Replacement Windows in San Jose: Tips on Selection and Installation
People change their windows for various reasons. Some do it to enjoy the long-term benefits of the newer, more energy-efficient models; others for more urgent needs, such as to replace a damaged or aging window, or to improve the home’s aesthetics for a possible sale. Whatever your reason may be for changing one or more windows in your San Jose home, careful selection will give you a quieter, less drafty home; less cleaning and maintenance work; and yes, substantial energy-savings. Consider the following pointers in choosing replacement windows in San Jose to help ensure you get good value for your money.
Check Efficiency Ratings
The efficiency ratings of new windows may be seen on their Energy Star and National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) labels. Given the mostly hot and sunny climate of San Jose, follow the U.S. Department of Energy’s recommendations of getting windows with a low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient Rating, which can better help keep a home cool even in hot weather. It is also advisable to choose windows with visible transmittance of 0.6 or higher to allow more natural light to come in while keeping the harmful rays of the sun out. Consult San Jose windows experts, such as those in SGK Home Solutions, to help you better understand window ratings, and find the right ones for your home.
Which Window Type?
Window type may be classified according to the frame material. The most popular window materials are vinyl and wood, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages as far as maintenance, cost, aesthetics, and durability are concerned. Vinyl is easiest to maintain, needing little more than the occasional cleaning using a wet rug. It is also very durable. Wooden window frames, on the other hand, need a good finish and more maintenance work to withstand rot and decay. Wood, however, still offers high aesthetic values that synthetic window types cannot provide.
The Importance of Proper Installation
Whichever window type you choose, and regardless of efficiency ratings, poor installation could make it inefficient and hard to operate, as well as cause you more maintenance work. You need to make sure, first of all, that the size of the window is highly accurate. Good shimming is also important for a perfect fit. Proper flashing and insulation are also critical to prevent leaks and to keep cooled air from escaping to the outside.
The best providers of replacement windows in San Jose are also the right people to do the installation for you. They generally would have received training from the manufacturing companies themselves, and can better guarantee the quality and functionality of your new windows.
(Source: 10 Things to Know About Window Replacement; DIY Network)
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