A lot of people think that replacement is a last-ditch move reserved for when you’ve absolutely done all you can to repair your windows and are still having problems. However, you don’t necessarily have to wait until your window is falling apart until you have it replaced. If you want to instantly improve the look, comfort, and energy efficiency of your home by getting only one home improvement project done, you should definitely consider window replacement.
The Advantage of Window Replacement Over Repair
While window replacement is more expensive upfront than repairs, the latter can end up costlier in the long run because old, faulty windows can rake in costs in terms of long-term maintenance and energy inefficiency.
Old windows, especially those that have single panes and lack low-emissivity coating, can drive up energy bills as they let in heat during the warmer months and let heat out during the colder parts of the year. Replacing old windows with today’s new products that are equipped with energy efficiency features can save you from extensive lifetime maintenance and expensive energy bills.
The Ideal Window Replacement Process
A good window replacement process can be broken down into four phases. When standard procedures are followed, homeowners can be assured of quality installation. These phases include:
- In-home Consultation. In-home inspections and consultations is your opportunity to talk to your window contractor about your needs and goals regarding the replacement. Having listened to what you want to get out of getting new windows, your window contractor will come up with a plan and present you with options you can consider. You will also be receiving a window replacement estimate during this phase based on your specific requirements.
- Measurement and Custom-manufacturing of Windows. The best replacement windows are those that fit your home exactly. Literally. This is why your window contractor will take the time to measure your windows, ensuring proper fit come installation time.
- Installation. Once all preparations have been done, your window contractor can now proceed with the installation as scheduled. This means clearing the work area, removing your old window, installing the new one, and returning all furniture and items back in their proper spot. Your new windows will also be tested during this phase to ensure not just proper installation but operation as well.
- Post-installation Customer Care. Just because your new windows are up doesn’t mean that your window contractor is no longer concerned about you. By providing you with product warranties and craftsmanship guarantees, your window contractor is ensuring you’ll enjoy the quality you’re expecting.
What to choose for a window? Get some tips on choosing replacement windows in the next part. Stay tuned!