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When you decide to get new windows for your home, you will typically have two choices. You can either go for the best replacement windows on the market, or get new traditional windows. The difference is that with replacement windows you do not replace the trims or the frame (if they are in good condition) and apart from the installation of the windows, there is no other labor involved. Getting new windows generally mean when you change the size or the shape of the current windows. In this case, you are open to more choices and new windows can radically change the look of your room and of the house in overall . However, installing new windows is a costlier affair compared to window replacement since in the case of the former, you will have to take into account the cost of the labor for any additional construction that you may have to do.

In both cases, however, you will still have to make the right decision as to the right style and right window material. The overall d├ęcor of your home as well as your budget for the job are important factors when you make your decision. As to the material, wood windows are often preferred by homeowners for their durability, greater aesthetic appeal as well as their excellent energy efficient properties. Wood windows look elegant on almost all decors and will add value to your home. On the downside, wood windows demand high maintenance. Vinyl windows are much convenient in this respect. They are almost maintenance-free and in addition, they have a pleasing appearance and cost less than wood windows. Aluminum windows are another choice for homeowners, but before you invest in them, you must take note of the fact that these windows are not nearly as energy efficient as vinyl or wood windows. Composite or vinyl clad windows are another popular choice. These windows come with timber core with an exterior cladding of vinyl (or, in some case, aluminum). The composite windows are as durable as wood windows but require little maintenance, one reason why they are popular with homeowners.

As for different window styles, there are casement windows, awning windows, single/double hung windows, slider windows, and others to make your choice from. But you must also pay good attention on the kind of glass you choose for your windows, as the right kind of glass will play a large factor in determining the insulation property of your window. They will also determine your overall window replacement cost. You can go for 2-, 3-, or 4-pane glasses. However, keep this in mind that the number of panes in themselves do not increase the insulation property of the window. It is rather the quality of the air between panes which contribute to the insulation factor. High-end window manufacturers insert argon or some other inert gas between panes to aid the insulation quality of the window. As for the nature of the glass itself, you can go for ‘impact resistant glass’ which holds up very efficiently under extreme weather conditions. You may also go for a ‘low-emissivity glass’ which uses a very thin layer of material over the surface of the glass for purposes of reducing the amount of heat that can pass through the glass.

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