So you have questions about vinyl replacement windows? Maybe you want to throw in some inquiries about replacement doors. If so, the following information will give you more details on how to make either one of these upgrades.
Do Energy-Efficient Windows Really Save Money?
Yes, they absolutely can save you money if you choose high-performance windows. On average, energy-efficient windows can lower your energy bills on average about 20% to 25% per year. So, if you pay $1,200 in annual utilities, you’ll save about $240.00 to $300.00 per year.
The more efficient the window, the more you’ll save. Plus, many utility companies and local governments offer rebates or tax incentives for installing energy-efficient windows or replacement doors to help offset the higher upfront costs.
What’s the Difference Between Double-Pane and Triple-Pane Windows?
Double-pane windows have two sheets of glass separated by an air space, while triple-pane windows have three sheets of glass and two air spaces.
Triple-pane windows provide increased insulation, so they’re more energy efficient. However, they also cost significantly more. For most homes, high-quality double-pane windows are perfectly sufficient and a more budget-friendly option.
Most window replacement companies fill the spaces with inert gas or fill the gaps with argon. This process not only ensures better cooling and heating costs, it also can substantially reduce outside noise.
Do I Have to Replace all my Windows at Once?
Nope, you can absolutely replace your windows gradually over time if you want to spread out the costs. Start with replacing windows in rooms where you spend the most time, like the living room, bedrooms, or kitchen.
Make a plan to replace a few more windows each year until you’ve done the whole house. The energy savings and improved comfort you’ll gain from each set of new windows will help motivate you to keep going.
How Long Will Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors Last?
High-quality, well-maintained energy-efficient windows and doors can last 20-30 years or more. The glass seal and spacer materials are the components most prone to failure over time.
Look for windows with a strong warranty, which is made with lower-cost polyvinyl chloride (premium vinyl). This material is weather resistant and impressively performs over time.
With proper installation and care, your new energy-efficient windows and/or doors will provide energy savings and enhance your home’s comfort for decades.
How Do I Choose a Window or Door Style?
Before your head starts spinning, let’s break down the major styles so you can make an informed choice. Although windows may seem like a minor detail, the ones you pick will impact everything from energy efficiency and utility bills to your home’s curb appeal and resale value.
A classic style of window, double-hung windows feature two sashes (glass panels) that slide up and down for ventilation. They provide a traditional look but are more difficult to open and close than single-hung windows.
However, modern double-hung windows with vinyl frames are more energy efficient and easier to operate than their historic counterparts.
Sliding Windows and Doors
Sliding windows or doors are ideal if easy operation and maximizing your view are priorities. One sash of the window slides left or right for ease of opening and closing.
Sliding windows tend to be more affordable and low-maintenance but may not insulate quite as well as other styles. They work great for contemporary home styles.
You can also choose sliding doors for a modern home or mid-century home style if you want the door to open out onto a patio.
Bi-Fold Windows and Doors
To optimize space or provide more yard space in your living room, you can’t go wrong with a bi-fold window or door. These upgrades are great additions to renovated traditional home styles as well as more contemporary home designs.
Casement windows are hinged at one side so they swing out, crank-style. They provide excellent ventilation and are typically very energy efficient and durable.
However, casement windows tend to be on the pricier side and the crank requires a bit of elbow grease to operate. They suit traditional home styles including Craftsman bungalows.
Vinyl Replacement Window from California Deluxe Windows
The window or door you pick is ultimately a matter of priorities and personal style. Do some soul-searching—and budget calculations—to determine what’s most important to you.
Your window representative can help you make a selection. They will match more traditional window and door styles with classic architecture and complement modern windows and doors with contemporary architectural designs.
For instance, bow windows, casement windows, and bay windows are all traditional choices while sliding windows are great upgrades to homes built in the 1960s or modern homes that offer a more minimalist look.
Single-hung or double-hung windows are great looks for any architectural design. You can also choose garden windows if you want to create a small indoor growing space for your plants.
Schedule a Consultation Online
Vinyl replacement windows and doors make a great upgrade for any home or commercial space. To learn more about your choices, visit California Deluxe Windows online and schedule an in-home or in-office appointment now.