Homeowners have different reasons for wanting to get their windows replaced. Perhaps you want to take advantage of new window technology to make your home energy efficient. Or your windows may be too dated and damaged beyond repair so replacing them is the only option.
Windows are among the most abused parts of a house. They need to be able to withstand strong winds. They also play a huge role in how comfortable your home is. Good windows will minimize the movement of thermal energy, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
If you’re planning on getting some window work done but have certain questions you want answered, read the Q&As we prepared below just for you.
1. How do I know for certain that my current windows need to be replaced?
Windows are designed to provide insulation and protection to a house. Having damaged windows means these objectives aren’t being met. Outdated windows can also lead to moisture damage and mold growth, especially if water gains access to the wall cavities. So, if improving the weatherstripping around your windows can no longer do the trick or if you notice a lot of condensation on your window glass, it’s probably time to get them replaced.
If you have wood windows, you can also check for the health of the wood by tapping on the frame. You can use a screwdriver to check the condition of the wood. The tip of the screwdriver will easily penetrate the wood if it is already in a state of decay.
You can also choose to give us a call at Huntersville Glass so we can do a professional assessment of the state of your windows at your convenience.
2. There are so many types of windows to choose from; how do I choose the right ones?
It’s true; window selection can get a bit confusing when you need to choose from so many options. However, we always advise our clients to choose based on their location because the weather is a major factor in deciding which windows will or won’t work.
Single-pane glass is suitable for only for places with very mild climates, and for use in outbuildings. Double-pane windows offer better insulation for both cold and hot weather as there is a sealed air space between the layers of glass meant to decrease heat loss. You can also opt for low-emissivity (low-E) glass double-pane windows for extra insulation.
For places with a very cold climate, triple-pane windows are recommended as they add an extra layer of insulation and help reduce heating bills. They are also a bit more expensive and usually cost 10 to 15 percent more than double-pane windows. In the Charlotte area, triple-pane windows aren't typically necessary as the winters are mild.
Just keep in mind that better-insulated windows are less prone to condensation issues. This means that the interior window glass is closer to room temperature so you don’t end up with foggy windows when the heating is on and it’s cold outside.
3. What if I have oddly-shaped windows, can you work on them?
If you have unusually-sized and shaped windows, it’s not a problem. Huntersville Glass can simply source, design or customize the kind of windows you need. We’ll be happy to install them for you so your windows look as great as the originals.
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