Are you thinking of replacing your windows? There are loads of good reasons to replace your old windows with new and more efficient windows. New windows aren’t drafty, won’t require unsightly storm windows, and are easier to clean since many tilt in. However, like anything in your home, new windows are an investment, so here are some things to consider.
Should I Replace All of My Windows Simultaneously?
This is truly dependent upon your budget. Although we often see windows replaced in two or three stages (usually starting with the front of the house, then the back, and then upstairs).
How Do You Choose the Best Windows For Your Home?
While there are many factors to consider when choosing new windows, and we get it, the options can be intimidating (we are here to help). However, there are four primary considerations we urge buyers to account for: window materials, type of window, glass, and their budget.
Modern window frames are typically made from wood, fiberglass, or vinyl. Wood windows are a good option if you are looking to match the window to an existing wood trim on your home’s interior. Fiberglass windows (also called composite windows) are the most durable of the three materials and typically have the longest lifespan. Lastly, vinyl is the most popular by far, comprising around 75 percent of all windows sold, and is available in many different colors.
This is usually where people start getting lost as there are options available for the type of window to install. Typically, most people choose double-hung windows, which are designed to tilt into your home and can be cleaned without the need for ladders. Another popular option is sliding windows, which are a wider but shorter type of window. Lastly, crank-out windows are also popular as they can be used in various openings but are also the most energy-efficient option.
Since reducing your electrical bill is probably one of your motivators in updating your windows, the glass package critical. Low-E (Low emissivity coatings) are recommended as they help make your home more energy-efficient (they allow heat into your home in colder temperatures and reflect heat away from your home in warmer temperatures).
Budget matters when choosing windows. With all the options, one of the main factors to pay attention to is the Low-E coating as it will save you money in the long term.
How To Measure for New Windows?
How to measure for new windows depends on your specific needs. The main thing you should note is that the window will be a ¼” smaller than the rough opening. So, if you have ¾” jamb extension on both sides, then measure between them, then add 1 ¼” to that measurement.
If you are doing a retrofit installation, the existing mainframe typically remains. For a retrofit install measure between the smallest point of the existing mainframe and then deduct a quarter inch from that measurement for the width and the height.
When Should I Buy Replacement Windows?
Usually, the most popular times for homeowners to replace their windows is when the weather is warmer, such as late Spring, Summer, and early Fall.
How To Prepare for a Window Replacement?
Before an installer’s arrival, we recommend that homeowners remove window coverings so that the installer can easily access the interior to set and caulk the windows. Since installers will need access to the windows’ interior for replacing, homeowners should also move furniture away from the openings. Lastly, don’t forget, if you have an alarm system on your windows, notify the alarm company that work will be done on the windows.