Replacing windows on your Philadelphia home is a big home project that has many different factors. You will need to plan and make decisions that simplify the process so it runs smoothly.
Here are six important considerations you should think about before you replace your home's windows.
1. Window Frame Materials
Wood windows provide the strength and beauty that only wood can provide. Wood is the original window material, and with so many different options, you can make it your own by staining or painting it to match your style.
Vinyl is affordable without sacrificing quality. Vinyl windows provide improved comfort due to their noise reduction and energy efficiency features. Plus their frames are durable and low-maintenance.
Fiberglass is the strongest window frame material that we offer. Our fiberglass windows can withstand extreme temperatures while dealing with everyday wear and tear. Sleek frames and proven performance make fiberglass a great, lasting choice for your window frames.
2. Your Home’s Architecture and Landscape
Another consideration when replacing your windows is the architectural style of your home. Your windows can completely change your home's look, so you want to choose wisely. You may want to replace your windows to match your current home’s style. We carry a variety of colors and matching hardware options as well as different window styles, like traditional or contemporary. Our local Philadelphia team is here to help you pick the best option for your home's style.
For example, our windows were installed on an Oakhurst, NJ home to enhance its modern aesthetic. The casement and picture windows were large, providing lots of glass space for natural light to enter the home. The wood windows were also finished in black to add to the sleek, contemporary feel of the house. These factors, beautiful craftsmanship and excellent performance helped boost the home’s curb appeal.
You can even highlight your home’s architecture. For example, you could use wood windows to play on themes of nature and create a feeling of being connected to the outdoors. Another example is if you have a historic home in areas like Society Hill or Queen Village and you want to maintain the traditional look of your home with classic features.
If you decide it’s time for something different, we can help with that too. Our Philadelphia window professionals are here to listen to your vision, wants and needs. We can help transform your home into the style you’ve always imagined, whether it’s adding a dramatic effect or preserving your home's history.
Another design factor you need to consider is how light comes into your home. Depending on how the sun hits your home, the temperature of your rooms can change. For example, if your living room is always getting hit with direct sunlight, it may be hot and cause discomfort, while also raising your utility bill as you constantly have to use your air conditioner and fans. Installing energy-efficient windows can help mitigate this! Our ENERGY STAR-certified windows help lower your energy bill and add year-round comfort to your home by helping regulate temperature.
For example, we replaced a large window above an entryway in Whitehall, PA. The old foyer window was leaking and letting air into the home, causing the entrance to be chilly. Our replacement wood window matched the original look and style of the window while also improving the space’s energy efficiency.
3. The Type of Glass
To improve your energy efficiency, you can use a Low-E glass coating on your windows and patio doors. You can select the type of glass coating that will reflect the heat when needed and block most of the sun’s harmful UV rays to prevent fading inside your home. Insulating glass also helps with energy efficiency as it slows heat transfer. Try upgrading from double- to triple-pane glass for increased insulation that can lead to a more comfortable temperature in your home.
You also must consider where the window is located when picking the type of glass. For example, if your window is in a tight area or by a stairwell, you will need tempered glass for your protection if it ever does break.
You should also think about the privacy you may want from your windows. Obscured or tinted glass in areas like the bathroom is a popular choice.
While picking your window style is vital for your home’s aesthetic, you must also consider the functionality. A fixed (picture) window is non-operable, meaning you cannot open it up for ventilation. These windows are great for letting in lots of natural light. You can also pair them with operable windows for an interesting combination and design so the room can still have airflow.
Operable windows are ideal for bathrooms or kitchens, where you may want more ventilation. Picture windows are a good fit for areas where you want natural light, but don't need to open and close them, like if you want windows placed up high on walls in rooms with tall ceilings.
If you decide that you want operable windows, you will need to figure out how you want them to open. These different ways of opening are categorized by the type of windows, like casement, single-hung or awning windows, for example. Casement windows are hinged from the side and open outwardly, while awning windows are hinged at the top and can open inward or outward. Casement windows are also commonly used in modern Philadelphia homes for their glass space and functionality. For example, if you have a luxury or modern home in Northeast Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Square or Center City, a mix of casement and fixed windows could provide the style you want.
Casement windows are an excellent choice for getting fresh air to flow through your home. For example, we used our casement windows to update a sunroom addition on a house in Landenberg, PA. The change from the old double-hung windows to new vinyl casement windows created enhanced airflow and updated the look of the addition as a whole.
Then there are single-hung windows where the bottom sash is lifted up to open and then pulled down to close it. Finally, double-hung windows are similar to this as the bottom sash lifts to open, but the difference is that the top sash also opens for easy cleaning and more ventilation.
5. Your Budget
Replacing your windows can be a big home improvement project, but it doesn’t have to break your budget. Our experts will help you find the solution that meets your needs while staying within your budget. For example, we can help you walk through questions like: do you want to get all of your windows done simultaneously or spread them out to manage the cost?
We also offer financing options to reduce your upfront costs. Our team is here to help you achieve your window goals and be respectful of both your feelings and budgetary needs.
6. The Consultation, Installation Process and Warranty
Customer service can make or break the window replacement process. You want to work with a trusted company known for its quality products and a place with compassionate team members who will listen to your needs and concerns and keep you in the loop with the replacement process.
That’s where we come in. We, at Pella, have been in the business for years and have built a team of professionals that make the window buying and replacement process smooth and painless.
To start the process, we offer a free in-home consultation so that you can meet with a salesperson proficient in windows and doors who will listen to your needs. From there, we measure the windows you want to be replaced, help you pick a style/material and then give you a quote.
For the installation, we have trained professionals who understand the different window replacement techniques and how to install our products properly. In addition, we ensure that our installation creates a strong seal to avoid drafts and improve energy efficiency so that our windows will last.
Even after installation, we are here for you. Our team is ready to answer any questions that may arise after the replacement. In addition, our lifetime limited warranty also backs your windows.
Schedule your free in-home consultation to get started.