When it comes to choosing the right replacement windows and doors for your home, there are a few key factors to consider. First, you should look at the overall scores in our Grades window, and then focus on the test results applicable to where you live. If your home is exposed to strong winds and cold temperatures, you should look for windows that are excellent at withstanding the wind at low temperatures. Additionally, be wary of any contractor who depends too much on expansive foams or sealants to make a window fit well; these materials are not waterproof and can cause problems in the future.
Coated windows can also be prone to water entering, which can cause them to rot, especially in frames and jambs, where water tends to accumulate. When it comes to the shape of your window, you have two main options. The window can be opened like a door, or it can be opened at an angle; both shapes allow for ventilation and easy cleaning. However, vinyl windows may have limited color options, and some people just don't like the look of vinyl in their home. If your current windows don't fully open or close, or are weak or loose due to improper maintenance or damage, they are good candidates for replacement. Budget isn't the only thing you should consider when choosing the frame material for your replacement windows.
Double-leaf window frames that tilt inward make cleaning easy, and full screens allow optimal airflow when the upper window is lowered and the lower window is raised. Double and triple-glazed windows are filled with gas, either argon or krypton, which provides insulation. If your home has rooms on the top floor with windows that don't open, consider replacing them with windows that can be opened and placing an easy-to-use fire escape in the room so that the windows can serve as exits in case of emergency. When it comes to warranties, unlike the installation warranty, also confirm the window manufacturer's warranty and make sure it's realistic. Vinyl windows offer modern style and affordable luxury, with a lower price than wooden windows, but they come in a limited range of colors, which can restrict style options.
Three-panel windows can be significantly more efficient in particularly harsh winter climates; however, they can also reduce visibility and light transmission from the window.