How Do I Choose Replacement Windows

How Do I Choose Replacement Windows?

There are many reasons for wanting to replace your windows, perhaps your windows have seen better days, and you're seeking to replace them with more energy-efficient ones, or maybe you are undertaking a home renovation project and a window replacement is part of the overall project. Whatever your reasons for replacing your windows, choosing the right replacement windows can prove to be a bit of a challenge.

To help you choose the right replacement windows for your home, we have highlighted several of the most important things you should consider.


Even though all window styles serve similar functions, some window styles are more suited for specific functions. Are you looking to achieve optimal energy efficiency? Do you want windows that complement your home’s architectural style? Knowing what you’re more concerned about will help you narrow down your choices, thereby making it easier for you to choose.

There are many window styles to choose from which include casement, slider, picture, double-hung, transom, sealed, awning, bow, and bay windows.

Energy Efficiency

These days, nearly every homeowner considers the energy-efficiency of their window replacements in order to help reduce their heating and cooling costs. So, when you are choosing replacement windows for your home, be sure to look at the energy efficiency rating and features. Triple-paned windows offer better efficiency than double paned windows, however there are features that will increase the energy efficiency rating of any window type.

The frame material of your replacement windows is also an important consideration when it comes to energy efficiency. All window frame materials are not created equal, so you’ll need to compare various options and choose what works best for you. For instance, vinyl is a preferred choice among many homeowners due to its excellent energy efficiency and affordability.

Although wood frames offer the best insulation, they are more expensive to maintain and more likely to rot in humid climates. If you live in a rainy or humid climate, wood window frames may not be the best option for you.

Fiberglass window frames boast low thermal conductivity which makes them an ideal option for those looking for energy-efficient options, but are costlier than vinyl frames.

Impact Resistance

Replacement windows that offer a high level of impact resistance are a preferred choice if you have kids or even large pets in your home. When choosing impact-resistant windows, it's a good idea to consult with a window replacement expert as they can help you make the right choice.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Choosing windows that are easy to clean and easy to maintain can save you time and money in the long run. The location of the window and how it operates plays a big role in how easy it is for you to clean the window. Double hung windows and sliders tend to be the easiest windows to clean as you are able to remove the sashes and clean the windows without getting a ladder. Routine maintenance depends mostly on the framing material. For instance, vinyl is relatively easy to maintain as there is no painting or staining required when compared to other materials such as wood frames.

These are just a few of the important things to consider when choosing the right replacement windows for your home.

How Do I Know If My Windows Need Replacing

How Do I Know If My Windows Need Replacing?

Sometimes it is tough to gauge the condition of your windows, simply by their aesthetic condition. Many home owners will begin to consider a window replacement based solely on the age of their windows. Whether you’ve recently moved into your home or have lived in it for some time, you may not be aware of the age of your windows. As mentioned above, determining the age and integrity by the aesthetic of your windows isn’t always accurate either. What may look great on the outside may not operate properly or be energy efficient any longer.

Below we have put a list of 8 Signs that indicate your Windows Need Replacing

Age isn’t the only thing to consider when deciding if your windows need replacement. Windows and doors both play a key part in maintaining the efficiency of a home. So, how do you know when to replace your windows?

We have listed a variety of signs below. Take a walk through your home and assess each window as best as you can. If any of these signs are present, it’s recommended that you contact an experience window contractor for a professional evaluation as soon as possible.

1. Increased energy costs

Even though the cost of utilities has been steadily increasing, if you’ve noticed a sharp increase in your energy consumption recently, it could be more than just a price increase or a change in usage. Your monthly energy bill is a tried and tested way to determine the energy efficiency of your home. Heating and cooling costs will be dramatically affected if your windows need replacement. Of course, it’s always important to be aware of your usage when assessing your costs, however, it’s a great place to start.

2. There’s a draft when windows are closed

This is generally the first and most noticeable sign that your windows may need to be replaced. Drafts can be a result of many issues, from poor installation to deterioration of your window seals over time. Whatever the cause, drafty windows will affect the temperature of your home in hot or cold seasons, resulting in higher heating and cooling costs. Limiting drafts will help maintain a constant temperature in your home and help your home to be more energy-efficient.

3. Excessive outside noise

Older windows can be less insulated, and thus less soundproof. If you find there is a lot of street noise coming into your home even with the windows shut, it may warrant a window replacement or at least an inspection. Any home would benefit from the noise reduction of new windows with double or triple-paned glass, as it would dramatically improve the soundproofing capabilities.

4. Window frames are soft or water-damaged

When evaluating the condition of your windows, pay close attention to the window frame as well, not just the seal and glass. Depending on what material your window frames are made of, they may experience softening or even rotting over time. This is most common in wood window frames and sills, however, there can be corrosion and mold present in with other frame materials. It’s important to contact a professional if you see any signs of softening or mold growth around your windows. Not only can water damage lead to costlier issues when left untreated, but it’s also possible for it to negatively affect your family’s health.

5. Becoming difficult to operate

Take the time to open and close each of your windows as you’re assessing their condition. Many issues can make it difficult to operate your windows, but wear and tear is often the culprit. Usually, the most common problem is with window cranks and locks. These are both important components, as they allow you to close and seal your windows completely, and to keep your home secure. You may also have trouble opening your windows if there is any moisture damage present, especially with wood frames. If the wood swells with moisture, it will make it exceedingly difficult to slide windows open.

6. Condensation between panes

Not all condensation is bad. However, when condensation builds up between the panes of glass, it can be a problem. If you find there is a lot of condensation trapped between the glass of your windows, it may be time to contact a professional for an in-depth assessment. It may not be an issue, or there could be some issue with the window’s seal, allowing moisture to seep in. If this is the case, your windows have lost their efficiency.

7. Single pane windows

If you recently purchased an older home or you have lived in your home for some time, you may have single-pane windows still installed. Single paned windows are not energy-efficient, in fact, you’ll likely notice many of the issues outlined above if you have single-pane windows in your home. It is most definitely in any homeowner’s best interest to look in to a window replacement if there are older windows still present. Not only will this update improve the overall energy efficiency of your home and reduce energy costs, it will also dramatically increase the resale value of a home.

8 Visibly damaged or unappealing

Whether you are considering selling your home or not, improving the value of your home is important for many homeowners. Your home’s curb appeal plays a large role when listing a home for sale, and the condition of the home’s windows will affect that. Damaged windows can also be a safety issue, as they may be an easy entry point for unwanted guests, including bugs, rodents, and burglars.