How To Choose the Best Replacement Windows

New windows are a great investment for your home.  In the average home, windows take up about 15% of the wall space so finding the best replacement windows for your home is important.   New windows can improve your home’s curb appeal, energy efficiency, and comfort level, but how do you choose the right replacement windows?  Here are six things to consider when you’re looking for replacement windows in Sacramento.

Window Style

Now is the perfect time to consider a style change!  Upgrading your windows can give your house a fresh clean look.  Windows can make a statement, elevating your home’s curb appeal by updating the style and giving it a more modern appearance.  Just because your home currently has those old crank windows, doesn’t mean you have to choose that style of window replacement.  Check out the different replacement window styles and consult your local window professional to see which types of windows would work best for your house.

Window Frame Material

Window frames come in different materials including wood, vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass.  There are pros and cons for all types of frame materials.  Choosing a frame material you’ll want to consider the style of your home, your budget, and how much maintenance you want to do in the future. 

Metal frames are frequently used for commercial buildings and in contemporary or urban-style residential homes. Fiberglass, wood, and vinyl are the most common materials used in window frames for single-family homes.  Fiberglass window frames are strong and durable but often quite a bit more costly than the other options.  While real wood windows can be beautiful, they tend to be pricey and high-maintenance over time.  Vinyl is the most cost-effective window frame material, but you’ll want to be sure to choose a reputable window contractor for purchase and installation.

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Energy Star = Energy Efficiency

When choosing the best replacement windows for your home, it’s a good idea to look for the energy star label.  The energy star label identifies products that meet the highest energy efficiency and performance standards as dictated by the EPA.  Before a product can earn an energy star label, it must first be tested by an EPA-accredited laboratory and certified by an EPA certification body.  Choosing replacement windows with the energy star label can save you money on your utilities.  In addition to saving money, with more efficient windows and doors, you use less energy, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and homes.

Glass Coatings

Windows that allow beautiful sunlight to brighten a room while maintaining the cool comfort of our home are important.  Low-E (low emissivity) coated glass has a thin solar control coating to improve thermal performance.   This modern glass coating technology helps to reduce energy costs and also filters damaging ultraviolet light. With the long hot summers that we have here in the Sacramento area, you may want to seriously consider this option when choosing your new replacement windows. 


Simply put, you will want to choose windows that come with a great warranty from a manufacturer that stands behind its products. 

Professional Installation

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Proper installation of your new replacement windows and doors is a crucial factor that will impact their future performance.  Improper installation of even high-rated windows can reduce energy efficiency and lead to future problems.  Having your windows replaced usually represents a good size investment, so you’ll want it done right.  Professional window installers have the training, experience, and tools to do the job right.  Most window contractors will install your new windows and haul the old ones away, which means less hassle for you. Having your windows professionally installed can also affect your warranty.  Some window manufacturers stipulate professional installation and will render your warranty null and void if not installed by a window professional.

Replacing worn-out, drafty, inefficient windows, with modern energy-efficient windows can add to your comfort level and wallet. If you’re interested in choosing the best replacement windows call the home window replacement experts at Dick’s Rancho Glass.  Our window professionals have many years of experience in window installation, and we are happy to serve homeowners throughout the Sacramento Area.  To keep your home beautiful and energy-efficient, we are proud to offer a large selection of replacement windows, including high-quality Milgard® windows.  To begin exploring your replacement window options, check out our gallery, give us a call, click Dick’s Rancho Glass to contact us, or visit one of our two glass showrooms in the Sacramento region:

Dick’s Rancho Glass Sacramento at 2900 ROUTIER ROAD

Or call us at (916)363-6554
Dick’s Rancho Glass Fair Oaks at 5349 SAN JUAN AVE.

Or call us at (916)863-2500

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