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.