Like many things in our home, windows can deteriorate and experience issues over time, so that every so often, a complete replacement is called for. Replacing your old windows can provide many benefits, including increased home value and comfort, but a replacement job can be quite expensive. An upscale window replacement, for instance, can cost as much as $15,955. For this reason, it’s essential to be a savvy customer before you sign on with a window company for a replacement job.
Technological innovations have changed the way we live, and when it comes to home renovation, technology has been key in making the process much quicker and easier. Windows are important home components that can make a significant aesthetic and energy-efficient contribution to the way we live.
There are today many types of replacement windows which can truly change the way our home looks and functions. It’s paramount, though, that you make the right choices to maximize the amazing benefits of modern replacement windows. You need to find the right units that will complement the needs of both your family and your home.
If you’re seriously considering investing in new windows in the near future, keep these important tips in mind:
Tip #1: Look to Your Home’s Architectural Style as Guide
The general architectural design of your home will play a key role in the success of your window replacement project. Keep in mind that not all window styles work well with certain home designs. Given how pricey new windows can be, you have to be really sure about your choice when purchasing replacement units.
Here’s a simple guide to matching window styles and home designs: if your home has a modern and contemporary vibe, minimalist picture and sliding windows are your best choice. For Tudor, Spanish-Mission and Cottage homes, casement windows are most ideal. The timeless, classic appeal of bay and bow windows, meanwhile, are perfect for Queen Anne Homes. Traditional home styles like Colonial, Cabin, Craftsman and Farmhouse, on the other hand, can benefit from the equally traditional double-hung window style.
Tip #2: Take Your Home’s Needs into Account
As with many homeowners, you’ll probably only want to tackle window replacement once or twice in your lifetime. It’s important then that you take the time to learn about your options and the different features that come with them, so you can get your project done the way you want it. When making a decision as essential as this, it’s always better to have all the information you need.
The first thing you need to do is write down all the reasons why you want to install new windows. The most common motivations are improved aesthetics, better energy efficiency and minimal maintenance requirements. Your list of goals will serve as your guide throughout the process. For example, if you want to prioritize increasing airflow inside your home, double-hung and casement windows can very well meet your needs. To prevent energy leakage and gain energy savings, airtight picture windows are your best choice. On the other hand, sliding windows are ideal for saving space, and bay and bow windows can help accentuate your exterior while adding extra space inside.
Tip #3: Choose Durable and Energy-Efficient Framing Material and Glass
When it comes to ensuring the quality of your replacement windows, you need to check out its framing and glass. The frame serves as your window’s backbone, making it the primary source of its strength and durability. The overall insulation and energy efficiency of your units, on the other hand, relies heavily on the type of glass used. Right now, the best framing material and glass combo is composite frames and modified low-emissivity (low-e) glass.
Composite frames, such as Renewal by Andersen®’s Fibrex®, combine all the outstanding features of different framing materials available on the market today. Made from reclaimed wood fiber and a special polymer formulation, Fibrex is known for its superior strength, insulation and durability, as well as for its low-maintenance features. Conversely, low-e glass options, like the High-Performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass from Renewal by Andersen allows for a thermally comfortable home all year round, without the high energy cost.
Tip #4: Hire a Reliable Window Company
Some homeowners choose to hire subpar, inexperienced contractors in an attempt to save some dollars from their upgrade. Unfortunately, doing so can incur further damage to your units, which can lead to bigger repair costs in the long run. Working with a trusted window installation company guarantees that the work will be done in a timely and efficient manner, while adhering to quality specifications.
Finding a reputable contractor, though, can be tricky, which is why you should do your research. Window contractors who have been in the industry for at least five years are, more often than not, experts on the matter. You can trust them to deliver quality workmanship and provide top notch materials. Important credentials like license, insurance, bond and certifications are also an indication that the company you plan to hire can stand by their work and meet, if not exceed, your expectations.
With careful planning and proper consideration, your window replacement project can be a stress-free and enjoyable experience. Contact a trusted window contractor today to kickstart your upgrade.
Alex Esler works as a Marketing Manager for Renewal by Andersen, the window replacement subsidiary of Andersen Corporation, a company that has revolutionized the window and door business for more than 100 years. Their local, family-owned offices in Southern New England, Greater Philadelphia and Colorado make up the largest replacement window company in a network of 100 Renewal by Andersen Dealers. Always eager to help and known to maintain a positive outlook in life, Alex remains driven and inspired by her work and the causes she cares about.