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The decision to replace the windows in your home is a big step, but deciding what type of windows to purchase can be even more overwhelming. The choices on the market today are seemingly endless and finding the right windows to work with your budget, home style and comfort needs can feel impossible.

When you’re faced with the avalanche of information that comes while window shopping, keep these basic criteria in mind to get you started in the right direction:

Window Style

There are several window styles to consider when shopping for your replacements. The most common style would be the double hung windows which slide up and down. These windows are ideal if you want to be able to use standard screens and essential if you utilize window air conditioning units.

Most new styles of this type of window tilt in for ease of cleaning and lock in various positions for safety and security. Casement windows are another popular choice; these windows open outward by turning a crank and their simplicity gives an unobstructed view.

Other more stylized options include picture windows (large unobstructed view but no ventilation) and sliding windows (which open by sliding the panes side to side). Consider the style of your home, the climate of your city and your ventilation needs when choosing a style for your windows.

Slider Window Style

Frame Material

The type of material you choose for your windows can have a large impact on the look, convenience and upkeep required. While aluminum windows were popular in the past vinyl and wood framed windows have taken over as the most widely used window materials.

Wood framed windows are highly customizable since they can be painted or stained to match your décor, however the downside to this is that these windows must continue to be scraped and repainted on a regular basis to maintain a fresh look. Vinyl windows are available in a variety of colors, but this makes them far easier to clean and maintain. Vinyl options are also typically easier on the budget.

Metal Frame Window with White Paint

Energy Efficiency

Be sure that any windows you choose are Energy Star certified and compare their NFRC labels to find the most energy efficient models in your price range. Double pane windows with air space in between can provide great insulation, but for superior energy efficiency and savings look for low-e coating and double or triple pane windows that utilize argon or krypton gas. The cost will be greater up front but the energy savings and comfort level will be higher for years to come.

Once you have chosen the ideal windows for your home, consider luxury upgrades such as decorative glass, high quality screens or internal mini blind systems to increase the style and comfort of your purchase. Contact Universal Windows Direct today to learn more.