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Three Window Options That Are Worth Paying Extra For

When shopping for replacement windows, it's not always easy to know where to draw the line. Do you pay extra for the special finish that matches your duvet cover? Are wood windows really worth the higher price in comparison to vinyl windows? Every homeowner has their preferences, but regardless of your style choices, there are three window options that are almost always worth paying a bit more for.

Low-E Glass

Almost every window manufacturer has their own proprietary low-E glass. Usually, they offer this glass option at a slight up-charge in comparison to standard glass. To understand why the higher-end glass is worth it, you need to understand how low-E glass works. Basically, the glass has been coated with a thin layer of silver. The silver reflects heat waves, preventing them from passing through the glass. Most low-E glass is treated on both sides, so it reflects heat back into your home in the winter. In the summer, it reflects heat back outside. Thus, low-E glass helps lower your energy bills all year long, making it a smart investment.

Composite Frames

Vinyl frames and sashes have become quite popular, mainly because they are affordable and don't need to be painted. But for just a little more money, you can get composite window frames instead. Like vinyl frames, these do not need to be painted, and they are impervious to rot. However, unlike vinyl frames, they are highly resistant to changes in temperature and humidity, meaning that they are less likely to leak as they age. They can also be made thinner than vinyl frames since the material is stronger, so you end up with more glass area in each window.

Childproof Latches

If you don't have kids in your home, you may figure that paying a bit more for childproof latches is not worth it. However, consider the fact that these latches tend to be more secure, making it harder for someone to break in from the outside of your home, too. They offer a good way to obtain more secure windows without paying for top-notch security locks. Plus, if you ever sell your home to someone who does have children, they will enjoy having the locks in place for the safety of their kids.

Some window options are mainly a matter of style preference, but the ones above tend to work well for most every homeowner. Pay a little more for these options, and you'll have windows that serve you for years to come. To learn more, talk to companies like Allstate Siding and Windows.