Selecting High-Quality Windows For A Home Remodeling Project


What Constitutes a High-Quality Window For A Home Addition Project

Selecting high-quality materials for a home remodeling project is key to ensuring your investment lasts for many years. New modern windows as part of a home addition can also bring energy efficiency as well as a wide range of options for bringing light into a space. The builders and designers at Joseph & Berry have extensive knowledge of the top-quality window brands and the best products to create a beautiful home remodeling project.


Do brand names matter in a home remodeling project?

Well-known high-quality window brands are always a popular choice for any home remodeling project. While there are many smaller, local window companies that provide excellent quality, selecting a nationally known name brand window, like Pella, Anderson, Marvin, Weather Shield or Lincoln, ensures a higher resale value and return on your investment.

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Materials are key to home remodeling

Wood frames are the gold stands in windows among professionals and homeowners. They provide a beautiful look while also providing durability and energy efficiency. However, they do require a fair bit of maintenance, needed an occasional stain or a fresh coat of paint. Some manufacturers like Andersen, offer a frame cladding the wood with vinyl or aluminum. This is a tough, maintenance-free frame on the exterior of the home and a natural-wood interior.

In recent years, wood frames have lost some market share to vinyl because of its low maintenance and affordability, however, homeowners often tell us they don’t like the look.  To get a low maintenance yet higher quality look, fiberglass and composite-frame windows are the newest options. Made from materials similar to those on car bumpers, these options are durable, maintenance-free and more energy efficient than vinyl.



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Understanding the ratings

Standardized window rating systems from the National Fenestration Rating Council help provide homeowners with the information they need to select a quality product. U-factor, based on the number scale of 0.15 and 1.20, will tell you the window’s ability to keep the cold out and the warmth in. The lower the U-factor, or U-scale, the better the quality. R-factor refers to the window’s ability to keep heat out and cool air in. A higher R-factor means higher quality. The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, or SHGC, can also provide insight on quality, with the lower the SHGC the better.

Another more simple rating system is the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star label, tagging the most energy-efficient products. Energy Star rated windows are 15% to 40% more efficient than windows that are not. Look for ratings that are specific to the local climate.


Window style

A home remodeling project that includes a new addition extends far beyond just the construction. An experienced design-build company can also ensure a cohesive style and aesthetic are carried throughout. Part of achieving that goal is selecting the right windows. Traditional homes, like colonial or Cape Codder styles, look better with traditional six-over-six or eight-over-eight windows. Modern and contemporary homes look beautiful with large windows with metal frames. Ranch-style homes use a variety of modern styles, from small out-swing windows to large bay windows in central living spaces. Look for similar style ideas you like or ask your design-build team for examples of recent projects that provide a variety of styles.

What the experts look for

When evaluating window products, our construction team at Joseph & Berry look for frames with uniform color and wood free of imperfections. Joints on vinyl, fiberglass and composite windows should be heat-welded, as opposed to joined with fasteners. The window mechanisms should be easy to use and have a tight fit. Read more about room addition and room conversion.

Joseph & Berry has years of experience in home remodeling to provide the information you need about the best windows for your project. With a project manager on site at all times, we are able to answer your questions quickly, as well as provide the highest-quality products and custom designs for our clients.