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If you are planning to replace your home’s windows, here are a few things you should consider.

When should I replace my windows?

If you feel that your windows don’t enhance the look of your home or protect it from the weather elements, you will probably want to invest in new windows. New windows will not only improve the aesthetic appeal of your home but also increase your comfort levels and reduce your expenses. Replacing your existing windows with brand new ones is an expensive solution. In addition to the price of the windows, you will have to factor in the cost of installation.

Repair or replace my windows?

If the original framing is intact, you will be able to install a replacement window into the opening. You will also have to replace the trim, sashes and side jambs. If the framing is rotted, you will need a construction window. It can cost 50 percent to 100 percent more than a replacement window.

Calculate your ROI

You will be able to recover much of your investment when you sell the home. While ordering replacement windows make sure that they match the style of your house. So, for example, if you have a luxury home, you should consider investing in high end replacement windows. Mid-range windows are suitable for an average home. High-end windows in a low-range home are unlikely to recoup their value when you sell the home. High performance windows will reduce your energy bills. However, before installing the windows, you will have to insulate the house and seal all cracks.

Choosing the right window

Many different types of windows are available on the market. Here is a quick overview:


Double-hung windows

You can open these windows from the top and the bottom.

Casement windows

Casement windows are attached to their frames by hinges. They are quite easy to operate. You should consider installing them in hard-to-reach places.

Double-pane windows

These windows are made of 2 pieces of glass which may have an inert gas like krypton or argon between them. They are very energy efficient.

Tilt-out windows

These windows allow you to clean the exterior from the inside. Ordering windows off the shelf is less expensive than buying custom sizes with several upgrades. Upgrades will easily increase the cost of your windows, but they are worth the investment. Triple-paned glass windows, for example, are highly energy efficient. They will prevent your home from getting overheated during the hot summer months. This will reduce your cooling costs. Before ordering replacement windows, you should visit the showroom. This will give you an opportunity to see available models.

Selecting a dealer

You should order replacement windows from a well-established dealer with a storeroom and a useful website. If you decide to buy custom windows, you will probably have to wait weeks or even months. So, you will need to take that into account. Jans Awnings sells quality vinyl windows manufactured by North Star. North Star windows are built to withstand extreme weather conditions. They also look quite attractive. Contact us to know more.