The process of determining when to get new windows, which windows to get, and what the window installation process in Utah will look like can be complicated. But at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’ve spent decades perfecting the process to make it as stress-free as possible for our valued customers. Whether you’re looking for the most energy efficient option, the most affordable option, or the option that will do the most to boost curb appeal, we have products just for you. Here is your guide to window replacement in Utah.
How Do You Know If You Need New Windows?
There are a number of telltale signs that your house needs new windows, and one of the best indicators is being able to feel a draft through your closed windows. When a window is letting in a draft, that makes it much more difficult to regulate the temperature of your home. Not only does this mean you might be too hot or too cold, but it also means you’re spending way more on your energy bill than you need to because the heated or cooled air is going right out the window. A drafty window can be caused by failing seals, improper installation, and more.
Another sign that your old windows need to go is if you can hear a lot of noise from the outside. From barking dogs to garbage trucks to the constant drone of lawnmowers on Saturday mornings, outside noise coming through your closed windows is more than annoying — it’s an indicator that your windows were not made or sealed properly.
Rotting and water damaged window frames are another reason to get new windows installed. If you’re finding it increasingly difficult to open, close, and lock your windows, the frames may be suffering from rot and/or rust. You also may notice that your window frames are chipped and soft to the touch, which means that water has infiltrated your window frames and damaged them beyond repair. Your windows may begin to sag, or you may be unable to lock your windows, leaving you vulnerable at night, and leaving your belongings vulnerable when you’re not home.
But intact window frames do not necessarily mean that your windows are safe from water damage. If you notice moisture building up between the panes of glass in your window, that means the seals are faulty. Any gas that the manufacturers put between the window panes to make them more soundproof or energy efficient has leaked out. The same goes for cracks in your window — they leave room for gas to escape.
You may also want to replace your windows for aesthetic reasons. Whether you plan on selling your house one day and want to increase curb appeal, or you just no longer like the look of your windows, today’s selection of window products is much more advanced and has a wider variety of materials.
How to Choose New Windows For Your Home
When choosing products for your window replacement project in Utah, it’s important to choose windows that are compatible with the climate you live in. If you live in a rainy and humid climate, windows with wooden frames might not be the best choice, as the weather leaves the wood vulnerable to rot and water damage.
Aluminum window frames, on the other hand, are great for coastal areas that are prone to hurricanes and tropical storms. The strength of the material ensures that your windows will be able to weather almost any storm.
If you live in a hot and sunny climate, windows with low emissivity glazing might be for you. These window panes, also known as low-e, are able to filter out much of the infrared and ultraviolet light that makes sun coming through the window feel so hot. This will help you stay cool in the summer without running up the energy bill.
In your search for the perfect new windows, you’ll also want to think about your budget. If you’re looking for something more affordable, vinyl window frames are your best bet. Not only are they nearly half the price of wooden window frames, but they are excellent at keeping your home insulated. Vinyl windows in Utah are also highly durable, and thus require very little maintenance over the years.
If money is no consideration, however, and you’re more interested in improving the look of your home, wood-clad window frames will look striking for years to come. Improvements in wood-clad window frame technology means that you get the look and insulation of wooden frames with the durability of aluminum or fiberglass frames.
Window style is another consideration to keep in mind. Single hung or double hung panes? Corner windows or casement windows? Arched windows or radius windows? Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors offers a wide variety of window shapes and styles, and even makes custom designs.
What To Expect on the Day of Your Window Replacement in Utah
For many of us, our home is our sanctuary, which is exactly why we at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors want your window installation process in Utah to go smoothly. Have the installation professionals go over the plan with you before they get started. Your window replacement experts in Utah will use drop cloths to cover the floor, ensuring that they don’t leave a mess behind. And if you have questions about the installation process as the day goes on, don’t hesitate to ask.
For the safety of your household and our technicians, be sure to keep any pets and/or children away from the construction zone.
At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we understand what makes a house a home — safety, comfort, and a sense of your own personal style. We carry only the highest quality windows that will provide you with that sense of home. Call us today to get one step closer to completing your next window replacement project in Utah.