Purchasing replacement windows is an ideal way to revitalize the look of your home. But before you pull the trigger, you’re going to want to do a little homework first. While it’s true that replacement windows can increase property values and eliminate older models that no longer open correctly due to years of wear and tear and exposure to the elements, you must first ascertain if you can repair the windows you already have or if replacement is the way to go.
New replacement windows might be the more effective solution for reducing noise pollution and keeping precipitation from seeping into the room from outside during stormy weather. If you’re experiencing either of these nuisances, your windows are most likely to blame. Your first step will be to call a professional to check out the state of your windows and decide if you’re looking for a repair job or a complete replacement.
If you find any detectable rot at the frame or it’s lost all of its shape, then repair is out of the question. For those of you who in that particular predicament, it’s time to buy replacement windows. Now you need to decide which ones to purchase for your house and that will take some careful consideration. Here are the three most important factors that come into play when you select the right window.
1. Shop Around
It doesn’t matter what it is, you’re probably going to compare prices on that item. That’s just being a smart consumer and it should be no different on selecting the right replacement windows for your home. But there is a tendency in many homeowners to buy the least expensive option in order to save some money. Unfortunately, it’s often at the expense of quality. There’s no sense in having a technician come out and install replacement windows if they are going to be sub-par and a poor replacement for the windows that you already have.
Cheap replacement windows will demonstrate the symptoms of shoddy quality from the get-go, they’re not as energy efficient as they claim, they’re drafty, they just don’t get the job done the way they’re supposed to and you’ve spent all that money for nothing. The bottom line is this: price should be a factor in picking the right windows but it shouldn’t be the only one that you rely upon for finding the best windows for your home.
2. The Right Materials
When you start searching for replacement windows for the home, you’re going to find that they come in a choice of four different types of materials. The first is aluminum, which is a cost-efficient way to go but it lacks energy-efficiency that you may want in your new windows. So you might be paying less for your replacement windows but that money you save will most definitely go towards paying higher energy costs.
Aluminum is not a great choice for insulating the home. After that, you have the choice of wood replacement windows, but you may find yourself paying to replace them again sooner than you would aluminum or other materials, especially if you live in a region prone to a lot of routinely bad weather. Fiberglass is another option but the extent of its pros and cons hasn’t been fully ascertained yet since it’s the newest material that is being used for replacement windows. Finally, vinyl is a popular choice for homeowners who want a replacement window that brings all of the best traits to the table. They’re affordable, resistant to the damages of extreme weather, and energy-efficient to help you save money over the long term.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
Many consumers will visit the website of replacement window companies and installers to get a better understanding of what they’re facing with a purchase of this size and magnitude. But that may not be sufficient enough to answer all their questions and concerns about buying and installing replacement windows.
What you don’t want to do is go into this project blind or uninformed. You’re no expert when it comes to windows so the best thing to do is just ask. No one is going to think you’re silly or foolish for asking what you may think are dumb questions. Chances are they’re not and asking before you proceed may mean the difference between having the windows you want and getting stuck with a window that is not. That’s why it’s vital that you go over the process thoroughly so that all of your concerns are allayed and addressed in full.