Home Windows Buying Guide

Home Windows Buying Guide

There are many options available today when it comes to purchasing windows  Some are designed more for aesthetic appear, while others are geared toward energy efficiency.  That is why it is important to know the differences between windows before you make a purchase.

This is a guide to different window options and what you should consider before buying them:

  1. Energy efficiency. There are two energy-efficiency measurements to consider when buying windows. The U-factor and R-value. The U-factor measures how well a window conducts heat.  The lower the number rating, the better. If you opt for double-pane windows, choose something that has a rating of 0.3 or lower.  Triple-pane models are even more efficient, starting with ratings as low as 0.15. Low U-factor windows are best during the summer because they keep your home cooler. On the other hand, the R-value measures a window’s insulating properties. The higher the rating, the better. Choose an R-value of at least 3 to 5. R-value keeps your home warmer during the winter.
  2. A reasonable budget. If large number of windows and money are involved, you need to set a budget and stick to it. This will help you focus on window options and features within your price range. It is advisable that you not settle for subpar home windows in order to stay within your budget. Instead, opt for high-quality replacement windows that will increase your home’s future resale value, even if it means purchasing fewer windows up front and buying more over time.
  3. Vinyl windows. Vinyl windows have a higher market rate than any other windows combined because they combine low cost with durability, reliability, and energy performance. Vinyl is a good insulator and tough and solid enough that the sash is hollow, which generates air-filled chambers with insulating capabilities.
  4. Betweenpane gas. Whether you choose dual or triple-pane windows, make sure they are manufactured with argon or krypton gas between the panes, as that will maximize their energy efficiency.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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