Moving on From Wood: Vinyl Windows as Replacements – Part 2: What to Look For in a Replacement Window

Replacing windows is a major investment so it’s important to ensure that you get the right replacements. Don’t let having a lot of options overwhelm you. To make it easier for you to zero in on the right replacement window, here are some things for you to consider:

Price is not always indicative of performance

Price is determined by several factors but you can generally expect that an expensive window replacement will offer you top-notch quality. However, don’t just merely look at the price tag to assess quality. Instead, check actual performance ratings. Different homes have different needs so ratings will help narrow down your choices into replacement windows that will suit your property perfectly.

It has to match your home’s architectural style

Many window types work well with a range of architectural styles but there are those that are particularly suited for a certain home style. For instance, minimalist sliding windows work best with more modern homes, while double hungs, with their timeless design, are excellent with more traditional home styles like American Farmhouse or Cape Cod. Going over libraries will help you visualize what a certain window type will look like on your home.

Know what you’re buying your windows for

Consider the rooms you’re buying windows for: do you need windows for ventilation, for lighting, or to help enhance the view? How squarely does the sun’s light enter through the window? The window’s purpose, and that of the room, will guide your choice of window.

Take advantage of customization options

Given the focus on quality that reputable manufacturers have, even their stock windows can be expected to perform well. However, they understand too that different homes have different needs so they have made customization options available to you. Even just choosing a different glass option can make the difference between a good and great replacement window. Don’t forget that windows let you harness both form and function so there will be options available as well to let you customize your replacement window’s appearance.

Interested in getting a vinyl window? Check out Part 3 of this blog series for a quick guide on how to care for it.

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