Qualities of Well-Designed Replacement Windows

Well-designed windows have more than just looks. There are other factors that contribute to its overall design. In this blog,…
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Jacob Wadding

Well-designed windows have more than just looks. There are other factors that contribute to its overall design. In this blog, replacement window and roofing company ARCH Exteriors, LLC shares an overview of the qualities that you will find in well-designed replacement windows.

Energy Efficiency

With rising energy costs, energy efficiency is an important design consideration and is one that that you should look for when buying replacement windows. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates 48% of an average home’s energy costs are spent on indoor heating and cooling. ENERGY STAR®-certified replacement windows can help cut down as much as 25% of your annual energy costs.

How do replacement windows accomplish this? Windows are part of what is called the energy envelope, which also includes the attic, entry doors, and exterior walls. Each of these components is insulated to prevent thermal transfer. This helps keep heat loss during cold days (and heat gain during hot days) to a minimum. Look for replacement windows with features such as double-pane glass and insulated frames, as well as the aforementioned ENERGY STAR certification.

Low Maintenance Requirements

User experience is an important part of the design. In terms of replacement windows, this includes ease of cleaning and maintenance. Not all materials are easy to clean and maintain. Wood, for instance, requires scraping and repainting every few years. Vinyl comes in molded-in colors that eliminate the need to repaint but may have a limited color selection. Certain window styles have removable, tiltable, or reach-around sashes that make them easy to clean.

Window Hardware

Window hardware is an often overlooked detail, but they’re as important to window design as the other aforementioned features. Choose the best window hardware that your window replacement budget will allow; you will be relying on them to open, close, and secure your windows. Typical window hardware is made from rolled sheet brass. Look for cast brass or bronze hardware for better performance and longer life span.

ARCH Exteriors, LLC is your leading provider of affordable replacement windows. Give us a call at (877) 214-2831 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.

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Your home is probably the most expensive thing you own. When you hire somebody to make improvements, you want high-quality work. In addition, you hope they’ll take the same care you would. You want someone with a good reputation, legitimate credentials, well established, using quality materials, and who charges a fair price. For over 11 years, I have worked hard to provide all of those benefits to my clients. One of the major reasons we have been able to do that is our ability to keep highly qualified personnel. Our workers are well trained, properly motivated, and managed professionally. I make certain that I convey measurable systems and procedures that our team understands and can readily follow.