5 Tips for picking the right windows for your home

Buying new windows? Wondering which ones to choose? With so many styles available, it can be difficult to decide what you want. Here are five tips for making an informed decision.

1. Know the different types of window

So what windows are in fashion? Some popular varieties include:

• Double-hung
• Casement
• Awning
• Slider
• Picture

Frames also come in a dizzying array of colours and materials; with wood, fibreglass and vinyl being the most common. What’s right for you comes down to three primary considerations: your home’s architectural style, your budget, and your personal preference

2. Visit showrooms
It’s worth visiting a local showroom or two, as nothing beats seeing various designs and colours up close and personal. However, to maximize your efforts, take some pictures of the windows currently installed in your home. This will enable an expert to recommend what’s best for your particular abode. Finally, always ensure you get a clear explanation when it comes to pricing, extras and hidden fees.

3. Keep energy efficiency in mind
Windows are one of the most significant sources of heat-loss in Canadian homes, which is an important consideration during our chilly winters. Thankfully, energy efficient windows come in a range of styles. Look for Energy Star labelled products, and/or for the R- and U-values, to identify how energy efficient and therefore well insulated your various options are.

4. Understand the different types of glass

Single pane windows are a thing of the past, as double- and triple-pane windows offer greater insulation and soundproofing. If you live on a busy street and want some peace and quiet, consider double- or triple-pane options for their soundproofing qualities.

5. Ensure high-quality window installation
Before selecting a contractor to install your windows, make sure you investigate both their window installation experience, and their insurance and liability policies. Be sure to get the right professional to install your new windows, as this will prevent potential problems. Also, should there be a mishap during the installation, your home will be covered under a trustworthy insurance policy.

Ottawa Window experts
At Canadian Comfort Windows & Doors, we’re here to help you through every step of your window replacement project. From consulting with us on the right windows for your needs to window installation and maintenance, we have the know-how that you need. Contact us today and we’ll help you pick and install the perfect windows for your home.