Before You Replace Your Windows, Read This Guide!
If you're shopping for replacement windows or patio doors, it's easy to become overwhelmed by all the decisions you have to make. Now, there's a "must-read" guide from the editors of This Old House that will help you through the buying process.
There are a tremendous number of choices to be made, from what materials to choose--wood, fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum or wood-composite--how windows are installed, how they operate, and the pattern of the bars dividing the glass. And don't forget the patio doors--sliding, swinging or bi-fold, these walk-through floor-to-ceiling "windows" connect you with the great outdoors. Using this guide, you'll be able to make sense of the options and learn how to compare products so that you can talk knowledgeably with dealers and installers.
Being informed is the best way to reach your goal: to get the best-looking, best-performing windows--those that meet your needs and fit your budget.