Window OptionsLast post we discussed which styles of replacement windows are available and the pros and cons of each. This time we are going to explore some the the options available in modern replacement windows and point out which are must and what would be nice.

When searching for replacement windows there are numerous choices available. It is important to make a list of the options for windows that you absolutely must have for your home.

There are some things that a window salesman is going to try to sell you and although these items are nice to have they are not always necessary and will likely just jack up the price.

If you go into your research knowing the things that you absolutely must have for your windows. Of course, there may be some items that would be nice to have that are absolutes for your particular needs.

Here is a list of the items that you must consider for your new windows as well as some things that are nice to have, but not absolutely necessary.

Must Haves for your New Windows

Low E

It is absolutely necessary to choose windows that are Low-E. Low E stands for low emissivity. This type of window has been treated with a metallic oxide or metal coating that is invisible. This creates a surface that will reflect heat while still allowing light to pass through it. Low-E windows have been proven to reduce consumption of energy, decrease fading, and to increase the comfort of your home.

Insulated Glass

Another must have for the windows in your home is insulated glass. This window is created with a space between the two panes of glass that are sealed at the edges. The space between the panes of glass acts as an insulator and reduced the amount of cold and heat that can travel through the window.


When choosing insulated glass windows with low-e coatings it is also important to make sure that Argon gas is used to fill the space in between the two window panes. The space between the glasses can be filled with Argon gas that will help reduce the amount of air that flows through the window. This can help lower energy costs as the gas will keep the warm air out in the summer and the cold air out in the winter.

Twenty Year Warranty

It is important to make sure to choose windows that come with a twenty year warranty at the very least. Replacement windows can be expensive and you want to make sure that they are going to last a long time. A twenty year warranty is fairly standard for most windows, so make sure that the ones that you purchase come with at least this.

Would be Nice to Have

The things listed above should definitely be on your list of must haves for your replacement windows. There are several other items that you will run across that are nice to have as well. If the items meet your budget or if you find a good deal on the items listed below they are very nice features to have, but not absolutely necessary.

Triple pane glass

Triple Pane GlassDouble pane glass is necessary in order to ensure that the windows are energy efficient. However, if you are looking for the windows that are the most energy efficient, triple pane glass is the best possible choice. This window gives an entire extra pane of glass to add to the efficiency of the window. The extra glass helps keep the hot and cold air outside where it belongs.

Night locks

Night locks are a great security feature to consider for your replacement windows. These locks allow you to keep your window partially open, but still secure. This is a great feature when the outside weather is nice and you want to allow fresh air in your home but do not feel comfortable leaving your windows wide open all night.


Grids are a nice feature to have if you want to add a decorative touch to your windows. You can choose the number of lines that you want your window to have. Grids are perfect for individuals that want a unique look for their new windows. Grids are fairly contemporary and work well with most home styles.

Self-cleaning glass

This feature sounds almost too good to be true. However, there are now special coatings that can be put on the glass of your windows that will keep it free of grime and dirt. Titania is the most common material used for self-cleaning glass windows. This is a great option for those individuals that hate cleaning their windows.

Invisible screens

If you have a beautiful view out your home’s windows you do not want it to be hindered by screen lines all year round. Invisible screens provide you with a clear view. Invisible screens are often retractable and can simply be moved into the pocket when the window is closed and the screen is not needed.

Insulated Vinyl Frame

While not a necessity it is recommended that if you choose vinyl replacement windows to consider having the cavities filled with insulation. This will increase the efficiency of the window greatly.

Lifetime Warranty

A twenty year warranty is typically good enough for most people. However, a lifetime warranty on the glass of the windows can greatly increase the home’s resale value. Offering potential buyers the transfer of the lifetime warranty for the windows can improve your chances of selling the home at the price that you are asking for it.

These are just some of the considerations that need to be made when purchasing replacement windows. Make sure that you choose windows that have all of the must haves and if you want, add in some of the extra features as well.

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Next Time

We are going to cover Bay and Bow windows in the next post, so if you are interested in adding or replacing one of those types of windows you are going to want to check out that post.