As the temperatures drop and the threat of severe winds, snow, and ice approaches, many homeowners in the Midwest area have questions about new windows. Some realize their windows are old and leaking air, while others simply want to upgrade to something more attractive or efficient. No matter which group you fall in, you probably have some questions regarding the right choices. The experts at A&A Roofing & Exteriors prepared this list of frequently asked questions about windows for a midwest winter that will help.
What Are the Advantages of New Windows?
There are a number of advantages of new windows ranging from aesthetic to safety. Depending on how old your windows are and what type you have, your windows could be dirty, leaky, easy to pry open, or just plain unattractive. The technology of windows has come a long way in the past couple of decades, making them safer, stronger, and much more attractive. During the summer months, high-efficiency windows can save on cooling costs by reducing leaks and cutting back on the UV rays from the sun that enter and heat up your home. You’ll see savings on your heating bills in the winter due to fewer leaks and better wind protection. Your family will also notice fewer drafts and a more uniform temperature throughout the house.
Have a lot going on in your neighborhood or live near a train track or busy street? New windows offer noise reduction benefits that add to the enjoyment of your home. They’re also easier to maintain and can significantly increase the value of your home.
What Are the Best Windows for my Region?
There is no one best type of window for everyone. It all depends on your preferences, your budget, the type of home you have, and where you live. However, in general terms, there are better options than others for those who live in the Midwest.
First, let’s talk about the two general types of windows: casement and double-hung. Casement windows open sideways with a hand crank while double-hung windows have a sash that moves up and down. The type of window that is best for you is based largely on preference. However, casement windows offer ease in opening and have a screen on the inside, making them easier to clean.
For those in the Midwest, casement windows are usually preferable because they are more resistant to high winds. The casement’s window seal meets the sash straight on and prevents air leakage while still providing air movement when you need it. At A&A, we tend to most recommend casement windows with an InsulShield Advanced Low-E glass that insulates from both the heat and the cold.
Can I Still Get New Windows During the Winter Months?
Think you’ve already missed the time of year when you can consider window replacement? Think again. The professionals at A&A can install new windows year-round. Our team closes off each room they are working in to prevent any loss of heat and work on one window at a time to minimize outdoor exposure. We also cover and protect your floors from construction debris or from any tracking in of snow, ice, or mud. Our process is quick and efficient so you’ll barely notice the inconvenience. Once we’re done, you can enjoy the benefits of new windows for the rest of the season and beyond.
Ready to increase the comfort and safety of your home with new windows? Contact an expert at A&A Roofing & Exteriors today for a free consultation.