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When it comes to windows, the choices are nearly endless. Let us help you make the right decisions for your project.

 

Why replace your windows

JELD-WEN research has shown that 67 percent of homeowners need to replace their existing windows. The problem is, when it comes to windows, the choices are nearly endless. If you are replacing your old windows, experiencing drafts through and around the panes or simply want to update the style, this guide will help you make the right decision.

1 Consider your project type

One of the most important factors in choosing new windows is whether or not your replacement window will require a nailing flange - an additional piece that sits flush against the window frame. This will determine your exact window measurements as well as your style options and availability.

New Constructions

New construction includes additions to your home as well as replacing a rotted window frame or in tandem with an exterior siding or trim upgrade. Windows With Nailing Flange are fastened through the nailing flange to the studs from outside of the structure.

Renovation / Replacing

Windows Without Nailing Flange are fastened from the inside of the structure using the existing window frame and there is typically no need to remove or replace existing trim and siding. These are an easy and cost-effective way to upgrade your windows.

2 Measure your windows

With Nailing Flange

Without Nailing Flange

3 Decide on a style

When selecting a window style, consider your visual preference, your ventilation requirement, and the location of your windows.

Double-Hung

Double-Hung

Both the upper and lower sashes of double-hung windows slide up and down to allow natural air flow. Ideal for rooms that require ventilation and privacy.

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Single-Hung

Single-Hung

A popular choice for first floor windows, single-hung windows open vertically from the bottom to allow airflow while the upper sash remains fixed.

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Sliding

Sliding

Sliding windows have one sash that slides open horizontally. A simple latch makes them easy to open and close. Ideal for patio doors and wide windows.

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Casement

Casement

Casement windows hinge open from the side using a crank mechanism. They are perfect for kitchens and other areas in the home that require extra ventilation.

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Fixed

Fixed

Fixed or picture windows are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Since they don’t open, they allow the light in while keeping the weather out.

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Awning

Awning

Hinged at the top, awning windows open from the bottom and push out. They are often combined with picture windows. Perfect for attics and stairwells.

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4 Consider your budget

We offer different pricing scales within each of our window lines – from custom to more modest options. With materials, wood is more expensive than vinyl or clad-wood. Whichever you choose, it’s important to factor in long term value beyond the initial purchase price. Energy efficiency and a longer warranty can help save on maintenance and replacement costs. Resale value is also a key consideration – beautiful, more efficient windows are a big selling feature.

Low E Glass
Low-E Glass
Energy Star
Ask about Energy Star
Brickmould Frame
Brickmould Frame
Accidental Breakage Coverage
Accidental Breakage Coverage
Decorative Grilles
Decorative Grilles

5 Consider materials

The most common materials used for JELD-WEN windows are vinyl, wood, and clad-wood. Your choice of window material depends on your budget, style, geographical climate, and your commitment to maintenance and upkeep.

Vinyl

A strong plastic used for its durability, energy efficiency, and ability to stand up to the elements. This material will never fade in color, flake, peel or rot.

Wood

Available in a variety of species, such as fir, pine, mahogany, or alder. Characteristics like grain, color, and sap content contribute to its unique appearance.

6 Start exploring

Choose a style from the list below to learn more about the JELD-WEN windows available at your local Menards.

Still not sure?

JELD-WEN windows are designed for beauty, efficiency, and easy installation and Menards will help you make the right decisions for your project. Download our Buyer’s Guide and speak to your local Menards representative for help choosing the right windows for your home or construction project.

Download the Buyer’s Guide

Download the Menards Buyer's Guide