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New Windows Shopping Guide

In the market for new windows in Milwaukee? Here’s what you need to know.

Shopping for new windows in Milwaukee is a very different undertaking than shopping for replacement windows in Milwaukee. Replacement windows only need to fit into the same place where your old windows once stood, but new windows are a wholly new construction. They’re purchased for different reasons and different considerations should be made.

When Do You Need New Windows?

Just because your old windows are failing does not mean that you need all new windows. In fact, in most cases, replacement windows will be all that’s required. There are a few instances, however, in which you might need new windows.

  • New Construction Home. Obviously, if you’re building a home from scratch in Milwaukee, you’ll need windows. And since no windows have ever existed on this home before and replacement windows are built specifically to fit into old frames, you’ll need full new windows.
  • Adding a New Room. Maybe you need to make more space in your home. If you’re thinking of adding a room, and part of that room will face the exterior of the home, you will no doubt need to install new windows.
  • Adding Light To an Existing Room. On the other hand, maybe you don’t need a new room, you just need new light in an existing room. One popular tactic is daylighting a room, by installing awning windows high on the wall so that light filters down into the room. But of course, here again, replacement windows won’t do the trick.

What to Look For in New Windows?

When shopping for new windows in Milwaukee, you’ll want to keep a few factors in mind and research the latest window technology – so you’ll know how to get the most out of your window. These factors include:

  • No one wants to buy replacement windows a few years after installing new windows. It’s important to find new windows with a high quality make that are created to stand up to the Milwaukee climate.
  • Energy Efficiency. Energy efficiency is not only important in helping you save money on bills, but also protects your home and helps to reduce your carbon footprint. Take a look at the NFRC label of a new window to gauge its energy efficiency.
  • How secure are your windows? How does the material stand up to debris from storms or other disasters? You should also consider the safety of windows on floors above the first floor, particularly if you have kids. Single-hung windows, particularly large ones, might not offer enough security to give you peace of mind when the kids are playing upstairs.
  • Do your new windows fit the desired aesthetic for your home? Do youlike the way they look? This can be just as important to feeling at home as keeping out drafts or stuffy air.

Choosing New Windows

So you found a new windows manufacturer who makes durable, energy efficient windows. The next step is deciding which style of windows you want. Most manufacturers will have a few styles to choose from. The big ones include:

  • Bay or Bow. Bay or bow windows are windows that arch outward, thus helping the room to feel larger and adding a window seat. Bay windows typically have three panes, while bow windows have five panes. There are also garden, which bubble out in a trapezoidal fashion, with three panes as well as a top and bottom pane of glass. These windows are designed, as the name might suggest, for placing indoor plants.
  • These tall, narrow windows are becoming increasingly popular. They open from the side through a hand-crank, offering a unique form of ventilation. Awning windows are similar, but are smaller horizontal windows that open out from the bottom.
  • Double-hung or Single-Hung. Double-hung windows are classic and versatile. The two sashes move in two different directions. The bottom sash moves up and inward, while the top sash moves outward and down. The double-lock system makes them more secure. Single-hung have a similar style with two sashes, but the top sash stays in place while the bottom sash opens.
  • Picture windows, or fixed windows, are purely stylistic. They’re not designed to open, but they do let more light into a room, as well as protect the seal of your home.
  • Sliding windows have two panes, one of which slides into the other for easy operation. These windows can be an excellent option to light the kitchen, or if they’re large enough can serve as sliding glass doors. In fact, patio doors are often good substitutes for new windows, as they have all the benefits of windows with the added advantage of easy access outdoors.

You also need to consider the materials that will make up your new windows. A few options include:

  • Vinyl windows are one of the more affordable options, and vinyl does have excellent natural thermal resistance. However, you’ll have to pay more for a higher quality vinyl window manufacturer, and you’ll want a high quality vinyl window, as cheap quality vinyl has the tendency to warp.
  • Wood. Wood windows have a classic beauty and are low maintenance. They don’t fade or rust, and high quality wood windows resist erosion and degradation from harmful rays of the sun. Wood windows should be well stained, however, or they might swell or rot when exposed to elements like heavy rain or hot temperatures.

Fortunately, at Homesealed Exteriors in Milwaukee, we offer only high quality windows from top notch manufacturers like HiMark and Okna. We offer not just insert replacement windows but full frame windows for your new window needs as well. Contact us today for more information or a free quote.

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