Replacement windows take the place of old or broken windows in different spaces at residential and commercial settings. New window technologies and innovations in the market now make it possible to install better window units that are better in quality, functionality, and aesthetics. Furthermore, replacement windows these days are more energy efficient, causing more money savings and contributing to the protection of the environment as well.
In the early 1900s, wood windows were prevalent in the Northern region of the United States. Then the appearance of aluminum and steel casement windows in the 1950s and the 1960s gave to the diminishing popularity of wood windows.
Moreover, vinyl windows as well as products made from fiberglass and vinyl-wood-polymer type hit the markets, attracting the curiosity of a wide range of customers. The most common replacement windows right now are wood type and PVC-u type.
Replacement Windows Benefits
There are two or more layers of glass for modern replacement windows. The Energy Code program of the United States sets requirements that window companies must comply with. Low-E glass is the required material for all window products for residential settings.
Low-E is a coat of thin metal layers over glass windows. It comes in dark and light colors and shades depending on the manufacturer and the type. The heat reflective quality of Low-E makes it several times more efficient than clear types of glass windows.
Glazing is also a popular technique for modern replacement windows. It enhances the condensation of the window unit, which blocks harmful natural elements out of the space. Modern replacement windows also use krypton or argon gases to contribute to the high insulative property of the product.
Types of Replacement Windows
There are many different types of replacement windows available now whether online or in traditional shops.
Double hung windows are traditional types, which have sliding upper and lower sash while single hung windows have the same features but are more energy efficient. Right now, there are tilt-in sashes for maximum view and functionality as well as easy cleaning methods.
Casement windows have one-sided hinges and interior hand crank operators. Awning and basement windows have top hinges and bottom hinges, respectively. Sliding windows have measurements that make it appear wider than taller. Non-operable windows or picture windows are common in big spaces.
Retrofit replacement windows are available in custom sizes depending on the needs and expectations of the customers. There are 1/8″ or 1/4″ configurations, which most window companies are happy to oblige. Wood windows in custom style are very expensive but are a beauty to behold.
In 2009, the United States Federal Government required window companies to include different features to their window products, such as energy efficiency, insulation, air conditioning upgrades, and radiant barrier.
The weakness of replacement windows is it’s thicker profile than traditional windows, although this is not true for all settings. Nevertheless, it might still be hard to get the exact replacement for your old or broken window. Some replacement windows might not be compliant to building codes of your community so you have to determine first the different options that window companies will offer you before deciding to get the replacement units.
You can order different types with a variety of colors, finishes, and accessories.