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Buying Guide for Windows
Home Improvement: Buying Guide For Windows to Save EnergyAuthor: Chris Huain
Windows play a big part in a home. Not only do they provide light and ventilation, but they also help in retaining heat or cooling the interior of the house. Windows are also a part of the architectural design conveying the period and style of the home, so when you get ready to replace them, make sure they are practical and appealing aesthetically and matches well with overall interior design of the house.
There are several things to consider when looking at windows. They can be fixed or operable, many sizes and shapes and also made from different materials. So besides your budget, home style and performance needs to be considered. Other issues are security, ventilation and ease of maintenance. Is the window going to serve as a focal point or more of a practical manner? If you need help with these decisions, talk to the local window dealer or a contractor.
The size, type and location of the windows have a significant impact on the amount of light and ventilation it provides. Windows facing the south provide the most light, but might not be best in really hot climates. Windows that face the north provide soft, diffuse light. The light and heat that come from windows facing east and west can be too intense because of the angle of the sun in the mornings and afternoons.
The view that a window provides is our way of connecting to the outside and is just as important as light and ventilation. So before making final decisions on the size, decide where the windows should be for the best view, and then consider the size.
Windows come in several different materials. Those materials are wood, aluminum, steel, vinyl and fiberglass or a combination. The more costly the window, the better the weather protection and it pays off in the long run on the electric bill and with maintenance.
Wood windows are the most popular and usually come unfinished. Clad-Wood Windows have wood on the inside and the exterior is covered with a touch aluminum or vinyl jacket on the outside. The cladding does come in a few colors and covers both the sash and the frame. The aluminum will scratch but is tougher and easier to paint. On vinyl the scratches will not show. These windows are maintenance free for years.
Vinyl windows are made from impact resistant, rigid PVC with hollow insides which makes them resistant to heat loss and condensation. Inexpensive windows will distort over time with exposed to extreme heat and cold which makes them hard to open and can leak. Steel windows are more resistant to the weather, but are very expensive and you won't usually find them in homes. However, if you have the money, these are the best for the bucks. Aluminum windows are more durable than wood windows. They are lighter, thinner and easier to handle. The finish protects the aluminum for corroding, but should not be used in coastal areas due to the moist salty air.
Your budget maybe the deciding factor when it comes to windows, talk to your local dealer and get prices before the final decision is made.