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Navigating the Replacement Window Market

Getting ready to replace some or all of the windows in your New Jersey home can be an overwhelming process. Between selecting a contractor, manufacturer, and style, there are literally dozens of options to sift through. Assuming you’ve already made the smart choice of selecting Carolan Contractors to complete job, you still have a number of choices to make.

Woodgrain or Vinyl Window?

White Vinyl windows are the most affordable option, but don’t expect a lack of quality. Sunrise White Vinyl Windows are made right here in the USA, outside Detroit, Michigan. They have double-paned Low E glass, insulated with a layer of Argon Gas for an extra thermal barrier. They have a narrower frame than your typical low-cost vinyl window, allowing the most sunlight in as possible while maintaining a very attractive look.

If you need a woodgrain finish to match existing woodwork in your period home but need to stay within a certain price range, you may want to consider Sunrise’s line of Wood Laminate Interiors. This is a high-quality laminate application, printed to have a very realistic woodgrain look. Specials and finishes include English Walnut, Colonial Cherry, Provincial Oak, Norwegian Maple, and More.

If you live in a home that calls for real wood, we recommend the Andersen Woodwright 400 series. This may possibly be the most expensive option, but there is something to be said for real authentic wooden windows. Andersen Windows are famous for looking like a historically accurate window and performing like a modern window. They are truly the best of both worlds, but you pay a premium price. That being said, if you’ve gotten Andersen quotes already that were too high, consider having us give you our best price on them, we may surprise you!

Choosing your Grid Style

The most cost-effective option will be to get no grids. This may not look as nice as other options, but you will save a bit of money and still get a beautiful new window

The first upgrade is to flat, between-the-glass style grids. This gives the appearance of colonial style grids, but still at an affordable price point.

The next upgrade is Divided lights. This is the most historically accurate and high-end finish, the grills are on the outside of the windows, simulating the days when high glass costs meant windows were made of small panes joined together by grids.

While 9 out of 10 customers choose traditional colonial style windows, you are not limited to those options–we love getting creative!

Next Steps

These are just a few of the considerations you will have when choosing to replace your windows, but as with any project, unforeseen complications may always arise. That’s why it’s great to have professional help, and Carolan Contractors specializes not only in replacing windows, but in aesthetics and design as well. Contact our office today at (973) 857-1555 if you want to talk more about how we can complement your home’s existing style!