7 Things to Consider Before Buying Windows

7 things to consider before buying windows

Buying new windows can be equally exciting and challenging. With many window types and styles, buying windows gives you many options with their specific pros and cons, so you’re almost guaranteed to find something that will be a great fit, but imagining yourself trying to take everything in can feel overwhelming.

This blog will mitigate these worries with 7 things to consider before buying windows and help you make an informed decision to get the perfect windows for your home.

#1 The Budget

Depending on how many windows you must replace, a window replacement project can quickly get expensive. This makes it crucial to figure out how much you are willing (and able) to spend and remember there are additional costs, such as a professional installation. Several factors influence the cost of replacement windows, such as the type, material, size, and more.

Approach the process with an open mind, as a different type of material or window might open up new avenues. It is best to contact a window contractor who can lay out all the benefits and drawbacks of different window types and help you find out which materials and types will work best within your budget.

fiberglass window frame to consider when buying windows

#2 Window Frame

Next up is the window frame material. The most common materials are vinyl, wood, aluminum and fibreglass, which all offer unique characteristics to consider when buying windows.

Vinyl windows are low-cost, very energy-efficient and highly durable, but may have some limits in design choices. Wood has a classic look and is known for its high natural energy efficiency. It is easy to customize but requires a lot more upkeep to keep it in shape and protect it against warping, rot and mould.

Aluminum windows are inexpensive and very durable, giving them a long lifespan. However, despite modern developments, it still cannot rival the energy efficiency of other materials. Finally, fibreglass is very strong and has good insulation, but it has the significant drawback of being expensive.

#3 Window Style

Many different window types are available, with very different functions and styles; it is even possible to customize windows to specific shapes.

Casement Windows

A trendy option is casement windows. They only have one large sash, so they offer an unobstructed view. They open outward, operated with a crank, allowing for supreme ventilation and airflow, with the open sash catching air, directing it into your home.


Awning Windows

Like the casement window, awning windows are made of a single large sash and open outward but are hinged at the top. This allows them to allow airflow into the house and act as a built-in rain deterrent, funnelling water away from your interior. 

This versatility makes them a popular choice for bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens and can be combined with other window types, such as picture windows, for increased ventilation.

Slider Windows

Slider windows feature horizontally sliding panes that can be easily opened and closed, making them a convenient option. They come as single– and double-sash variants, are excellent for longer wall spaces, and can make a small room larger.

They can most commonly be found in modern homes, large living spaces, and rooms where you want an expansive view.


Picture Windows

One of the most significant benefits and drawbacks of a picture window is that it doesn’t open. This may read at odds initially, but it allows for outstanding unobstructed views and superior light control while having the highest energy efficiency rating. On the other hand, you will require additional windows to allow for ventilation. 

Picture windows are primarily used in living rooms, spaces with beautiful views, and where natural light is a priority.

Bay Windows

Bay windows are a great addition to any area where you want additional space and natural light. They protrude outward and create a small shelf inside. They consist of three windows, allowing you to, for example, have one large picture window in the centre and two smaller openable windows on the sides for ventilation.

You will mostly find bay windows in living rooms, master bedrooms, and areas where additional space and natural light are desired.

Single-Hung Windows

Single-hung windows are one of the most common window styles. They have two sashes, with the lower sash moving up and down and the upper one remaining stationary.

They enhance natural illumination and boost airflow without compromising room space. They are versatile and can be used in every room in almost any home style. They are ideal for bedrooms and living rooms.

Double-Hung Windows

Like single-hung windows, double-hung windows have two sashes, but both can open separately or simultaneously. They feature inwards-tilting sashes and thermally insulated spacers for optimal efficiency. This allows for optimized ventilation, with an exterior screen protecting you from insects and debris. The fact that you can only open the top sash makes them an excellent and safe option if you have small children or pets.

Like the single-hung variant, double-hung windows are versatile and often used in bedrooms, living rooms, and traditional homes.

new bow windows

Bow Windows

Bow windows are similar to bay windows in that they protrude from your home but are curved, creating a softer look. They often consist of four or five panes, allowing natural light and providing exceptional outside views.

Like bay windows, bow windows are often used in dining areas, living rooms, and rooms where a unique architectural element is wanted.

Shaped Windows

If you want to add a new feature and architectural style to your home or have an awkwardly shaped window, you can opt for shaped windows. Eco Choice offers over 20 different-shaped window options, allowing you to get the perfect window even when standard windows will not fit.

European Tilt-and-Turn Windows

Tilt-and-turn windows are a staple in many European homes. They swing inward when opened in the turn position, allowing for ample air and an easy-to-clean surface. Alternatively, hinges at the bottom will enable it to open inward at the top, allowing ventilation into the room. A simple turn of a lever activates both actions!

If you want to know more about the different window types and which might be the best for your home, contact Eco Choice Windows & Doors today at (416) 690-9992 or complete our convenient online form to book a free, no-obligation consultation!

#4 Energy Efficiency

One of the most significant benefits of buying new windows is improved energy efficiency. Windows do a lot more than just let light into your home. They protect you against the elements and are crucial in temperature control. 

Technological advancements over the last few decades have given homeowners a wide range of energy-efficient window options, showcasing how critical energy efficiency has become. This also can play a vital role in your budget considerations as the money you can save with modern, energy-efficient windows can compensate for at least some of the higher costs.

The two main factors to consider when comparing the energy efficiency of windows are: 

  • U-factor: The U-factor indicates the thermal conductivity of your window. In other words, it indicates how much hot air escapes when it’s cold outside and vice-versa. The scale generally ranges from 0.2 to 1.25. The lower the number, the better the window insulates your home. 
  • Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC): SHGC quantifies the amount of solar energy the window lets in. You may opt for a window with a higher SHGC if you want to let the sun heat your home in the winter or a lower SHGC if maintaining cool indoor temperatures in a hot climate is your priority.

#5 Safety Features

Safety for you and your loved ones is paramount, and windows play a crucial role. Consider this when buying windows if you have young children or are planning to have some. Double-hung windows, for example, can only be opened from the top, allowing for ventilation without safety risks to your children or pets. The same goes for European-style turn-and-tilt windows.

Windows can also be a potential vulnerability regarding break-ins, so consider the window type or additional security through locking mechanisms when choosing windows.

#6 DIY vs Professional Installation

Many homeowners think that they can install windows themselves when buying windows to save money. But it is easy to underestimate what it takes to do the job well. You need the right tools, consider the time it takes to install them, and, not to be forgotten, you lose the product warranty. Given how important windows are for your home, one error could ruin your window or cause it to fail.

Hiring experienced window installation professionals is the best way to ensure the job is done right. They have the necessary training and tools for a smooth installation. Coupled with the experience of doing it every day, they are prepared for many problems they might encounter. Additionally, they offer a warranty on their installation services, giving you peace of mind.

#7 Buying from Window Professionals

Buying from window professionals has many benefits, starting with expert consultation to help you determine the best window type and material for your window replacement project. They also have the experience to professionally install the windows for you, guaranteeing a perfect fit, a faster installation than you could do on your own and a warranty on their services.

Eco Choice Windows & Doors is a leading supplier and installer of quality windows and doors. We have been in business for over 15 years, installing windows and doors for many satisfied customers across the province.

We have the knowledge, experience and expertise to recommend the windows and doors that best suit your needs for window replacements and new windows. Simply put, we supply the best quality products, expertly installed and built to enhance energy efficiency throughout the home.

Call us today at (416) 690-9992 or complete our convenient online form to book your free, no-obligation consultation!