As you begin your search for replacement windows, you may have many questions. If you start your search online by typing window companies, you’ll probably find lots of claims of “best” windows or “best window company.” Depending on your home, budget and window goals, your best windows may differ significantly than someone else’s. Here are some things to look for before you buy new windows.

Energy Efficiency

This is likely your main goal with your new windows. You want the windows to help lower your heating and cooling costs. You should also want your windows to make your home feel more comfortable. Luckily, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) makes comparing energy efficiency of one window line or brand to another easy. They evaluate each window and rate it in four categories:

  • U-Factor
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)
  • Visible Transmittance (VT)
  • Air Leakage

Together these ratings will help you know how energy efficient the windows is and if it will meet your goals for comfort in your home.


If you are planning an exterior home makeover and have a vision for your home’s new windows, you need to find a company who offers the color and window grid style you want. Although nearly all window manufacturers offer a white and dark brown window standard, they often have other standard and custom colors. Make sure to find a replacement window manufacture who offers colors in the interior and exterior color you want. Also, make sure they can provide all the windows you want for your home.

The Right Window Company

There are a lot of companies who offer replacement windows. Some are independent window companies and others are branded window companies. Some aren’t window companies at all but offer some other home improvement service but also do windows if you want them. Although there are exceptions, few non-window companies who offer replacement windows do the work themselves. This can cause issues down the road if there is an issue, especially if the company they outsourced your home to goes out of business. One the things to look for in replacement windows is a true replacement window company.

Affordable Replacement Window Systems is an independent replacement window company. That means we offer several brands of windows and we measure, order and install them ourselves. We stand behind our work and offer full manufacturer warranties because we’re trained in proper installation. If you’re looking at window companies in Arlington, Fort Worth or Dallas, call or text us at (817) 264-6509 or fill out our contact form today for your free estimate.

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