If you are considering or ready to buy replacement windows, you may find yourself getting overwhelmed with all the options. There are so many replacement window mistakes to avoid — including the right window styles, glass options, colors, substrates and more. You also have to consider settling on a window manufacturer, and a reputable installer.
While the process may seem overwhelming at first, it’s really not. To help make the process simpler, we’ve identified three common mistakes to avoid when you’re making your decision.
Not Asking Enough Questions About How Your Replacement Windows will be Installed.
It’s likely you may feel a bit anxious about the installation of your new windows, as replacing windows means there will be some disruption to the daily activities that take place in your home. Different window installers may have a slightly different process, make sure you are fully informed of their project process, their installation crew, and more.
Installation Questions to Ask Include:
- What is the process your company follows when replacing home windows?
- Are your installers licensed and registered with our state? And, do you carry personal liability, worker’s compensation and property damage insurance coverage?
- Who will be installing my windows? Will you be using subcontractors or company employees for this project? If so, can you supply all insurance and licenses?
- How long have your installers been working with you?
- Will my project require a permit from my city?
- What happens if there is an issue with the installation? Who do I call to answer any questions I have or to resolve any issues?
Replacing Your Windows with the Exact Same Type or Style.
Don’t feel like you are stuck ordering the exact same windows you currently have in your home. Many people get ovewhelmed with the process and simply reorder what they currently have. It’s what they are used to. Consider other replacement window options both for design reasons, but also for functionality reasons.
When you are filling an existing window opening in your home, there are a variety of window styles that could be configured to replace it. For instance, you may currently have a Double-Hung window, but if you want increased energy efficiency you may want to replace it with a Casement Replacement Window instead. By taking a little extra time to do some due diligence, and with help from an experienced window replacement company, you’ll make an informed decision and select the windows that not only fit your opening but also fit your style and home.
Choosing a Window and Window Replacement Company Based Solely on Price.
I wish I could tell you how many times we are asked to come fix other Window Replacement Company’s mistakes, and in most cases we can’t. As the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for,” and this is definitely true with so many cheap window options and inexperienced installers.
Replacing windows is a purchase you will only have to make once or twice in your lifetime. Just as you invest in durable doors and locks to ensure safety and security for you and your family, the same mindset should be used when buying replacement windows.
Staying within your budget is important, but keep in mind – you get what you pay for. Do your research to find out why some features and glass options cost more than others. Take your time to weigh the long-term benefits against the short-term investment. When in doubt, focus on the long-term value over the price tag.
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