Shopping for windows should be an exciting experience! These days, there are so many different windows to choose from, including everything from vinyl and wood windows to fiberglass and aluminum windows. You’ll love looking at all your different options and picking out the ones that are right for your home.

We at SoCal Window Pros think of your home as ours. Honesty, integrity, and professionalism is our philosophy and we thoroughly enjoy replacing your windows. That is why we make the process of buying windows through us stress-free and easy. We hope to build relationships with customers that will nourish your family as well as our own.

Things to Consider

1. Budget

As a family owned and operated company, we understand that house remodels can get expensive. That is why we strive to give our customers the best deals that we can. We also offer financing to accommodate the financial needs of our customers.

2. Energy Efficiency

Windows don’t just let light into your home. They also let hot and cool air in & out, potentially driving up your energy bills and creating unnecessary waste. With every choice you make in your window installation journey, you weigh various other factors against energy loss.

Fortunately, technology has come a long way in recent decades, offering a wider range of safe, stylish, and energy-efficient window options. Energy efficiency is also an important consideration as you set your budget, since there are many features you might include that could add to the initial sticker price. But ultimately, they save you money by reducing your energy bill.

There are two key measures to understand when comparing different windows’ energy efficiency:

U-Factor: The U-Factor indicates the thermal conductivity of your window. In other words, it indicates how much hot air escapes the feature when it’s cold outside and vice-versa. The scale generally ranges from 0.2 to 1.25: the lower the number, the better the window insulates your home.

Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC): SHGC quantifies the amount of solar energy the window lets in. You may want a higher SHGC if you’re more concerned about allowing the sun to heat up your home in the winter, and a lower one if maintaining cool indoor temperatures in a hot climate is the priority. 

3. Frame Material

Window frames come in a range of different materials, each offering advantages and disadvantages when it comes to cost, maintenance, appearance, and insulation. The most common choices include: 

Vinyl: Low-cost and highly durable. Vinyl windows have become increasingly popular in Southern California for their sleek look and ability to save costs on energy bills.

Wood: Provides a classic, easy-to-customize look, and the best possible energy efficiency, but they demand more upkeep than many other options.

Aluminum: Inexpensive and highly durable, but rated worst in terms of energy efficiency 

Fiberglass: Combining durability, strong insulation, and a wide variety of style options, fiberglass frames have a lot to recommend them, but they come with a high price tag

4. Glazing

For each window you install or replace, you need to decide how many panes of glass you want included. Though single-pane is an option, such windows are increasingly unpopular because they shatter easily and let heat escape easily. Double-pane windows are the standard choice. They provide energy efficiency and comfort not only through the extra pane, but with the gas that usually fills the gap between the two, which offers additional insulation.

If you have trouble maintaining your home’s temperature, or you live in a particularly loud area, you can also spring for triple-pane glass.  

The choices don’t end there, however. You can opt for glass with low-emissivity (Low-E) coating, which allows light in while cutting down on heat conductivity, meaning less cold air escapes in the summer and less warm air in the winter. There are further glazing options for those most focused on limiting noise, people who want additionally in case of breakage, and other ways of customizing the glass’s appearance.

5. Design

There is a nearly endless array of distinct window styles to suit different functions and tastes if you opt for customized windows—but some of the most common include:

Double-hung: The most prevalent window design since the 1980s, double-hung windows feature two operable sashes, allowing you to tilt the window open at both the bottom and top.

Single-hung: For many years, single-hung windows were the most common type in homes. They have one sash to open the bottom half of the window, but the top remains inoperable.

Sliding windows: Sliding windows consist of one or more panels that move horizontally. These are becoming increasingly more popular due to their ease in operating style.

Casement windows and awning windows: Popular in basements, Casement windows have a hinge at the bottom and open outward with a crank style handle. Awning windows, popular for higher levels, with the hinge at the top also open outward with a similar crank style handle.

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