If you are a homeowner, at some point or another you must get replacement windows. Yes, these are often an investment in your home, but the benefits largely bring a return on that investment. Here are the top 5 things to know before you replace windows.
1. You Might Not Need to Replace Them
Sometimes, you might think that a replacement is in order, but in reality, you only need a repair. Your windows might last for several more years, sometimes as much as 40 years! However, if you might only get one or two more years of use following a repair, it’s probably best to fully replace them.
2. Read the Warranty(s)
Too many people get excited about a window replacement, yet they don’t even bother reading the warranty. Though the manufacturer always has a warranty, each has different points, lengths, and coverages. In addition, the installer often has some type of warranty, too, which is usually different than the manufacturer warranty.
3. Replacing Windows is Not a DIY Project
You might think it’s easy to replace windows, right?
Pop one out and put the other one in? It’s not quite that simple….
Correct installation of new replacement windows can be tricky, even for the most enthusiastic DIYer.
So, it is in your best interest to hire a professional window installation company to make sure that your windows are installed perfectly.
Trying to install them on your own is likely going to cost more because most homeowners make mistakes that the pros will charge a lot to fix.
4. Double Pane? Single Hung?
Let’s look at panes, first. Single pane is exactly what it sounds like: a single piece, or pane, of glass. From that, you can deduce that double pane windows are two panes of glass. The panes are separated by gas, which makes them extremely energy efficient. Single pane windows are less energy efficient.
Double hung and single hung windows are a bit different. Both double hung and single hung windows can be opened from one side, but double hung windows can be opened from both sides. There are pros and cons of both, of course, and its something to think about before purchasing windows.
5. Consider Your Frame and Glass Options
You might not realize it if you never bought replacement windows before, but there are different types of frames and glass options out there. For frames, you generally have your choice of vinyl, wood, aluminum, and fiberglass. For glass, it usually comes down to the gas used between the panes, including argon, krypton, and low-E, which is a low-emission gas.
With the top 5 things to know before you replace windows, you are well-informed about the basics of the window replacement process.