Replacement windows are an excellent investment. According to the “Remodeling 2010-2011 Cost Versus Value Report” approximately 71 percent of the cost to replace your home’s windows with energy-efficient vinyl windows can be recouped with long-term savings on energy bills and added resale value on your home. If you’re considering replacement windows this year, the experts at Simonton Windows®  can help. Here are several tips from Simonton on how to select replacement window that can add both style and return-on-investment to your home’s improved window package.
Tip #1 – Request ENERGY STAR® qualified replacement windows and doors for your home to help lower your energy bills and qualify for tax incentives from the government.
Tip #2 – Select vinyl replacement windows with unique options, like those found in the Decorum™ by Simonton series, to add style and decorative appeal to your home. With this product line, you can choose exterior window frames in Brick, Tan, Pine, Driftwood, Cream, Chocolate and Bronze. You can even request interior frames in woodgrains of Antique Cherry, Contemporary Oak and Maple.
Tip #3 – If you live near an airport or in a busy neighborhood, request laminated glass or double-paned replacement windows to help reduce noise transmission into your home. A good choice would be Simonton StormBreaker Plus® windows, made to withstand severe weather and impacts, have the added value of helping keep the inside of the home quieter.
Tip #4 – For hard-to-open window locations (such as above a kitchen sink) replace existing windows with a Garden window. This mini-greenhouse style features dual, fully-operational casement side windows that crank open to bring air and sunlight into the room. As a bonus, you can grow small plants on the shelves or use the space for displaying collectibles.
Tip #5 – If your home was constructed before 1978, make sure to hire a window replacement expert certified in lead safe renovations . Many homes built prior to 1978 had paint on the exterior and in the window cavities that contain lead so it’s critical to use a qualified window contractor to remove that paint when windows are replaced.
Tip # 6 - Consider replacing older single or double hung windows with easier to operate casement windows. These crank-open replacement windows are less stressful on aging backs and hands because they require no lifting action. Slider windows also operate easily and can be a good option.
Tip #7 – Comparison shop before purchasing replacement windows. Make sure to research a company’s history, industry achievements, the product warranties and the reliability of the product line before investing in windows for your home.
Tip #8- Make certain to purchase windows with sturdy, easy-to-operate locks to secure windows in the home. For added security, order impact-resistant glass in windows. And, for decorative appeal on the inside of the home, consider the hardware options of Brushed Nickel, Oil-rubbed Bronze, Polished Brass, Dark Bronze and Antique Brass in the Decorum by Simonton product line.
Tip #9 – Make sure the replacement windows you select meet or exceed industry standards set forth by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). These tests assure that the windows meet stringent qualifications for thermal, air, water, operating force and structural performance.
Tip #10- For ease of maintenance, order replacement windows with vinyl frames. With vinyl window frames like those from Simonton Windows, you never need to worry about upkeep such as the scraping and repainting hassles you have with wood frames. Vinyl windows resist rotting, decay, insect infestations and provide years of effortless beauty in the home.
For more tips and help on how to pick the right replacement windows for your home, check out our Replacement Window Guide .