Fall is a perfect time to consider upgrading your home with replacement windows. The windows of your home play several important roles: they provide safety, natural light, exterior curb appeal, and energy efficiency. As windows age, they can lose some of their ability to provide these benefits to homeowners. Here are 3 things to consider when selecting replacement windows:

1. Choose the most energy-efficient window within your budget. “Replacement windows are a fairly large investment,” explained Jeremy Ahrens, Sales Manager for Alexander Lumber in Woodstock. “By selecting the most energy-efficient windows, you will benefit from the energy savings that your windows provide much more quickly.” It is estimated that up to 30% of the air that is heated or cooled inside your home is lost through windows and doors. With updated, more modern windows, homeowners are able to prevent more heat loss during the winter months (and loss of cool air during the summer) due to better insulation.

2. Select a window that fits your home’s style. “Windows are no longer just white,” added Ahrens. “Most windows are available in a wide variety of colors and a wide variety of grille configurations that fit the style of any home.”

3. Test drive your windows. “It’s important to select your windows in person,” said Ahrens. “Visit a showroom to make sure the windows operate and look the way you want.”

Replacement windows provide peace of mind to homeowners on many fronts: they can offer better protection from intruders, provide UV protection for residents of the home (and help keep furniture from fading), provide better curb appeal from outside the home, and increase the home’s property value. With new windows, homeowners have less maintenance in regards to cleaning, repainting, and refinishing that may be necessary with older windows.

For more information about replacement windows for your home, please contact your nearest Alexander Lumber location.