Having Your Windows Replaced? Follow These Tips For A Good Experience
Having your windows replaced can have a lot of positive benefits. Your home will stay warmer. Your energy bills should go down. You won't have to worry nearly as much about water leaks or chipping paint. But if you want window replacement to be an overall good experience, there are a few tips you should follow along the way.
Hire a professional installer
Resist the temptation to buy windows at a home improvement store and install them yourself. This is terribly time-consuming when you lack experience, and one mistake could lead to a leaky, damaged window. Installing windows is a specialized skill and is well worth paying professionals to perform.
Have all of the windows replaced at once
Unless you're on a really tight budget, having all of the windows replaced at the same time tends to be the best option. This way, all of your windows will match. If you do notice any drafts, you won't be wondering whether they are from a new window or an old window. Plus, many window companies offer deals on whole-home replacements, so you'll save money overall with this approach.
Make sure you can open and close the windows you choose
Ask your window contractor to see an installed version of the windows you're thinking of having installed. Try opening and closing this window to make sure you can do so comfortably. If you have limited grip strength in your hands due to carpal tunnel or arthritis, you may struggle to open and close some double-hung windows. Similarly, some people really struggle to crank open casement windows. If you have a tough time opening and closing a certain type of window, let your installer know. They can recommend a different type of window that you have an easier time with.
Don't go overboard on the special features
Replacement windows come with so many different features: impact-resistant glass, Low-E coating, and even insulating gas fill. These features can be really helpful, but you may not need them all depending on your climate and desired level of security. Ask your window replacement contractor to recommend the features you need. Don't feel pressured to buy windows with additional features that your climate does not necessitate.
If you follow the tips above, you should have a good experience with window replacement. Before long, you'll be staring out some clean, pristine, new windows. Turn to your window replacement contractor if you have additional questions.