Guide To Window Replacement Types

Mar 12, 2024Windows

Guide To Replacement Windows
In Rehoboth Beach, DE

Choosing The Right Type Of
Window Replacements

Replacement windows in Rehoboth Beach, DE can transform your home in both practical and beautiful ways. But it may be difficult to decide which windows to get, especially when there are so many types and styles to choose from.

GoGlass has been in the glass business for over 40 years, and we know glass. We’ve replaced a lot of windows over the years and enjoy helping people find the best replacements for their homes.

Type Of Window Replacement Glass

When you decide to replace your windows, the glass is the most important part. It helps with energy efficiency, is the first to break if the glass isn’t good quality, and is the majority of the area of your window.

Hurricane resistance and impact resistance are incredibly important in the Delmarva Peninsula and Sussex County. GoGlass makes insulated glass units that are up to code regarding hurricanes and other dangers in the area. These units are called Infinity Glass Units and are one of the reasons we’re the number one glass installation company in Delmarva.

Materials For Window Styles

  • Aluminum – poor insulator that holds moisture and is prone to corrosion but is flexible and resistant to pests.
  • Vinyl – best choice all around as it lasts a long time, is energy efficient, and requires little maintenance.
  • Fiberglass – similar to vinyl but expensive and has few options, yet it is easy to care for.
  • Wood – can be beautiful but is expensive, rots, and is susceptible to pests.
  • Composite – very expensive but is resistant to most damage.
  • Steel – expensive and less flexible but durable.

The material you choose for your window makes a big difference in your window’s maintenance, life span, and aesthetic. The most cost-efficient option is to replace only your window glass. But replacing your entire window is a better bet if your window frame, grills, and casing are damaged.

Energy Efficient Windows

It’s important to have energy-efficient windows in any setting. But there are so many words, ratings, and numbers that it can be confusing. Breaking these down is the easiest way to better understand them.

Heat Escape (U-Factor)

The U-Factor measures the amount of heat that can escape through your home. A lower rating means that you lose less heat through the window. This rating is important in the winter.

Heat Gain (SHGC)

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, or SHGC, measures the amount of heat that enters your window glass. The lower the number, the less heat gets into your window. This is a useful rating in the summer.

Sunlight (Visible Transmittance)

Visible Transmittance measures how much natural light gets into your home. It is important if you want to control the lighting of your home. A good VT rating may improve energy bills as you use more natural light and less artificial light.

Air Leakage

Air Leakage refers to the amount of air that seeps in around your window. A low number means less air gets in, which is useful on cold or windy days.

Condensation Resistance

Condensation Resistance measures how much moisture the window builds up on the inside of the glass. A high number (up to 100) means less condensation builds up. This is very useful during the cold months.

Home Window Replacement Styles

There are several popular styles for home window replacements, including the following:

  • Awning – opens out from the top and by use of a crank.
  • Casement – opens out from the side.
  • Single-Hung – popular window type that slides open one way.
  • Double-Hung – another popular type that slides open two ways.
  • Picture – typically large windows that do not open with little to no frame.
  • Bay – multiple windows installed in a geometric pattern outward to allow light from different angles and space for a window seat.
  • Bow – windows installed in a curved pattern outward.

The style of window you choose may be based on function or aesthetics. If you choose to replace the window glass alone, then you don’t have to decide which type. But if you decide on a full window replacement, it’s important to find the right window for your available window space.

Do you want to improve the look and efficiency of your home with replacement windows? Call GoGlass today at 800-7GO-GLASS for your free quote.