Replacing Your Home’s Windows
At some point, most homeowners will need to replace their home’s existing windows. The good news? Doing so provides an excellent opportunity to update your home’s appearance and energy efficiency.
Here’s what to consider when replacing the windows of your home.
Calculate Your Budget
Purchasing new windows is a major investment for homeowners. So, it’s no surprise cost is an important factor during the window replacement process. Still, homeowners need to be realistic about their window replacement budget.
The cost of replacement windows will depend on several factors such as:
- Frame material (wood, aluminum, or vinyl)
- The number and size of windows required
- Energy efficiency
- Window style
With a set budget in mind, you can determine which material and style will be the best choice for your home. From there, you can start the process of shopping around to compare different windows.
Choose a Material Best Suited to Your Needs
There are many different types of materials to choose from when it comes to replacing your home’s windows. Some of the most popular options include wood, aluminum, and vinyl. While each material has its own benefits, many homeowners opt to replace their existing windows with vinyl windows. Vinyl windows offer a lightweight and durable design that is often much more affordable than their counterparts.
In comparison to windows with a wood or aluminum frame, benefits of vinyl windows include:
- Often have a higher energy efficiency rating
- Available in a range of colors and styles
- Have a longer lifespan
When selecting replacement windows, having a clear understanding of the pros and cons of each material will help you make the right choice.
Choose a Style that Complements Your Home
It is important to think about the architecture of your home when replacing existing windows. To make sure you’re selecting a window design that complements your home, consider the overall appearance of your home. If you live in a cottage or craftsman style home, for example, choosing double hung windows with a grilled sash is a smart choice. Doing so lets you maintain the home’s aesthetic charm without sacrificing functionality and efficiency.
The Installation Process
While replacement windows can be installed by the homeowner, it is not recommended. Improperly installed windows can have a negative impact on your home. From diminished performance to impairing the aesthetics, mistakes can be costly. Doing it yourself could even void the warranty, leaving you unprotected if something happens down the road. When it comes to such a big investment, it’s better to leave it to the pros!
After your windows have been measured to ensure accuracy, the order will be placed. Depending on the availability of your chosen replacement windows, there may be a waiting period before they arrive. Once the windows arrive, the installation will be scheduled at your convenience.
Whether or not you are home during the installation is entirely up to you. However, being present gives you the opportunity to double check the order before the windows are installed. If you choose not to be home during the installation, it’s essential to communicate any special instructions beforehand. It’s also helpful to leave sticky notes near windows that require special instructions.
The type and size of the windows you’ve chosen will determine how long it takes for them to be installed. Installation time can vary but it typically takes an average of about 30 minutes to remove and replace each window. Most residential window replacements can be completed within a single day depending on the scope of the project. When it’s all said and done, you’ll be left with perfectly installed windows you’re sure to love for years to come!
Ready to replace your home’s windows? Yanish Custom Exteriors has got you covered! Our experienced team can help you find the right windows for your home. Click here to learn more about our replacement windows or contact our team to get an estimate.