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Having new windows installed is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. It’s a project that offers a multitude of benefits that range from increasing comfort by eliminating drafts to improving the exterior curb appeal of your home. Of course, modern windows also offer a huge upgrade in energy efficiency to older windows as well.
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The energy efficiency aspect is the main reason why many homeowners opt for products from Folkers. There’s no comparison between an old single-pane glass window and the modern double or triple-paned units with insulating gas in between the panels. Your utility bills will legitimately drop when heated or cooled air doesn’t escape through the window glass – in this regard the windows are arguably the most vulnerable area of the house when it comes to energy loss.
When you are in the market for new home windows, you need to first understand the different types of windows that are installed in your home. The most popular types include:
- Casement Windows – defined by their side mounting hinges, casement windows crank open to provide a full opening. This is one of the major benefits of these windows compared to vertically sliding double hung windows. Casement windows not only provide an unobstructed view when open, they offer the most ventilation of any window.
- Double Hung Windows – as close to the definition of a ‘traditional’ window as you’ll see. Double hung windows feature two panes that can slide up or down. It’s more common to ‘open’ the window by sliding the bottom portion up, but there are benefits to bring the top pane down most notably being easier to clean.
- Single Hung – very similar to double hung except that only the bottom sash slides up vertically. The major advantage of single hung windows is that they are more energy efficient than the double hung models.
- Sliding Windows – used in openings that are wider than they are tall. Sliding windows open horizontally and one of the major advantages is that they don’t require gravity to stay open. Single or double hung windows stay ‘up’ by springs and pulleys whereas sliding windows sit comfortably in their casement.
- Bay Windows – having high-efficiency bay windows is crucial because the units are predominantly so large. Bay windows are big to provide a great view and natural light, but that also means they are a big risk for energy loss. Bay windows are stationary, but a focal point of an interior design.
- Awning Windows – the trademark of awning windows is that they can be opened for ventilation even during a rainstorm. Awning windows are hinged at the top and open outward. Your awning windows are probably installed to coincide with other windows like on top of a picture window for example.
- Picture Window – a picture window is stationary, so you don’t get the ventilation that you do with other window types. However, picture windows provide a bountiful source of natural light, offer up an unobstructed natural view, and are energy efficient because of the fact that they don’t open.
When searching for replacement windows from Folkers, it’s absolutely important to know what type of window that you need installed. However, your options differ even more once you start scouring the market for these individual types. The material, for example, is a huge factor in energy efficiency, maintenance, and appearance. The type of window materials we offer include:
- Wood – an ideal choice for older, rustic homes there is no material that matches the allure of wood. Easy to stain and repaint – but also requires staining and repainting.
- Wood Clad – since wood is such a vulnerable material to the exterior elements, wood clad windows have become popular so that you can get the rich, grainy, look on the inside – but with a protective vinyl, fiberglass, or aluminum barrier on the outside.
- Fiberglass – a material that maintains its integrity longer thanks to the ability of fiberglass to avoid expansion and contraction in weather changes. Modern manufacturing methods can even emulate the look of wood but without the maintenance requirements.
- Aluminum – like other aluminum products, windows can both be made of and turned in to recyclable materials. Aluminum is also a very thermally resilient product that helps block out cold weather (and keep heat in) via the frame itself.
- Vinyl – natural insulation from the use of PVC which has expanded thermal properties. Vinyl is affordable but at the same time an elegant choice of window material.
Now that you’ve got the basics down of what you need and in what form you need it – the next step is to find out which exact windows are right for you. Give us a call for more information or a free estimate.