How to Choose the Right Replacement Windows

Windows can be the #1 source of lost hot or cool air. Learn how to choose the right replacement window.

Are you ready to upgrade your windows? What should you look for in new windows? What do energy efficiency ratings tell you about your replacement window?

Vinyl, Wood or Aluminum Windows


What material would you like for your new windows? You can choose from vinyl, fiberglass, wood, aluminum or steel windows. Each of them will include the most common options: single hung, double hung, awning and so forth. The only difference is the material. Vinyl and fiberglass windows tend to be the cheapest. Wood is a good in-between material with some inherent insulation properties. Steel and aluminum windows are the strongest but lack insulation properties. These metals conduct heat, so they are likely to have higher amounts of heat loss during the winter.


Improve Energy Efficiency


The energy factor is the rate of heat transfer for a window. Generally, a more efficient window will be insulated and keep more of your heat inside. The top green energy rating for the United States is Energy Star. A triple pane thermal insulated window is the top of the line to prevent heat loss. In the window industry, the U-Factor or U-Value is the energy efficiency rating (how will your window insulates). This U-Value is a range from 0.25 to 1.25 – the lower the better. Experts deem a window between 0.25 and 0.35 to be the most energy efficient. While sliding doors are quite versatile, they will also be a source of heat loss for your home. Non-insulated entry points will cause you to spend more to maintain the temperature of your living quarters.


Security Doors


Steel windows can make you feel safer at night. Aluminum windows are less likely to rust after it rains. You can modify the casing to better fit your home. A window wrap is a nice upgrade for older homes. You also might want to upgrade your front doors. Steel is preferred by some because it is the strongest. We, at One Source, have been serving the State of Oklahoma since 2004. One Source specializes in window and door installation and sales. When it is time to upgrade, find a window with better features. More insulation will cut your utility bills. You have many window materials and styles to choose from. So, if you need a quote or have some questions, please contact us. We are always here to answer questions you may have.