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Upgrading Your Windows - How to Choose What's Best for Your House

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Window installation by Ksenia Chernaya

You may not give the windows on your home much thought, but they can actually make a big difference not just in your comfort level, but also in the value of your home. You'll have a wide range of options to choose from, so it is important to evaluate your choices carefully. Here's what you need to know.

Types of Windows

For starters, you'll need to choose how you would like your windows to open. For example, casement windows rotate from a hinge on the side, opening towards the outside of your house. Single-hung and double-hung windows, on the other hand, slide vertically to open one portion of the window. Similarly, slider windows slide sideways to open each side.

If you don't need the window to open to allow airflow into your home, consider bay windows, which can allow you to add a comfortable window seat for relaxing or reading. Picture windows are great for showcasing a beautiful view.

Types of Glass

Next, you'll need to decide whether you want standard or double-paned glass. Standard glass is typically more affordable, though double-paned glass is more energy-efficient. It helps to maintain the temperature inside your home so you don't have to rely on your air conditioning or heating as much. While these windows are more costly initially, you'll save money in the long run on your energy costs. They are also more durable, helping to deter potential burglars. You also have the option of adding thermal films to boost energy efficiency.

Additional Features

Finally, you'll need to consider the overall security of your windows. While this is less of a concern on upper levels as they are more difficult to access from outside, you'll want to ensure the windows on your ground floor are as secure as possible. Locks, opening sensors, and glass-break sensors can prevent thieves from trying to break into your home through the windows.

To decide which types of windows are best for your home, consider your needs, preferences, and budget, not just in the short term, but over the long run as well. A bit of extra investment upfront can enhance your comfort and peace of mind while also adding value to your property.