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How To Choose Replacement Windows For Your Home

October 19, 2022

The Best Choices For Your Salt Lake City
Replacement Window Installation

Learn Which Window Styles Work Best For Your Home

When choosing replacement windows for your Salt Lake City, UT home, there’s a lot to consider. With the number of window styles, brands, and sizes now available to homeowners, choosing the right windows may seem impossible.

We want to lessen your burden at RGS Exteriors by informing our customers of their options and helping them narrow these options down. Each home is different and will require special attention, making it all the more important to research the possibilities beforehand.

While choosing the perfect replacement windows for your home, here are some factors to consider.

1. Type Of Window

The first step to choosing the right window type is understanding how you and your family will use the area. Determining your window’s purpose will help you decide what kind of window you need, as each has a specific intention.

For instance, bay windows provide additional interior space and panoramic views, while garden windows give you more space – and an excellent area for displaying interior plants.

Window types such as awning, sliding, and casement differ in how they open, giving you more freedom in accessibility depending on your needs. Easy-to-open windows are excellent for maintaining healthy airflow in your home and give you a greater sense of safety.

2. Window Frame

When most homeowners shop for windows, they immediately think of the glass. While the type of glass you choose for your window is essential, the material used for the frame is vital in ensuring you get the best support for your window.

Window frames provide the structural integrity of your entire window, making or breaking its overall quality, sometimes quite literally.

In the past, the options for window frame materials were limited. But modern homeowners have the luxury of choice – manufacturers use a host of different materials, such as wood, wood-clad, aluminum, and our personal favorite, vinyl.

Each source material serves its purpose and has pros and cons, but vinyl is a great overall choice. Vinyl window frames give Salt Lake City, UT, homeowners durability and long-lasting quality to protect their homes.

With our cold Utah winters, vinyl frames ensure maximum insulation, protecting your home from harsh elements and freezing temperatures. Vinyl offers the best of both worlds, affordability, and style. Plus, they are low maintenance and energy efficient, saving you time and energy.

3. Glass Panes

After window frames, it’s time to start thinking about the glass of your new replacement windows. Arguably, glass is the next most important feature, as it’s the part of the window that will get the most attention.

But before you go out and purchase the most beautiful or unique glass, you need to know that not all glass is created equal. Fortunately for homeowners, the window replacement industry implemented a handy rating system to help consumers make an informed decision.

When purchasing windows, you’ll notice a U-value and a Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), among other numbers and ratings. The U-value refers to the glass’ resistance to heat loss, while the SHGC measures how much heat or sunlight infiltrates the glass and goes into the home.

During the buying process, pay careful attention to these ratings so you can choose an energy-efficient window. For both the U-value and the SHGC, the lower the number, the better. However, a professional window company can help you decide how much protection your home needs so you don’t needlessly overspend.

You’ll also have the choice between single, double, and triple-pane glass when making your selection. A single pane will give you minimal insulation from the outside, while triple pane glass provides maximum protection – keeping your home comfortable year-round.

4. Window Style

After choosing the type of window, its framing material, and the quality of glass, you’ll have the opportunity to select your window style. Your style options will change depending on what’s available for your window type, but generally, you can expect to choose the color and cosmetic design.

Common color choices for exteriors of vinyl frames include black, brown, tan, and white, but many other colors are also available. You’ll most likely want to choose a color that blends with the rest of your home’s exterior. Matching your frame’s color to other trimmings on your home’s exterior adds a cohesive look.

You can also change your interior frame color, which does not have to match the exterior, allowing you to customize the look of your home. Choosing an interior frame color similar to other hues and shades of your home is recommended – although you can also use the opportunity to get creative and showcase your personal taste.


Proper replacement window installation makes all the difference when planning your project. When installed poorly, even the most beautiful windows in the world won’t perform too effectively.

Therefore choosing the right window installation company is just as important as choosing the right windows for your home. Many homeowners believe they can make window installation a DIY project but often run into unforeseeable problems.

When you work with a window replacement expert, you get safety, insulation, energy efficiency, comfort, and so much more. Using a professional window installation company will save you money, a lot of headaches, and give you peace of mind.

At RGS Exteriors, We Know Windows, Always Giving Our
Salt Lake City, UT Customers The Best Value

For over 70 years, RGS Exteriors has assisted the people of Salt Lake City and all of Utah with their home improvement projects. We are obsessed with detail and ensuring our customers receive unmatched window installation when it comes to window replacements.

We care about our work and, more importantly, our customer’s satisfaction. This is why our windows come with a lifetime warranty. We only use the best products because that’s what our customers deserve.

Contact us today for a free window replacement estimate!