6 Things To Consider When Replacing Your Windows
If the bitter Buffalo cold has you realizing your windows aren’t quite up to your standards, it might be time to consider a replacement (or several). The need to replace windows can be daunting, but it also presents homeowners with an exciting opportunity to change the appearance of a home both inside and out.
Here are 6 things to consider when replacing your windows.
- Determine the extent of the project. Some window replacements are strictly cosmetic. Maybe your window casings have seen better days or you’re simply looking for a modern upgrade to the builder-grade materials you’re currently living with. Sometimes, however, replacing windows comes as a necessity – when cold air is pumping into your home from the great outdoors, or you’re noticing moisture and mold buildup around the seams. Whatever the case, be sure to accurately gauge the timeline and cost of replacing your windows before you start with demo.
- Gather accurate measurements. When ordering replacement windows, you’ll want to be sure your measurements are precise. Nothing adds cost more than ordering custom window sizes and finding out they’re the wrong size for the existing opening. Measure the window from inside your home from jamb to jamb and head to sill, being sure to account for trim and sash stops so your replacement window isn’t too small for the space. If you need help getting an accurate measurement, contact us for a consultation.
- Think about the impacts on temperature and everyday living. Adding larger windows for increased natural light or changing the shape and style of existing windows might seem like a no-brainer, but it is important to first consider any negative consequences. Installing new windows can be an invitation for more sunlight in your home, which helps to improve light but could hurt your heating and cooling bills down the road. Similarly, replacing windows or adding windows where there were previously none could cause unwanted glares or prematurely fade certain types of furniture and flooring.
- Consider all framing options. After choosing your window style, size, and shape, you should consider the options available for framing replacement windows to suit your needs both stylistically and for endurance. Vinyl windows are often the most popular choice for return on investment, especially when replacing windows prior to selling your home.
- Invest in energy efficiency. Certain windows feature heat-reflective glass and other components that help to block the sun’s rays and prevent heat loss. No matter what windows you select, ensuring the window properly fits in the opening and is installed correctly is crucial to maintaining or improving the energy efficiency of your home.
- Don’t overestimate your DIY prowess. Replacing windows might seem like a simple project, but things can go downhill rather quickly when measurements are off or existing window openings are damaged. Especially if you are replacing wood or metal windows, you should consider working with professionals to get the job done right. Our team of skilled installers can provide expertise every step of the way.
If you are considering replacing your windows in 2019, be sure to give us a call! We carry the most trusted major brands such as Anderson, Marvin, Simonton, and more, and will guide you through the entire process to be sure you get the appearance and efficiency you desire for your home.