You look through your windows every day. What impact do your existing windows have on your home? Swapping old, low-performance windows with new ones can result in increased comfort, enhanced beauty and even added value to your home.
Unlike full-frame windows, which are designed for new construction, replacement windows are made to fit into existing window openings. Milgard custom designs each window to order so you don’t need to worry about finding an existing size to fit. The first thing you would do is measure your window opening. Make sure you assess the condition of the opening. Look for structural or weather issues on the surrounding wall space. It is important to complete any needed repairs before proceeding with the window replacement project. If you are not sure what to look for, a Milgard Dealer can help.
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If you're replacing windows, you can make the best of your home's existing site and orientation on a window by window basis so as to control solar gain and take advantage of more natural light. Work with your window dealer and contractor to ensure you take maximum advantage of today's insulating glass and other window features.
Some Tips to Consider:
- If you're looking to control solar gain, you'll want to use extra high-efficiency forms of Low-E insulated glass to reject more of the sun's heat and damaging rays while letting you enjoy window light.
- If you desire abundant natural light and fresh air, consider window styles that let in lots of air and light such as horizontal sliders and casements as well as sliding patio doors. Ventilating skylights is a great way to let in more light while, at the same time, giving a place for rising warm air to leave the house.
- Windows on the north, east and west walls can all be great for balancing interior light with natural light, but in cold climates can be energy drains. Replacing these windows with energy–efficient options can help improve your heating bills.
- In a replacement project, you have the opportunity to change the operation style of your existing window or even put in a patio door.
Milgard custom designs each window to your home's exact specifications at no extra charge or extended lead time. Need help with decision making? Schedule a free expert consultation.