Buying new windows can be an involved process that comes with a lot of questions. What style of windows do you need? What materials should the windows be made from? How do you choose windows that fit your home’s architectural style? What about the climate? More specifically, what R-values and energy-efficient ratings do you need for a Midwestern home? There are many questions homeowners normally have, and not all of them are easily answered. Some of them are reliant upon your budget; some of them are based on your subjective opinion.

There is a lot to consider during the window replacement process, and Schmidt Roofing is here to make that process as easy as possible. We can help you answer these questions, so don’t hesitate to ask. Here’s some information that can help you get started on the window selection and replacement process.

About Window Styles

There are many window styles, and you don’t have to stick with the ones you currently have in your home. If you have slider windows installed, you can switch to casement; if you want to widen a window frame and put in a larger picture window, you can. The options are only limited by your budget and personal preferences. There’s a lot to know about the specifics when it comes to window styles. You can read an extended description of each of them here.

Window Frame Materials

The window frame material you choose affects everything from insulation to color, aesthetics, and more. There are many types of window frame materials, with the most common being vinyl, wood, fiberglass, and aluminum. Some composite wood combinations have become more common over the years. It’s best to consider your budget and climate when choosing the right window frame. Some window materials like aluminum do not perform well in colder climates. Other materials like vinyl are less costly but do not last as long. Wood makes for a great-looking interior and exterior window, but it takes continuous maintenance to upkeep its natural beauty. For a deeper look into window frame options, see this guide.


Color is generally determined by the window brand and frame materials you choose. Some window models are only available in certain colors, depending on the manufacturer. If you are looking for unlimited color options, frame materials like wood and fiberglass may be best for you. Both wood and certain types of fiberglass can be stained or painted in any color you want, giving you the best color options. Most manufacturers who sell vinyl or other composite materials will offer anywhere from 6-10 color options, with some costing more than others. When choosing a color, think about the current wall and flooring colors as well as those of your trim.

Energy Efficiency

Midwestern homeowners are (and should be) concerned about energy-efficient windows. When temperatures drop in the winter months, or rise in the summer months, you want windows that can maintain the livable temperatures. For a much more comprehensive look at energy-efficient windows, see this guide.

What’s Your Budget?

There are window options for any budget, and our team at Schmidt Roofing can help you get the best value for your home. We will always give an honest option on the best windows for your home based on how much you can spend. No pressure; no hard sell. For an honest quote on your next window project, contact the window installation experts at Schmidt Roofing today!

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