From Brittany Mauriss on December 13, 1901 in CalFinder News
Window replacement is the first step to going green in the home, lowering energy bills and improving comfort & aesthetics. Brand, type and style are important decisions. To help you make this process as simple as possible, CalFinder brings you the Everything Guide to Window Replacement. We’ll go over a few Window Brands, Replacement Costs, Types of Windows, and Window Frames. Look no further - it’s all right here.
Pella has won the Energy Star Partner of the Year award for three consecutive years now. Companies that have received this award have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting & achieving aggressive goals and demonstrating the benefits of energy efficiency.
Pella Windows offer all standard window types, plus the beautiful Architect, Special Shapes, and Designer series.
Marvin Windows is the largest made-to-order wood window & door manufacturer in the world. If you’re looking for wood windows, their craftsmanship is unmatched. You can even design your own living room using their computer Room Design Tool (warning: this is extremely addictive).
Marvin products include the elegant Infinity and Integrity window series.
Andersen was one of the first window companies in the nation to meet Energy Star requirements and have won numerous awards for their sustainability and promotion of energy conservation.
Andersen Windows offers the standard selection as well as the 200, 400, Speciality, and Architectural series. Make sure to check out the incredible Art Glass options.
Matching window styles with your home’s wall shapes, layout, and decor is a tricky decision that can easily go awry. First, make sure that the window type and location are appropriate. For example, are you looking to install a window in your basement? Try a hopper window. Want a window that can open fully in the kitchen? A casement window may be just what you’re looking for. We’ll go over some pros & cons, and then you can browse through our beautiful Window Gallery to see finished products firsthand.
Pros - Designed to provide light and ventilation if placed high on walls. Great for bedrooms and other areas that need to maintain privacy but still allow light in. A chain winder holds the window firmly ajar to prevent slamming. Cons - Only opens outward to a certain point.
Placement - They can be arranged next to other windows, in columns, or on top of other windows for extra light and ventilation. Perfect above large patio doors.
Pros - Open outwards to a 90-degree angle. They match Colonial and Heritage style homes and are chosen to for their capacity to let in light and fresh air. Cons - Not key lockable.
Placement of Casement Windows - Great for hard-to-reach places, such as over sinks and appliances. They crank open, as opposed to sliding up and down, which makes them easier to maneuver.
Want to see more window styles? View our full list here.
Or jump ahead to find a local window contractor to install your new windows.
Next up are frames, the choice of which can affect your energy bill and your windows’ appearance. You’ve probably found that there’s an overwhelming number of frames out there with different material types and shades of color. We’ll help you speed up the research and get right down to it.
By far the most popular option these days, vinyl windows come in a wide variety of styles, price ranges, and energy efficiency options. They never need re-painting and stand up well against the elements. On the downside, they come in only a few colors, and often have a smaller glass area than other types.
Fiberglass are a favorite because they offer traditional good looks with the benefits of innovative materials. Priced comparably to wood, they’re strong, energy-efficient, and available in a wide variety of styles.
So now that you’re super educated about window replacement, our local contractors are more than happy to assist you in installing your new windows. Get started!