Deciding what type of windows to use on your new home will be one of the most important decisions you will make. Windows add warmth, beauty and light to your home. Since windows are one of the most visible features of your home from both the inside and out, you’ll want to make a wise and practical choice. Most people spend 10 to 15 percent of their home building budget on windows and doors. Our latest issue of Home Ideas features two insightful articles to help you choose the right window for your new home â€“ Choosing the Right Window For Your Style Home and Understanding Window Styles. You can also get inspired by looking through our collection of house plans, featuring great photography.
Make sure you purchase windows that qualify for federal tax incentives like the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). This tax credit offers 30% of the product cost up to a maximum of $1,500 for qualifying purchases of new, energy efficient windows. Under the ARRA law, the tax credit applies only to windows with a â€œUâ€ factor equal to or less than 0.30 and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) equal to or less than 0.30. The credit is good only for the windows themselves, not installation costs.
In addition to helping consumers, this tax incentive is providing a window of opportunity for companies such as Jeld-Wen, Andersen, Pella, Integrity Windows and Marvin Windows and Doors, who are looking for a boost from a slumping home building industry.