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Rely on the Window Replacement Experts

Does your home need new windows? Choosing the right replacement windows doesn’t have to be difficult. Greyrock Window and Door will be there every step of the way to explain your options and answer any questions you may have. We even provide free estimates so you can feel confident that you’re getting windows that meet your needs and your budget.

Benefits of window replacement:

 

  • Enhance curb appeal
  • Improve home security
  • Enjoy better functionality
  • Decrease energy costs
  • Reduce outside noise
  • Improve interior comfort
  • Less maintenance

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Window Replacement Made Easy

Many people put off upgrading their windows far longer than they should because they just aren’t sure where to begin. That’s why we’ve created this easy to follow guide for homeowners who want to know more about different types of windows and all of the options available to them. Although it may seem like there is an overwhelming number of choices, finding the right windows all comes down to a few key considerations.

Tips For Choosing Your New Windows

Choosing the right windows starts with understanding some key deciding factors. These factors will affect the performance, look, and longevity of your windows, among other things. Once you have an idea of what kind of windows you want based on these four things, you can go on to choose other options like color, hardware, and trim.

Design

There are so many beautiful colors, styles, and materials to choose from, that it can be easy to get swept up in choosing something that looks great on paper but doesn’t match the design of your home. Some windows naturally fit better with older or more classically-designed homes, while others are better suited to more modern styles.

Don’t forget to consider how your windows will look on both the outside and inside of your home. You should choose something that works well with your decor, while perfectly complementing the look of your home to someone who is driving by.

Functionality

Just as important (or perhaps even more important) as design, is functionality. The primary purpose of a window is to perform a function — such as keeping your home protected from the elements while letting sunlight inside. But today’s windows can do so much more than just filter in sunlight, and knowing which features are most important to you is something you need to think about.

For instance, just considering how a window opens and closes can be a functionality consideration. Beyond that, there are self-cleaning windows, windows with sheer screens between the panes of glass, and much more. Learn more about all of your options from a Greyrock representative.

Energy Efficiency

Rising energy costs are a big reason why many homeowners choose to upgrade the windows in their homes. That’s because ill-fitting, damaged, or poorly insulated windows can cost you hundreds of dollars on your heating and cooling bill each year.

Because energy efficiency is such a priority for most people, window manufacturers have engineered different ways to block cold outside air in the winter and reduce the transfer of heat to the inside in the summer. Modern windows will likely perform better than older windows with regard to energy efficiency, but you can also upgrade your new windows with special types of insulated glass that are intended to provide you with additional energy savings.

Durability

Most modern-day windows are quite durable and long-lasting if installed properly, but exactly how long they’ll last or how often they’ll need maintenance depends on the type of window you get. Vinyl windows are some of the most durable windows, and wood windows require the highest upkeep.

Another thing to consider is climate. Some window materials are better suited for big swings and temperatures and freeze/thaw conditions. Greyrock is a family-owned business based in Northern Colorado, so we know first hand what it’s like to live here. We can recommend the windows that are best suited to withstand the crazy Colorado weather.

Energy Efficiency

Replacing old or single-pane windows with new more energy-efficient options will provide you with better comfort in your home year-round and it will likely save you money on your heating and cooling bill. Vanguard also offers low-E coatings that reflect your home’s heat back into the room. This option comes with a lifetime warranty that covers the entire window — including the glass. 

 
 

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Explore Your Options

Many people put off upgrading their windows far longer than they should because they just aren’t sure where to begin. That’s why we’ve created this easy to follow guide for homeowners who want to know more about different types of windows and some of the options available to them. Although it may seem like there is an overwhelming number of choices, finding the right windows all comes down to a few key considerations. Once you decide on how you want your windows to perform with regard to design, durability, functionality, and energy efficiency, you can start picking out the combination of features and options that will meet those wants and needs.

WINDOW MATERIALS

There are three primary materials that are used to make windows. Each one will vary in looks, cost, and durability.

Vinyl

Windows are one of the most popular choices for home window replacement. That’s because they’re cost-effective and energy-efficient. In addition to that, they’re easy to clean and won’t rot or corrode like some other materials.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass windows are incredibly durable — much more so than wood, although you can get them painted to look like wood. They’re resistant to fading and moisture and perform well in extremely hot and cold temperatures. The downside is that they’re the more expensive option of the three. 

Wood

Wood-framed windows are beautiful, and oftentimes the preferred choice for those living in a home with a more traditional style. The biggest problem with wood is that it’s susceptible to moisture, rotting, warping, and sometimes even termites.  

TYPES OF WINDOWS

Windows come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. Some can be purely decorative, while others are designed for a combination of function and durability. When you’re shopping for windows, you’ll want to become familiar with some of the more popular types of windows and the differences between each of them. 

The most common window types include:

  • Single-Hung Windows
  • Double-Hung Windows
  • Awning Windows
  • Bay Windows
  • Bow Windows
  • Casement Windows
  • Siding Windows
  • Specialty Shaped Windows

Window Options

Looking through dozens of window options is where shopping for windows gets really exciting. From colors and trim styles to hardware, decorative glass, and even self-cleaning windows, between-glass blinds, and self-cleaning windows, the sky’s the limit when it comes to replacement window options.

Feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the choices available to you? Don’t worry, a window expert from the Greyrock team will be happy to help explain everything in detail and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to also browse our picture gallery to get some inspiration.

New Windows Are Just a Call Away

If you’re like most people, you still probably have some questions about which type of windows to get or how our window installation services work. At Greyrock Window and Door, we want to make getting replacement windows as easy as possible. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you choose the windows that work best for your needs and budget, and then provide you with a free, no-pressure estimate. All you have to do is give us a call or fill out our online form. It’s as easy as that!

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