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7 Essentials when Buying Window Replacement

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Buying window replacements can be an integral part of any home improvement project. Plus, buying the right window replacement saves you money in overall cost effectiveness and energy efficiency.

But what the heck are you supposed to look for when buying new windows?

We’re here to tell you 7 essential things to consider when it’s time to break out the old and bring in the new.

7 Essentials When Buying Window Replacements

1. Overall Cost:
You know when you go out to dinner and you have a budget of X amount of dollars? And then the bill comes for X amount of dollars and you realize you forgot to factor in the tip?

Well, don’t forget to factor the installation and labor costs involved in buying window replacement. These can add a substantial amount to your bill.

Always ask lots of questions. Or come to see us! We never leave out the installation/labor costs when working within customers’ budgets.

2. Frame the View:
As long as we’re talking about budget – adjust yours for the right window frames. The cost of window frames vary significantly.

Many homeowners are dead set on natural wood window frames, until they see how much they cost and the amount of labor involved.

Vinyl window frames are almost always the most affordable, can be made to look like wood, and involve much less maintenance. Click here to learn when you need replacement windows.

3. What Color Would You Prefer?
Unless you go with a wood window frame, you also have the opportunity to select the window frame color you want.

Window manufacturers have everything from faux-wood grains to colors that will almost exactly match your house’s paint trim. There are fade-resistant options as well.

4. Glass Selection:
You didn’t think all windows have the same glass did you?

There are double and triple pane windows. There’s Low-E glass for higher energy efficiency and window glass with special coatings to prevent UV penetration – protecting the interior of your home from fading, or excessive solar heating from western and southern exposed windows.

You can even get windows with self-cleaning coatings.

5. Window Operations:
Do you prefer single or double hung windows?

Perhaps you prefer casement windows. Each room, or house level, might require a different style to help with cleaning and/or window maintenance.

Join us in our showroom to try them out for yourself and decide which types of windows will work best for your home and family.

6. Consider Your Sense of Style:
Double-hung windows are the most typical window choice but take this list with you for examples of others:

  • Sliding
  • Casement
  • Bow
  • Picture
  • Garden
  • Hopper
  • Bay
  • Awning

Each one has its own architectural charm so you have options for providing appropriate curb appeal.

7. Choosing the Right Window Replacement Vendor:
Buying window replacements requires knowing what you want, understanding your budget restraints, and choosing a vendor who will provide the best deals and the best customer service.

It’s always worth paying a little extra to know that your maintenance/warranty needs will be honored in a timely manner.

Making the right decisions now makes buying window replacements a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Call us at 1.877.579.1994 or click here to price your project. Come and see us for a Dan Good Deal at 199 Victoria Street South, Kitchener, ON N2G 2C1.