From Pamela Fisk on March 08, 2012 in Window Replacement
Window replacement is a big task, especially if you’re looking to update the look of your home and replace majorly outdated windows. The replacement part—hiring a professional to accomplish the task for you like magic—is relatively simple compared to the task of deciding what you want and choosing the right replacement windows.
As you embark on this large and much-needed process, take a look at these 6 things of what NOT to do as you shop for your new windows. We’d love to, pardon the pun, shed a little light on the matter for you.
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When shopping for new replacement windows, DO NOT do the following:
1. Fail to Plan
As with any project in life, you want to make sure that you start your window replacement project with a plan. Get window replacement ideas, make detailed notes of what windows you need to replace and why, what you’re willing to pay, and what timeline you’re working with. Remember to ask your contractor about window tax credits as well.
2. Purchase the biggest brand name
Once you’ve decided on the window types you need (e.g. casement verses double hung), don’t assume that the first company that looks decent is necessarily the best. In this day and age—especially of nationwide corporations—you can get exactly what you want, at a competitive price.
Take a look at how long the window brand has been around, get reviews on their customer service and warranties, as well as their product itself.
3. Hire the first contractor you meet
With such a large and technical task, you will definitely need a professional window contractor for the actual job. Start early to look for a contractor that’s right for you. Ask neighbors. Take a look at CalFinder’s enormous database of qualified and certified professionals here, and find one in your area that will suit you perfectly.
4. Think you have to stick with the same style
This is a great opportunity to not only improve the energy efficiency flow in your house, but also update the look of your home. Replacing windows gives the exterior—and interior—of your place an instant face-lift. Not to mention that you can save up to 30% of energy that you might have been losing due to outdated and leaky windows.
Consider going greener, or put in that bay window that you always dreamed of in your breakfast nook.
5. Replace all the windows at once and go over budget
Perhaps you need to replace the windows in your living room—and now—but can wait on the rest of the house. Maybe your budget determines how many you replace at once. While getting all of your windows replaced in one go can save time and hassle, you’re actually not spending anymore money in negotiating with your contractor a drawn-out, long-term plan of window replacement.
6. Neglect to consider your region’s climate
Keep in mind that the wrong windows for your climate can do you a great disservice. If you live in a temperate climate, consider windows that crank open easily to let in fresh air, or open up in a rainstorm without letting in the rain. On the other hand, if you’re replacing windows in a tough climate where you’ll never really open them but want to let in fresh light, double pane may be the way to go for you.