3 Questions to Ask When Buying Replacement Windows June 19, 2014 Before you begin to focus on purchasing replacement windows for your Toronto home, there are a few questions that you should consider. There are so many options when it comes to replacement windows that it can be all too easy to actually choose the wrong ones, even though you’re thinking that you’re buying the right ones. What is the energy efficiency of these windows and how important is this to you? Is it necessary to replace the whole window and frame (or just the glass)? What materials are best for your climate (in Toronto)? Delving into these questions in more detail, we’ll find the answers that can help you choose the ideal replacement windows for your home. What is the energy efficiency of these windows and how important is this to you? If you don’t worry about how much your heating bills cost you during the winter, then it shouldn’t matter whether your windows are energy efficient. For the rest of us, though, find out how efficient your new replacement windows will be. Having your double glazed windows sealed with krypton gas will be more efficient than having them vacuum sealed without gas, which can save you up to 30 or 40 percent on your heating bills, as compared to regular single pane windows. Is it necessary to replace the whole window and frame (or just the glass)? If you have broken windows (the glass is cracked) but the frame is still in good shape, it might not be necessary to replace the entire window. Have a professional window expert come to your home to inspect your windows to determine what condition they are in. You may be surprised to learn that you don’t need to replace the entire window. What materials are best for your climate (in Toronto)? In Toronto, cold winters are the key. Vinyl windows with insulated frames can offer some of the best protection against the cold for this climate. You can also choose wood windows that will look great and provide a comfortable feel for your home. When you search for replacement windows, the more questions that you ask, and answer, the easier it will be to get the right ones for your home, your family, and your budget.