A window replacement project can address many home problems, including difficult window cleaning, natural lighting and energy efficiency issues. Here are some important things you should consider before getting new windows for your home.
The 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) requires 24 inches minimum height above the adjacent interior floor if the windows are more than 6 feet above grade outside. This and other requirements, such as the use of tempered glass, helps reduce fall risks, especially for small children. If your windows are not up to code, the window openings may need to be adjusted, which may raise the window replacement cost for a bit. Also, look for replacement windows that allow easy cleaning from indoors.
It pays to do research on the pros and cons of various window materials before making your choice. Don’t just choose the most affordable one, but rather compare the materials in terms of lifespan, maintenance requirements, durability and aesthetics.
Your choice of glazing is another important factor. To ensure energy savings, choose replacement windows with at least a double-pane glazing. The space between glass panels can dramatically reduce conduction, which can help you save on energy costs in the long run. If you’re in doubt, make sure the replacement windows bear the ENERGY STAR® label.
Replacement windows can either be bought off the rack or built to size. While the latter does cost more, it has certain benefits that may make the additional cost worth it. For instance, whereas pre-built windows are restricted to standard wall openings, custom windows will fit any existing window opening. This can be an important factor if you happen to own a historic property, where you’d want to keep as much of the original structure as possible. Custom windows will also provide more flexibility with window shape. You can choose various shapes, colors and custom grille designs.
Illinois Energy Windows & Siding, Inc. is your leading provider of replacement windows from Worthington Windows. Give us a call at (866) 629-9880, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Glencoe, Darien and Highland Park.