Things to Consider When Shopping for New Windows

Things to Consider When Shopping for New Windows

May 21, 2020

Replacing your old, inefficient windows with new ones has many benefits. Apart from enhancing your home’s curb appeal and interior appearance, this home improvement project also boosts energy efficiency. It is an important investment that will give you long-term results, but for you to achieve them, you need to choose the right windows that will suit your needs.

Read on as Renewal by Andersen® of Milwaukee, your local source of windows and doors in the area, discusses a few things to consider when shopping for new windows.

Saving Money with New Windows

Installing replacement windows can indeed help you save on heating and cooling bills. However, several factors play a big role in making this happen. These include the framing material of your new windows, your home’s size and level of insulation, the presence of shade around your home and the local climate. You’ll also have to consider the upfront costs, too, with the price of the window varying depending on its materials and features and the installation cost.


Looking at Available Options

Before you decide which replacement windows are right for you, get to know the numerous options available to you. Window frame materials like vinyl, wood, fiberglass, aluminum and composite offer varying levels of strength and insulation. Consider the glazing as well—double glazing windows offer better insulation and allows visible light into your home while blocking out harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays. Additionally, find out about the windows’ required upkeep, whether it’s minimal or not.

Checking the Label

New windows come with labels that indicate their energy performance. Look for two labels: the blue ENERGY STAR® label and the National Fenestration Rating Council label. The former means that the window passed the strict guidelines for energy efficiency by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The latter, meanwhile, indicates the window’s ability to block cold, heat and outside air; allow light in; and block condensation.

Renewal by Andersen of Milwaukee is the local  window contractor for your needs. We offer custom-made windows that are made to precisely fit each window opening in your home and are professionally installed by our team of Certified Master Installers. Get started by calling (262) 522-3034 or filling out our contact form for a virtual consultation. We serve Wisconsin residents, including those living in Milwaukee, WI, and many more communities.

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Hear From Our Customers

Jason and Brett did an awesome job installing our doors. We had separate installers a month earlier for our windows who also did a fantastic job. They were all very professional and cleaned up almost better than the area looked before the installation! Since these were both jobs that took more than one day the installers were great at keeping us informed on the status of where the project was at along the way.

This was a great crew to work with. Both the original install manager we worked with (Jay) and the install team (Daniel, Mason, Tony, Ethan, and Jose). Everyone was very professional and knowledgable. They answered all my questions and the end result on the house is great. In 3 days they replaced an old bay window with a new bay window, a set of french doors on the patio with a sliding patio door, and our old front door with a new front door and storm door.

I cant express how happy we are with choosing Andersen for our window installation. Our sales representative was knowledgeable with product and answered any questions we had without hesitation. I did also fill out a survey that was sent in an email, but sadly I failed to personally name the two gentlemen that performed the actual installation. Barrett and Francisco were our guys, and let me tell you, they were outstanding!!! They did Excellent work and were professional as well as efficient and made this a smooth, none evasive process for us. I strongly recommend this company and these installers to anyone in need of windows!!! My husband and I could not be more pleased we chose Andersen for replacing our windows!!!

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