Expert Tips for Replacing Windows for Your Home with MILGARD® Vinyl Replacement Windows
Replacing windows is a great way to improve the value of your residential or commercial property while adding comfort and even saving on heating and cooling costs. Swapping old, low-performance windows with replacement windows can result in increased comfort, enhanced beauty and even add value to your home.
For Southern California homeowners with home window replacement projects, MILGARD® Vinyl Replacement Windows are available at California Replacement Windows, a MILGARD® Authorized Dealer serving the West Los Angeles, Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Pasadena, South Bay and Orange County areas.
Benefits of Home Window Replacement Projects with MILGARD® Vinyl Replacement Windows
Your windows have a significant impact on your home's comfort levels, its beauty and even its value. This is why MILGARD® Vinyl Replacement Windows are great choices because they are custom-made to order to ensure a perfect fit and you can tailor each window to meet your specific needs in any room.
Choosing Replacement Window Styles
For a kitchen window over a sink or counter, a sliding horizontal window lets in lots of light and is easy to open when reaching over a counter.
Awning windows provide a great option for ventilation during rains. They open outward and provide shielding for the window opening. Like horizontal sliding windows, they also can be a good choice above a sink or counter—their crank systems allow for easy one-handed operation.
Some double hung window models have tilt-in sashes for easy cleaning. In second- and third-story rooms, these windows save you from having to haul out a ladder to clean your windows.
Balancing Placement and Privacy
Think about what furniture or other furnishings you might put in front of a window or patio door inside your house. If a table, for instance, is going to be placed in front of a window, consider a casement window that can be opened and closed with one hand from a crank at the bottom of the window. In a home window replacement project, you have the opportunity to change the operation style of your existing window or even put in a patio door.
For a MILGARD® bathroom window or windows flanking an entry, consider privacy/obscure glass options. These provide privacy without the need for window coverings. A variety of colors and texture patterns are available for a translucent to semi-opaque effect.
Adding Curb Appeal with MILGARD® Vinyl Replacement Windows
To give your home more curb appeal, it pays to choose your replacement windows carefully. Next to the style of a house (colonial, Cape Cod, ranch, modern), windows are the biggest factor in determining how your home looks to the outside world.
Most older homes date back to the days when glass only was available in small panes. So it makes sense, when updating older homes to maintain a traditional look through the use of grids and trim.
Generally, windows in the front of a house should complement the style of the home. For many people, and many home styles, that means a traditional, symmetrical design. This is particularly important in neighborhoods where existing homes set a general style or style is mandated by code. On other sides of the home, you have more freedom.
Improving Air Quality and Ventilation
A well chosen window and door offers benefits of healthier living and comfort in addition to the aesthetics. Beyond energy efficiency, beyond beauty, windows and doors are carefully placed to maximize enjoyment of healthier living.
Air quality is typically thought of as an outdoor issue. But indoor air inhibitors such as mold spores, dust, cleaning chemicals, and pet dander contribute to a high amount of pollutants. Americans spend as much as 90% of their time indoors. When properly placed, operable windows provide access to clean, fresh air. This natural ventilation flushes out stale air, which is particularly important in tightly sealed buildings.
The location of your windows may help you decide which operating style is best for your project. For example in a bathroom, you probably will want at least one operable window to vent moisture so you don't have to rely solely on a fan.
Getting Spectacular Views with MILGARD® Vinyl Replacement Windows
Assembled in configurations, windows and patio doors can create a wonderful sense of openness that brings the outdoors in and can actually make a room seem larger than it is. Picture windows can be combined with arch "half round" windows to add grandeur to a room.
Flank a picture window with operating windows like casement or single hung to provide view and ventilation. Or place awning windows underneath.
Sliding glass doors (standard or French-style) are a great way to bring in the view without the swing space required by an ordinary door or French patio door.
Insulating from Solar Heat with MILGARD® Vinyl Replacement Windows
If you're looking to control solar gain due to sun exposure you'll want to use extra high-efficiency forms of MILGARD® Low-E insulated glass to reject more of the sun's heat and damaging rays while letting you enjoy window light.
Windows facing east and west get low-angle sunlight in mornings and afternoons, and windows facing south can get low-angle sun in spring, fall and winter, particularly the farther north you live. All of these conditions can be blinding and especially troublesome in a room used for watching television or working on a computer. High-efficiency MILGARD® Low-E glass, shades, curtains, low overhangs and awnings can be used in various combinations to help alleviate these effects.
Improving Home Safety and Security
There are several things to consider when thinking about safety and security in your home. For first floor windows you might consider combinations of picture windows and awning windows to allow for ventilation while maintaining security.
Local building codes usually have egress requirements for bedrooms, specifying the size and height of an opening you need to allow in the event of a fire or other emergency. Often, casement or sliding horizontal windows can be a good choice for meeting these codes. Be sure to discuss egress with your contractor or dealer.
Basement windows can be challenging if you're also looking to ensure egress. Horizontal sliders are an excellent way to achieve ventilation and permit egress in window wells.
If you have walkways or paths near your windows, you may want to consider windows that don't open out (such as horizontal sliders, single hung and double hung). That way, you won't block a pathway every time you want ventilation.
For a child's bedroom, opening only the top sash of a double hung window for ventilation can add an extra measure of safety.
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