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8 Things to Consider When Choosing Replacement Windows

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There is more than one good reason to replace your windows. New windows in a different style can make your home more attractive and add to your house’s curb appeal. You could also substitute old windows with ones that have more energy-efficient materials. And of course, there comes a time when you have no choice but to replace your existing windows because they’ve reached the end of their lifespan.

Here is a quick guide to what you should look for when choosing the right replacement window for your home:

Window Styles

When replacing an old window, you might want a replacement window in the same style and design. However, no rule says you have to do that. Instead, you can pick a replacement window in a whole new style to give your home a fresh look. Here are the basic window styles to choose from:

  • Bow
  • Bay
  • Casement
  • Double-hung
  • Garden
  • Picture
  • Slider

Your Home’s Architecture

Choose windows that complement your home’s architecture. Contemporary homes typically have casement and slider windows while a traditional house looks excellent with the awning or double-hung windows. Farmhouse style home would look amazing with bay or bow windows.

Energy-Efficient Materials

Older windows are typically single pane, and having to replace them may be a blessing in disguise because you now have the opportunity to choose windows that energy-efficient. Double or triple paned windows will do a much better job at keeping your energy costs low; they’re also good at blocking outside noise.

Quality Construction

Look for replacement windows that guarantee weathertight construction. You’ll want excellent craftsmanship by ensuring the windows have been fusion-welded for strength and durability. Look for glass that is effective at blocking harmful UV rays.


Ask the replacement window supplier about their installation guarantee. What is their installation process during the cold winter months? How many people will it take to install your windows and how long will it take?

Window Frame Material

Compare window frame materials; they’re not all created equal. Think about the frame’s insulating value, energy-efficiency, and how easy it will be for you to maintain. There are advantages and disadvantages to the various materials, so it’s essential you do your homework.

Color and Design Variety

When hunting for the perfect replacement windows, find a supplier who offers a wide range of colors and designs. The most experienced window installers will offer customized windows in the exact design and color and finish you want.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Every aspect of your home needs to be cared for and maintained; this includes your windows. How you clean your windows will depend on its framing material and style. Vinyl is one of the easiest types of material to maintain; it doesn’t demand any sanding or repainting.

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