Spring Spruce Up, Part 3: When it’s Time for New Windows

Replacement Windows Madison WI Window ContractorsSo far in our Spring Spruce Up series, we’ve covered, When it’s Time for New Siding, and When it’s Time for a New Roof

Our third installment of the series is all about windows. Specifically, we’re sharing some critical things you’ll want to be aware of if you’re considering new windows — including types of window materials, the most dependable brands, as well as when to talk with your insurance agent, and making sure you attain multiple proposals. 

No matter if you are looking to replace your windows because of age, damage, or just want to improve the curb appeal of your home (for yourself, or if you plan on putting your home on the market), gaining an understanding of how to proceed with replacement windows can go a long way in saving you time, energy and money down the road.


Like any home improvement project, being educated on cost — and understanding exactly what you’re getting for that cost — is super important. It’s ALWAYS a good idea to attain at least two proposals from window installers. Although this might sound like a hassle, especially if you like the first person you meet, it’s the first necessary step on the road to new windows.

Josh Gauwitz, owner of Legacy exteriors, always says, “you don’t have to use us for the project, but you should always get an estimate from us, and at least one other windows contractor.” Josh is also a proponent for only requesting proposals from licensed, LOCAL window contractors in the Dane County area. Why? You’ll want to make sure that if there’s ever an issue down the road, or if you need warranty work done on your windows, that the windows contractor you choose is local, and invested in the community.

One more tip about estimates — they should always be complimentary! Whether the estimate is for new windows, roofing, siding, or a repair, a homeowner should never have to pay for an estimate.


This is something we encourage homeowners to do before we start the window installation on their home. Why? Because if your windows need replacement because they were damaged, it’s important to get your insurance agent on-site ASAP to see if you are covered. And it’s always better to have the agent involved from the onset, as opposed to later on when installation is in progress or completed.

At Legacy, part of what we do is work hand-in-hand with the homeowner and the insurance agent to ensure the entire process is as pain free as possible. Walking through the claims process with a homeowner is simply part of our process, and it provides the homeowner with peace of mind.


When it comes to windows, the first big decision is materials — and there are three to choose from:

  • Fiberglass
  • Wood
  • Vinyl

Let’s take a quick look at each, as well as the very best brands you’ll want to choose from for fiberglass, wood and vinyl windows …

Pella Fiberglass Replacement Windows Madison WIFiberglass Windows
When it comes to replacement windows in the Madison area, fiberglass windows are a popular choice for homeowners. Some of their benefits include the fact that they’re unaffected by temperature, they’re waterproof, they’re energy-efficient, and fiberglass windows are about eight times the strength of vinyl — making them extra durable. That said, fiberglass windows do come with a higher price tag.

Which Brands are Best?
When it comes to brands, you’ll want to stick with one of the following:

  • Pella
  • Marvin
  • Anderson

Learn more about fiberglass windows and these brands.

Pella Window Installer Replacement Windows Madison WIWood Windows
The beauty of natural wood still has great appeal when it comes to replacement windows, which is one of the reasons wood windows remain popular. They’re also durable, energy-efficient, and offer a large variety of customization options. They do require more maintenance than fiberglass windows.

Which Brands are Best?
When it comes to wood replacement window brands, any of the following are an excellent choice:

  • Pella
  • Anderson
  • Marvin
  • ProVia 

Learn more about wood windows and these brands.

Vinyl Replacement Windows Madison Window ContractorVinyl Windows
Last, but not least, are vinyl windows, which have been around for decades and still going strong. Vinyl windows are strong, durable, and energy-efficient — and they also resist rot and decay. The technical name for vinyl windows is polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and they’re easy to make and install. These are two of the reasons why vinyl windows typically come in at the lowest cost, when compared to fiberglass and wood.

Which Brands are Best?
When it comes to vinyl replacement window brands, we recommend:

  • Pella
  • ProVia 

Learn more about vinyl windows and these brands.

Want to learn more about any of these window types?
In addition to checking out our individual windows pages, you can also give us a call at (608) 221-3000, or fill out our contact form to set up a complimentary consultation, where we can answer all of your questions and share as much detail as you like about replacement windows.