Finding the Right Windows for a Home In San Francisco

Despite being classified as temperate, the climate in San Francisco greatly varies depending on the time of year and even where you are. This means you have to make sure that your home's windows are prepared to take on whatever surprises the weather may bring.
More than affordability
There are many cases when homeowners in San Francisco instinctively go for the cheapest windows they can find, but I think that's never a good idea. Cheaper windows rarely offer the same benefits as do higher-priced alternatives, and will likely end up costing you more when you finally decide to get something that actually works better for your home. So what, exactly, should you look for when choosing a window?
Durability and lifespan
Naturally, you'd want windows that are tough enough to withstand whatever punishment the San Francisco climate dishes out. This means that your windows will possibly need to hold up well against high humidity, strong winds, heavy rains, and even the occasional thunderstorm. A cheap window can deteriorate in just a few years, but tougher ones such as Fibrex-framed windows can handle all but the worst weather conditions.
San Francisco's fogs act as the area's natural air conditioner, which means even summer days can get very cold during certain times of the day. You'd want to make sure that any warm air stays inside and keeps you comfortable indoors. Keep in mind, however, that during very warm days, the heat from the outside can make it rather humid and steamy indoors, so your windows must also do a good job of preventing the cool air from your air conditioning unit from leaking outside. Windows featuring energy-efficient frames and multi-pane glass make excellent choices.
When the weather is just right, you can save up on heating or air conditioning by keeping your windows open. However, you have to make sure that your windows are big enough to let plenty of fresh air in whilst letting the stale air out. Bigger frames will usually mean better ventilation, but ultimately, good ventilation will also depend on the type of window you've got, and where it's placed.

Where should windows be placed? Different window styles offer different amounts of privacy, ventilation, and natural lighting. Knowing which windows are best for specific parts of your home can make a top-quality window function even more efficiently. For example, casement windows are great in the bedroom and in living rooms, because they provide a good view of the outside;  double-hung windows, on the other hand,  don't take much space and make good kitchen windows.
While the weather in San Francisco is pleasant enough to have your windows checked any time of the year, you'd still want to go for options that allow for easier maintenance. This means staying away from materials that are vulnerable to moisture (which is ever -present in the area).
If you feel you're having trouble considering the various factors that could affect your choice of windows, it's best you get in touch with a window specialist. It's much easier to make choices when you've got someone to guide you who's familiar with how different window options fare in San Francisco's local climate.
Alex Esler works at leading window replacement company Renewal by Andersen as marketing manager. Alex is always eager to share her insights on window replacement with clients and friends through her online articles and blog posts.

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