Replacement Window Shopping: The Ultimate Guide for Homeowners

Replacement Window Shopping: The Ultimate Guide for Homeowners
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    Planning to get new windows?

    Get the most out of your home improvement project with these handy shopping tips.

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Are your existing windows broken, rotting or inoperable? When they have already sustained serious damage, they should be promptly replaced. This way, your old and failing units don’t compromise your home’s look and feel.

Though window replacement seems like a straightforward project, it still requires careful planning as with most home upgrades to ensure you fully get the most out of your investment.

Replacement windows have come a long way, so you now have a lot of options available to you. Aside from boosting your home’s aesthetic appeal, your new units should also have a hand in improving the comfort and energy efficiency of your property – results you’ll enjoy for a long time if you choose top-quality replacement windows.

Fortunately, getting new windows of high quality for your home isn’t as daunting as you think. Just check out these handy purchasing tips:

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BIGGER IS BETTER:
Large windows can instantly serve as a focal point in any room with their slim frames and expansive glass.

  • 1) Choose the right window for your specific needs.


    Replacement windows come in a variety of styles, each of them performing a number of functions. In fact, some units may be better at one particular task than their counterparts.

    Whether you need to add more space to your home or get more access to natural light, there’s a replacement window that can address your needs.

    For example, double hung and casement windows are great for improving natural ventilation in the home. The former are recognizable by their two operable sashes, which you can slide vertically, while the latter are attached to frames via side hinges, allowing you to swing them outward.

    Excellent for cooling your home naturally, double hung windows feature two sashes you can open at the same time to let in fresh, cool air via the bottom sash while expelling warm, stale air through the top. Casement windows, on the other hand, can be opened fully or angled to direct breezes into your home.

    Both windows can help you keep a cooler, more comfortable home during the summertime with the added benefit of energy savings because you’ll be relying less on your air conditioning system. At the same time, double hung and casement windows can improve indoor air quality, helping prevent excessive moisture levels that can lead to mold growth bad for your health.

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  • 2) Select replacement windows that match your home’s style,

    improving its curb appeal while adding to historic accuracy. This is because some windows are traditionally associated with given architectural styles. F

    or instance, double hung units typically grace most traditional home styles like Colonial, Farmhouse and Craftsman. Casement windows, meanwhile, add to the rustic charm of Cottage, Cabin and Tudor homes.

    If you own a Contemporary or Modern home, sleek picture and sliding windows are the staple. For Victorian homes, bay and bow windows are excellent options.

  • 3) Make sure your replacement windows use durable framing material.

    After all, your choice can directly affect the longevity and performance of your new units. There are great materials available today so make sure to weigh each one’s pros and relate them to your needs.

    Wood,for instance, is highly durable and naturally beautiful, aside from being an excellent insulator, while vinyl is cost-effective and versatile,requiring little to zero maintenance.

    There is also composite, which can offer some of the features of which other framing materials boast. This includes wood’s durability and insulative properties, combined with vinyl’s maintenance ease. Composite frames also don’t crack, corrode or pit,and retain their shape even when exposed to extreme thermal changes. This allows for airtight seals that help keep cooling or heating energy inside your home.

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FRAME AND GLASS:
These two elements can make or break your window replacement. For this reason, choose a durable framing material and energy-efficient glass for your new units.

  • 4) Get energy-efficient replacement windows.

    The easiest way to determine if you’re looking at energy-efficient units is to be on the lookout for the ENERGY STAR® seal. After all, only windows that have passed the program’s stringent standards are awarded the label. Keep in mind, however, that energy-efficiency ratings will still vary among certified window models.

    Check as well if the replacement window you’re interested in has been fitted with low-emissivity (Low-E) glass. Low-E windows feature a microscopically thin coating that blocks heat coming in from the sun without getting in the way of natural light. This lets you enjoy excellent natural illumination without the passive heating that a lot of sunlight can bring.

  • 5) Don’t forget about window customization.

    Long-lasting performance and increased energy efficiency are important factors in choosing new windows,but make sure they look good as well. Most window companies can offer you plenty of opportunities to customize your replacement units so take advantage of choices available to you. Have their design team help you design your new windows so they perfectly complement your home’s architecture and exterior color palette.

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SAFER, SMOOTHER PROCESS: You’ll be relying on your window installer’s expertise to ensure your project’s success, so hire the right one for the job.

  • 6) Hire a reliable window company to install them.

    Your new units will only be as good as their installer. If you want to get the most of your window replacement, then hire a premier contractor.You can start narrowing down your selection by asking friends and family for referrals.

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    Next, check for necessary licenses and insurance, which help to better  protect you and your investment.

    Look them up on leading trade sites like the Better Business Bureau® to see their scores and reviews.

    Better yet, ask them for a list of references.Feedback from previous customers helps you determine the quality of the window installer’s work.

    Additionally, make sure they offer solid window warranties. The more generous the terms, the better you can trust that your window contractor will stand behind the products they offer and their work.

When investing in window replacement, making informed purchasing decisions is a top priority. This way, you can avoid expensive mistakes and get the results you expect. Keep these tips in mind, and you’re well on your way to healthy returns on investment in the form of a lovelier, more comfortable and energy-efficient home. 

Author Bio:
Christine Salamone is Renewal By Andersen® of Western New York‘s creative director. With over 10 years of industry experience, she helps her team provide quality window replacement solutions to homeowners in New York’s Rochester and Buffalo areas. For updates from Christine, check out their blog!

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