If the windows in your Grand Rapids home are more than 10 years old or include only single-pane glass, they could be costing you a significant amount of money every month. Studies by the U.S. Department of Energy have proven that 30% or more of a home’s energy can be lost through inefficient windows and doors. When the cost of heating and cooling your home climbs higher every year, can you afford to let that money simply fly out the window?
WMGB Home Improvement can make your home more comfortable while reducing energy bills by installing energy-efficient replacement windows. Our Grand Rapids replacement windows have been specially engineered for thermal efficiency and easy operation. Just as importantly, they come in a wide array of styles to add great beauty to your home.
Why Window Replacement Makes Sense
Most homes are constructed with builder-grade windows that offer low cost but poor thermal performance. At WMGB Home Improvement, we install replacement windows that are specifically designed to provide maximum energy efficiency through a wide range of weather conditions and temperatures. Consider these important features of quality Grand Rapids replacement windows:
- Efficiency. Engineered for superior energy performance, our windows combine advanced materials with modern manufacturing techniques to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
- Low maintenance. These windows are made of long-lasting materials that retain their shape, color and strength, and never need to be scraped or painted.
- Insulated frame. While some replacement windows feature energy-efficient glass, WMGB Home Improvement installs windows in which the entire frame and sash assembly are constructed of high-strength, low-conductivity materials that retain heat and keep your home weathertight.
- Low-E glass. Panes of highly efficient Low-E glass filled with a specially formulated inert gas mixture virtually eliminate heat transfer through a window.
- Tilt-in sash. Our windows feature a tilting sash for convenient cleaning, both inside and out.
- Curb appeal. An expansive glass area and an attractively finished frame make our windows a beautiful new addition to your home.
A Wide Selection of Replacement Windows
- Awning Windows
- Bay and Bow Windows
- Double Hung Windows
- Basement Hopper Windows
- Casement Windows
- Picture Windows
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The Key to Finding the Perfect Windows
When you’re putting forward the time and money for replacement windows, you should never settle. In order to ensure you’re getting the best possible windows for your home, pay attention to these details:
- The overall efficiency – learn to use the recorded U-value, SHGCt, and R-value on window labels to determine which windows are most efficient
- Low-maintenance materials – some windows are virtually maintenance-free, while others require a bit more elbow grease
- Insulated frames – check out the frames as well as the glass itself to further promote efficiency in your home
- Style – getting a window style that matches your home ensures you get the best possible cohesive look as well as high-end functionality
Seeing these details through to the end is the key to finding the perfect replacement windows for your home. It can be a challenge for new homeowners but don’t worry. Our team will work with you throughout the selection process to ensure you master each of these points.
Understanding Efficiency Ratings
Before you can choose the most efficient window for your budget, you have to understand the ratings. Typically, you’ll pay close attention to three figures:
- The U-value – a measure of how much heat escapes through the window. The lower the number, the better.
- The R-value – measures the overall heat resistance of a window. In this case, the higher the number is, the more efficient the window is.
- The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) – a score of how well the entire window (glass, frame, and insulation) blocks heat. Lower numbers are superior for this category.
Becoming familiar with these scores is the best way to ensure you’re going to get the energy savings you really want to see from your home in the coming years once your home window replacement is complete.
You’ll select from among several different types of materials when you’re choosing your window replacement design. Each of them has its own pros and cons to offer any home. The most common materials you’ll encounter during your search include:
- Vinyl – a popular, cost-efficient solution that requires minimal maintenance and is easily customized
- Fiberglass – one of the toughest materials around, with high insulative abilities, rot resistance, and little to no annual maintenance
- Wood – provides a more traditional appeal, is easily stained and repainted, and raises the home value
- Aluminum – cost-effective, paintable, and highly effective at resisting noise, rust, and weather
- Composite – a cheaper wood alternative with far less maintenance and typically come in a wider variety of colors, shapes, and sizes
These highlights give you a glimpse into what each material has to offer, but more information is always better. If you’re interested in a specific window material, contact our team of pros for all the details you’ll need.
Your Best Choice for Replacement Windows in Grand Rapids
The replacement window experts at WMGB Home Improvement are ready to help you reduce energy costs and make your home more beautiful and comfortable. Contact us for a free estimate today by calling (616) 243-3700 or completing our online quote request form.