Different Types Of Replacement Windows

There is nothing worse than feeling like money is just being wasted to heat your old home in the winter or cool your home in the summer. Although windows are beautiful and nice in a home, they are one of the most inefficient parts of the home.

Air leaks in and out working against you in your heating and cooling aspirations. Luckily, there is an answer to help improve this problem.

Energy Windows What are They?

Energy windows are new windows that help retain heat and cool air. They make a home more energy efficient because they lose less air. They typically are also double paned, so even though you can still see out of them, you don’t lose as much heat and cool air.

There are many different places in your home that you can make more efficient, you may as well start with your windows!

Options for Energy Efficient Windows

Any window in an entire house can be replaced by more energy efficient options. The options are endless including double hung windows, two slider windows, three slider windows, picture windows, casement windows and sliding patio doors.

These options are sure to fit any window in any home. But if there is a window that these options don’t fit then there is always the option of custom ordering energy efficient windows. There is an option on the market for any window that you have in your home. From single to double paned windows, there are options to make your home more energy efficient.

Window Panes

Unfortunately, part of installing new more energy efficient replacement windows is that your home has to have construction going on in it. So while everything is all torn apart and you are there you may as well replace your window panes with something more energy efficient as well.

There are many different types of replacement frames including aluminum, composite, fiberglass, vinyl and wood. All these options differ greatly on cost and look but between all of these options you are sure to find something you like.

The Two Major Types of Window Installation

There are two major types of window installation that can occur in your home. The first is full frame installation and is most common in older homes that have not been upgraded in a long time. This is the type that replaces everything including the frame around the window. Although this is the best type, it’s the most costly and the most time consuming. The other option is pocket installation.

This is basically just replacing the window inside the frame. It is mildly less costly and less time consuming but is not necessarily as effective as full pocket installation replacement windows.

What about my “Weird” windows?

What about them? Well fortunately in the market today there are many options for windows that are not necessarily the norm. Examples of this are bay windows, round or half moon windows or bow windows. There are many different options on the market currently for replacing these types of windows with more energy efficient windows as well.


In the end, there are many reasons why replacing all of your windows with more energy efficient windows would be a good idea. It is better for the environment and even though the initial cost is higher, it is also better for your pocketbook in the long run. Windows can be a largely inefficient piece of your home. Don’t let dollars leak out your windows while you heat or cool your home.

Beau Parker Elijah

Beau Parker Elijah

Elijah Beau Parker: Elijah, a certified green builder, discusses sustainable building practices, energy-efficient homes, and eco-friendly construction materials.