Quincy Ma: 7 Things to Know When Buying Replacement Windows

Terry Quinn, Professional Remodeler Hanover Ma 02339

By Terry Quinn: CS, CAGR, CAPS, VSI

Over the years I’ve seen a lot of good windows and a lot of bad windows. And I’ve seen a lot of good homeowners get caught buying bad windows becuause they didn’t know any better. Not all windows are the same. Some met Energy Star requirements and some don’t. There are many things we could go over but here are 7 things you should know when evaluating & choosing windows.

1. United Inches 
Most advertisements that you see in the paper or mailings that list a price also list a United Inch size. A United Inch is a figure arrived at by adding the width and the height together….so a 30 inch wide and 57 inch window is 87 united inches.
Many advertisements that you see for windows as low as $159 etc…are for small windows with a low united inch number.

2. Many advertisements that you see with prices included in the ad do not include installed pricing.

3. Replacement windows are installed in the frame of the existing window.
If you want to install a window that is a larger or smaller size than existing we may recommend a new construction window.

4. Trim
Most replacement window installations do not require new interior or exterior trim to be installed. The existing interior trim can be removed and reinstalled. This will require some touch up paint be done.

5. Insulation
The most important part of a replacement window installation is the insulating around the new units frame and the old window frame. If you have an older home where the old windows had a weight/pulley system this also include making sure the old weight pocket is stuffed with insulation before the new window is installed.

6. Most installations require removal of storm windows if they exist.
As long as you pick a quality replacement window (like the Excalibur) you won’t need the storm windows anyway because the new windows are much better insulated and energy efficient.

7. Grids can be order “between the glass”
a. There are many different Decorative Options available to you based on you and your homes personal style. They can add style and dimension to your windows.
b. You can choose from a Classic grids, Contoured Grids, or Gold Tone Brass Grid patterns.
c. There are also options available in replacement windows for V-Grooved Cut Glass where you can add a cut polished V-grooved glass pattern into your window for the perfect touch of elegance.

I could go in to a lot of detail on each of these ten items plus many more, so please let us know if you have a specific question or would like more information about any of the topics mentioned above.

And remember as important as it is to choose a good quality window, it’s also important to choose a Professional Team with a track record and who can work with you on all of your home improvement needs. See another one of our articles about choosing a professional remodeler.


Craig Guido

With 20 years of remodeling experience both in the field and working in collaboration with homeowners to develop remodeling projects designed to fit your lifestyle.