With Spring on the horizon, many homeowners start to think about what changes they want to make to their homes. And maybe 2021 is the year you finally upgrade your aging windows. But which ones do you go with? There are a lot of things to consider before upgrading your windows on your home. Which brand is best? What style best suits my home? Do I want the same windows? Or upgrade to something even better? We’ll go through some of the best window brands to choose from.
Signs You Should Replace Your Windows
There are a few reasons you may be looking to replace your windows. One, you are remodeling your home’s exterior and want some nice windows to match. Two, you have added on to your home and need windows to match the rest of your home, or vice versa (match to the new windows). Or you have aging windows that are requiring replacement. But knowing when to replace can be tricky. So here are a few tell-tale signs it’s time to install replacement windows.
Cold & Drafty
Sometimes with aging windows, they start to get super drafty to the point where you can feel the cool air blow in. One way to test if your windows are drafty as well is to place a candle or a tissue near your window, and if it moves, you’ve got yourself a draft. These drafts are caused by little gaps in your window’s frame or panes from the house shifting (especially in older homes) and the flashing or edges wearing away over time.
You Notice An Increase in Energy Costs
Those drafty windows make your home less energy-efficient, and you may notice the rise in your bills before you ever notice a cold draft. This is because any heat or air conditioning in your home quickly escapes, which makes your furnace work double-time to get your house to the proper temperature.
Your windows should be able to keep outdoor noises outside and indoor noises inside. If you hear every little thing like cars passing, and dogs barking, birds chirping—basically it’s just too loud, it could be time to replace your windows and upgrade to a thicker, double-pane.
You Have Single Pane Windows
Single pane windows can cause all of the above issues. From poor insulation to energy-efficiency to not keeping out noise, single-pane windows may not be a sustainable option for your home. If you purchase a home with single-pane windows, definitely upgrade to double or even triple-paned windows to see immediate improvements with your energy bills and sound.
They Don’t Open or Close Properly
There’s nothing worse than having a window that sticks when you try to open it, or worse, close it. If you find yourself having windows that don’t open at all, the locks don’t latch, or you have to prop up to keep them open, then you should definitely replace your windows. This can be important for both energy-efficiency and safety purposes.
Obviously, if your windows have visible damage, you will want to replace them as soon as possible. A damaged window leaves your home susceptible to leaks and poor insulation. A cracked window can often be as simple as replacing that one pane, but any frame damage can be critical to replace the entire window as a whole.
Trapped Moisture & Condensation
If you notice condensation collecting on your windows, it can mean a bad window, and it needs to be replaced. The same goes for any moisture getting trapped between your double-paned windows. The two panes are supposed to have an airtight seal, but moisture is a sign that that seal has been compromised.
Crumbling or Decaying Wood Frame
Your windows’ wood frames can rot and decay over time as it is exposed to moisture and condensation. This can also lead to mold and mildew growth which is bad to breathe in. If you notice signs of crumbling or decay, it’s definitely time to replace those windows. The earlier, the better because the frame that holds the window can also rot, and you don’t want to re-cut the whole frame.
Best Window Brands
When it comes to choosing the right window brand, you want something that will last a long time, looks nice, boosts curb appeal, has a good warranty, and fits into your budget. But the options can be overwhelming, so we’re going to help and list some of the best brands of windows out there today.
Alside windows have been around for almost 70 years and offer a wide range of custom-fit vinyl windows for both replacement and new construction. Their windows come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
As one of the most popular names in the industry, Anderson Windows remains a top choice for homeowners and businesses. Their limitless style options and affordability continue to dominate in both replacement and new construction window installments. They also have four tiers of quality so that you can choose from the most basic windows to their high-end selection. They offer their exclusive Owner-2-Owner® limited warranties with custom options based on your window selection.
Atrium windows have been around since the ’40s and continue to offer high-quality vinyl windows for new construction and have a wide range of custom replacement lines that you can purchase at Lowe’s. They offer a few different warranties, but you can expect to have a Limited Lifetime Warranty for factory defects and 25-Year Limited Warranty for the insulated glass.
Jeld-Wen is another leading manufacturer of windows, and despite being globally distributed, they are made right here in the U.S., in North Carolina. For sturdy, affordable windows you can rely on, they are a great option. You can reach out to them directly to find out what customized warranties they offer.
Loewen offers handcrafted products that are sure to look incredible in any home for a more luxurious option. Their windows are one of a kind, and if you’re looking to boost curb appeal, they may be the ones to go with. They offer specific warranties based on your products and needs, which you can find here.
Marvin Windows has built quite a reputation in their 100+ years in business. They are a more premium-priced brand, but with a beautiful quality to match. They have multiple replacement lines to choose from, and homeowners can rely on Marvin’s industry-leading warranties.
Milgard is an incredibly affordable but great brand to choose from for homeowners on a budget. They’re very well-known for their aluminum line and their soundproof “Quiet Line” of windows. Plus, they offer a Full Lifetime Warranty. This is a great option for anyone wanting to replace many windows on their home for a low price, without sacrificing quality.
Chances are you’ve heard of or been Pella windows installed in many homes. They’re often compared to Anderson Windows as one of the top contenders in the industry. They offer multi-tier options of windows from basic to more premier styles. They are well known for being incredibly aesthetically pleasing but affordable. Pella windows are also backed by some of the industry’s best warranties, and they stand by their products.
Preservation Windows is a very high-end brand for more luxury homes. One cool thing they do that sets them apart is installing their BetterView screens on all window installations. Their patented screens allow for more natural light to flow in and are virtually undetectable at first glance. This is why homeowners can expect to spend anywhere from $800-$1000 per window. But the style and quality of these are unmatched.
Simonton Windows is one of the go-to brands if you are looking for vinyl windows. They treat their glass as resistant against infrared and UV light, which can help with energy bill costs by keeping that heat from the sun out, but the light in. Their warranties have won awards for being some of the best in the biz; check them out here.
Weather Shield Windows
And last but definitely not least, Weather Shield Windows and Doors offers a beautiful selection of luxury windows that are crafted in their state-of-the-art facilities. With one of the country’s largest testing labs, they are consistently innovating their products to be better and better.
When you are ready to get your new windows replaced, Northface Construction is here with your premier window installation. We will make sure your windows are removed, replaced, and well-insulated to ensure your home is protected from the elements while making it look beautiful. To get started, contact us today!