As long as they’re working as intended, homeowners don’t often think about their windows. So when it comes time to replace them, it’s easy to get caught up in the various misconceptions and myths surrounding buying windows. Understanding these myths and educating oneself on the various types, materials, and features available are crucial steps in purchasing windows for your home.
Myth: You shouldn’t install new windows in the winter
Many believe that windows cannot be installed in the winter because it risks letting in the elements and incurring damage or hefty energy bills. In most instances, this is not the case. Having windows installed by trusted professionals who know what they’re doing makes a huge difference and means you can have your windows replaced no matter the season. Window pros know the necessary precautions and protect the home by closing off the working space to other areas of the house. They also work quickly and efficiently to minimize the amount of time your home is exposed to the cold and take steps to keep the area clean from debris.
In fact, you may see an immediate difference in the comfort of your home because of the new windows, making them all the more valuable to you and your family during the colder months. Oftentimes, winter is also a great time for discounted rates from installers because it is a slower season for them.
Myth: All windows are the same
It’s easy to underestimate the complexity of windows and the plethora of choices available. Typically, we only think about windows when they’re broken and in need of repair or replacement. From a material standpoint, there are various options to choose from - wood, aluminum, composite, and vinyl (our specialty) are the most common. Vinyl windows are the most popular and are historically known for being the most energy-efficient, proven to far outperform wood, and even aluminum, as an energy-efficient material for window frames. For homeowners desiring a wood look without compromising on function, SoftLite offers wood grain finish options that are sure to please.
Windows also come in a variety of styles and sizes, and SoftLite offers an extensive line of products designed to meet your every need. Depending on the brand or style, windows offer different features, such as open mechanisms and hardware, ventilation systems, glass quality, and energy-efficiency ratings. Various options help with ease of cleaning and operation, not to mention enhance the look of your home. But the real differentiator between windows comes down to energy efficiency, which is measured in several ways. To ensure you are making the best choice for your home, select products that are ENERGY STAR® certified. All SoftLite vinyl window lines meet ENERGY STAR criteria. In addition, SoftLite offers many glass choices to optimize energy efficiency in each zone of the country. Choosing energy-efficient windows not only makes your home more comfortable, but it also lowers your energy bills and saves you money.
Myth: Replacing windows is too expensive
If your windows are drafty and leaking, don’t let the fear of overspending convince you that it’s not worth replacing them. The upfront cost of replacing windows is only part of the equation when evaluating the cost versus value. It’s important to consider the windows’ energy-efficiency rating and the money you’ll save over time from reduced energy consumption. According to the Department of Energy, windows are responsible for an estimated 25-30 percent of residential energy use due to heat gain and heat loss. Investing in quality windows with superior energy efficiency is key to substantial savings over time.
Additionally, if the time comes that you plan to sell your home, you can expect a 68.6 percent return on your investment, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2021 Cost vs. Value report.
Furthermore, there are many options out there at various price points. Talk to a trusted installer about your budget and needs, and they will help you find the right fit for you without breaking the bank. SoftLite proudly offers a variety of styles to suit any budget and aesthetic.
By understanding the common misconceptions surrounding window replacements and educating yourself on the various options, we hope you are better prepared to make informed decisions for your home and family. For additional educational content, please visit