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Replacing windows in the future?

When replacing windows there are many things that go into the decision making process. Some of these things are needs, others are more for astetic purposes. It may be hard to get something that does the two or three things you may want at the same time, but that does not mean that it is impossible. Here are a few details to think about when you get ready to start shopping.

MATERIALS : Deciding on what the window will be made out of will affect the rest of your purchase. There are three different materials that you will find carried by FAS Windows and Doors. These three are: wood-clad, vinyl, and aluminum. Each will have a different price range and will yield you different results. Remember that depending on the material of the window, there will be a different visual effect on your home. This happens in both the interior and exterior. So make sure that whatever you decide to buy will fit with the decor of your house when it is installed and if you decided to redecorate.

GLASS : There are many different routes you can take when it comes to glass. There is dual pane, triple pane, security glass, hurricane glass, Miami-dade hurricane impact glass, and the list continues. Regardless of what kind of glass you get, it would probably be a very good idea to get a low-e coating. This will be responsible for reflecting both UV-A and UV-B rays, the sun’s damaging rays that fade your carpet and furniture as well as transfer heat into your house. In the many hot months we have here in Summer, it’s always good to have every bit you can help keeping down your air conditioning bill. Low-E glass will be a major contributor in your efforts to keep the heat out.

FEATURES : With different styles of windows, comes a different set of features. For instance, it’s very popular to get double hung windows with a tilt-in feature to make cleaning easier. The ease of operation will differ between different manufactures, so it is important to go and try out different windows before purchasing them so that you know what you are getting before you go through the process of having them installed. Most quality windows will have options for things like vent locks or screen locks.

Nicole 9/27/2011

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