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Remodeling: Choosing Windows and Doors


We recently talked about how to choose the right professional for your remodeling project. Once you’ve chosen your ideal remodeling partner, you have some more decisions. You’ll need to decide on design and materials. These two intertwined decisions are not to be taken lightly! They can affect your enjoyment of your home for years. Make sure you sit down with your remodeler and give them careful consideration.

One decision we’re experts on is choosing windows and doors. Here are a couple of things we recommend you review.

We mentioned design, and windows and doors are one of the top design elements in your home. The size, style and options of your windows and doors will play into the overall look and feel of your home. Whether you want big contemporary casement windows, a traditional-looking double hung, or a door that brings the patio right into the family room, you’re going to want to spend time considering your design and functionality preferences. Reminder: don’t forget about the little things! Elements like hardware and interior finishes can add a unique, custom look to your home.

Since you have worked hard to choose the best remodeler and collaborate on your design vision, their opinion on windows and doors will be important. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your own research, too. A few things to keep in mind include:

    Manufacturer reputation: How long have they been in business? Do they stand behind their products?

Warranty: It’s important to fully understand a product warranty, as the warranty offers you protection if a product is defective. For example, Marvin offers a warranty of 10 years on parts and 20 years on glass.

    Word of mouth: Your friends can be your best resource. How do they like their new windows and doors? Even more importantly, how do they like the windows they installed 5 years ago? 10 years ago?

Energy efficiency: When remodeling, you have a golden opportunity to make your home more energy efficient. Your remodeler will have lots of great suggestions for things like smart thermostats, furnaces and appliances, but new windows and doors also make a big difference in your home’s energy efficiency. Modern dual pane insulated glass helps keep heat from escaping, and makes a room feel more comfortable.

Choose your windows and doors wisely when remodeling, and you’ll reap the benefits for years to come.

Connect with a Marvin dealer to learn more about your options.