If you’re like most Oakville homeowners, you may find the wide variety of window materials and styles a bit overwhelming. In fact, many try to avoid the task of buying new windows in an attempt to put off the complicated buying process. Fortunately, once you’ve learned a bit more about how the window industry works, you’ll find shopping for windows becomes a fun, easy project. To help you get started, we’ve narrowed down our favorite window expert tips to navigate you through the process of finding the perfect windows for your home.
Always Check the Labels
If you don’t work with windows professionally, you may believe that two windows that look the same offer the same qualities. However, when it comes to windows, this often isn’t the case. Two windows can appear to be the same, but one may excel in energy efficiency or durability. The only real way to tell is by checking the label and comparing your options side by side. The label is where you’ll find important information, like whether or not a window model is ENERGY STAR preferred or what the window’s U-factor is. Remember, while looking into a window’s U-factor, the lower the number, the better the window will insulate your home.
Consider How Much Money You Want to Spend
Typically, homeowners will hit the showroom floor knowing their short-term budget (how much they are willing to spend on the initial cost of the window), but not their long-term budget. Your long-term budget for your windows will include things like the cost of services, repairs, materials, and window replacements as the years go on. By knowing how much you’re willing to spend in these areas, you’ll find it much easier to choose with window material is the best choice for your home.
Consider How Much Time You Want to Spend
Similarly to knowing how much money you’d like to spend, it’s important to know how much time you are willing to spend in areas like maintenance and upkeep. Some windows will only require the occasional cleaning with soap and water while others require peeling, sanding, painting and staining to continue looking like new.
Don’t Be Afraid to Say What You’re Looking for
It’s okay to walk in knowing exactly what you expect from your windows. In fact, it helps move the process along. Take some time to consider your specific “goals” for these new windows. Is it to make your home a little more energy efficient? Do you want to increase airflow to your home? Or, perhaps you simply want to add curb appeal to your house. Knowing ahead of time will make it easier to spot the different models that fit into these goals.
The best way to get the most insider tips is by working one on one with a qualified Oakville, Ontario windows installation expert. At Magic Windows, our experts have decades of experience and are ready to help! Just give us a call today at 1-866-656-2442 to receive a free, no pressure consultation or come see our showroom at 75 Rowntree Dairy Road Woodbridge, ON L4L 6C8.