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Options for Custom Replacement Windows

Custom windows in a home

Custom replacement windows can improve your home’s curb appeal, energy efficiency, and security, among other things. Since many custom window options are available, choosing the right ones may seem difficult at first. Fortunately, we’re here to take the guesswork out of custom window replacements. With our help, you can evaluate all of the custom window replacement options available to craft the perfect windows for your needs and budget that will last for years.

Custom Window Size and Type

Types of Windows: Double hung, slider, picture, casement, awning, hopper, bay/bow, geometric shapes.

A custom window may be an excellent option even when size or space is not a concern. While you can choose a window that’s made to a specific size or shape, there are many other things to consider, such as the type of custom window:

  • Double-Hung: Consists of two vertical sashes, both of which move up and down.
  • Slider: 2- or 3-lite sliders have sashes that operate horizontally and move from side to side.
  • Picture: Are usually large and give you a clear view of the outdoors. These are non-operational windows. 
  • Casement: Have a hinged sash and a crank lever to open or close the windows like a door.
  • Awning: Installed horizontally with a hinge at the top and open out like a canopy.
  • Hopper: Similar to awning windows but are hinged at the bottom and open inward.
  • Bay/Bow: Made up of several casement, picture, or double-hung windows that project outward to provide an expanded view of the outdoors.
  • Geometric Shapes: Everything from ovals and octagons to pentagons, triangles, half rounds, and much more. The majority of these windows are non-operational.

Frame Material Options

Frame materials: Wood, aluminum, fiberglass, vinyl.

Wood

Wood frames offer natural beauty and come in many colors, so you’re sure to find one that complements your style. However, upkeep is important to keep these frames looking and performing their best. If you don’t maintain them, you may have to paint or stain them down the line. These are typically the most expensive option. 

Aluminum 

Aluminum window frames are strong and durable. They’re usually thin and hold large panes of glass. However, they are much less energy efficient than other material options. 

Fiberglass

With fiberglass window frames, you won’t have to worry about shrinking, sagging, or swelling. They’re also energy efficient and durable and help prevent sound from entering or exiting your home. However, it’s difficult to customize fiberglass frames. Color options are limited, and they may start to fade over time. These windows are often expensive and can have leakage issues and be damaged by UV rays.  

Vinyl

Vinyl window frames are durable, energy efficient, and low maintenance. There are several options available for homeowners. If you want custom vinyl frames, a proven manufacturer can create windows tailored to your home that offer the best performance for an affordable price. 

Other Custom Window Factors to Consider

Custom Window Factors to Consider: Color, Glass Package, Laminates, Foam Fill, Opaque Glass, Window Grids.

Once you decide on the type of window and frame, there are even more custom options to tailor your window’s look and performance. Some of the factors you’ll want to consider to customize your windows include:

  • Color: Choose white and beige vinyl or a selection of window frame colors that match your home’s exterior. For inside, there are interior black laminates and different wood grains from which to choose.
  • Glass Package: Based on your home’s location and exposure to the sun, select an insulated glass package to improve its energy efficiency, safety, and noise reduction. 
  • Laminates: Use laminated glass to protect against the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, dampen sound, and prevent break-ins. 
  • Foam Fill: Utilize foam fill to reduce heat transfer, boost energy efficiency, and block exterior noise. 
  • Opaque Glass: Enhance your home’s security and improve its appearance with opaque glass. Tinted glass is also available. 
  • Window Grids: Add style to your window with multiple grid types and pattern options.

If you want custom windows, it’s best to consult with a trusted manufacturer. This allows you to share your project goals and learn what custom window options work best for your home. Plus, a manufacturer can help you find windows that match your style and budget. They’ll also build and install your windows correctly and ensure they look and perform just as you want. 

Why Choose Custom Over Standard?

There’s a lot to like about custom window replacements. Reasons to consider custom windows over standard ones include:

  • Curb Appeal: Custom windows can distinguish your home from others in your neighborhood and boost its value. 
  • Energy Efficiency: ENERGY STAR®-certified windows help lower household energy bills by an average of 13% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from homes. 
  • Lifespan: Since custom windows made out of vinyl and other quality materials are less prone than others to warping, cracking, and rotting, you won’t have to replace them any time soon. 
  • Noise Prevention: Create a peaceful indoor environment and improve your overall well-being and sleep quality with windows that block noise from traffic, neighbors, and other sources. 
  • Security: Better locks, tighter seals, and other features protect your home better.

Ready to Get Custom Replacement Windows?

Since 1934, SoftLite Windows & Doors has provided innovative products that exceed industry standards for quality, reliability, and performance. We are happy to teach you about our custom window replacement options. Find a SoftLite dealer to get custom replacement windows near you.

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