Custom windows are created specifically for your home's unique needs and features. Custom window sizes, shapes, grilles, design and materials are limited only by the willingness of makers to create them, and the homeowner's budget.
Custom windows are available in the same materials as standard windows: wood, vinyl, aluminum, and, fiberglass.
However, depending on your needs and budget, custom windows may also be available in non-standard materials.
You can also choose special features such as frame and glass coatings, impact resistance and light-transmittance values.
In many cases, custom windows are replacement windows, i.e., windows that must be made to replace older windows in sizes and configurations no longer available as standard sizes.
"What are the main reasons to go with custom windows?"
Many homeowners choose to go custom because their current windows were made in non-standard sizes, common in older homes. It’s therefore not unusual for homeowners to replace existing custom windows with new, higher quality, energy-efficient windows.
Other reasons for replacing existing custom windows with new custom windows include: enhanced views, custom shapes that compliment or enhance interior and/or exterior home features, unique grille designs, unique colors and finishes, special or unusual glass options, unique hardware options, slim frames, improved energy efficiency, enhanced storm protection.
"Who should I call if I want to install custom windows?"
It depends on your needs, and whether or not you are using a contractor/handyman who has window installation and window-replacement expertise.
If you are working with a contractor or handyman, they will likely have preferences for some manufacturers over others.
If you prefer to work directly with window manufacturers, options include: well-known manufacturing brands that also offer custom sizes and grilles, usually in the same materials, colors and styles as their standard offerings, niche companies that specialize in custom windows.
For a more budget-conscious approach, opt for local home improvement retailers, many of which offer window-ordering and installation departments that use well-known manufacturers.
Once you get the process rolling, an expert will come to your home to take exact dimensions for each window, and note any special needs or circumstances.
Your custom windows will then be ordered and installed by a professional, unless you choose to install them yourself.
"Who should I call if I want to repair or replace custom windows?"
If your custom windows need repair, and installation was recent, check the warranty.
If your windows are no longer covered and you think you need repairs, or if you want to replace a custom window, complete the form on this page: Get Free Quotes From Local Custom Window Pros.
"What's involved if I want to convert custom window sizes to standard window sizes?"
If you have custom window sizes you no longer want, the window openings can be made bigger or smaller to accommodate standard sizes.
Unless you are a darned good DIY'er with substantial window installation experience, this work is best handled by a window replacement contractor or accomplished handyman. The cost will be greater if you are enlarging a hole on a load-bearing wall.
Notably, many cities require a permit for window replacement, so be sure you follow local codes. These may include: standard window replacement permits, egress codes for bedroom windows, tempered glass requirements, and/or, other local requirements.