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3 Things to Look for When Buying New Windows

Building a new home can be challenging and stressful – filled with questions and options. Choosing roofing, siding, cabinets… where do you start? To add to the pressure, most homeowners are working within a strict budget, yet don’t want to compromise on quality. Here are the top three things to consider.

 1. Quality product

Functionality and quality of any home building product is key.

What you need to look for when buying new windows.

Cutting costs by using lower quality building products can cost you more money long-term. High-quality windows, such as the Simonton windows use reliable and durable materials. To help ensure quality and durability, Simonton branded windows and doors are tested to the advanced AAMA Gold Label Certification Program. The Gold Certification is AAMA’s highest level of testing with windows and doors being tested for thermal performance as well as air, water and structural integrity.

2. Design options

Casement windows make opening your windows a breeze.

When you research window companies, you need to make sure they have the design options you need to match your home’s décor. Variety of design options at a reasonable price point are key factors to look for in Simonton products. Simonton offers a variety of window styles, grid styles and color options, so you can completely customize your new windows.

These window styles include:

  • Double Hung Windows: Double hung windows are easy to clean because of inward tilting sash. The double hung window can be opened by lowering the top or raising the bottom sash.
  • Slider Windows: Sliders glide horizontally from side to side. The streamlined, contemporary profile allows more natural light into your home.
  • Casement Windows: Casement windows are easily opened with a crank outwards to the left or the right. This style of window provides open views and full ventilation.
  • Awning Windows: Hinged at the top and designed to open outward, awning windows provide additional airflow to a room.
  • Bay or Bow Windows: A combination of three or more angled windows make up our classic and iconic bay and bow windows that add dimension to a home.
  • Picture Windows: Picture windows are fixed and can’t be opened. They’re available in a variety of shapes and sizes and are also the most energy efficient window style.
  • Garden Windows: Garden windows project outward and provide space to display foliage, photos or décor. They’re perfect for over a kitchen sink.

3. Energy efficiency options

Whether you are building in the dry heat of Scottsdale, Arizona or in the humid Raleigh, North Carolina climate, Simonton products have been a great solution for keeping the climate inside of each home comfortable.
How to use natural light in home design.

While most new vinyl windows are energy efficient, there are several options and upgrades that can increase energy efficiency. For example, low-e coatings, argon gas fills, and ENERGY STAR certified are options commonly used in extreme climates to offer an extra layer of efficiency and keep heat in during colder months and out during warmer months.

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