What To Know About Choosing New Windows

Choosing new windows for your home is an important decision that affects the way your home looks and functions. There are a lot of different window options out there, so how do you know which ones to choose?

Understanding the factors to consider when choosing new windows can make the entire process easier. If the windows in your home are drafty and worn out, we’re here to shed some light on what you need to know when choosing new windows.


Home heating costs can typically take up about 29% of your utility bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In fact, heating costs more money and energy than any other system in your house! Choosing energy efficient windows can reduce your heating and cooling costs and increase your comfort level in your home. That can ultimately save you money down the road!


There are many different styles of windows from which to choose. Some of the more common styles of windows include:

  • Single-hung windows
  • Double-hung windows
  • Sliding windows
  • Casement windows
  • Picture windows

Consider the architectural style of your home when choosing what style of windows to install. Simply because you had a single-hung window previously doesn’t mean you can’t choose to install double-hung or casement windows. And, for the most energy-efficient, double-pane windows are the standard.

If you need help visualizing what different styles of windows would look like on your home, use Big C Lumber’s First Look Home Design Visualizer tool. You can upload photos of your home and use the tool to see how your home might look with a large picture window instead of a pair of double-hung windows in your living room, for example.


Window frames are available in materials such as vinyl, wood, aluminum, and composite. Choosing the right type of frame material isn’t just important to the look, it’s also important for maintenance and energy efficiency. For example, vinyl frames are low-maintenance and energy efficient, while wood frames are highly energy efficient and have a timeless look, but also require more regular maintenance.


Consider the amount of time you’re willing to invest in upkeep on your windows. While all types of windows will need regular cleaning, some (like wood) may require periodic painting or may need to be repaired when damaged over time. Consider your lifestyle and what kind of window maintenance you will reasonably keep up with.


Home security is important to many homeowners. When choosing new windows, look for things such as strong, durable frames, laminated or tempered glass, multiple locking points, reinforced hardware, and impact resistance.

By selecting a window with these key features, you can improve the overall safety and security of your home.


From road traffic to trains and noisy lawn mowers, windows do a lot of hard work keeping the noise of the outside world, well, outside. In fact, if you already have windows that reduce noise well you may not even realize how loud it is out there! Single-pane windows provide the least amount of noise protection, while double-pane windows can help protect against most noise.


Windows are great to look out of, but every once in a while it’s nice to open them up and let the fresh air in (when Mother Nature actually lets us!).

Take a look at the overall look and design of your home and consider how vents and tilt-in sashes could promote airflow throughout your home. The size and number of windows in a room (or your home) can also affect the airflow — larger windows and more windows means more airflow.

Are you ready to update the windows in your home? The team at Big C Lumber can help! Contact your local Big C Lumber today to get started. Our South Bend location features a Window & Door Installation Dept., we can measure your current windows and doors and provide a no-cost, no-obligation quote (This service is limited to certain areas, please call us at 574-272-6500 for more information).