Some homeowners tend to postpone home improvement projects such as window replacement. While doing so can ‘save’ you from spending on home improvements for the moment, it can also drive up indirect costs, by driving up electricity bills and decreasing home value.
If you’re doubtful about being able to further postpone window replacement, look out for these signs.
The windows are damaged beyond repair – A severely damaged window — one with shattered glass or a frame that’s bent out of shape — should definitely be replaced as soon as possible. If not, expect higher energy bills.
They don’t function properly – If the window won’t open or shut properly, or if the locking mechanisms have started to fail, then get it replaced.
You have high energy bills – High energy bills? A probable culprit could be your damaged, energy-inefficient windows. Damaged and inefficient windows can let in outdoor heat in summer and let out warm indoor air out in winter, forcing your heating and cooling systems to work harder. No wonder your energy consumption is through the roof!
The windows no longer enhance the home’s curb appeal – Outdated windows? If your windows no longer have the appeal they once had, new replacement windows can help bring back the beauty of your home.
Replacing one or more windows does usually mean a significant investment, but then again, consider the cost of not replacing your window when you apparently need to. These costs can include wasted energy, a drop in home value, and even damage to your furniture. In some cases, you could also be placing your health and that of your family at risk as well.
Part 2: Choosing the Right Replacement Windows
The first thing you’ll need to remember when choosing a replacement window for your home is that, whatever choice you make, you’ll need to live with it for many years. Making the wrong choices now could cost you so much more than just money.
Here’s how you can avoid making the wrong choice.
Choose the right design – When choosing a window design, always choose one that complements the overall architectural design of the home. For instance, if your home is of modern design, then choose window designs that have modern styling—think huge glass and thin frames.
Choose the right material – Windows do not last forever, but some last longer than others, especially those made from durable materials. One such material is Fibrex®, considered one of the most durable in the window industry today. This material is designed to outlast all other materials in the market.
Choose the right function – Always keep in mind the function of the window you’re replacing. You’ll want to find a replacement window that provides the same functionality, or better. For instance, is the window meant to provide more air and ventilation? Or does it frame a nice outdoor view?
Choose energy-efficient windows – Inefficient windows can make your home’s environmental control systems, such as your air conditioners or heating systems, work harder. This can result in higher energy costs. Energy-efficient windows reduce the amount of heat that comes in or escapes the home, thus preventing excessive energy use.
When you’ve finally found the best windows for your home, the last thing you want to happen is to have them installed improperly. This is why you need to find the right contractor for the job.
Part 3: Working With the Right Window Contractor
Imagine taking the time and effort to find the best replacement windows for your home, only to have them installed improperly. Not only will the windows fail to function as intended, you can damage the window and void the warranty.
How do you ensure the proper installation of your new replacement window? By hiring a reliable window contractor! Here are a few tips on effectively finding and working with the most qualified contractors for the job.
Select your contractor carefully – Your window contractor must be licensed to operate locally, have the necessary experience in installing replacement windows, and be reliable. Take the time to study the credentials of your chosen contractor carefully. Check that they’re manufacturer-certified and fully insured.
Ask your contractor what they need to perform their work seamlessly – It’s not enough that you find the best contractor in your area. You also need to ensure that they can perform well. Aside from their own experience and expertise, your cooperation will also make that possible. Ask if you need to prepare the work area in any way. Doing so may include making sure that the work area is free of any obstructions. You also need to check if they need help in securing any required permits for them to replace your window.
Prepare for unforeseen events – If you’re replacing a severely damaged window, the surrounding wall could also have been damaged as well. This can result in more work for the contractor. If necessary, enlist the help of another contractor to perform structural work. While this is not always the case, it’s still best to be prepared so you won’t need to worry about additional costs or workloads.
Ask questions when you need to – If you’re around during the actual installation, don’t hesitate to monitor progress. Ask questions related to the window’s installation and functionality — no question is too silly if it’ll help you better understand your window’s performance. Good contractors will always be willing to answer any concerns.
The tips we’ve shared in this three-part blog series should set you up for a successful window replacement project.