What to look for in a window

What To Look For

For those homeowners who are unfamiliar with the specifics of the window and door industry, we have compiled a few general suggestions to help guide you through the process.

  • The first step is to choose a type of window or door. The options, from lowest to highest price point, are as follows: all aluminum, vinyl, all wood, and aluminum clad wood.
    Your choice should be based on many factors, including overall style of the home, architectural preference, number of options needed and budget.
  • The next step is to choose what type of operable windows you would like and whether you want to use custom shaped units or curved glass pieces. These choices all relate to the architectural style of your home, your personal preference and your budget.
    For example, in order to make your home look taller, you will want to use casements instead of double hung windows. In order to keep price down, stick to rectangular pieces instead of curved windows.
  • The rest of the process relates to the many options available to you.

  • Depending on the product, you may have anywhere from 2 to 36+ color choices. Again, this is a decision to be made with your builder or interior designer based on many considerations.
  • You also have more than ten different glass options to choose from, including energy efficient coatings and tints. The last set of choices will include hardware finish, divided lite bars, door handle styles, etc.

Taken step by step, the process is much less overwhelming than it may have seemed at first glance!