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As the temperature rises in the summer months, your list of things to do in and around your home is likely climbing just as fast. There are several projects that homeowners look to tackle, from lawn maintenance to painting or deck repairs. One project that shouldn’t be forgotten is window replacement.

If you live in an older home, chances are your windows haven’t been replaced in many years. If that’s the case and you’re looking to upgrade these features, there are a few things you should keep in mind before purchasing replacement windows.

This is our summer guide for residential window replacement.

Get Multiple Quotes

When it comes to making a significant purchase, whether it’s new windows or a new car, you should avoid purchasing the first item you see. Instead, shopping around and speaking with multiple suppliers will help give you an idea of the price ranges available — with this information, you can make a decision that best reflects your budget and the needs of your home.

Find Your Style

Depending on your lifestyle and your personal style, you should have several types of windows available to choose from. Between the frame, the glass, and the overall design, the possibilities are nearly endless.

The most common window frames are vinyl, wood, aluminum, and fibreglass. Vinyl frames are an excellent choice for budget-conscious homeowners. Wood offers a classic finish and can be long-lasting if appropriately crafted. Aluminum frames are practical in rainy and humid conditions. Fibreglass is ideal for energy-conscious homeowners.

If insulation is your concern, you may wish to look into double-pane windows, which are known to provide more insulation than a single-pane model. If you live in an area with harsh winter climates, triple-pane is likely going to keep you the warmest indoors.

The design of your upgraded windows will likely feel the most overwhelming since there are several available styles. The structure of your home may help you narrow down your choices since you’ll want to select a type that matches your home’s architectural design.

If you live in an area with many insects or allergens, you may limit the windows in your home that open and instead choose a completely sealed style. On the other hand, if you prefer more natural light and the outdoor breeze, a double-hung window with either vertical or horizontal sliders may be your preferred choice.

Never Neglect Energy Ratings

How your window performs and functions is equally as important as its aesthetic in your home. Today’s homeowners are looking for energy efficiency in as many areas of their homes as possible. The more energy-conscious your windows are, the lower your utilities will be when your bill arrives.

The main component to consider in window installation and replacement is the U-factor — this is the rate of heat loss from the building. Generally, the lower the U-rating, the greater resistance your window will have to heat flow in the home, which will improve your overall insulation.