7 Things You Should Be Aware of When Replacing Your Windows

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There are tons of questions that homeowners have when it comes to replacing their home windows. The questions make the whole process overwhelming and confusing. 

 

Knowing that you need your windows replaced is just the start. There are various things you need to consider before you go through the process. Below are 7 things that every homeowner should be aware of as they go through the process.

 

  1. Replacing all windows at once is a lengthy process

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Most homeowners consider replacing all their windows at one time. Not only will replacing all windows at once be expensive but it will take more time. It will make it harder for you to stay in the home as the replacement takes place. But of course, the number of windows you have at home and its size play a role in the timeframe of the replacement. A smarter approach is to do the replacement in stages. Be sure to also check all the windows to ensure they need to be replaced rather than make a decision to replace all at once. It is likely, not all will need to be replaced.

 

  1. Replacing windows can be costly

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While numerous factors contribute to the cost of windows, windows, in general, are not cheap. The cost of the replacement project will vary depending on the type of window, size, number of windows, and quality. The frame also contributes to its cost with both expensive options such as wood and the lower-costing vinyl option. The range of cost for a standard size energy-efficient window ranges from $450 to $600 for vinyl options. While wood can cost anywhere from $800 to $1,000.

 

  1. New windows can help save on your energy bill

 

You’re probably aware of the fact that a new window can help save on your energy bill. But when shopping for a window, there are certain things you need to consider to ensure you get some that are energy efficient:

  • U-factor: This measurement tells you the rate of which heat transfers through the window. The range of this is from 0.25 to 1.25 and the lower the value the better insulation the window provides.
  • Air leakage (AL): As the name suggests this measurement tells you the rate air passes through the window’s joints. A lower AL value means less air leakage.
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): This measure signifies the amount of solar energy transmitted, the level of heat that transfers from the sunlight. The value starts from 0 and goes to 1, the lower the value the less solar heat is transferred.
  • Visible Transmitter (VT): The measurement determines the level of light that transmits through the window. Like SHGC the value range from 0 to 1, with higher the value the more rays are transmitted. 

 

Pairing energy-efficient windows with a quality curtain and decorative curtain rods can truly impact the amount of energy that transfers into your home, keeping it nice and cool in the summer.

 

  1. Spring is the best time for window replacement

 

The weather in spring is mostly pleasant so therefore, it is considered to be the best time to replace your windows. Replacing windows professional may not take long, roughly thirty to forty minutes per window but if the temperature is too hot or cold even that limited time can make it hard it difficult being the home. 

 

  1. Windows come with warranties

 

 Like almost everything else, you can get windows with warranties. There are different types of warranties and some windows will even cover things like broken seals and air leaks. You want to be sure you are well aware of the warranties that come with the window which will be useful in the long run, in case the windows are defected or don’t last as long as they should. 

 

  1. Quality and durability should be number ONE on your list

 

Appearance and designs should be second to quality and durability. The great thing about window design is that you can get long-lasting, quality windows in any style you want. So it is better that you have quality and durability on top of your list. You can find durable windows with a frame of steel and sloped sills that remove rainwater. Be sure to Ask around about the window quality before you buy it and keep the energy ratings in mind also.

 

  1. You can replace windows yourself

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Replacing windows isn’t rocket science. If you are the handy type, then you can take on the project yourself. You can save installation money this way and spend more on getting a quality window. But don’t take the project on if you’ve never had experience in taking on home improvement projects. Paying a professional will be better than not installing the windows properly which can result in you spending more, later on, to have them fitted properly. Think about your own capabilities and the time you have available when you decide whether to have the windows professionally fitted or to take the task on yourself. 

 

The Last Word

 

Windows replacement is an exciting task. New windows can change the outlook of your home while also add to its value. However, you can’t just go into the task without any preparation work. Besides finding the perfect window style, you need to figure out which window is right for your home and needs. Which is why you need to pay close attention to the various ratings provided on the window. Only then will you be able to make the most out of the whole replacement process. 

 

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Zana is a window treatment consultant with over 20 years of experience.