Learn The Basics


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Here’s our guide to everything windows – what’s available, how to evaluate your needs, and what to expect along the way. Whether you’re looking for beauty, energy efficiency, durability or to increase your home’s overall value, this section will give you the tools you’ll need to feel confident when a dealer/installer visits your home.

Where do I begin?

First, consider your goals: will your new windows be a matter of beauty, energy efficiency, or both? How much maintenance are you willing to do? Will you do a simple replacement, or go for a totally different style? Take a walk around the house - inside and out - and assess your priorities.

How do I start shopping?

Typically the process begins on the Internet, so you're already on your way. On this site, we've included tools to show you the process, prepare you to meet with dealers, and highlight what we have to offer. You'll also find helpful links to broaden your search. And if you like what you see here, we'll point you to a Soft-Lite dealer near you.

What comes next?

Like most manufacturers of replacement windows, we have a network of qualified professional dealer/installers who will determine your exact needs, order, deliver and install your new windows. Make sure your dealer has references, third-party certifications, and a valid insurance certificate before you sign a contract.

Which windows to replace?

It all depends on your objectives. To maximize beauty, energy efficiency and maintenance freedom, it's best to replace them all. If that's not an option, consider the rooms in which new windows will do the most good - the ones you use most, or are most drafty, should be priorities.

What kind of windows to buy?

The most important consideration is materials. Windows are made of vinyl, vinyl/composite, aluminum or wood. If you're looking for options, customization and maintenance freedom, vinyl is the way to go. You'll be able to replace exactly what you have, or go for dramatic new combinations with bays, bows, or any other shape you can imagine.

Warranties and Service

Always ask your dealer about the warranties their manufacturers offer. All of Soft-Lite's windows and doors come with a lifetime warranty. But as you consider warranties, consider initial quality and durability as well. The best warranty is the one you'll never need to use.

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