Your home's windows give you sunlight and keep you protected from the outside elements. The right windows can add great value to your home and greatly reduce your energy bills with an average savings of up to $381 annually with Energy Star qualified windows. According to the National Association of Realtors Cost Versus Value study in 2016, homeowners will see a 73% return on their new window investment when they sell their home. Choosing the wrong windows, however, can actually reduce your home's value.
When you make the choice to replace the windows of your home as a part of a renovation, home improvement project or for a new build, the options can seem overwhelming. There are many different choices to make that will impact the overall look and design of your home, your home's value, cost-saving energy efficiency and functionality of everyday living for you and your family. To help you make these important decisions, follow these 5 things to consider when choosing new windows.
Quality Materials to Stand the Test of Time
A window is a window, right? Not true, all windows are not made equal. Quality materials such as fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum and wood clad are all durable choices for your new window framing. The type of glass is also a very important factor when choosing your new windows, look for options with high-performance Low-E glass for UV protection and argon gas for added insulation. Specifically engineered for the Arizona climate, Energy Shield and Door Company manufacture windows that have been designed with an emphasis on heat reflection, noise reduction, and dust control. Choosing quality materials means your windows will last a lifetime, as opposed to re-investing in new windows after a few years with lower quality materials.
Choose Windows to Compliment Your Home
The aesthetics of your new windows should complement your home. If you want to remain true to the original style of your home with replacement windows, you will need to take note (and pictures) of the window type, frame type, and any special details. During home improvement or renovation, some homeowners completely change and update the style of their home and new windows are a big part of that transformation. Make sure that each window choice compliments one another for a smooth, cohesive flow inside and out. Keep in mind that new windows will not only update the look of the exterior but also update the overall interior aesthetics.
While you may have a good idea of what type of materials you would like in your new windows, you will also need to determine the window type best suited for each room or area of your home. Choosing windows that can easily open and close is a good idea for high humidity rooms like the kitchen and bathrooms. You will also want to take advantage of natural lighting and surrounding views in common areas like the living room or family room. Take advantage of large pane windows that can let in fresh air and also serve as emergency exits in the bedrooms.
Consider Functionality and Your Needs
Along with quality materials you will also want to consider window features that will fit into your lifestyle. Families with small children should make safety a priority with handles and locks that are no accessible to little hands. On the other hand, ease of use features like easy to open and easy grip handles may benefit your lifestyle better. Additional features like sound insulation are helpful for individuals with different sleeping patterns, for instance, those who work at night or suffer from sleeping problems. Your new window investment is a big commitment that you will be living with for a long time, be sure to prioritize your needs and the needs of your family members before making your purchasing decisions.
Invest in Energy Efficiency
New or replacement energy efficient windows do a lot more for you and your family than you think. If you think about your windows as the most vulnerable spots in your home, it should come as no surprise that specially designed windows will lessen your power consumption. Energy Shield windows make use of natural lighting during the daytime, eliminating the need for indoor electricity in many areas. Heat reflection combats the absorption of heat while still letting in the light, reducing the need to cool your home during the day. When shopping for windows, be sure to look for the Energy Star seal and energy ratings for your climate zone.
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) provides certified ratings based on the window's performance criteria with varying requirements for each distinct US climate zone. Energy Shield Window and Door Company adhere to the following ratings for windows and skylights manufactured for use in the state of Arizona, as stated in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC):
- Fenestration U-Factor - The U-factor is the actual rate of heat transfer. This rating shows how well a window or skylight stops the escape of heat from inside your home.
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) - The SHGC is a rating to determine increased thermal energy from absorbed solar radiation through the window.
Cost Savings & Financing Options
For over 20 years Energy Shield Window & Door Company has been manufacturing and installing superior quality windows for Arizona residents, statewide. Our direct sales to consumer approach will save you money and valuable time and compared to local big box stores. Our experienced window experts will help you determine what style and type of windows and features will work best and be the most cost-effective solution for your home. Click here to take advantage of our current special offers and promotions. Energy Shield offers the following cost-effective, transparent financing options:
- 0% Down and 0% Interest On Approved Creditin AZ (limited offer)
- No Upfront Fees
- Convenient Monthly Payments
- Deferred Payment Options
- Line of Credit up to $55,000 (subject to credit approval)
Exceptional Service and Superior Quality Windows in Arizona
When you choose locally manufactured new or replacement windows and doors, specifically engineered for each of the four Arizona climate zones, direct from the factory, you're choosing the best available price, excellent customer service, and unbeatable quality. We stand behind our high-quality window products and systems specially designed for maximum energy-efficiency, dust control and noise reduction with our limited lifetime warranty. But don't take our word for it, stop by and visit our showroom at 725 N. 73rd Ave, Ste. 116, Phoenix, Arizona for your free project consultation or call us at (623) 936-3758, we will be happy to show you what we have to offer and answer any questions you may have. Se habla Espanol.