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Windows wear out: they leak, stick, warp, and otherwise show their age. What should you look for when replacing them? Here are a few tips:

  • Style - Windows come in a wide range of styles: bays (3 or more windows with the end windows projecting out), bows (several windows hung in a curve), single hung (only the bottom window opens), double hung (both windows slide up and down), sliders (they slide horizontally), casement (hinged on one side), and awning (hinged at the top). The best air seals come from casement and awning windows. Furthermore, each window can be a single pane (modern look) or multiple panes (old fashioned look). To learn more, see our article on window types.
  • Material - Window frames are made from wood, vinyl, and aluminum. Vinyl windows are popular because they wont rust, don't require painting like wood frames, and have a higher insulation rating than aluminum windows.
  • Price with installation - Price per window varies a lot. Contact several suppliers and get estimates, but remember that windows vary, so also make sure you are getting quoted the type and quality that you want. Finally, keep in mind that there are "new construction" and "replacement" windows. New construction windows, as the name implies, are designed to be installed before the siding is put on the wall. Replacement windows are designed to fit in the original rough opening of the original window.

Finally, check the window's "R" value to make sure you are getting a well insulated window. You can save more money in the long run if you pay more for a better insulated window that keeps out the heat and cold.

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