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Posted on Apr 08, 2019 by Sam Heer

4 Things to Look For When Shopping for New Windows

When it comes to looking for new windows, there’s no doubt you’ll only want the best. After all, a window is a big help when it comes to energy efficiency and your home’s overall appeal. Thankfully, there are ways to make shopping for a new window easier.

4 Things to Look For When Shopping for New Windows

In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois discusses the four things you should look for when shopping for a new window.

1. Energy Efficiency – One of the most important things a window can bring to your home is its energy efficiency capabilities. Therefore, one of the things you should look for when shopping for a new window is its energy efficiency. Factors such as Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, Visible Transmittance, Air Leakage and Condensation Resistance all play a part in helping you save on utility bills.

2. Style – The style of the window is another thing you should look for. Some styles may suit your home’s architecture and landscape better than others, so it’s important to choose carefully. Choosing a mismatched window can bring your property value down.

3. Frame Materials – Window frames functions and ages differently so examine each of them and know their individual advantages and disadvantages. For instance, while vinyl frame is energy-efficient and least costly, it is the weaker material and prone to deterioration. If you want the best window frame, meanwhile, window installation experts at Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois have the frame for you: Fibrex® material. While it may be a costly option, Fibrex has a long life span and superior energy efficiency.

4. Safety – Safety is a big consideration if you have children or you’re installing the window on the upper floors. As much as possible, choose your window style according to your safety requirements without compromising your ventilation needs. Choose windows with proper locks as well to meet your privacy needs.

Turn to Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois for your home improvement needs and replacement windows. We are the #1 provider of exterior door and window replacement services. Give us a call at (866) 693-6707 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve homeowners in Peoria, Champaign and other areas of IL.


"I would recommend RBA of Central Illinois for QUALITY windows and doors. Compared to our old cheap, thin vinyl windows, Andersen blows them away. You can easily tell by how well the sliding doors fit and close, and how heavy duty they are. We also cannot hear the wind rushing through the house in inclement weather anymore! And the black window frames we went with are amazing to look at. Aaron, Al, Darrell, and Cory all were professional and went all out to finish the job, given the weather they had to deal with. I would definitely recommend. They were also on top of communicating with me given the weather delays, and what I could expect for them coming out. Five stars!"

Eric L.

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