Are Your Windows Right for Your Climate?September 09, 2019
One of the most important factors that many homeowners tend to overlook when looking for new windows is the climate. Your home’s location and, by extension, the typical weather it experiences plays a crucial role in determining the performance of your replacement windows. For example, while picture windows might work well for temperate areas, they might be a completely bad idea for homes that get large amounts of sunlight throughout the year.
As the area’s leading window company, our experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Milwaukee are very much familiar with the city’s requirements and have determined the best types of windows for this climate.
Milwaukee has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. This means cold winters and hot summers. In addition, Lake Michigan also provides large amounts of humidity, which means you want windows with U-factors that can help keep the heat in during the cold months. Traditional window styles such as a double-hung window can do well in this climate, provided you choose the right glass for it.
Homes near Lake Michigan will need more versatile windows that can withstand a wide range of temperature changes as well as some harsh weather conditions. You want to have good warranty coverage for your windows in these cases as you’ll find yourself often dealing with the aftermath of some uncooperative weather. Additionally, homeowners insurance can also protect you from sudden storms that might damage your home and your windows.
The urban heat island effect is more noticeable in areas near the city center. While this can help keep your home slightly cooler in the summer, you’ll still want replacement windows that provide good thermal insulation to help maintain your energy efficiency.
Our experienced window consultants at Renewal by Andersen of Milwaukee can help you find the right window for your home. Call us at (262) 522-3034 or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation in-home design consultation and get a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Waukesha, as well as the surrounding areas.