The Best Questions to Ask When Buying New Windows

The basic function of windows has stayed the same since the pioneer days when greased paper was used to cover holes in the walls and allow light indoors. Thankfully, modern technology has led to great improvement in window design and function, which has resulted in many more choices in window options, as well as some new questions. These are what we consider the best questions to ask when buying new windows.

What’s the Difference Between Replacement Windows & New Construction Windows?

Windows for new construction are designed to be installed during the construction process, usually prior to siding installation. Most have flanges that are fastened to the window framing. Replacement windows are sized to be fastened into an existing window opening without needing to remove any siding, like some Marvin Essential® windows.

How Do I Know my Window is Energy-Efficient?

Every window or glass door has numeric energy efficiency ratings assigned to it by oversight agencies, but the most used system is the ENERGY STAR program. Windows are tested and rated according to two measures: The U-Factor and the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). The U-Factor tells you how well the window keeps heat indoors. The ratings range from 0.20 to 1.20. The lower the number the better, especially in northern climates. The SHGC describes how well the window keeps heat out. It ranges from 0 to 1, with lower numbers indicating higher efficiency.

What Window Material Should I Choose?

When considering materials for the window frames, jambs, and trim, you can choose from wood, vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum. In some cases, you can choose to use two materials—wood for the interior and aluminum clad exterior, for example. Each material has unique characteristics, from design elements to performance features. To select the right material for you, consider factors like the climate you live in, the style of your home, and aesthetic preferences. Don’t be afraid to consult with an expert, either – they can help you choose the perfect material for your windows.

If you’re looking for new or replacement windows, we’d love to help! Stop by any Kelly-Fradet location to learn more about which windows would work best for your home.