What to Look for When Buying Home Window Replacements
By Great Lakes Window
So you are ready to purchase window replacements for your home. Good news for you is that there are many materials, styles, and color choices for you to choose from. The bad news is that with so many options, making a selection can feel overwhelming. We are here to help guide you along your window buying process to ensure you make the selection that is best for you and your home.
First, you’ll want to figure out how many windows in your home need to be replaced, as well as establish your budget. The cost of replacement windows can be expensive, but hopefully this will be the only time you need to undergo this project. You’ll want to figure out how much money you have to work with as well as a list of the windows that need replacing before you begin the next steps.
Decide what kind of window material you prefer. The common options are aluminum, vinyl and wood. You’ll want to learn the pros and cons of each type before making your selection. We recommend vinyl replacement windows as they are non-conductive, durable, low maintenance, affordable, long lasting, and customizable to match the look and style of your home.
Now, select the right window styles for the rooms of your home. Consider the purpose the window will serve, the architecture of your home, the ventilation you require, etc. Choose from double hung, casement, picture, bay windows and many more. This handy infographic will give you a better idea of some of the more popular window styles you can choose from.
Picture Window Style
Double Hung Window Style
Slider Window Style
Do you know anything about glass packs? It’s time to learn! You may think that the glass that goes into your windows is just a standard pane that you don’t have much say in. But in actuality there are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to the glass. Glass packs are made up of 4 parts: low-e glass coatings, the number of panes (2-3), warm edge spacers and gas fill. Glass packs keep out the outside air and trap your heating and AC inside, reduce outside noises, protect upholstery from UV rays, and help with energy bills.
Think about energy efficiency. You’ll want to find windows that have the ENERGY STAR© label to ensure they have all of the components that truly make your windows energy efficient. This article will help you better understand what makes a window energy efficient.
Look into prices, warranties and replacement windows reviews. You should shop around before settling on a vendor. Not only are the costs important, but finding a company that you can trust is crucial to winding up happy with the process and end results. Here are 3 mistakes to avoid when buying home window replacements.
If you have a specific vision check out the customization options that are available. You should be able to choose interior colors, exterior colors and locks to match the look you are going for. A window dealer will provide you with samples so you can see what the finishes look like in person.
Once you have figured out your budget, taken into account the window styles and material that you want, and done your research on warranties, reviews, and custom options, you are ready to reach out to a dealer. You will get the most accurate estimate for the cost of replacement windows, a rundown of the installation process, and a more in-depth explanation of glass packs and energy efficiency. You will also have any questions you may have answered at this time.