Guide to Buying New Windows

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Guide To Buying New Windows 2

High-quality windows may last between 15 and 20 years. But they don’t last forever. If your windows are difficult to open and close, it’s time to consider replacing them. Other warning signs include foggy glass and drafts around the frame.

Once you replace your windows, you may notice that it’s easier to heat and cool your home. You’ll also be able to enjoy the convenience of opening and closing your windows whenever you please. As it should be.

Here’s what you need to know about buying new windows. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

Energy Efficiency

If you’re replacing old windows, you may as well check out the energy efficient options. Energy efficient windows will help you maintain a comfortable temperature in your home year-round. You may also notice a decrease in your heating and cooling bills.

Here are some terms you may come across while shopping for windows.

You want high ratings for:

  • Visible Transmittance: How much sunlight passes through the window.
  • Condensation Resistance: The extent to which the window resists condensation or water buildup.

You want low ratings for:

  • Air Leakage: How much air leaks around the window.
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient: How much heat the window lets in.

The more energy efficient your windows, the more money you’ll save in the long run. Not to mention, you’ll get to enjoy a cozy home no matter the weather outside!

Window Materials

Eikenhout sells solid wood and vinyl windows, which offer different advantages. For example, solid wood windows have a classic appeal and have little to no heat transfer. This means that heat is much less likely to enter or leave through your windows. Wooden windows also increase the resale value of your home—perfect for people who wish to invest in their property or sell soon.

Vinyl windows require little to no maintenance and come in a variety of classic color options. They also have little to no heat transfer, which will help you save energy and money during the winter and summer months.

Unsure of what window materials would be best for your home? Feel free to reach out to our team of home improvement experts. We’d be more than happy to help.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

Natural sunlight can help your home feel light, spacious, and airy. Exposure to sunlight has also been shown to improve mood and quality of sleep. But an eastern-facing window can quickly turn your home into a solar oven if you’re not careful. That’s why we recommend buying windows that have a low solar heat gain coefficient. This will keep the heat out in the summer and inside in the winter.

Contact Eikenhout to Get Started

Eikenhout is a window supply company with nine Michigan locations. As such, we’re always more than happy to assist our clients with their building supply needs. To learn more about any of our products, please call one of our Michigan locations or fill out our online contact form.

This blog post has been updated.

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