5 Things to Know About Home Window Replacement

Window replacement can be a challenging topic to understand and often leads to the question of “where do I start?” This blog will tell you everything you need to know to get started on your home window replacement project.

1. Time to Replace

Are your windows leaking air? Stand next to them and ask yourself, is it colder than the rest of your home? Do you feel a draft coming through? If you still don’t feel a draft, hold a candle up to the windows edges.  If the answer is “yes: to any of the questions, these are signs that indicate you may want to consider replacing your windows.

2. Replacement or New

There are many options when choosing replacement windows and they come in a variety of different materials and styles. How do you choose the right one? First is understanding the difference between a replacement window and a new window, and which is best for your situation. A replacement window includes replacing the sash and glass, while the exterior and interior frame stays in place. A new window involves replacing the whole frame, cutting a hole in your home to change the shape or size of your new window, which is more likely a situation for new construction or renovations.

3. Energy Efficient Windows

Before replacing with an ordinary window, look into energy efficient options. Replacing your windows with energy efficient windows can lower your heating and cooling bills by approximately 15%. How you may ask? Low-E coating is applied to the outside of the glass to reflect the sun when it is hot and the inside of the glass when it is cold to absorb the sun. Two things that you would need to look out for is the U-Value which tells you how much heat is transferred, and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient which tells you what percentage of heat passes through. In warmer months, Low-E coating helps reduce the constant pumping of air conditioning into your home trying to cool it down.

Another way to lower your heating and cooling bills is triple-paned windows which can provide an even more significant energy savings. How you may wonder? Gas is injected between each pane of glass, which can help with insulation. 

4. Safety Codes

The use of tempered glass in certain areas like bathrooms, inside showers, stairways and near sliding or swinging doors is required. If the window breaks, the tempered glass shatters into small blunt pieces rather than sharp shards of glass. 

5. How to buy replacement windows

The first step to getting the right replacement windows is contacting a window replacement professional and answering questions that can provide the correct quote for your project.

Now that you have a jump start on how to get started on your window replacement, your next step is scheduling a free consultation. At Pioneer Millwork we provide home window replacements in the Greater San Francisco area for over 20 years. We provide and can refer a general contractor that best fits your project.