Written by Carissa Marsh

Windows allow us to do more than simply look out onto the world. With a slide or a lift, they invite the outdoors in—the view of lush landscaping, rocky hills or a hot pink sunset, the feeling of the sun’s warm rays or a refreshing spring breeze, the sound of rustling fall leaves or the smell of a season’s first drizzle. Windows not only let light in, they let life in.

But in some of the ’70s-era homes in the 805 and the 818, windows are drafty, single-paned and hard to open. Even though home remodeling has taken a backseat in recent cash-strapped years, updating windows is a sound investment that should not be overlooked. It’s like buying a new pair of earrings for that old but faithful little black dress.

Don & Dan

Don & Dan

The most popular option for budget-savvy buyers is a replacement, or retrofit, window. The difference is in the installation, says Kerry Smith, operations and marketing manager for Agoura Sash and Door in Westlake Village, a company owned by brothers Don and Dan Smith.
With replacement windows, the surrounding trim, stucco or siding doesn’t need to be bothered. Rather, the old window is taken out, the waterproofing is redone and the new window is popped in.
It’s quick, easy, affordable and effective. And, since there are a variety of styles and colors to choose from, there’s no need to sacrifice fashion.
Agoura Sash and Door’s showroom has an extensive display of Milgard products—its top-selling line. Milgard, which has a location in Simi Valley, is known for its extremely durable and virtually maintenance-free vinyl windows. There are aluminum, wood and fiberglass frames, too.
The company’s Tuscany Series offers vinyl windows with traditional architectural detailing, while the Style Line Series has a slim profile and a sleek, contemporary feel.
Tuscany_007bThose who desire carefree vinyl but love the rich, warm beauty of wood will appreciate the WoodClad Series featuring a paintable fiberglass exterior and a Douglas fir interior.
As with most window manufacturers today, Milgard products come with sealed dual-pane insulated glass units dressed with a special coating that keeps homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter and reduces harmful ultraviolet rays.