New Windows: What to Consider Before Buying

July 09, 2010

You're shopping for new windows and are amazed at the selection of windows, frame material, and glazing options. Which windows you choose will ultimately depend on a number of factors.

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  • Budget: Always a significant consideration; you know what you want to spend. That said, keep in mind that installing new windows will help you save on energy costs and can add value to your home. Window dealers may offer interest free payment plans; shopping financing options as well as product and installation prices can help you save.
  • Architectural style and decor preference: Many new windows are somewhat generic in appearance, but keeping your home's style and decor in mind when selecting replacement windows can help you achieve continuity in your home's appearance indoors and out.
  • Energy efficiency: Depending on your climate and your home's sun exposure, selecting windows for optimum energy efficiency can help you cut utility expenses while saving your furniture and interior finishes from sun damage. Multi layered glass may also be augmented with insulating gas between layers of glass. Window glass may also be treated to filter out sun.
  • Window performance: Your goals for replacing windows can help you decide which windows best meet your needs. A major home renovation project may require windows in custom sizes and materials, while replacing windows in an existing home may require windows in standard sizes and styles. Energy efficiency is important; check with window dealers and local energy company for specific information on window ratings.

Make notes and ask questions when shopping for windows; your questions can help you find the right replacement windows for your home.

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