Now that it's time for replacement windows, make sure you get exactly what you need. It's not enough to simply replace your windows. You've got to include the extras that will take home security and comfort above and beyond the basic. If you're going to be replacing your windows, here are four additions you can make to get everything you need out of the investment.
When it comes to choosing replacement windows, you've got to insist on impact glass. You might not think you need impact glass, but you do. Impact glass doesn't just protect you during a storm – which it does, very well. Impact glass also protects you from fast-moving birds, over-thrown baseballs, and even attempted break-ins. Once you have windows that include impact glass, you'll be able to rest easy knowing that your home is protected from a variety of hazards.
Now that you're installing replacement windows in your home, make sure you take care of sun protection. Adding a protective film to your windows will help keep your home cooler during the summer and will help prevent sun damage. Protective film is particularly important on the windows in your home that face east and west. Early morning and late afternoon sunlight can wreak havoc on your curtains, carpeting, and furniture. Protective film will help reduce the amount of glare that makes it into your home.
If you're like most people, you have screens on half your windows – the half that opens. While those screens do help keep some of the insects out, they don't keep all of them out. That's because some insects can find their way through the spaces between the windows and where the screen ends. Not only that, but the mesh screening is often large enough for small insects to squeeze right through. That's why you need to include full-coverage insect screens on your windows. Not only do these screens cover the entire expanse of the window, they also provide a much tighter mesh to keep even the smallest insects out of your home.
If you're looking for a way to provide maximum protection for your home and windows during a storm, you need to install storm shutters. Storm shutters protect your windows from damage, even during the worst storms. Even if you've chosen impact glass for your windows, you should still install the storm shutters. That way, you can double up on the protection when you need it the most. It's important to note that storm shutters can be used as an added layer of home protection when you leave for extended vacations. Simply close the storm shutters before you leave, and intruders won't be able to easily access your home through your windows.
For more information about replacement windows, contact a local window installation company.