When Do You Need New Windows? What New Windows Should You Choose?

Sometimes it's obvious that your windows need replacing - like when a baseball flies in from the front yard. But other times it's more subtle - like when you can't seem to keep your house heated because of drafty old windows.

Whatever your reason, you've decided it's time for new windows.

But how do you know which windows are right for your house? And what should you be looking for in replacement windows? Before you start shopping for new windows or replacement windows for you home, take a look at this quick guide.

New Windows vs. Replacement Windows

The first decision you need to make is whether you need new windows or replacement windows. New windows are installed when you want to change the size or shape of the window.

For example, if you had a small, rectangular window but you wanted a larger, round window that would be considered a new window. However, if you wanted to swap out the old window for a new one of the same variety, that is a replacement window.

The price of a new window or a replacement window is usually about the same. But there could be additional construction costs with new windows if the area around the window needs to be repaired or updated in some way.

If you're looking to change up the style of your home, windows can do wonders. Add a bay window to your reading nook, or floor-to-ceiling window for a view of the backyard - it's up to you!

If you're looking for a professionals service to replace your windows, check out our locations.

Choosing the Right Windows

Every type of window will offer you different features for different prices. Here we are going to review a few of the most popular types of windows that you can choose from along with the pros and cons of each one. These window tips will help you feel more confident in your decision.

Single/Double Hung Windows

Single and double-hung windows are among the most popular for homeowners because they look good and function well. They provide a simple, classic look for any window in your home.

The choice between single and double is a personal preference, but double-hung windows tend to create better airflow by opening the top sash. If the airflow is an issue in your house, consider double-hung.

Also, if you have young children in the house you might choose double hung over single hung because it won't allow a child to climb out the window at the bottom.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are opened by pressing the window out at an angle from the bottom. Awning windows may not be as practical as single or double-hung windows but they work well for bathrooms.

You can save money and time by choosing an awning window for areas of the house where windows don't get as much use.

Slider Windows

Slider windows open by sliding from side to side. Opening and closing slider windows is relatively easy which makes them great for frequently used windows in the house.

These windows are also great convenient they fit well in small areas where a window couldn't open out or inside of the frame. Consider a slider window above your kitchen sink or on a porch.

Window Frames

Once you have an idea of which type of window will work best for your home, it's time to choose among various window frame options. The choice in a frame will depend on the style of your home, your budget, and sometimes the climate.


A wood frame provides a classic or rustic look for your windows. They're also good at insulating the house, keeping it warm or cool. Wood frames range in price depending on the type of wood and the cost for installation.

The only downside to a wood frame is that it's difficult to maintain. A wood frame might need regular staining or painting.


Vinyl is a no-fuss material for your window frames. There is no maintenance and it's durable. The price is good and you have plenty of options to choose from in color and style.

Some people don't like the aesthetic of vinyl as much as wood, but it depends on your personal style.


Looking for an eco-friendly choice for your window frames? What about composite? It's made from scrap wood and plastic to look like a wood frame. But it's maintenance-free, like a vinyl frame.

So if you can't decide between wood and vinyl, maybe composite is the right choice for you.

Picking the Right Glass

The final step to choosing windows for your house is to pick the right glass. You can choose from single, double, triple, or even quadruple panes.

Some people think that the more panes, the better the insulation. But realistically the insulation comes from the distance between each of the panes. So, you can get good insulation from a single or double pane.

The top choices in window glass are low emissivity glass (Low-E) and impact-resistant glass. The low-E glass has a thin protective layer on it to better control the temperature. It prevents heat from flowing through the glass.

Impact-resistant glass does exactly what it says it will - resist impact. Whether that's the aforementioned baseball or an unpredictable rainstorm, you can rest easy with impact-resistant glass.  The glass can still be damaged but fixing a crack is less expensive than replacing the entire window.

Ready to Pick Out Your New Windows?

It's time to select your new windows! You have all the information you need about types of windows, frames, and glass to make a decision you'll be happy with for years.

When getting new windows or replacement windows, don't be afraid to ask questions about your options and pricing. A helpful service agent should be able to get you all the information you need before deciding.

And when you're ready to schedule a free window replacement quote, contact us online.