Features to Consider Before Buying New Windows

Installing new windows not only increases the value of your home but also enhances its curb appeal, ventilation and energy efficiency. As you do some shopping, make sure to keep certain features in mind. Renewal by Andersen® highlights some of them below.

Design Options

There are plenty of window design options to choose from, including sliding, casement and double-hung windows. All of them enhance the beauty of your home, but to make sure you make the right choice, take your home’s architectural style into account. Double-hung windows are perfect in traditional or historic homes, while sliding and picture windows fit within modern and contemporary home architecture.


Window frames are available in a wide variety of materials, including wood, vinyl, aluminum and fiberglass. Wood offers a timeless, classic look but requires regular maintenance. Vinyl is a low maintenance and energy-efficient choice, but may not be as durable as other materials. Aluminum is strong and durable but less energy-efficient than other materials. Lastly, fiberglass is durable, low-maintenance and energy-efficient but may be more expensive.

If you want an alternative choice of window frame material, consider Fibrex® from Renewal by Andersen. consider composite materials like Fibrex® from Renewal by Andersen. It can outlast typical window frame materials, and is known for its resistance to rot, cracks and warping.

Energy Efficiency

Today’s window products are equipped with features that can help lower your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Low-emissivity (low-E) glass coatings, for instance, minimize the amount of ultraviolet light that can pass through the glass without compromising visible light transmittance. Windows with dual panes have inert gas in between to improve the window’s thermal performance. Make sure the windows you choose are ENERGY STAR®-certified.


The cost of your new windows will depend on several factors, such as the window type, materials and installation. While it’s essential to consider your budget, don’t sacrifice quality for affordability. Investing in high-quality windows will save you money in the long run through energy savings and increased home value.

Selecting new windows can be overwhelming, but you can make an informed decision by considering these essential factors. At Renewal by Andersen, we offer a variety of replacement windows and doors that offer a wealth of styles, colors, and grilles to fit any home. Our experienced team can help you select the perfect windows for your home and provide expert installation services backed by extensive warranties. Call us at (206) 775-7533 or fill out this contact form to get an estimate.

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