Excelsior Springs Window Replacement In Kansas City, Missouri
Excelsior Springs Window Replacement may be done for many reasons depending on the situation of the individual homeowner. It could simply be done to replace worn-out windows or to enhance the beauty and resale value of a home. Perhaps high-maintenance windows could be replaced with virtually maintenance-free ones. It could be done to let in more natural light, increase natural ventilation, or perhaps to take advantage of new energy-saving technologies and thus save money in the long term. Whatever your reasons for doing Excelsior Springs window replacement, you want to do it right and do it for an affordable investment. And in doing so, you will want to use a good, local, Missouri contractor familiar with Excelsior Springs.
Types of Replacement Windows
There are far too many types of Kansas City replacement windows to go into here. Whatever you can imagine there is probably a window to meet you desires. Prior planning before an Excelsior Springs window replacement project will save you time and money. It needs to be decided which windows will open and if they open, how. Windows can be hinged or slide open. They can open at the top, bottom, or either side. If the windows are to be located on a ground floor or other places easily accessed from the outside, the security of the windows and the ease of locking them needs to be considered. And local MO building codes may need to be consulted which is another reason to employ a local contractor.
There are three basic types of Missouri replacement windows available for an Excelsior Springs window replacement project. These are wood, aluminum, and vinyl. Each has its upsides and downsides. For instance, wood is naturally beautiful and has natural insulation properties. But it requires regular maintenance such as painting. It is also not appropriate for larger windows such as picture windows. For large windows you need aluminum. While virtually maintenance-free, aluminum is not as good an insulator as wood or vinyl. Finally, vinyl is very attractive, virtually maintenance-free, and a good insulator. The only downside is, again, it is not good for large windows. Some Excelsior Springs window replacement jobs may use one, two, or even all three of these basic window types. And modern windows have energy-saving technologies such as low e glass and argon between double panes for insulation.
Why Window Replacement
Living in Western Missouri close to Kansas City yet in a small town with the Southern ambiance of Excelsior Springs is a special treat. Excelsior Springs has a fascinating history and easy access to Crystal Lakes and other outdoor attractions. Then there's everything Kansas City has to offer from world-class dining and shopping, professional sports including football, baseball, and hockey, and many attractions such as water parks, theme parks, and the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. There are many museums to interest almost anyone from aviation to jazz. And of course there's the local Excelsior Springs Museum and Archives for those interesting in the history of our area of MO. But the weather in here can be a challenge with cold winters and hot, muggy summers. Old leaky windows will make your life less comfortable and cost you money in energy loss. And energy costs are predicted to continue to rise. Can you afford not to replace your energy inefficient windows?
Other Window Replacement Considerations
When you decide on what windows to use in your Excelsior Springs window replacement project, it's time to choose a contractor. A savvy, skilled, and brave homeowner might be able, with the help of a friend or neighbor, change a window or two. But for large replacement projects a contractor is a must. The contractor needs to be reliable yet work quickly. They need to be careful and punctual. If they aren't reliable they might remove a window, then not return for a week to put in the replacement. Or they might not be careful which could cause damage to drywall, plaster, or siding. This will result in an expensive and unsightly patch job that might lower the value of your home. The right contractor can make all the difference in your Excelsior Springs window replacement.
Excelsior Springs window replacement doesn't have to be stressful or expensive. With proper planning and a good contractor, it can be a pleasant experience. And the benefits will last for many many years. You can save energy and thus money, enhance the beauty and resale value of your Excelsior Springs home, increase the functionality of your home, or simply let in more natural light or ventilation. Whatever your hopes for an Excelsior Springs window replacement, there are many options and choices. Don't live without doing a replacement soon if needed. Life in Excelsior Springs is too special to be ruined by cold drafts and high energy bills.
The Best U-Factor and SHGC for Energy Efficient Excelsior Springs Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Excelsior Springs, an area in Kansas City, it is extremely important to purchase windows (and doors) with the correct u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) as rated by Energy Star.
Energy Star determines the u-factor and SHGC that will give you the most energy efficienct replacement windows, skylights, and doors based on Excelsior Springs's climate zone.
The climate zone assigned to Excelsior Springs and the zip codes within it - including zip codes '' - takes into account how extreme the seasons are in Excelsior Springs . How warm and cold it gets in Kansas City determines how well your new windows will need to keep out the cold air and the hot sun.
Below, you will find a table with the climate zones and corresponding u-factor and SHGC ratings for Excelsior Springs, your neighbohood within the city of Kansas City
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your zip code and town in the Kansas City, area will help you to determine which replacement windows, skylights, and doors will maximize energy savings for your home.
To find the Energy Star recommended u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) for your home in the , area, simply do the following:
- Find your neighborhood and zip code in the left most column.
- Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your neighborhood's name and zip code.
- Under the orange box with your climate zone, find the dark grey box with the product you are looking for - window replacements, new doors, or skylights.
- Under the product type, you will find the best u-factor and shgc as determined by Energy Star.
- When getting quotes from contractors, be sure that your window replacements, new skylights, and/or replacement doors have these ratings to maximize energy efficiency in your home.