Choose the Right Window in 3 Easy Steps
There’s a lot to consider when building a home (or renovating one) and it can be a hugely daunting task, especially for newlyweds. You don’t have to commit to huge undertaking right off the bat. Something simple like replacement windows is a great place to start.
Let the professional contractors and storm restoration specialists at KAT Construction help you find the right windows for your home. We understand that these days, shopping for windows can get overwhelming. With all the ratings, offerings and other features manufacturers tag on their products, how do you sort out the window that’s best suited for you? We’ve broken down the selection process into the three easy-to-follow steps below.
Do you need new construction windows? Then you may want to consider clad-frame windows. These types of frames come in aluminum and vinyl, two durable materials that can last you years and need little maintenance. Vinyl doesn’t require regular painting to maintain its look, although it’s simply not as great looking as its wood counterpart.
For replacement windows, you have fiberglass and wood in addition to the clad-frame types. Fiberglass is a great frame material if you’re after strength, but it will always be on the expensive side. We’ve provided storm damage emergency repair services for many years and in our experience, there’s something to be said about composite window materials.
Window panes may look like simple glass, but there’s actually a lot of technology behind its simple look. Most panes today are double-pane, which means you have two glass sheets that sandwich a thin layer of gas. This gas provides extra protection against the sun’s heat and serves as added insulation for your home.
If you’re after better protection, you may want to consider triple-pane glass. Depending on your location, that extra layer can provide your home with a lot of savings in heating and cooling costs.
Finally, go over the NFRC labels that all window products sold in the country will display. The main rating you want to check is the R-value. This is an indication of how efficient the window is when it comes to insulating your home and preserving its thermal envelope. Your location will determine R-value requirements but single-pane windows can rate as high as 4.0 in R-value, which is often enough for temperate climates.
Finding the right window can be as easy as communicating with your contractor. Call KAT Construction at (612) 260-1144 today and ask our windows and storm damage roof repair professionals about our products. You may also fill out our online contact form to schedule a free inspection. We serve Eden Prairie, MN.