Let’s face it, if you’re considering replacement windows for your home, you’re looking at a financial commitment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Ask yourself what you want and what you’re willing to pay for. Here are a few things to consider:
Cost is a major factor, but don’t let it color your thinking to the point that you ignore the benefits of high-quality replacement windows and professional installation. Big box stores sell windows, and you probably won’t have to look too hard to find someone to install them. If you go this route, keep your fingers crossed that you don’t have a problem with performance or fit.
Milgard produces their own sash and frame components and controls the manufacturing process from start to finish. Their vinyl frames are based on their custom vinyl formula and are created through an extrusion process for premium performance. They make their own fiberglass through the pultrusion process. Their insulated glass units are tempered on-site as well. Milgard understands that control over the manufacturing process ensures control over quality.
There are four basic types of frame material, each with different benefits:
- Vinyl is the most efficient, doesn’t transfer heat or cold like aluminum, and is low maintenance.
- Fiberglass is also energy efficient and can withstand decades of wear and tear, although it’s slightly more expensive.
- Aluminum frames, while they’re the strongest, are the least energy efficient.
- Wood frames have excellent insulating properties and can be painted and sealed, but they require more maintenance than other frame materials. Milgard windows Houston combines a solid wood frame with a long-lasting fiberglass exterior for the best of both worlds.
Milgard windows meet the components of an energy efficient window set by Energy Star, a program sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Milgard windows Houston are independently tested and rated based on the climate where they are to be sold.
Milgard offers a wide variety of operational styles like:
- Double hung
And architectural styles like:
- Cape cod
- Split level
Obscure glass protects your privacy while letting light in. Colors and texture patterns are available, and obscure glass is most often used in bathrooms and front door entries.
Tempered glass is not only extra strong, but when it does break it breaks into small pieces with no sharp edges. Ideal for patio doors.
Laminated glass is two or more panes of glass bonded together. This type of glass provides a high degree of protection from ultraviolet rays that can fade your home furnishings.
Sound control windows are double glazed with a built-in sound panel. Milgard’s Quiet Line Series rates a 48 in the Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating compared to a rating of 28-32 for typical double glazed windows.
Houston Window Experts is a certified Milgard Dealer, and we’re proud to have an AAMA Certified Master Installer on staff. With our training, experience, and proven Milgard product knowledge, you can rest assured that we’ll be by your side from your initial decision to replace your windows through the completed installation. We won’t be satisfied until you are.