Avoid These Simple But Very Common Mistakes When Choosing New Residential Windows

New windows can increase a home's overall value and its insulating properties, keeping the interior cooler during summertime and warmer during winter. When buying new windows, you can also take the opportunity to choose a style that is larger and that lets in more sunlight and fresh air, and which might also be easier to clean than standard single-hung windows. However, note a few simple but very common mistakes homeowners often make when choosing those new windows, so you avoid having windows installed that don't look quite right in the home or feel out of place and outdated.

Not coordinating with your home's overall style

If you have a thick wooden entryway door, you want wood window frames. On the other hand, if your home has vinyl or aluminium siding in a unique colour, such as robin's egg blue or slate grey, wood frames may seem out of place. Opt for vinyl or aluminum windows in a neutral white in those cases, so no features on your home clash.

Not considering the view outside

If your home has a nice view outside, be sure to choose new windows that will allow you to enjoy that view! Large casement windows that open on the side will not have a middle frame, allowing for a more unobstructed view. You might like the look of grilles, or small bars that run through a window pane to create sections, but this will also interfere with that view. Consider even adding stationary windows to both sides of a window that opens, for more sunlight and a better view outside.


It's good to invest in quality windows that will help to insulate the home's interior, as mentioned, but you also don't want to overspend on window features you don't really need. For example, double-glazed windows typically offer all the insulation needed for any residential home, while triple-glazed windows may not necessarily do much to increase that insulation. Those expensive triple-glazed windows can be good if you live in a very noisy area or have a very draughty home; otherwise, exercise some caution about assuming these are needed for your home.

Consider, too, the cost of the window frames. Thick vinyl frames can be very durable, but aluminium frames might be more affordable, and may offer all the durability your home windows need. If your home is newer and isn't likely to shift and settle, putting added pressure on the window frames, consider if aluminium is a sufficient option.