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06 NOVEMBER 2023

How to Choose New Windows for Your Home

When it comes to replacing windows, it's normal to feel a bit lost about where to begin. Whether your goal is improving energy efficiency, enhancing the look of your home, increasing natural light, or boosting curb appeal, the path to the ideal windows begins with a clear understanding of your goals.

This blog will take you through a step-by-step process to ensure you make the best decisions for your home. We'll explore window styles, frame material options, glass features for energy efficiency, the importance of warranty and service, and more. Enhancing your living space becomes a seamless experience with the right information.

Assess Your Window Needs

If you’re looking to replace your windows, it’s likely because your current windows don’t work the way they should. Functioning windows are important. But what else would you like to achieve with your new windows? Are you looking to:

  • Improve energy efficiency?
  • Enhance the beauty of your home’s indoor space?
  • Increase natural light?
  • Improve your home's curb appeal?

Selecting Your Window Style 

Traditional? Modern? Colonial? Farmhouse? What is your home’s architectural style? Consider grille options for more traditional homes, or black hardware for a more modern look. Window color, hardware, and grille options are all important things to consider to find the best windows for your home.

Also think about the purpose of the room where the window will be installed. For instance, a bay window can create a cozy reading nook, while awning windows are perfect for improved ventilation, especially on a rainy day

Additionally, assess your practical needs, such as the ease of operation, how much natural light you’d like to let in, and the view you want to showcase. Balancing these elements will help you select a window style that enhances your home's appearance and serves its intended purpose efficiently.

Consider Material Options

Window frames are constructed from various materials, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Wood, for instance, offers a classic and warm appearance but demands regular maintenance to prevent issues like rot and decay. Vinyl is lower-maintenance and often low priced but has durability issues. Aluminum frames are lightweight, however they have a higher U-factor allowing more heat to escape. Because of this, aluminum windows aren't a great pick for colder climates. Meanwhile, fiberglass frames are known for their strength and being extremely low-maintenance. When selecting a frame material for your windows, consider factors like your home's architectural style, the local climate, and your maintenance preferences to ensure the best fit.

Window material comparison

Energy Efficiency

When choosing new windows for your home, energy efficiency is important. Energy-efficient windows help control your heating and cooling costs and make your home more comfortable. One way to measure the energy efficiency of a window is the U-factor. It measures how effectively a window retains heat inside your home. A lower U-factor means less heat escapes, which is particularly important in cooler climates.

Another important measurement is the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). It quantifies how much heat from the sun enters your home. Opting for a lower SHGC can help reduce cooling costs in the summer, while a higher SHGC can be beneficial in heating your home during the cooler months.

Finally, the Visible Transmittance (VT) is crucial for maximizing natural daylight. A higher VT ensures that more visible light passes through the window, contributing to a brighter and more inviting living space.

When considered together, these factors help you make informed choices to create a more comfortable and energy-efficient home.

Check for Warranty and Service

Whichever windows you choose for your home, it’s important to have peace of mind that your new windows will last. Look for a strong warranty and a reputation for good customer service. In essence, a good warranty and service are a testament to the manufacturer's and installer’s confidence in their products and commitment to you.

The Fiberglass Difference

At Infinity from Marvin, we believe fiberglass windows offer the best mix of strength, beauty, durability, and value for the money. So, what makes our windows stand out from the rest?

We harness the incredible strength of Ultrex® fiberglass in all of our windows. Ultrex fiberglass is:

  • Strong
  • Beautiful
  • Low-maintenance
  • Resistant to warping
  • Energy efficient

If you haven't already, check out our other blogs comparing various window materials. Knowing the advantages of the material will help you make the best decision for your home.

You can also meet with an Infinity expert in your area to learn more about your options. With Infinity, you won't have to navigate this journey alone. Infinity partners with local, independent window experts who can answer all your questions and help you make the best decisions for your home. From assisting you in selecting the right windows and customization options to guiding you through installation and our incredible Limited Lifetime Warranty, they're there to make your experience easy and seamless.

From materials to warranties, there are a lot of options for replacement windows. That can seem overwhelming, but choosing the right partner to guide you makes all the difference. If fiberglass sounds like an interesting option, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a local Infinity expert today.


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