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Posted on Jul 03, 2017 by Sam Heer

Remember These When Choosing Replacement Windows

Thinking of replacing those old, drafty windows with new, more energy-efficient ones? We agree with the idea, especially because old windows can be causing air leakage and costing you thousands of dollars in energy bills. But how do you choose your replacement windows?

Here are some tips:

Consider the Glass Pane Type

Discerning homeowners know what they want: they want argon-filled, double-pane Low-E glass windows. And they have a point. The energy efficiency of the window depends largely on the glass used and how it is constructed. Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois installs only Low-E glass to ensure that you will get an energy-efficient window in place of your old one. We also use Fibrex® for the frame to boost the window’s efficiency and durability and make sure they look good for a long time.

Check the Window Size

Replacement windows may not fit the space of your old windows if you don’t pay attention to the size properly. You also need to measure the thickness of the frame jambs so we can customize the window to fit your home.

At Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois, we do not install windows haphazardly. We make sure they are the right size and fit, and we add weatherstripping and caulking for enhanced weatherproofing and efficiency.

Find a Company that Offers Custom Orders

Yes, you can buy pre-hung windows and do the job of installing them yourself, but that leaves you with windows cut and framed in a particular size—a size that may not be the right fit for your home. As professionals, our installers would like to take exact measurements of your window space so that we can install replacement windows that fit the space to a T. This is important to us because your window’s efficiency relies heavily on proper installation.

It’s not that difficult to choose replacement windows if you know what to look for. You don’t need to know all the jargon just to choose the best window for your house; we’re here to help with anything you don’t understand. Call Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois at (866) 693-6707 if you have any questions. We serve Springfield and Decatur, IL, and the surrounding areas.


"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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