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How to Pick New Windows: Your Four Top Questions, Answered

If your windows are drafty, loose, rotting, inefficient, or simply unattractive, it’s likely they’re in need of upgrade. Choosing your new windows, though, can be an overwhelming task. How do you choose high-quality windows? Which windows are the best for your climate? What kind of features should your new windows have, and do you really need all those bells and whistles? We’re here to answer your most burning questions, and help you determine what to look for when picking new windows for your home.20 year affiliation Andersen Windows and George J Keller

  1. What type of frame makes for a high-quality window? The frame of your window is one of its most important components. Not only is it the most visible feature, but it’s also responsible for limiting the transfer of heat between the outside and inside of your home. You have many options when it comes to window frames. Vinyl windows are ubiquitous and highly affordable, while wood frames offer classic good looks with excellent insulative properties. There are also composite frames made from a variety of recycled materials that have impressive thermal properties. Can’t decide? We’re here to help – call us at 973-927-0963 today!
  2. What type of glass should I pick for my new windows? There are plenty of fancy features touted by window companies, but when it comes right down to it, most new windows will offer excellent energy efficiency, no matter what type of glass you choose. Andersen echoes this sentiment, stating on the company’s site that “Most people can enjoy optimal energy performance and comfort with our standard Low-E/Low-E4® glass offerings. Low-E (low-emissive) glass reflects heat in the summer and helps keep heat inside in the winter, making this a good choice in climates where both heating and cooling costs are a concern.”
  3. What about fancy upgrades? If you’re looking for increased protection, Andersen offers exceptionally high-quality window glass with SmartSun™ and PassiveSun® technologies. SmartSun™ glass gives you the benefits of Low-E glass, plus it helps shield your home from the sun’s heat and filters out 95% of harmful UV rays while letting sunlight shine through. If you live in a cold climate, PassiveSun® glass allows the sun to heat your home. Additional options include triple-pane glass and special coatings. Not sure if any of these are necessary? Wondering whether they’ll truly impact your energy savings? That’s what we’re here for! We’ll be happy to review your options with you and help you choose the best windows for your home.
  4. What else do I need to consider? Some other handy features you’ll want to look for when considering how to pick new windows are tilt-in sashes for easy cleaning and removable/sliding insect screens. You also get to choose from a wide variety of options including interior and exterior colors, hardware styles and finishes, grille patterns and trim. If your head is spinning with all the decisions you have to make in order to get the best windows for your buck, don’t worry, we’ve been there, done that, thousands of times, and we can help you choose what type of styles will work best with your home’s architectural style and décor as well as conform to your individual tastes and budget.

Because window options and extras can easily add as much as 50% or more to your new window price, it’s important to consider your options carefully. We’ll patiently walk you through the entire process and ensure all your questions are answered so that you’re thrilled with the results. Plus, George J. Keller and Sons is backed by the best names in the business and we’ve been around for more than 35 years. So, if you’re sick of dealing with old, drafty frames and foggy glass, and are wondering how to pick new windows, give us a call at 973-927-0963 today for your free consultation!

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