Windows wear out: they leak, stick, warp,
and otherwise show their age.
you look for when replacing them?
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
wood frames, and have a higher
rating than aluminum windows.
- Price with installation - Price per window varies a lot. Contact
several suppliers and get estimates,
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"
construction windows, as the
are designed to be installed
before the siding
is put on the wall. Replacement
designed to fit in the original
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
If you're willing to spend a little more
money, you might want to consider these as