Windows are one of the basic necessities of a home. They brighten our rooms, feed us fresh air, keep out the rain, and, when matched to the style of the architecture, greatly enhance a house's appearance, inside and out.
But if your windows were letting in a little too much air last winter, leaving you chilled and stuck with high fuel bills, consider this: New high-performance insulating units can cut your energy costs by almost 25 percent. So with the arrival of spring, and a fresh round of federal tax credits for installing more-efficient windows, it's a great time to say sayonara to those drafty old units.
If you're not sure which kind of windows to get, let us offer a suggestion: wood. It's a light, strong, and attractive material. It's a good insulator, it's moderately priced, and it can be milled into an unlimited array of shapes and profiles. Plus, with a bit of regular care, it'll last indefinitely. The big problem is finding the right type and style for your house among the myriad choices and manufacturers. It's enough to make your head hurt.
Save yourself some pain by studying the following slides. We make sense of the smorgasbord of options and show you how to compare products so that you get the best window for your buck. If new windows are in your future, this is one story you don't want to miss.Shown: Andersen
400 Series WoodwrightSimilar to shown: Jeld-Wen