Replacing windows is an investment. For this reason, some homeowners prefer to look for other ways to keep their home energy efficient and comfortable throughout the year as an alternative to replacing windows. However, there are times when a replacement can offer very good long-term benefits for homeowners. If you think you might be putting “replace home windows” at the top of your to-do list soon, here are some tips to keep in mind.
1. Determine Your Priorities
What’s the main reason you are considering window replacement? The answer to this question makes a difference because it can help you narrow down the specific features or qualities you want in your replacement windows. For instance, if energy efficiency is your top concern, you would do better with windows with a higher Energy Starrating. But if you want something lower in maintenance, you might opt for vinyl windows that mimic other materials like wood.
2. Consider Personalized Options
If you “inherited” your windows when you first moved into your home, you may have grown to like them over the years – for the most part. With window replacement, you can have things your way. This means you can personalize your windows with:
• Customized shades that complement your home’s color(s)
• Privacy or safety glass
• Upgrades from single-pane to double-pane windows
• Materials with qualities that are more appealing to you
3. Be Mindful of Your Budget
It’s true that replacement windows can be an investment that pays off in many ways. Still, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider what you can comfortably afford before you start narrowing down your choices. Knowing what you can afford can also help you plan your project better. It may, for example, be easier for you to replace windows that are particularly problematic first and update the other ones later in the year or next spring.
4. Consider the Time of Year
Most home improvement contractors can replace windows any time. However, there are still certain times of the year when factors like weather conditions can present issues that can make the job more challenging. Generally, it’s better to replace windows at a time when you’re not likely to be dealing with extremely cold temperatures, accumulated snow and ice, or excessive heat and humidity.
5. Embrace New Technology
There’s all kind of new home window technology that didn’t exist even 10-15 years ago. For example, some newer windows have special glazes that react to light, while others are capable of blocking out most of the sun’s harmful rays. Other windows are now made in a way that eliminates weak points along seams.
Lastly, remember you don’t have to limit yourself to windows that are exactly the same as your older ones. There are many different window styles and designs that can give your home an entirely fresh and new look. Ready to invest in replacement windows? A home remodeling contractor can guide you through the process by offering suggestions and an initial estimate before any work is done.
If you’re considering a home window renovation then give us a call for a free in-home estimate! We will send our team to help cover the styles, costs and options with you.