While shopping for a window replacement, you can’t just focus on one or two aspects. A window needs to have the right combination of qualities to be a great fit for your home; it has to strike a balance between aesthetic and function.
But how do you know if a window is well-designed? Skyline Windows, a top window contractor in the state, shares some tips on picking a well-designed window.
Materials and Certifications
You should look for windows made of high-quality materials. While there are a few telltale signs that indicate a window is of low quality, it takes a trained eye to spot all of them. But you don’t need to know any of these signs; all you need to look for are certifications.
If you’re looking for an energy-efficient composite window replacement, for example, look for the ENERGY STAR® certification. Depending on your area’s climate, you may also need to look at the NFRC scores, which are outlined in the ENERGY STAR sticker. The NFRC scores can give you an idea of how well a window will perform in certain climate conditions.
The Window Manufacturer and Ease of Installation
Here’s where assessing a window’s design gets trickier. On the one hand, most large manufacturers have built up a reputation for producing high-quality windows with cutting-edge features. On the other hand, since their windows are often made according to a set of dimensions, there’s no guarantee that the windows will be a great fit for your home. Arguably, a manufacturer aiming to produce a well-designed window should also take into account potential installation issues and take the necessary steps to minimize such issues.
More importantly, manufacturers need to factor in ease-of-installation issues because, at the end of the day, customers are looking for a window they’ll be able to rely on, a window that can give consistently high performance over its lifespan.
Given all of these factors, choosing a well-designed window can be tricky. If you don’t have the time to do the needed research, you can consult a contractor.
Skyline Windows, a contractor with over three decades’ worth of experience, offers a wide variety of premium windows from large manufacturers, including composite and fiberglass window replacement options. To get a free estimate, call us at