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Here are the DIY Basics on replacement windows.

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Step 1

Consider Style and Color

Replacement windows can pay for themselves over time and add value and curb appeal to your home.

Use an online tool to explore style and color options.

Pro Tip

Consider trading two double-hungs for a bow or bay window or add wood-grain trim for a traditional look.

Step 2

Look for Energy Saving Features

High efficiency windows can lower your heating/cooling load by 10 percent to 15 percent.

Start with the EnergyStar label. EnergyStar certifies that windows block sun’s rays in summer and prevent heat loss in winter.

Energy efficient terms to look for include Low E Glass, Argon Gas, and Thermal Barriers.

Step 3

Choose the Best Frames

For added long-term value, choose solidly constructed frames.

Steel-reinforced sashes can keep windows from warping; true sloped sills can prevent leaks and rotting.