Replacing your windows is a long-term investment that requires several considerations. Perhaps you know that modern-day windows can provide a significant upgrade to your home’s energy efficiency and curb appeal, but you’re not sure where to start to find the right windows. To help you choose the ideal replacement windows for your home, consider the following:
1. Window Style
Decide on the style of replacement windows. Keep in mind that window requirements may differ between rooms, making some window styles better suited than others. Will you replace the window with the same size, or will you install a larger window to increase natural light and broaden your view of the outdoors? Upload a photo of your home to the Gentek Visualizer to help make your decision easier.
2. Window Material
Determine the replacement window material and consider a low-maintenance option. Vinyl windows are incredibly durable, easy to clean, and known for their long-lasting beauty and performance. Alternatively, aluminum windows have the same benefits as vinyl but may cost more. Wooden windows can add timeless beauty to your home but require more upkeep with an increased risk of rotting, cracking and termite damage.
3. Energy Efficiency
Ensure your replacement windows are ENERGY STAR® certified to help lower your heating and cooling costs. Look for windows that are double- or triple-glazed and have a low-emissivity coating, which reflects heat and minimizes the infrared and ultraviolet light transmitted through your windows, protecting your home and contents. Take advantage of Canada’s Greener Homes Grant and get reimbursed up to $5,000 on qualifying energy-efficient windows.
4. Professional Installation
When installed correctly, replacement windows can last upwards of 30 years. Hire a professional to ensure your new windows are properly installed and sealed to your satisfaction. Choose a window manufacturer that works with leading contractors and retailers across the country.