It finally happened. A glass shattered or a frame became damaged beyond repair and now it’s time to shop for replacement windows for your Toronto home. If you’ve never shopped for replacement windows before, it’s easy to see how the process can quickly become overwhelming. There are a number of materials, styles, and features to choose from and each choice will help dictate the overall quality of your replacement windows. Fortunately, the more you know about replacement windows, the better. To assist you with the buying process, we’ve put together a short list of industry tips for finding the perfect replacement windows for your home.
Always Check the Price Tag
While shopping for replacement windows, it’s important to remember that there’s much more than meets the eye. For example, many homeowners can’t tell the difference between fiberglass windows and wood windows just by looking at them. However, fiberglass windows offer stronger durability, are more energy efficient, and require less maintenance than wood windows. Always check the label while shopping for replacement windows to determine what a window really offers and be sure to look for factors like ENERGY STAR certification and the U-factor (a measure used to rate a windows insulating capabilities).
Know Your Long Term Window Budget
Many homeowners begin shopping for replacement windows with an idea of what they would like to spend on the initial costs of the windows and their installation. However, there’s more to consider when it comes to what you want to spend. Each window material will vary in what it requires so it’s important to know how much you’re willing to spend on maintenance costs, upkeep services, repairs, and eventually replacing the windows.
Know How Much Time You Want to Spend
Just as each window will vary in long term costs, each window will also vary in the amount of upkeep and maintenance it requires. For example, wood windows require peeling, sanding, painting and staining annually while window materials like vinyl and fiberglass only require the occasional cleaning with soap and water. By knowing how much time you want to spend on your windows, it will be easier to narrow down the options.
Know Your Replacement Window Goals
While it may sound crazy to have “goals” for your replacement windows, it’s actually very important. Consider what your last set of windows offered and where you see room for improvement to determine what type of replacement windows to look for. For example, you may want windows that will help reduce your monthly energy bills, windows that will reduce the amount of exterior noise that enters your home, or windows that increase your household’s overall security.
The best way to receive the full industry inside scoop on replacement windows in Toronto is by working one on one with a Magic windows expert. We suggest calling 1-866-656-2442 to schedule one of our free, no pressure, highly informative consultations or stopping by 75 Rowntree Dairy Road Woodbridge, ON L4L 6C8 to meet with an expert today.