So you had a bad storm, or maybe your home is older, or perhaps your windows simply weren’t the best quality – whatever the reason, your window or windows aren’t cutting it anymore, and you’re looking for a window replacement for your home. Where do you start? What do you need to look for? As your local window installers, West Shore has come up with a list of five things to consider when choosing your replacement house windows:
1. Consider Functionality
A quality replacement window will eliminate any need for storm windows – though you’ll likely still want a screen. Look for windows designed to tilt for easy cleaning, so you don’t have to stress about maintenance later on.
2. Verify Energy Efficiency
The label on the windows you look at should state its efficiency. A salesperson can explain the different numbers on the label to you, and what they mean. You’ll likely want to spend the extra money on energy efficient windows, as they’ll save you money in the long run on your utilities.
3. Pay Attention to Safety Codes
Safety codes are designed to keep you and your family safe in the case of damage to your home and windows. If you’re replacing a window adjacent to a door, inside your shower/bath, or any high traffic area, use tempered glass so that, if broken, the glass will shatter into small, blunt pieces rather than dangerous, large chards.
4. Make Sure the Fit is Just Right
Paying for energy efficient replacement windows won’t save you any money if not properly installed and insulated. Measure your opening and trim work to ensure your window replacement is the right size. There should be just a little extra room for shimming and insulation. When your window is installed, fill every crevice with fiberglass or expanding foam insulation. After you’ve finished, test for drafts by holding a candle up to the window to see if it flickers.
5. Double Check Your Preparation Tools
It’s important that you use the proper flashing and check the shimming once your window is installed. It is most common for a window to leak from its top, so make sure to install a drip cap before fitting the siding over it. The shimming should be checked with a 2ft level to make sure there are no bulges so that your window will open and close properly as well.
When you’re ready to replace your windows, rely on the expertise of West Shore to be your replacement window company. With over ten years of experience providing the highest quality windows and the best installation service in Pennsylvania, our window replacements are quick and professional – replacing your windows in as little as one day. Save big on utilities with our exclusive line of the most durable, energy efficient windows on the market, and let your windows pay for themselves!
So give West Shore a call or fill out our quick online form to receive your free, no-obligation replacement window project estimate today!