How to Choose the Right Windows for Your Home


Windows are a big investment, so you want to make sure you get the right ones to suit your house and your needs. When choosing windows for your home do your research and consider style, quality, energy efficiency, and ROI.


Window Styles

When it comes to windows styles there are a few things to think about. Different styles serve different purposes. Consider your light and ventilation needs as well as the overall style of the house.

Window Styles


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The majority of windows in Scott McGillivray’s house are casement style. “Casement windows are very energy efficient. Because the window sash presses against the frame when it’s closed it creates an airtight seal.” This prevents any air leakage. When open they provide plenty of ventilation and they’re easy to clean. Casement style also allows for total customization of size and style.


R Value vs U Value

Windows are the thinnest point between the interior and exterior of your home, so you need to make sure you’ve got the best quality – in order to protect your home and save you money. There’s a lot of lingo to know when it comes to energy efficiency and heat loss, but terms you’ll hear come up over and over again are R Value and U Value.

Keep these terms in mind when determining what product is best for your home.

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Window Materials

Four of the most popular materials are vinyl, aluminum, wood and vinyl-clad wood.


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The main reason Scott chose vinyl windows for his new home was durability. “It’s unusual for me to use anything other than vinyl windows in my projects.” Scott chose the Advantage line from Pollard Windows & Doors, which are a line of premium lead-free vinyl windows. “They require very little maintenance and they’ve got the best selection for color and style.”


Window Colors

When it comes to choosing an exterior window color the biggest factor should be curb appeal. There are a lot of options, but ultimately you want a color that complements the rest of the house, and enhances the overall look. When it comes to the interior you generally want something that will blend seamlessly with the interior décor. White is the most common, but black is a modern and sophisticated alternative that can work in some homes.


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The interior of all of Scott’s windows are the standard white of the Advantage line, which allows for the most versatility when decorating. However for the exterior Scott chose a dark brown. “It’s neutral, compliments the rest of the exterior’s finishes, and suits the neighbourhood.” When it comes to major elements like windows you want something neutral that will appeal to a large number of people. This will ensure you get the best return on investment. “If you want to take risks with colors do it through easy and inexpensive to change items – not major elements like windows.”

Exterior Windows

Windows & ROI

When you’re purchasing anything for your house it’s important to think about ROI (return on investment). Although they can be costly, windows can have a huge impact on your home’s overall value. So if you cheap out on your windows you’re really only ripping yourself off. If you don’t have the energy efficiency, the UV protection and a good warranty you could be in big trouble. So do your research, make a realistic budget, and choose your windows wisely.


To see more photos of Scott’s house please visit HGTV.ca.

Photos courtesy of Pollard Windows & Doors, Skit, Inc. and McGillivray Entertainment.

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