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Replacing your windows at home is a much more complicated process than most people think, starting with window selection. The type of windows you choose for your home will have a long-lasting impact on your quality of life, including your comfort, how much you pay in heating and cooling costs, and how attractive your home is. To get started, you need to know the difference in windows. Read below for your introduction to Windows 101!
Double Pane vs. Triple Pane
Double pane windows feature two panes of glass with either air or gas in between panes. They’re affordable and provide good insulation, so they make up the majority of the windows sold to consumers.
Triple pane windows feature three panes of glass with layers of gas between panes. Though they are more efficient than double pane windows, they’re also more expensive and heavier than standard double pane windows. Triple pane windows can be practical in extreme climates, but are not as popular as double pane.
Glass treatments and coatings greatly affect the visibility and R-value of the glass. Homeowners seeking high efficiency double pane windows have options. Talk to your window contractor to find out more.
Vinyl vs. Wood vs. Fiberglass
Vinyl windows are common in homes because they’re low-maintenance, durable, and very affordable.
Wooden windows have rich beauty and insulating properties. With proper maintenance, wooden windows are long-lasting, durable, and high-performing.
Fiberglass windows are the most recent product to be released on the market. They have a wooden core with a fiberglass frame. These windows perform like wood, require little maintenance, and they’re affordable.
The style of the window affects how the window opens and closes, how much light the window allows into the home, and what the window looks like. Some of the most common window styles include:
- Single hung windows have a fixed sash on top and a moveable sash below.
- Double hung windows have two sashes that can be moved up and down for total flexibility.
- Casement windows are controlled with a crank and open from hinges on the side.
- Slider windows have a sash that can be moved horizontally instead of vertically.
Come to Von Tobel
We understand that replacing the windows in your home is an investment. That’s why we offer 0% APR for 12 months on new windows. Click here to learn more about financing. Visit our updated window showroom to see the options for yourself. Our team members are happy to answer your questions.