A Complete Answer Guide for Homeowners Shopping for Replacement Windows 

We here at Chattahoochee Windows receive a lot of inquiries from homeowners that are considering replacement windows and are engaging in the comparison-shopping stage of the process. As a result, we have created this guide. It includes common questions and answers that you need to know when selecting replacement windows for your home so that you make the best decision possible for your individual needs and preferences. 

What Types of Windows Are Currently Available?

Generally speaking, the most common types of windows offered on the market place are those that are composed of vinyl, aluminum, or wood. The most popular choices among homeowners are vinyl and wood. The reason most do not choose aluminum is because the painted surfaces are prone to scratches and other types of damage.

Additionally, they are poor insulators. Vinyl is the most popular choice because of the fact that they are durable, they require very little maintenance, and they have a thermal efficiency that is rated for the highest performance. Additionally, these windows come in many styles and various configurations so that they will match all home architectural styles. 

Are There Any Features I Should Look for in Vinyl Windows? 

Yes, when shopping for vinyl windows, you should ensure that the frame and the associated sashes are fusion-welded. This is also referred to as “heat-welded”. This ensures that the window is weathertight. You should also ensure that the window is composed of premium-grade vinyl and that the extrusions are created from the same. In doing so, you can rest assured that the window will last a long time, remain beautiful, and exhibit the highest level of performance. 

Should I Look for Any Features Related to Glass Performance?

Yes, you should always choose replacement windows that are built to be stronger. In most instances, this means that each pane should be a minimum of 3mm in terms of thickness. Being that each window is about 80% or more glass, you should choose those that have glass that is able to absorb the heat that you experience in your area in the summer months and will prevent heat being loss from indoors during the winter months.

Insulated glass, low-e glass with argon gas, and warm-edge spacer systems are the best. You may also elect to have tinting added to your glass for additional comfort and natural lighting control. 

Do I Need to Hire a Professional?

In short, yes, you need a professional when shopping for replacement windows and having those windows installed. These individuals will ensure that you get the biggest bang for your buck, that the windows are appropriate for your home, and that your indoor comfort and thermal efficiency is completely optimized.

If you are shopping for replacement windows, you may contact us here at Chattahoochee Windows. We are licensed, bonded, and have the experience that it takes to beautify your home. You may contact us today to learn more or if you desire, you may set up an appointment: 770-904-9909

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