Some Tips for Replacement Window Shopping

  • Work with trained window experts who will answer questions about energy efficiency, give good advice for your project, and help you understand different window types and how each performs.
  • Choose quality windows with a reliable warranty, because windows are only as good as the warranty that comes with them. Make sure the fine print matches what the salesperson is promising.
  • Only purchase energy efficient windows. In addition to the ENERGY STAR® label, look for the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) label and use those stats for an apples to apples comparison of windows you are considering.
  • Choose windows with Low-E glass. These windows have metallic coatings that reduce heating and cooling costs year round.
  • Bring in lots of light and add curb appeal. Studies show that exposure to light has positive health effects, both physically and emotionally. Use a combination of windows and skylights to let in natural light and brighten your space.
  • Get ordering help. Ordering replacement windows or doors can be complicated. To make sure the job is done right, make sure you have the window installer who will be performing the work do the measurements for the order. Even if you plan to install them yourself, getting the measurements right is critical to the success of your project.