Selecting the right windows for your home can be very stressful if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Even if this is your second or third time buying new windows, you might be surprised by all of the advancements that have occurred over the past several years. We have tried to make the window-buying experience as easy and stress-free as possible, here are some tips on what to consider when choosing a replacement window.
Size & Shape
Windows come in a wide array of sizes and shapes—some of the most popular styles being awning, bay, bow, casement, double-hung, picture, and sliding—so it’s important to make sure that the dealer you’re considering carries the type you need.
You will want to consider how energy efficient the windows are. This is important in climates where temperatures can vary throughout the year, since having energy-efficient windows installed can significantly reduce the strain on your HVAC system.
Durability is just as important as energy efficiency. Windows undergo a lot of wear and tear—especially if you’re the type of person who likes to frequently open and close them—so you need to make sure that the ones you’re thinking of buying are tough enough to last for years into the future.
Different types of windows require different levels of care. Vinyl windows, for example, are generally easier to maintain than wood windows because they don’t peel or fade, and therefore never need to be repainted. Think realistically about how much time and effort you’re willing to put into window maintenance.
If you have your heart set on a certain window feature—whether it be a specific color, hardware finish, or grille pattern—make sure to ask the dealer if it’s available with the windows you’re considering.