Choosing Doors & Windows
The Right Choices
Selecting new or replacement windows, can be overwhelming with all the styles, materials and features to choose from. Doing some homework before you make any decisions can save on headaches later on.
One of the first decisions a homeowner must make is between “New” and “Replacement” windows. Here is the difference:
Replacement windows refers to when an old or poor quality window is removed without disturbing the surrounding trim (and/or frame), and is replaced with a new window that is designed to fit right into the existing opening. Replacement windows cost around the same as new windows, however there is more labor involved in the removal of the old windows and therefore the overall cost is higher.
New windows would be chosen when the homeowner is involved in new construction, as in a new home or an additional to an existing home. A big advantage of new windows is that you have the option to completely change the appearance and feel of your home both inside and out.
Once you have decided between new and replacement windows the next decision is the style or type of window you would like. The four most basic and popular types are listed below: