited number of colors. The material is paintable. Vinyl won't rot, warp or be damaged by moisture or exposure to sunlight.
Fiberglass replacement windows are similar to vinyl units in appearance and construction. Fiberglass is slightly stronger than vinyl, and will not expand or contract as much in response to temperature changes, but it's also more expensive. Like vinyl, fiberglass is paintable and can't be damaged by mold, moisture or sunlight.
Aluminum replacement windows are more common in commercial than in residential applications. Aluminum conducts heat more effectively than wood, vinyl or fiberglass, so it's not good for energy efficiency unless thermal breaks are installed. This can make good-quality aluminum replacement windows more expensive than other types.
Wood replacement windows usually have their exterior surfaces protected with a thin cladding made from aluminum or vinyl, so they're often referred to as "aluminum-clad" or "vinyl-clad" windows. Since wood requires maintenance (painting or finishing) and can be damaged by moisture and UV exposure, these replacement windows are most likely to be used in historic houses or when the homeowner wants the look and feel of real wood.
Here's something you may not expect - You may not need to replace your windows after all. Sure that would help a bit for most homes. But if you want to save energy, replacing a window is not the number one place to start in 99% of cases.
Other areas like air leaks in your homes other than the windows, duct leaks, and insulation in the right places are likely to have a far greater benefit and rate of return than replacing all your windows.
How do you know what's right for your home? Complete Home Solutions can perform an energy evaluation, or energy audit, of your home to see what the priorities are. There's little sense in doing the number 6 priority work when 5 more important things go untouched.
Call 1-855-432-5006 or contact us online to schedule a free home inspection and window estimate. We also offer a comprehensive home energy audit.