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The Elements of Well-Designed Windows

Proper window design involves several factors in addition to aesthetics. Today, we shed light on the qualities of well-designed windows.

Energy Efficiency

There’s a reason why most, if not all literature, on replacement windows devote space for energy efficiency. Windows are part of the energy envelope, the enclosure formed by the attic, exterior walls and fenestrations (windows, entry doors and skylights). Traditional windows tend to let heat leak through them because single-pane glass is a naturally conductive material; hence, the reason why drafts often happen near windows. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), up to 48% of an average home’s annual energy consumption is spent on heating and cooling. Replacing traditional windows with energy-efficient ones can help cut up to 25% of total annual energy costs. 

Proper window design involves choosing the right material and incorporating technologies that help prevent heat leaks. Double-pane window glass and insulated frame materials help slow down heat transfer, which leads to lower indoor heating and cooling requirements and, therefore, lower energy bills.

Reduced Maintenance Requirements

As a homeowner, you should be able to enjoy the benefits of a bay window or similarly large windows without dreading cleaning and maintenance. A well-designed window should have features that make it easy to clean and maintain. The reason why people like vinyl windows despite their limitations is because the frames are easy to clean and do not require scraping and repainting every few years. Take the same low-maintenance requirements, then add custom window colors and sashes that can be tilted, removed or reached around, and you get Renewal by Andersen® replacement windows.

Window Hardware

Many people consider window hardware as an accessory, but they’re an essential component of window design. If the window has moving parts, window hardware is involved. It has to move precisely to ensure easy operation and a proper seal when closed. The window hardware must also withstand years of use and should complement the look of the windows.

Renewal by Andersen of Wyoming is your leading provider of window replacement services. Give us a call at (307) 472-2199, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Casper, Cheyenne and Laramie, WY.


"We are very pleased with our new windows and sliding door. The crew showed up when they were scheduled and had to work through snow drifts. They all were very professional, efficient and respectful. They made sure we were knowledgeable about how to use the windows and had us inspect everything before they were done. Great job!!"

Antonio & Peggy Escamilla
Apr 11, 2019

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