Replacement Window Wise Shopping Guide™
How do you know if your home needs new windows—and if you're selecting the right windows for your home? These tips can make the decision-making process easier and less intimidating.
When Do You Need Replacement Windows?
If you answer yes to some or all of these questions, it's time to consider replacing your windows:
- Your home does not handle extremes of heat and cold well—it feels cold and drafty in the winter, uncomfortably warm in the summer.
- Your energy bills are high.
- Your existing windows are faded, cracked, or in disrepair.
- Your existing windows are difficult to open and close.
- You spend too much time maintaining your existing windows.
- You're planning to sell your home and want to increase its ‘curb appeal’ and resale value.
Tips to Help You Make the Right Replacement Window Purchase
Take time to get educated. New windows are a big investment—one that you only want to make once. Learn about the different options available to you and how different brands compare.
Select the best replacement windows you can afford. Recent advances in window and glass technology and manufacturing offer you the advantages of less maintenance, long-term savings on energy bills, and increased resale value of your home. That's money in the bank!
Go for custom-made windows. While standard-size windows cost less, they often require expensive cosmetic work to the outside of your home. Custom-made replacement windows offer long-term value, because they install quickly, look great, and fit precisely (which means greater efficiency and lower energy bills).
Consider your design options. Replacement windows can significantly change and enhance the beauty, security, and energy efficiency of your home. From trim colors to grid options, glass types to window shapes, new windows can give your home a whole new look and level of comfort.
Choose ENERGY STAR®. Windows and doors that are NFRC-certified will lower your heating and cooling bills—and make your home more comfortable.
Work with an expert. Buy replacement windows from a reputable manufacturer and dealer. Find out what past customers say about their work and products, and understand their warranty.