The secret to choosing great windows is to come prepared. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know.
Withanaveragelifespan of 20 years, windows stick around your house much longer than most home fixtures. That’s quite an investment of time and money, and it’s one of the main reasons you’ll want to spend some time familiarizing yourself with window options before you buy. “Too many consumers simply agree with whatever window recommendation their builder makes, and that’s a mistake,” says Christopher Burk, a product manager at Simonton Windows. “Windows are a huge investment and a vital part of the construction of any home. Time and research is needed to perfectly match the char- acteristics of the chosen window with a homeowner’s lifestyle, budget and comfort level.”
The good news is that windows are more solidly built, environmentally friendly, and available in a greater number of styles and materials than ever before. The bad news is that means there’s even more to keep track of when it comes to choosing your windows.
However, you can simplify the process by starting with the window style you want, then pick the material and any efficiency factors that are important to you, and you’ll have the perfect windows for your home.