Win­dow shop­ping

The se­cret to choos­ing great win­dows is to come pre­pared. Here’s a run­down of what you need to know.

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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.

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