New windows can enhance the look of your home and make it feel less drafty and a lot quieter. They’re easier to clean and maintain than old windows.
There are a lot of different factors that can go into your purchase of your next home improvement project. It’s good to be educated about what types of windows to get and what materials you can save on.
For the most part, you will need full replacement windows when you are out searching. This includes the frame, the sill, the jambs and a nailing flange that attaches the window to the outside wall around the opening. Prices can vary, but custom window replacement can be affordable with the right materials and labor costs.
Wooden window frames and all-vinyl frames are popular. I would steer clear of the aluminum frames, as their popularity is decreasing as vinyl increases. The material doesn’t affect performance, but the frames can really affect how your room’s aesthetic is shaped. Vinyl frames are typically the cheapest and do not need to be painted. Most are white, and have fewer options.
Wooden frames are the most popular and tend to be the most expensive, but the most attractive by far. Thankfully, there’s a lot of variety with this choice as well and the wood can be either painted or stained before you execute the decision to get a new window. You can also pick a variety of hardware finishes to match your home.
You can choose from a variety of style options. For Massachusetts, I recommend these two types of windows.
There is the ever-popular double-hung window frame where the sash slides up or down, improving circulation and easing the cleaning process. Importantly, they are better at keeping out cold air or water than other window styles.
Casement windows are hinged on one side, offering an unobstructed view. There is also a crank to let them open outward. They are usually airtight compared to your standard double-hung windows because the sash locks against the frame to close. They are also pretty good at keeping out cold air and rain.