Replacing your windows can be a smart move that adds beauty, value and efficiency to your home. From installation to price, here is what you need to consider before you get started.
DIY or Professional Installation: The proper fit can make or break your windows, literally. Installing your own replacement windows is not recommended, because there are so may ways the project can fail, from the wrong type of window being ordered to not compensating for existing structural issues. At the very least, consider having a pro come and do the measurements and ordering of your replacement windows for you, even if you choose to do the install yourself.
Cost, Convenience and Style: Why are you considering replacement windows? Here is a list of common reasons homeowners replace the windows. Having a clear direction before you start to choose new windows will help you understand and make decisions about the features that are most important to you.
Why are new windows important to you?
Do Your Homework: Research both window installation companies and the windows themselves. There are independent organizations that test and review replacement windows. Read the labels or ask about endorsements from reputable third parties such as ENERGY STAR, Good Housekeeping, Consumer Reports or the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA).
Price Check: When comparing prices for different brands and companies, make sure to understand the complete costs involved. What exactly does the estimate cover. Are accessories and installation included? What happens if you need an odd or customized size? Creating a comparison checklist may be helpful. Don’t forget to include warranty options, which can make a difference in your longterm costs if there is a problem later.
Once you have this basic replacement window information at hand, you should be able to take the next step toward getting new windows.