Not a lot of parts of your home are more important than the windows. They provide natural light and ventilation while protecting you from outside elements. Unfortunately, like so many things, they age and become defective, or you might be looking to update your style or make your home more energy-efficient.
With so many types of features and materials to choose from, installing the right window for your home can be challenging. As window replacements are usually long-term investments, there are many factors to consider. In our window replacement guide, we will take a look at everything you need to know about window replacements and the different types of windows and their advantages.
Why should you replace your window?
There are several reasons why you should replace your old window. It could be replacing a defective window that has a cracked frame or pane or is allowing cold drafts into your home. Maybe you want to take advantage of the advances in window technologies over the last few years to make your home more energy-efficient or improve noise reduction.
Or maybe you simply want to update or change the look of your house with more contemporary visuals, there are many reasons to replace and update your windows.
What things do you need to consider replacing the window?
There are several things to consider before replacing windows. While, obviously, the cost is one of the most important things to take into consideration, you also should check into the different kinds of windows and which features and advantages they have. Depending on where in your house the window will be installed, different types may work better than others. It will depend on the room, the purpose, the type of home, if the window is exposed to the weather side of the house, and more.
Another factor is the style and design you want to go with. Do you want to update your home to a more modern look, or would a more rustic approach work better? This will influence your choice of window type and finish for your window replacement as well.
so contact Eco Choice Windows & Doors today at (416) 690-9992 to find out how we can help you realise your project!
Types of Windows you can Choose
Single-Hung & Double-Hung Windows
A common style of window, double-hung windows have two horizontal sashes, both of which open. This provides plenty of ventilation and is easier to clean. Single-hung windows are basically the same, with just a single movable lower sash.
- Good ventilation
- Easy maintenance and cleaning
- Double-hung windows also increase safety for pets and small children by giving the option only to open the top half of the window.
Awning windows are hinged at the top and open outwards along the bottom. These are generally placed over vertical windows to provide added sunlight and ventilation.
- Good ventilation, their design allows you to keep them open even in the case of light rain
- Easy to open and close
- Good for safety and privacy (such as bathrooms on a lower floor)
Bay windows are composed of three-section windows that protrude from the home. They typically are made of one large fixed vinyl window in the center with operating windows on both ends. The windows are joined together to form one large viewing area. Several roof options are available from shingle, aluminum and copper.
- Allows for more natural light to come in
- Adds space in your home, like for a window seat or additional storage
- Increased curb appeal
Bow windows (similar to bay windows) can increase the living space in your home up to an extra 3 feet! They make the room larger and provide more light with their expanded viewing area. Unlike the bay, a bow window is usually less angular (more curved) in appearance and comprised of 4 or 5 windows mulled together.
- Adds an interesting style element
- Increases indoor space, like for a window seat, breakfast nook etc.
- Improves curb appeal
These are the most popular window styles on the market. With a hinge on one side and a crank that opens outwards, casement windows provide very good ventilation. The clear and unobstructed view casements provide is one of the reasons for their growing popularity.
- High energy efficiency
- Great airflow and ventilation
- Clear and unobstructed view
- Increased security as it is a very good option for an egress window
- Easy to open and close
Double Slider Windows
Consisting of two or three sashes, double slider windows move sideways with a stationary center window. They are convenient because they don’t open inside or outside and can automatically lock when being closed.
- Great ventilation
- Wider opening for a great unobstructed view or egress
- Easy one-hand use
- Low maintenance and easy to clean
There is a window type and style for every application, and many come in different styles.
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 need. Simply put, we supply the best quality products, expertly installed and built to enhance energy efficiency throughout the home.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of replacing your windows?
New windows can save you money by reducing your energy bills through new, energy-efficient technologies. This also can be an important factor if you are planning you sell your house because these windows can boost the resale value of your home. They also can reduce noise and even increase the security of your home. Replacement windows also can prevent cold drafts and moisture from entering your home, increasing comfort and safety.
What factors should I consider when choosing replacement windows?
Other than the price, obviously, you should also consider the energy efficiency, the room, the purpose, the type of home, if the window is exposed to the weather side of the house and more. Another factor is the style and design you want for your home.
What should I look for in a window replacement contractor?
Ask for credentials. Is the company licensed and insured? Do they carry insurance and coverage for workers coming to your property to do the job? This is more important than you might think, as you could be responsible for accidents or injuries if their employer does not have insurance.
While you do your research for companies, take the time to check out reviews on websites such as Google, Yelp and other similar pages. Check both positive and negative reviews to get an idea of what previous customers have to say about their services. Make sure not just to read one or two, so you can get a good picture of the company and their services.
How long does it take to replace windows?
The window installation process is generally fairly quick, averaging at about 45 minutes to an hour per window.
There are some factors that can affect this time, however, such as the size and shape of the windows, whether the window being replaced is on the ground or an upper level or the material of the walls.
Can I replace just one window, or do I need to replace all of them?
You can replace just one window. This could be because of an acute problem with the window, such as a cracked frame, or due to budget restraints. We will guarantee the same level of professionalism whether you replace just one window or all of them.