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Selecting Replacement Windows

Today's replacement windows come in a variety of materials and can increase the value and enjoyment of your home. Here are things to consider when planning your window replacement project:

Important Window Considerations

  • Budget: Establishing a price range for replacement windows narrows your focus to affordable products, and can also help with deterring overly enthusiastic salespeople.
  • Scheduling: Window replacement takes time and can be a disruptive process. Professional installers require an adult homeowner to be present during installation. Planning your project ahead allows for arranging time away from work and boarding pets if necessary.
  • Performance: In addition to bringing natural light into your home and providing outdoor views, windows can help with energy efficiency, reducing the penetration of UV rays, and enhancing your home's appearance indoors and out. Knowing your priorities before shopping for new windows can help with identifying appropriate options.
  • Lifestyle: Are you a busy professional with little time or inclination for refinishing window frames? Are you renovating a historical home, and want to make sure you use accurate reproductions of your home's original windows? Assessing your needs according to personal priorities is useful when selecting replacement windows.
  • Window ratings: New windows typically carry ratings on their labeling that measure performance in multiple areas. Sales associates and the National Fenestration Ratings Council website can help with determining what window ratings mean and which are important to you.
  • Product warranties and installation: Window manufacturer warranties may become void if your new windows are not installed by factory authorized installers. This is important if you're considering installing windows yourself or when hiring a professional installer.

Organizing your window replacement project in advance can help with successfully selecting and installing your new windows. Think carefully about the considerations listed above, do your research, and ask advice from knowledgeable contractors in order to make the best investment for your home.