Beyond Energy Savings And Egress: Four Other Things To Consider For Your Window Replacement

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If you want to have the windows in your home replaced, you may hear a lot about energy savings and egress codes. These are some of the great benefits that you get from replacing the windows in your home, but with the right windows, you can get a lot more. You may want to consider things like durable materials such as vinyl and windows that are larger than what you are required to have by egress codes. Hurricane shutters can also be added to your windows to protect your home. If you want more from your window replacement investment, here are four things that you may want to consider:

1. Less Maintenance With Vinyl Windows And Other Materials

Some materials that you may choose for your replacement windows may require regular maintenance. Materials such as wood will need to be painted to protect the window from damage from the elements. You may want to choose a material such as vinyl, which won't need to be painted and is very durable. Powder coated metal framed windows are also very durable, but they can be susceptible to dings and scratches when they are being installed.

2. Larger Window Sizes To Improve Natural Lighting In Your Home

By egress codes, you will be required to have windows of certain sizes installed in your home. There is a minimum size, but you do not have to put the minimal window requirements in your home. You may want to consider larger windows, which can give your home more natural lighting and less need for daytime lighting. You may want to consider double sliding windows for areas of your home that you spend a lot of time in during the day, and windows that are large enough to give you natural light and visibility so you do not need lighting during day hours.

3. Adding Sun Screens To The South Facing Windows For Your Home

UV rays can be unhealthy and can damage furniture and the interior finishes of your home. The south facing windows in homes are areas that get a lot more direct sunlight.  Sun screens can be installed on these windows to reduce the effects of direct sunlight in your home. If you have an office with south facing windows, this can also reduce glare and make your office space more comfortable. You may also want to consider having roller shades installed for these areas, which will allow you to control the amount of light that comes into your home.

4. Hurricane Shutters And Other Window Treatments To Protect Your Home

Adding protection to your home by installing window treatments like hurricane shutters can also help to protect your home from storms. You can also some models of shades to control light and save energy. There are many different models, which can be rolled up shutters, or other styles that look and work more like blinds and awnings. It may cost a little more to have these things installed, but it will give your home more benefits and protection for your investment.

These are some things that you may want to consider when you have a window replacement done. You can contact an interior decorating company and ask them about some of the other products and services they can provide when they replace the windows in your home.


2 December 2014