Westminster, Colorado Window Replacement
Last updated on 01/11/2022
Westminster window replacement will give your home a couple of primary benefits that are extremely desirable. First, the new glass can provide your home with much improved energy efficiency over older glass, as the Colorado replacement window project will result in glass that has tighter seals and better insulation. Second, the new frames are great for giving your home a fresh look on the exterior. You'll be amazed at how much better and newer your house will look after completing a Westminster window replacement installation.
When it's time to install new glass, you will want to take a little bit of time to educate yourself on each of the different new replacement window factors and styles of frames that you can use with your CO home. After all, each style has its own advantages and disadvantages. The types of frames you select will affect the final cost of the project, too, so this is not a decision you should make hastily.
Vinyl Window Replacement
When you begin your Westminster window replacement research, you'll undoubtedly read a lot about vinyl frames. For people who choose to change out their home's glass, vinyl is the most common material chosen for the frames. You will quickly learn that vinyl has many advantages over other types of frames, both in terms of the maintenance required to keep it looking nice and working properly and in terms of the ease of installation.
With vinyl, you'll find that the frames will not need to be very bulky, and they aren't very heavy, either, which makes them easier to install than frames made with some other materials. In addition, if you want your Westminster window replacement to last for a long time, vinyl is one of the best options you can select. Few types of replacement window frames will last as long as vinyl.
In addition, it really doesn't need much regular maintenance, which is great. Some materials that you might choose for the frame in your Westminster window replacement will result in needing painting or repairing every few years. With vinyl frames in your replacement window project, it's an install it and forget it type of material.
If you select vinyl for your Westminster window replacement frames, you can select from many different colors. This means it's very easy to pick a product that's going to fit nicely with the style and design of your home. Select the color carefully, however, as vinyl frames with your new glass will last a long time, so the color you pick will be there quite a while. You do have the option of trying to paint the vinyl frames, if you tire of the original color, but some types of vinyl don't accept paint very well, so this can end up being quite a chore.
Other Options in CO
If you'd like a more natural looking product with your Westminster window replacement project, you can choose wooden frames. Wood was used in frames for many, many years before vinyl became popular, so there's nothing wrong with selecting wood. You will find that wooden frames tend to be heavier than other materials, which can make installation a bit more awkward. In addition wooden frames require some regular maintenance, including painting and checking for rot from time to time.
Aluminum is another common material used in all types of window replacement. Although aluminum might be more commonly used with commercial buildings, rather than in residential homes, the metal frames can look nice on certain home designs, as the aluminum can create a dramatic look on large glass. However, one disadvantage to using aluminum in your frames on your Westminster window replacement project is that this material doesn't insulate the glass very well.
Insulation is a key component in the window replacement project, as it will provide quite a bit of energy efficiency in your Westminster home. Not surprisingly, most older frames in older homes do not have much insulation included with them. That lack of insulation is one of the reasons why older windows tend to be drafty and have a cold feel.
Westminster is a city of more than 100,000, and it's close to Denver, CO, which gives those who live in Westminster plenty of employment options. The population of Westminster has more than doubled since 1980, and this area of Colorado is growing very quickly in population. Improving the look and feel of your home in this growing area with this type of project will pay dividends in improving your home's value.
You don't want to skimp on insulation with your new glass in Westminster, because this area of the state of Colorado can suffer cold winter weather. Keep your home in Westminster warm by making sure the installer includes plenty of insulation. After all, avoiding drafts is a primary reason to perform a Westminster window replacement.
Westminster Colorado, Colorado U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Westminster Colorado, Colorado or any of its counties, including Adams County, Broomfield County, and Jefferson County, 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 your county's climate zone.
The climate zone assigned to your county takes into account how extreme the seasons are in your area. How warm and cold it gets in Westminster Colorado 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 Westminster Colorado, Colorado and Westminster Colorado's metro area counties including: Adams County CO, Arapahoe County CO, Broomfield County CO, Clear Creek County CO, Denver County CO, Douglas County CO, Elbert County CO, Gilpin County CO, Jefferson County CO, and Park County CO.
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your county in the Westminster Colorado, CO 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 county in the Westminster Colorado metro area, simply do the following:
- Find your county in the left most column.
- Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your county's name.
- 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.
|Adams County CO
Arapahoe County CO
Clear Creek County CO
Denver County CO
Douglas County CO
Elbert County CO
Gilpin County CO
Jefferson County CO
Park County CO
|Northern Climate Zone|
|0.30 or less||0.00 or more|
|0.31||0.35 or more|
|0.32||0.40 or more|
|0.50 or less||Any|
|Solid Doors (No Glass)|
|0.17 or less||No Rating|
|Doors with Less than Half Glass|
|0.25 or less||0.25 or less|
|Doors with More than Half Glass|
|0.30 or less||0.40 or less|
If you don't see your home's county above, use the u-factor and solar heat gain co-efficient (SHGC) search tool below to search for your Westminster Colorado, CO area county's recommended window efficiency ratings.
Use the table above or the tool below to search for the specific u-factor and SHGC for your county so that you are educated and have this information on hand in order to maximize the financial return on your investment in new windows, new skylights and/or new doors in the Westminster Colorado, Colorado area.
Remember to research thoroughly prior to making a window replacement or replacement door purchase, regardless of whether you are installing the windows and doors yourself or having them installed by a licensed professional contractor.
Westminster Colorado Window Suppliers
Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Westminster Colorado area.