How to Choose the Right Replacement Windows

How To Choose The Right Replacement Windows

Is your home cold and drafty? Do you hear everything that transpires outside on your street? Then it may be time to replace your windows. But with so many styles, materials, and designs to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down on the right replacement windows. That’s where we can help.

Below is a quick and easy guide to help you choose the perfect replacement windows for your home:


The style of your windows should fit your home’s aesthetics and functions. Not only does it have to blend in with your home’s design, but they should be able to work as well. While there are many different types of styles to choose from, there are five that most people choose from:

  • Single Hung Windows: These open only at the bottom, with the lower window sliding upwards to let air in.
  • Double Hung Windows: These open at the bottom and top, both of which slide down or up to let air in. (Learn the difference between Single and Double Hung Windows here)
  • Casement Windows: These have one large sash that swings open and out using a lever.
  • Slider Windows: These slide open from side to side rather than up or out.
  • Awning Windows: Similar to an awning, these windows tilt open and out.

Frame Material

Once you decide on the style, you should focus your attention on the material. Your window frames’ material can impact how much heat is lost or let in during the year.

  • Wood: The classic wood window frame has the best insulating value, but they do require more maintenance and upkeep.
  • Vinyl: The most popular type of window frame, vinyl is inexpensive, insulating, and low maintenance.
  • Aluminum: This material is hardy and tough, able to withstand harsh weather conditions. However, heat transfer and loss are a problem with these windows.

Window Glass

The kind of glass you install in your windows will impact how it performs. This is especially true in Buffalo, where insulation is key.

  • Low-E Glass: Low Emissivity Glass has a thin, protective layer that reduces heat loss and heat transfer through the glass.
  • Impact Resistant Glass: This type of glass will not shatter upon impact, making it ideal for homes facing tough weather conditions.

For more advice on choosing the best replacement windows, contact Ivy Lea Construction today.