We live in a world that seems to get more and more complex by the minute, a place where even the most straightforward purchases can make your head spin. Take something as simple as buying a new TV, for example. It used to be that selecting the right size television caused people to break into a cold sweat. Now we've got to decide between plasma, projection, HD, LCD, and 1080p, just to get started! Unfortunately, choosing the right windows for your home isn't much easier. For starters, there are low-e coatings, single, double, and triple panes, gas fills, solar heat gain coefficients, and a variety of window glazings to consider. And in addition to all that, you'll need to choose between different framing materials, various levels of insulation, and a wide range of window styles, as well. Almost makes a homeowner long for an earlier and simpler age, or does it?
Through the Looking Glass
As it turns out, the convergence of glass and confusion isn't as novel as we'd like to think it is (no pun intended). All you've got to do is look to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and its sequel Through the Looking Glass (the classic animated Disney film is actually a hybrid of the two), to realize that tough decisions aren't unique to our present day and age. Should Alice follow the rabbit down the hole? Drink the potion? Eat the cake? Nibble the mushroom? Granted, she does get herself lost in a strange land, grows into a giant (more than once), and shrinks herself down to miniscule proportions a few times, but to Aliceŭs credit, she makes it back home eventually. And she does it the hard way: through trial and error.
Similar to Alice's storybook adventures, making the right decision about which windows are the best fit for you and your home isn't always an easy one. The good news is that, unlike Alice, there's no need to tackle this adventure all by your lonesome. If you're in the market for new or replacement windows, here's a quick guide to aid you in making the right choice the first time, so that you can stand tall, and avoid feeling small, after your new windows are installed.
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Window Shopping in Wonderland: What to Look For
In truth, Alice didn't make her way through Wonderland alone. She had many guides along the way, including the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and even the White Rabbit himself. That said, there's no reason you should seek advice on window installations from Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, either. Finding an experienced and honest window installer should be your first order of business. Once you've managed that, you'll be in a much better place to choose the right windows for your home, since modern, high-efficiency windows are high tech, custom affairs. Here are the things you need to discuss with your pro.
Choosing the right windows doesn't have to make you feel like the Mad Hatter. Do your homework, find the right contractor to work with, and you'll be enjoying your own window wonderland before you know it!