Replacing the windows of your home can be a rather large undertaking but it doesn’t have to be. Several homeowners choose trusted professionals to help them along the way with this particular home improvement. This helps ensure that minor details with major impacts aren’t overlooked during the process. There are several considerations to be taken when looking into having your windows replaced, some of which we will cover here.
The initial stage of planning is when you should determine what your window needs are. This should include how many windows you want replaced, material type, window style, energy efficiency, aesthetic, window placement, and budget. Once you have determined the answer to all of these, you can begin shopping around for windows or window professionals. The latter is usually the better option for bigger jobs. If you need assistance with any of the planning stage, many contractors will help you.
Planning Your Replacement Window Job
- Window Needs: Determining your window needs boils down to a few things. First is whether you’re replacing your windows due to physical damage, age, energy efficiency, aesthetic, or a combination of these. Physical damage is easy enough to spot in cracks, worn seals, inoperability, etc. Lackluster energy efficiency can be gauged by the age of the windows, a spike in your energy usage, and knowing what you currently have installed. Not every homeowner knows whether or not they have energy efficient windows so some research may be required. Knowing the age of your window is similarly difficult unless you are the one that had them installed or if the previous homeowner left you records.
- Material Type: There are several window material types and knowing which one is best for your home may require some guidance. The three most popular material types are vinyl, fiberglass, and wood. Each of which comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. To learn more about the different window material types check out our article from April 2017 Popular Window Material Comparison.
- Window Style: Just like with window material types, there are several window styles available. Some of the more popular windows styles are double-hung, single-hung, bay, and bow windows. Among these popular styles, there are many more that can provide your home with a sense of elegance, modernity, or simplicity. Find out more about our different windows styles on our replacement windows.
- Energy Efficiency: Energy efficient windows are in high demand right now because they provide homeowners with a fantastic energy upgrade to their homes. There are numerous energy upgrades from which you can choose for your window with the most prominent being Krypton filled triple-pane insulated windows. This particular makeup tends to offer the most when it comes to energy efficiency and is well worth the slightly higher cost. Identifying the most energy efficient window is made easy with the NFRC label and/or Blue Energy Star® Label.
Other Replacement Window Considerations
The last few things to consider before making your window decision are the window aesthetics, how the placement of the window will affect the lighting, energy usage of your home, and how much you’re willing to spend. Determining what type of aesthetic you’re looking for can be as simple as trusting your personal tastes. Our replacement windows are offered in a variety of colors that can match any home interior or exterior. Window placement is another big thing as it can affect the composition of your home as a whole, natural lighting, and effective energy use. For instance, large window styles tend to not be the best choice for the east and west side of the house, especially in living rooms and dens since they will capture the low angle of the sun during spring and autumn. This will lead to a blinding effect in those rooms, which can be quite a nuisance. Finally, budget must be taken into account. You should know what amount you can comfortably spend and still get exactly what you’re looking for. Once you know what your budget is, you can start shopping around for the best prices on windows and/or window companies. For more news and tips about improving your home contact us or check back here next month and let Your Remodeling Guys help you make the best of your home!