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Monday, March 24, 2014

Which Replacement Windows are Right for You - Part I

When it comes time to replace the older windows in a home, make sure to consider selections that add both style and return-on-investment.

“There are dozens of different types of windows on the market today,” says Matthew Minerd of Simonton Windows. “The choices can be daunting. Start by researching the type of frame material you’re looking for, and then move on to the type of energy-efficient glass insert that will serve you best, such as double- or triple-panes of glass."

To help you determine which replacement windows are right for you, consider this checklist offered by the experts at Simonton Windows:

Tip #1 – If you live near an airport or in a busy neighborhood, request laminated glass or double-paned windows to help reduce noise transmission into your home. Glass packages such as impact-resistant SafePoint™ glass can help deter noise while also helping to protect your home from burglary attempts.

Tip #2 – If your home was constructed before 1978, make sure to hire a window replacement expert certified in lead safe renovations (see Many homes built prior to 1978 had lead-based paint on the exterior and in the window cavities, so it’s critical to use a qualified window contractor to remove that paint when windows are replaced.

Tip #3 - Select vinyl windows with unique options, like those found in the Decorum® by Simonton series, to add style and decorative appeal to your home. With this product line, you can choose exterior window frames in Brick, Tan, Pine, Driftwood, Cream, Chocolate and Bronze colors. And, you can request interior frames in woodgrains of Antique Cherry, Contemporary Oak and Maple.

Tip #4 – For hard-to-open window locations (such as above a kitchen sink) replace existing windows with a Garden window. This mini-greenhouse style features dual, fully-operational casement side windows that crank open to bring air and sunlight into the room. As a bonus, you can grow small plants on the shelves or use the space for displaying collectibles.

Gain more tips in the second part of this blog tomorrow!

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