replacement window

If you’re looking for new replacement windows, there are a lot of factors to consider before deciding which is the best window brand for you. what replacement windows are best? what is a good price for replacement windows? And, are replacement windows a good investment?

what to know about replacement windows?

To summarize best replacement window tips about replacement windows

  1. Do not perform a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) installation
  2. Order the correct window size
  3. Compare the features of different windows
  4. Choose an energy-efficient window
  5. Add extra glass panes to the window
  6. Hire a certified expert to install your replacement window
  7. Install a drip cap to prevent water leaks
  8. Check the warranty
  9. Install new casing for the full-frame replacement.

More pro replacement windows tips are what to ask the installer once you hire them and compare between before and after window replacement.

What type of replacement windows are best?

Finding the best replacement window brands for your home will really depend on what you value the most when installing a window, style, energy-efficient, maintenance, and also the frames preference but still, what is the best replacement window?

Well, we ranked the best replacement window brands

  1. Andersen Windows
  2. Andersen sells replacement and new construction lines in casement and double-hung styles. Andersen Windows come in clad, wood, vinyl, composite construction argon, or gas-filled glass for high efficiency.

    Andersen's warranty for glass is 20 years cover and 10 years for non-glass parts.

    Price ranges are varied depending on the windows you are looking at, for example, Awning 400 Series is $435 for the window and $550 for average cost installation and the Double Hung Windows 200 Series is $280 for the window and $350 for average cost installation.

  3. Pella Windows
  4. Pella’s windows are known for their well-built material, their wood line is their most well know and have a very detailed customized architect series and designer series, they have a variety of frame types as well from vinyl to fiberglass and flexibility in design .

    the price ranges for Pella differs from the Encompass Double Hung Vinyl Window of $150 for the window and $250 for average cost installation to the 450 Proline Awning Wood Windows $288 for the window and $368 for average cost installation

  5. Milgard Windows
  6. These windows are identified by their affordable replacement vinyl windows. They have four different window lines, with a range of functions and styles

    Milgard aluminum windows are known for their simple modern minimal style of thin frames. They also offer a more upscale wood-clad fiberglass design

    as for prices, Milgard’s standard aluminum single hung window costs around $185 a window with around $400 for installation.

  7. Simonton Windows
  8. If you are looking for a vinyl window specifically, this is a great brand to check out. All common window styles are available.

    as for pricing the Simonton window prism series Awning Windows alone can cost $200 and the average installation cost for it $325, also for Sliding Windows can cost $328 and the average installation cost is $453

  9. Preservation Windows
  10. These windows come in a wide range of choices, including stained glass and exterior colors, it also tackles the lock balance feature.

    however, the prices can vary, though not unusually high, companies selling these windows for $800 to $1000 for a window.

But can you replace your own windows?

Although it is highly advisable to hire a professional for window replacement, you might wonder if you can save up some money by doing it yourself, or you have seen how an expert installed a window some time ago that seemed relatively simple.

To do that you need to do 6 steps

  1. Find replacement windows.
  2. there are two types of windows, new construction and remodel, new construction window usually comes with a nailing flange to attach to a rough opening.

    while the remodel window will be made to fit within the existing finished opening.

    the best choice to get is the remodel window, it is faster and easier to install, although it has less glass to let the light in, you may notice the window is smaller compared to the new construction one, this is because the design was made to fit inside an already finished opening with existing frames

  3. Measure the Window Opening
  4. measuring the pocket opening and taking the time to carefully note the exact height and width of your window and correct measurements will save you a lot of time from sanding the frames and adding filler strips later

  5. Remove the Existing Window
  6. Before removing your window, make sure the new window for any damage and its size

    This is the part where the hard work comes, windows, in general, are difficult to handle, you will need an extra hand to help you work above the first floor, and always wear an eye protection mask and gloves when you replace the glass and fiberglass insulation. If the window wasn’t previously fastened in place properly, it could fall out without warning.

    • You might have to cut through old paint or caulk with a utility knife.
    • Remove interior stop moulding.
    • Remove the sashes and fasteners that are holding the old window to the frame.
    • When lifting out the old window cut all the balance lines or weight connections
    • Remove the old balance system and any fasteners that are sticking out
    • Clean the window opening thoroughly. Remove all the old caulk.
    • Fill any holes in the surface and add insulation as needed. And if the exterior stop moulding is damaged, replace it
  7. Dry Fit Window
  8. after replacing any damaged areas, install new blind stop moulding then Center the new window in the opening, supporting it with wood blocks

  9. Install the Remodel Window
    • Place the window into the opening and press it tightly against the caulk.
    • Put shims where pre-drilled holes are to secure the window.
    • Drive screws into holes through the shims and into the frame. And trim the shims with a razor knife
    • Fill the gaps between the window jambs and the framing members with loosely packed fiberglass insulation.
    • Install interior stop moulding with finishing nails.
    • for now, all the hard part is completed, once the caulk dries, you can start painting and match the trim on the rest of your house.

Do replacement windows come in colors?

It depends on the type of frames that you prefer on your replacement window, if you are looking for vinyl frames, they usually come in black, white, shades of grey and brown, also in red and green for wood, they usually come in shades of brown, dark red, and cherry.

As for aluminum and fiberglass, they mainly come in black and white.

Lastly Installing new home windows is definitely worth the investment depending on what you are looking to get from them. Replacement windows bring value by increasing your home’s resale value, increasing energy efficiency, and increase your home’s overall aesthetics.