You’ve finally realized that replacement windows in San Jose, CA need to be installed in your home. Perhaps your windows just aren’t functioning well anymore. Perhaps your energy costs have skyrocketed over the past few years because your windows don’t close properly, or they don’t sit properly in their frames.
Perhaps, in addition, you are transforming your home with other remodeling projects to either sell your home or to stay it in it comfortably for the rest of your life. Whatever factors have led you to decide to do a windows replacement project, you are making a very wise investment and you will be thrilled with the final results.
However, the beginning of a replacement windows project is all about choices. Windows are not just windows. You have many options for different parts of your replacement windows that you’ll need to make a decision about.
While this may seem like a lot of decision-making, it does give you complete freedom to do exactly what you want to do with the replacement windows you choose, in terms of materials, styles, and glass options.
One of your decisions about your new replacement windows will be what kind of material you want the window frames constructed from. A good place to start with this decision is to look at the window frames you have now. If you like them, they have been durable, and they have stood the test of time, then you may want to go with replacement window frames made from the same material.
However, if you don’t like the material of your current window frames, you have many different types of other materials to choose from. These can include vinyl, wood, and composites.
Wood window frames are beautiful and have the most customization options, but they are susceptible to moisture damage and must be maintained frequently. Vinyl window frames are a popular choice with homeowners because they insulate well, they come in a variety of colors, and they are virtually maintenance-free.
If you live in much higher elevations, you may experience more extreme weather in both the winter and the summer. Composite window frames are a good choice for replacement windows in homes where temperatures and the elements can be more extreme than in lower elevations.
Another decision you’ll need to make about your new replacement windows is the style of windows. You probably have single hung windows throughout your home now. However, you can replace virtually any one of those windows with a different kind of style, such as double hung windows, casement windows, sliding windows, and awning windows, among others.
If you have large window openings, you might opt for a bay or picture window to accentuate your view of the landscape outdoors.
But don’t forget practicality when you are choosing your window styles. For example, single or double hung windows at a kitchen sink can be very difficult to lift. A casement or sliding replacement window will be easier. If you have older family members in your home, casement or awning windows will probably be easier for them to open.
If you have small children in upstairs bedrooms, you’ll want to consider double hung windows, so you can open the window from the top for ventilation and ensure the bottom part of the window is protected from your children falling out and getting injured.
You have a variety of types of glass that you can choose for your replacement windows. Some can offer better insulation, some kind be safer if they get hit, and some can offer more privacy. Additionally, there are options you can add to the glass to increase its insulating power, to keep the interior of your home more private, and to protect the contents of your home from sun damage.