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Things to Consider When Shopping for Replacement Windows

June 1, 2023

When it comes to replacing your windows, it can be a challenging task. There are a number of choices available, so it’s wise to look at what you need and find the right windows for you. Consider the features and benefits that you’re after, then evaluate the options to determine which one is best. This will help you make a knowledgeable decision that will suit your needs. It takes a bit of work to find the perfect window, but taking the time to do your research will pay off in the end.

Here are some considerations while shopping for replacement windows:

What are the reasons for replacing your windows?

Knowing what to look out for will help you make an informed decision and get the best window for your home. Let’s consider the top things to look for when shopping for replacement windows. From assessing your needs to understanding the different types of materials and energy efficient options, we’ll have you covered. So, let’s get started!

You may want to consider replacing your windows if you notice any signs of damage or if you want to increase comfort and safety in your home. It can also be a great way to increase the value of your home. Taking the time to replace your windows can help you save money in the long run due to improved energy efficiency. Proper maintenance can help ensure that you get the most out of your new windows.

Overall, investing in high-quality replacement windows can improve the look and feel of your home for years to come.

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These are the main factors that many homeowners consider when choosing to replace their windows

Damage is the first thing to consider when looking at replacement windows. Old windows can be drafty and prone to rotting, warping, and cracking. New windows can provide a better seal, reducing drafts and keeping out pests. Casement windows are a great choice for tight seals and improved insulation.

Next, consider comfort and safety. New windows can dramatically reduce outside noises that disturb your sleep or cause distraction. Double-pane windows can be treated to block out UV rays, keeping your home cooler and protecting your furniture and floors from fading. Also, modern windows are designed to stay closed and locked, which can improve safety in the home.

Finally, consider the impact of replacement windows on the value of your home. New windows can make your home look more attractive, while also increasing its energy efficiency. This will make it more attractive to potential buyers and help you get a better return on your investment. Additionally, new windows are designed to be low-maintenance, meaning you won’t have to worry about painting, staining, or other upkeep.

What style and design best suit the current space?

When shopping for replacement windows, you should consider the various options available. These options include casement windows, double-hung windows, and awning windows. Casement windows open outward with a crank handle, while double-hung windows provide a classic style. Awning windows slide open horizontally and provide maximum air flow.

Casement windows are a great choice for homes that don’t have a lot of wall space, as they open outward from a side-hinge. These windows allow for maximum air flow and a full view of the outdoors.

Double-hung windows are one of the most popular types of windows for replacement. They open from the bottom or top, and the sashes tilt in for easy cleaning.

Awning windows open from the bottom up and are hinged at the top. These windows are great for letting in air while still offering some protection from the elements.

No matter what type of windows you choose, you’ll be sure to get a great aesthetic and improved energy efficiency. With the right windows, you can reduce your heating and cooling costs while enhancing the look of your home. Make sure you do your research and consult a professional before making any decisions. With a little bit of time and effort, you can find the perfect windows for your home.

What kind of materials should you opt for?

When it comes to window replacement materials, two main options are very popular: wood and fiberglass.

In general, wood offers traditional charm, is strong and durable, but requires more maintenance and refinishing. On the other hand, fiberglass is the strongest material for replacement windows, requires less maintenance, and is more resistant to leaks and seal failures.

Wood vs fiberglass

Wood windows offer a classic, timeless look that can enhance the curb appeal of any home. They can be painted or stained to match the existing trim and are highly heat-efficient. However, wood windows are prone to warping, cracking, and rotting over time, and require regular maintenance such as sanding and repainting.

Fiberglass windows, on the other hand, are a modern, low-maintenance option. They are highly energy-efficient and can last up to three times longer than wood windows. Fiberglass windows are available in a variety of colours and styles, so you can easily find one that works with your home’s aesthetic.

Additionally, fiberglass windows are resistant to warping, cracking, and rotting over time, so you won’t need to worry about regular maintenance. Experts note that Marvin Canada’s Infinity Ultrex fiberglass windows in particular are 8x stronger than vinyl and 3x stronger than wood/vinyl composites, making them a smart choice for your home.

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Are you looking for energy efficient windows?

Upgrading to energy-efficient windows can save you money and give you peace of mind. Energy-efficient windows are designed to reduce heat loss and improve energy efficiency. Depending on the type of window, they are made with double, triple, or even four times the glazing and are filled with an inert gas such as argon or krypton in a sealed unit. The spacer bars also have a heated edge or low conductivity to further reduce heat loss.

Additionally, insulated windows and doors are present in energy-efficient windows, and they’re designed to provide excellent airtightness. When shopping for energy-efficient windows, it’s important to consider the installation and maintenance of the windows. Proper installation and maintenance are crucial for energy savings and comfort.

If major issues with the glazing, sash, or entire unit are present, it may be necessary to replace all or a portion of the window. Plus, adding caulking, weatherstripping, glass, and storm protection should be considered as well.

When selecting energy-efficient windows, it’s important to check for damage, such as rot, mould growth, and/or stains on or near the glass, as well as putty, paint, weatherstripping, and hardware functionality. Applying a continuous film of caulk around the window trim where it meets the wall, at the trim’s mitered joints, and between the trim and the frame will help to prevent window air leakage.

Weatherstripping can reduce air leakage around the sash of windows, and thin plastic V-type weatherstripping is a suitable option for the sides of windows. Energy-efficient windows can increase comfort and save energy, so it’s important to consider all of these factors when shopping for replacement windows.

What are the factors that affect the cost associated with your selected option?

You should take the window company’s warranty into account when shopping for replacement windows. The type of window that’s best for your home and the energy efficiency of the chosen window type are other important factors to consider.

The warranty will help protect your investment. The window type should be chosen based on your needs, and energy efficient windows can help save money in the long run on heating and cooling costs. Make sure to ask about the cost, types of windows, and energy efficiency before you make your purchase.

Warranty, window type, energy efficiency

When shopping for replacement windows, it’s important to be aware of all-inclusive costs. This includes both the cost of the windows and the cost of installation. Doing so will ensure that you’re getting the best value for your investment.

Additionally, make sure to compare the warranty, window type, and energy efficiency of different window types to find the best fit for your home.

Check for all-inclusive costs (windows/installation)

Ensure that all expenses related to the purchase and installation of your new windows are fully explained. Don’t let the low initial sticker price mislead you because there might be additional costs involved.

Installation costs, such as labour and materials, can be significant. You may also need to pay extra for windows that require special materials or custom sizes. Additionally, you may need to purchase related items such as trim or flashing.

Make sure to ask questions and read all documentation when deciding on a window so you can be sure that all costs associated with the purchase are accounted for.

Marvin Canada is your go-to replacement window company

Replacement windows are a great way to update your home and add value. When shopping for replacement windows, it’s important to consider your current needs, the style and design that best suit your space, the window material, energy efficiency, and cost.

With so many options available, it’s important to research and compare before making a purchase. There’s no one-size-fits-all window, so take the time to find the window that best fits your needs and budget.

With the right replacement windows, you’ll be able to enjoy a more comfortable, energy-efficient home for years to come.



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