5 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a New Window

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5 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a New Window

Cost, insulation, and frame material are vital considerations when thinking of replacing windows. Windows that have good insulation and can hold up against extreme weather are expensive. However, they turn out to be cost-effective in the long run as they last longer, demand infrequent repairs, and let you save on electricity bills.

At Christopher Home Improvement, we offer the best home window installation and repair services in Norwich, CT. Here, we discuss five factors you should consider when getting a new window installed.  

Window material

Most window frames are made of wood, fiberglass, metal, or vinyl. Window glasses can be single, double, or triple-paned, providing reliable weatherstripping and keeping the air movement in and out of the house in check. Most windows have excellent sealing properties, but the weatherstripping shrinks when the mercury drops, compromising the sealing. 

Vinyl is the most popular choice as it’s the least expensive. However, it is not durable as its weatherstripping is fuzzy, and the plastic falls apart quickly. Meanwhile, wooden windows are costlier than vinyl but require periodic repaints and finishing touches to prevent them from rotting and sun damage. 

Fiberglass windows are more dependable than vinyl or wood and less likely to contract or expand according to the changing weather. 

Type of windows

There are various types of windows available. You can choose one depending on your needs and your house’s construction. The first option is double-hung windows that open from both the top and the bottom but remain inside the frame. 

Single-hung windows look like double-hung windows, but they can only open from the bottom. Then there are casement windows that open outward, either on the left or right hinge. 

Another excellent option is picture windows, which are large stationary windows that allow the maximum amount of light into the house. Transom windows are another option. They are a lot like picture windows as they too are fixed. However, they are mounted above a door or window to let in more light. 

Several other options, such as slider windows, stationary/fixed windows, bay or bow windows, skylights, and decorative glass windows, are also available. 

Glass package

Regardless of the material and type of windows you choose, a glass package is the essential part of the decision. The type of glass package will determine energy efficiency and heat reflection during summers. Low emissivity coatings (Low-E) are a good option. They will help you save on heating and cooling bills. 


You can choose to measure windows for replacement or call an expert from the company replacing windows to ensure correct measurement. It can get awkward and time-consuming to receive windows that do not fit in their assigned frames. Therefore, don’t miss this essential step while ordering new windows. 


If you are on a budget, choosing cheap material and styles but spending on Low-E coating will provide maximum benefit but low aesthetic value. However, if you are not overly concerned about the financials, you can choose from various window styles and expensive materials that will last longer and add to your home’s landscape. 

Get new windows

Replacing or installing new windows can be stressful. You need to decide the type, style, design, coating, size, and various other things before settling on the one that’s both aesthetically pleasing and energy-efficient. 

To make the process easier, contact Christopher Home Improvement, a company that has been proudly serving Connecticut and Rhode Island for over 16 years. We offer siding, gutters, windows, and roofing services in Norwich for residential and commercial customers. You can get free estimates by calling us at 877-334-4654 or by filling our contact form.

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