Winter has come quicker than usual this year, which means chilly temperatures and for some, drafty windows. This often gets people’s minds reeling about replacing their windows. However, there are many reasons to replace windows including: Safety/Security, energy efficiency, style updates and fixing defects (ie. drafts, cracks or rotting). If you’re experiencing problems in any of these categories and are beginning to research replacement windows, here are 5 important things to consider:

1. Choose the Right Window Style

Double-hung windows – These windows may be opened from the top and bottom. They are especially handy in hard-to-reach places, such as over the kitchen sink.

Sliding Windows This is a window that opens by sliding horizontally. Sliding windows are typically used in openings that are wider than they are tall.

Casement Windows These windows open with a crank. The crank mechanism opens the window from side to side and is easy to rotate in a clockwise fashion. The crank uses a window operator that helps to make the window work to open and close it.

Bay/Bow WindowsA bay window has three openings, available in angled projections. A bow window usually has four or five, which gives it a more curved look.

Picture WindowsThese are large, fixed-pane windows, generally made without glazing bars. A picture window gets its name from the fact that it is designed to give you a clear view of your surroundings without any obstructions.

Awning WindowsThese windows are hinged on the top and open outward from the bottom. This allows for ventilation and protection from the rain. They’re mainly placed higher on walls for privacy or in combination with large stationary windows for a better view.

2. …and the right window frame

Vinyl frame (PVC)

Benefits: Energy efficient, won’t rot, least expensive.

Disadvantages: Weaker material means a thicker frame (less “window”), don’t last as long over time as vinyl windows

Fiberglass frame (glass fiber)

Benefits: Energy efficient, stronger material (about a 38 % longer lifespan than vinyl), won’t rot, eco-friendly, typically a higher resale value if you choose to sell your home and smaller frames

Disadvantages: More expensive than vinyl

3. Don’t forget about the blinds

We offer Sunrise Windows blinds, the blinds you never have to clean! These adjustable mini blinds are actually sealed between the panes of glass, offering less maintenance with style. We have five distinctive slat colors available.

4.Get decorative

Don’t sell yourself short by choosing a plain Jane window. We offer various decorative window options in order to customize your windows to fit your home’s style. From grids, to v-grooves, to stained glass to interior/exterior frame colors. We’ve got you covered!

5. Lastly, budget, budget, budget!

Once you know what you want, it’s critical to make a plain, establish a budget and stick to it. We can help you financially plan for your next window replacement project by providing you with a FREE quote. We also offer home improvement financing options.

Replacement windows don’t just look good and keep you comfortable, they’re a long-term investment for your home — replacing your windows adds significant value! Ready to get started? Read our free Windows Guide Ebook  and give us a call!