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5 Things to Consider When Selecting A Replacement Window

Although you rarely think about them, the windows in your home withstand a lot. From strong winds and rains to fluctuating temperatures, and all the weather in between, you rely on your windows to protect you from the elements. They also bring in cheerful natural light, provide insulation, and contribute to the overall look and feel of your home. That’s a tall order!

Today’s new window technology makes them even better at all of these things. When shopping for replacement windows, there an intimidating number of choices. First, start with a guide to choosing the right replacement windows when it comes to window material, styles, and glass. But don’t forget to consider these five things too!

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Does Your Window Company Have the Best Reputation?

There are lots of stores and companies that sell replacement windows and offer installation services, but check their reviews first. Before you spend your hard-earned money on new windows for your home, you want research a local window company with years in business. If they’re doing quality work, the reviews will show it. Reputable window companies that have been in business for several years should be able to show you photos and side-by-side comparisons of different window options that you’re looking for.

When it comes to replacement windows, correct installation is key to getting the most from your investment. Does your go-to company have factory-trained, full-time window installers? Not everyone is an expert at replacement window installation, but you should make sure you hire someone who is!

How Good Is the Window Warranty?

Not all replacement windows are created equal, and therefore not all every window warranty will be the best. Some window warranties are valid for only a year, some five to ten years, and many window brands such as Weather Shield offer lifetime warranties! Having a contractor that is well versed with the top window brands and their warranties’ fine print can help you decide which best suits your needs. Be sure to ask what parts are covered by your window warranty, and ask your contractor if the warranty covers labor for the window installation process. Here are other important factors to consider when looking for the best window warranty.

Are the Windows Low Maintenance?

Some windows are specifically designed for easy care, while others were created with style as the main priority. But there are plenty of replacement windows that offer the best of both worlds! Fiberglass windows have a unique frame that is incredibly durable and resistant to warping, scratches, and dents. Although these are typically a more expensive option, they have a long lifespan and very low maintenance. Vinyl windows are a more affordable option that is also low maintenance. Wood windows can be a beautiful addition to a home, but typically require the most upkeep and regular maintenance including staining, caulking, and cleaning. CompositWood® windows offer the elegance of high-end wood windows but are made of a more durable, weather-resistant material.  a great happy medium. Your local experts will be able to provide an in-depth explanation of different window types and their maintenance at a window showroom.

Do You Offer the Best Rated Energy-Efficient Windows?

When looking for an energy-efficient replacement window, you want to compare all of your options. The first thing to do is check to see if a window is ENERGY STAR® qualified. Then, you can compare all of the other factors on the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) energy performance label. When choosing between different energy-efficient windows, there are many factors to consider, and your local window company should be able to provide the education and information needed to help you make an informed choice.

Weather Shield, a leading window and door manufacturer offers top-quality energy-efficient replacement windows that homeowners love. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit any residential replacement or new construction project you have, whether it’s one window or a dozen! Weather Shield has over 55 years of experience bringing homeowners an exceptional replacement window experience. 
Learn more about Weather Shield and their range of high-quality energy-efficient windows.

Are Custom Windows & Extra Features Available?

Some window companies near you may only offer standard, one-size-fits-all windows. But your home is a space that is uniquely yours, and you should choose replacement windows that reflect that! One of the benefits of working with a window company that offers multiple brands is that you as a customer have the best possible selection. From hardware, to shape, to colors, size, and more, ask what replacement window options are available!

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