Buying new windows is more complicated than it seems. Making wrong choices could affect your home’s overall livability. To make the right purchase, Renewal by Andersen® of Denver recommends keeping these key factors in mind:
Today’s replacement windows come in different materials with unique qualities. The most popular is vinyl because it’s generally cheap and low-maintenance, but it could easily discolor and crack with time. Wood is the traditional favorite, but it’s never decay-resistant. Treated or untreated, painted or unpainted, it would ultimately succumb to rot. Aluminum used to be desirable, but its stock dropped because it’s a poor insulator. Fiberglass is hot, but its novelty makes its integrity and effectiveness questionable.
Every material has its own pros and cons, but Fibrex® is perhaps the closest to perfection. It’s a composite made from reclaimed wood fibers and proprietary thermoplastic polymers. This is why it shares the best properties of wood and vinyl, but not their downsides. Fibrex is far superior to aluminum in insulation and fiberglass’s eco-friendliness pales in comparison to it.
To achieve maximum energy efficiency in window replacement, pick high-performance glass. Double glazing may be today’s standard, but you wouldn’t see noticeable utility bill reductions from clear glass.
Choose windows with a spectrally selective Low-E coating to avoid unwanted heat gain, combat ultraviolet radiation, reduce thermal transfer, and promote daylighting. An argon gas is the universal choice, but make sure it’s sealed by a stainless steel spacer to prevent leakage and moisture infiltration.
Discerning homeowners put a premium on window replacement warranties. Good guarantees should cover both the product and the installation. Unlike our competitors, we offer comprehensive and lengthy coverage to protect your investment for the years to come. We provide 20-, 10-, and 2-year warranties for Fibrex and glass, other components, and workmanship, respectively.
Learn more about Renewal by Andersen of Denver’s products, services, and warranties as well as customization options. Call our Denver office today at (303) 968-3287 to schedule your free, in-home consultation at your convenience.