Selecting Replacement Windows for your Home

March 21, 2011

When planning to replace house windows, it's a good idea to consider several factors that can help when selecting your new windows.

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  • Climate: Where you live and your regional climate can (and should) influence your selection. For instance, if you live in a warm temperate climate, you may not need multi layered windows with special coating to prevent glaring sun. Living in areas with high moisture and humidity can require windows structured for preventing condensation. Dealing with snow and ice likely means you'll want windows with multiple panes that assist with insulating your home and reducing your home heating bills.
  • How your house is situated: Do your windows receive direct sunlight for several hours a day? If so, you may consider replacement windows treated in a way that filters damaging sunlight. This can preserve window treatments, furniture and flooring from sun damage.
  • Your home's decor and architecture: How your new windows will look indoors and out is important to the overall appearance of your home. You'll want to choose window frame materials compatible with your home and your style preferences. Vinyl framed windows work for many homes, but if you're rehabbing a historical or architecturally significant home, you may prefer to replicate your home's original windows.

Window dealers can help with interpreting window ratings and selecting window options (multiple panes, frame materials, and finish). When purchasing new windows and arranging for their installation, verify that your windows contractor is factory authorized for installing your windows.


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