If you notice water droplets or air leaking around your windows, they may need to be replaced. New replacement windows will eliminate drafts and reduce your energy bills. They will also provide better sound insulation and absorb external noise.
Window replacement prices vary by style, material, and customization options. Choose a quality brand to ensure longevity and lower installation costs.
Energy Star-certified windows
ENERGY STAR certified windows help reduce energy bills while contributing to a more comfortable home environment. They have a lower Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) and U-Factor, which means they better resist unwanted sunlight and thermal transfer. This results in reduced cooling costs during the summer.
A lower SHGC rating also helps prevent furniture, carpeting, or artwork from fading or discoloring from exposure to direct sunlight. This is especially important for items with a high sentimental or monetary value.
A ENERGY STAR-certified window must meet performance criteria in all four climate zones of the United States. These requirements are determined by the National Fenestration Rating Council. The ENERGY STAR label is an easy way to identify NFRC-certified windows, doors, and skylights that are the most energy efficient for your home. The ENERGY STAR label also lets you take advantage of local rebates and other promotions. For example, many utilities offer energy efficiency rebates when homeowners install ENERGY STAR-certified windows and other qualifying home improvements.
JELD-WEN EpicVue(r) Contemporary Clad Wood windows balance artistry and reliability to deliver top-of-the-line style and energy efficiency. Their slim sight lines allow natural light to flow into the home while maintaining a crisp architectural profile. Crafted with AuraLast pine, these windows are designed to resist harsh weather and protect against termites and wood rot. Available in numerous interior finishes and exterior colors, they complement a variety of architectural styles.
JELD-WEN W-5500(tm) Wood and Clad-Wood windows are engineered to deliver beauty and strength, enhancing comfort in all climates. They’re constructed with a thicker frame and sash for better insulation. They also feature Low-E insulating glass and an industry-leading Limited Lifetime Warranty to ensure lasting performance. Choose from 27 exterior color options and 28 interior finishes to match your personal aesthetic.
When it comes to replacing windows, many homeowners have a difficult time choosing between vinyl or aluminum. Both types are affordable and offer a great return on investment, but they differ in terms of energy efficiency and aesthetics. Aluminum is a light metal, but it is incredibly strong and resists twisting and bowing. This makes it a good choice for large windows in areas prone to storms. However, the surface of aluminum can wear down over time due to high humidity and contact with air-borne abrasives such as dirt and sand. This can reduce energy efficiency and create condensation, which can rust the aluminum.
Both types require some maintenance, but vinyl is nearly maintenance-free and aluminum must be cleaned regularly with a special aluminum cleaner solution to prevent condensation and rust. Aluminum is also a more environmentally friendly option than vinyl because it does not emit harmful gases during production. It is also more resistant to corrosion than wood or fiberglass.
With the long-term commitment and investment that come with replacing windows, it makes sense for homeowners to explore all of their options. The most logical choice is an insulated window made from durable composite materials.
This material is more energy efficient than vinyl, and it’s also resistant to rot and mold. Composite windows are strong and stiff, so they won’t flex or warp, even in hot or cold climates.
Soft-Lite’s fusion welded frames and sashes make it possible to achieve higher air infiltration ratings than many of the competing products on the market. Combined with the highest-performing glass, this translates to greater savings on heating and cooling costs.
JELD-WEN’s Auraline true composite windows offer an alternative to wood and vinyl, combining the strength of wood with the maintenance freedom of vinyl. They are GREENGUARD certified to contribute to healthier/cleaner air, and they’re available in operating styles that complement both traditional and contemporary homes. They’re also incredibly durable and backed by a limited lifetime warranty.