The best windows for your home will depend a lot on the reason you’re looking for new windows. We know that the primary reason homeowners buy replacement windows isn’t curb appeal. That may be an added benefit when the process is complete, but it’s rarely the primary reason. Most homeowners want new windows to increase their home’s energy efficiency, to let in more light, or a combination of both. Just how do you find the best windows to accomplish your goals with your replacement windows?
Understand the Window Sticker
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) rates every commercially sold window in the U.S. This rating makes it easy for homeowner to compare different brands and styles of windows for their energy-efficiency in an apples to apples manner. Last year we wrote a blog that explained in detail each of these ratings, what they meant and how to read them. If you missed it, click here. When you see the window’s NFRC rating, you know it’s ENERGY STAR® rated and can save you on your heating and cooling costs.
Choose Custom Windows
Although your windows may seem to measure the same and you may be able to find a window that will work in a big box store, custom windows are a better choice. When a professional window company measures your windows and orders precisely the right size, you’ll end up with a window with a perfect seal. You won’t have to alter the wall or window frame for a tight fit. In the end, a custom window may cost the same or less than a window off the shelf that requires modification to your home.
Another drawback to purchasing a window off the shelf is that you’ll have to install it yourself. If you don’t have the tools or knowledge of how to do this, you may not have a weathertight window. When you call a replacement window company who can measure your home for custom replacement windows, they will be installed properly. Replacement window companies have the right tools and know the best techniques to provide you with a window that better protects your home from the elements. Even the best windows installed incorrectly won’t do their job.
If you want to talk to a window company who offers quality, affordable replacement windows, call Affordable Replacement Window Systems. We service the greater Arlington area as a professional replacement window company and can help you every step of the way from choosing the right style window to finding one that fits your budget. Call (817) 264-6509 or fill out our contact form and we’ll call you.