Window replacement projects are a big proposition for any homeowner. Making an educated decision is critical, and any time spent in the planning phase is well worth the investment. This is particularly true if you are researching on behalf of your association, which may include hundreds of homeowners.
In a condominium, the first order of business to be discussed in a window replacement project is the community's aesthetic requirements. New windows will need to comply with the architectural integrity of the complex. After that, the next priority on the list is finding the most energy-efficient model.
How to Choose
To make an educated choice, don't be afraid to ask for assistance. Your best bet is to begin by contacting window manufacturers, who will offer contact information for local retailers. In most cases, retail outlets offer not only windows and doors, but also installation services, if your association is shopping for both. Proper installation plays a major role in the overall success of an energy-efficiency plan.
Once a window style that meets the community's criteria is identified, buyers must select from the many products on the market, including wood, vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass. Fiberglass is now leading the way on many levels.
Energy Efficiency Sells Itself
In addition to its other benefits, fiberglass is more energy-efficient because it is 500 times less conductive than aluminum and insulates much like wood and PVC. As a result, fiberglass windows and doors provide an insulated barrier against extreme weather temperatures, keeping your home more comfortable and reducing heating and cooling costs. These considerations are extremely important for those of us who live in New England, which is known for offering a wide range of temperatures across the seasons. While there are many benefits to using fiberglass, not enough can be said about the energy efficiency it offers when it is used in the construction of windows and doors.