Should you Replace Patio Doors or Windows First on Long Island?

Replace Doors or Windows First on Long Island NYWe know it isn’t nice to answer a question with a question. But when our Long Island customers ask us whether they should order replacement windows or patio doors first, we usually ask a few questions before we make a recommendation. Here’s why….

Since we opened our doors at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we have helped over 8,000 homeowners in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn select windows and doors for their homes. Part of our commitment to ensuring you get the right windows and patio doors for you and continue to deliver exceptional service, is finding out why you are thinking about replacement windows or patio doors for your home — and why now? Asking questions is the only way we can point you in the right direction.

We invite you to contact a replacement window specialist at (866) 609-5033 for a one-on-one chat to help you find the solution is best for your family. In the meantime, here are some general recommendations based on past customer experiences.

If you’re getting ready to sell your Long Island home?

Did you know that buyer perception, otherwise known as curb appeal is at the top of the list of things that home buyers mention when asked why they chose one property over another?

The Home Buying Institute recommends that home buyers consider fixed and semi-fixed fixtures in houses as they progress through the home-buying journey. Window placement is typically fixed, but window design and style are easily modified. Prospective buyers understand relocating windows is expensive and construction intensive, but they want windows and doors that operate properly, are easy to take care of and that are designed to last for many, many years.

Sticking doors and windows sometimes signal foundation problems. Even if an inspection reveals there are no foundational problems, without a terrific first impression for buyers you might not get that far. Here are a few other things to consider.

  • Patio doors get more use than most windows; almost every prospective buyer will pass through all exterior doors at least once on a home tour.
  • Replacing broken or damaged panes is important for safety and energy efficiency.
  • Front facing windows have the most influence on curb appeal.

Are you looking for more control over energy costs?

Controlling air leaks and heat transfer is essential if you are serious about lowering energy bills. Aging patio doors — and doors that aren’t working properly — are a major source of energy loss. Whether you decide to install a sliding door or a hinged-style patio door, replacing your entrance fixtures is a good place to start when you need to replace your home openings in stages.

High performance replacement windows with superior weather-stripping prevent air and moisture leaks. Naturally, the more windows you replace, the higher your energy savings. Another advantage of replacing windows first is that you have better control over ventilation throughout the home since opening a patio door usually only affects only one or two rooms. Again, replacing any damaged panes and sagging frames or doors first should be a priority.

Of course, every replacement window (and exterior patio door) you install adds value and energy savings.

Replacement Windows and Decorating

If your goal is to give your Long Island home a style makeover, your window/door decision depends on your budget and remodeling plans. Some homeowners choose to replace all the windows and doors one or two rooms at a time, especially if the makeover involves adding bow or bay windows or replacing carpeting and flooring as part of the renovation. Other homeowners prefer to install replacement windows throughout the home and order patio doors as part of the final touches.

There really isn’t a hard and fast rule about whether you should replace the doors or windows first in your home. It depends on the age and function of your current fixtures, your budget and your project goals.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Helping Hands

We know there are many reasons homeowners decide to install replacement windows and patio doors and we haven’t covered every situation here. It would be a pleasure to help you develop a plan to save you money on energy and create a beautiful home for your family and friends.

It just takes one call to start the process. When you call, ask our window replacement specialists to tell you about our early Spring promotion. The more you buy, the more you save, and be sure to ask about our no-interest option for customers financing their project.

Reach us by phone at 1-855-281-9660 or enter your contact information in the form above and we’ll call you!


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