March 18, 2019
Tips For Top Replacement Windows
Brand new custom windows and doors can have a major positive impact on your home. Use these tips and tricks to get the best ones that will really make a difference.
There are tons of options for replacement windows in Kirkland, WA, and not all of them are good options. How do you sift through all the bad to find, purchase and install the best replacement windows for your home? For starters, you can use these tips:
- A High Price Tag Doesn’t Always Mean High Quality
Wouldn’t it be great if windows were accurately priced to reflect quality and performance? Unfortunately in our current world you can’t always trust pricing to reflect quality in the replacement window and door industry. While some more expensive or high-end brands do make amazing products, there are plenty of cost effective options that are just as effective, visually appealing, and functional. Instead of relying on a window’s price tag for guidance, read the rating label. Every window comes with a label that tells you how effective the window is in terms of energy efficiency. The most important ratings are U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, and Visible Transmittance. The labels also often have lots of other helpful information that’s more reliable than price alone.
- Take Weather and Climate Into Consideration
You need to make sure your windows match your area’s climate and weather requirements. Washington has a fairly wide range of weather patterns, from hot in the summer to cold in the winter, and dry to wet. You need windows that can effectively separate your indoor climate from the outdoor one to keep you and your family comfortable. Thankfully, Energy Star, a government supported program that rates windows, has compiled a list of ratings perfect for all over Washington. Visit the Energy Star website to learn more about the best ratings.
- Stick to the Budget
Replacement windows are a big up font investment, so you need to budget accordingly and spend your money where you need it most. Window upgrades like stained glass can easily increase your overhead installation costs by up to 50 percent, so rather than over spending on fancy tags or attractive upgrades, really focus on what your windows need to make your home comfortable and functional. Don’t cut the corners for things like:
- The frame is the basis of the entire window structure. Don’t shy away from investing in high-quality frames.
- Insulated glass is easily added to windows to increase energy efficiency.
- Low-E Coating is a transparent additive for glass panels that reflects heat back in during the winter and out during the summer.
Want another tip for getting the best replacement windows for your home? Work with Puget Sound Window & Door. We offer a wide range of quality and effective Kirkland, WA replacement window services, and would be happy to help you choose, purchase and install the best possible windows for your needs and budget. You can visit us in person at 445 E Main Ave Puyallup, WA 98372 to see some window options, meet with us or just check us out. You can also give us a call at (253) 904-8658 to get your questions answered, or to schedule a consultation.