Whether your windows are showing signs of wear and tear, or you want an energy-efficient upgrade, finding the right replacement windows for your home can be a challenge. You may find yourself out of a great deal of cash if you don’t know what sort of window to get. Let’s look at what you need to know to buy the right windows for your home.

Environmental Factors

You need to consider the climate where you live. If you’re in a part of the country that sees extreme heat or extreme cold (or both) you’ll want to purchase windows with higher insulative properties.

You also need to purchase windows that were built less than 1000 feet above or below your home. The reason is that if the window rises or lowers over 1000 feet, pressure builds in the insulating gas between window panes, and may cause failure.

If you live near the equator or at a high altitude, you will be subject to stronger Ultra Violet (UV) rays, and you need to buy windows built to withstand them to protect your eyes and skin, as well as the paint on the frames.


You need to evaluate the construction of your windows. A wood frame material is expensive and can easily be damaged. Aluminum is very cheap, but not very energy efficient because it heats and cools. Vinyl is the perfect happy medium, efficient, durable, and affordable. Glass, seals, and spacers must also be appropriate for your environment.


Finally, you need to be clear about what is covered under the warranty for your replacement windows. If you miss something in the fine print, you may be out quite a bit of money.

If you consider your environment, select your materials, and read the fine print of your warranty, you’ll be able to purchase the perfect replacement windows for your home with confidence.