So you are a homeowner who has finally decided it is time to address those old, drafty windows in your home and get them replaced. Or, maybe you're just now starting to think about window replacement for the first time, and you're looking for some impartial advice and ideas. Either way, you've come to the right place. This guide is intended to lend an unbiased perspective on the subject including information on many different questions that will invariably come up along the way.
If you are serious about looking at your window situation and getting a contractor in for a replacement window installation at your home, you need to know what you're getting into first. Don't just start calling manufacturers and installers until you have a better idea of what to expect from them; and more importantly, don't get going on the project until you're pretty sure you know what you want from your new window replacement.
A Guide to Replacing Windows
As a homeowner, you may not be aware of everything that goes into the price of windows. We can fill you in on some of those factors. From comparing the cost of fiberglass and vinyl to a discussion of low e glass and its benefits, our guide is designed to give you a better sense of the genre of window replacement and the things you can do as a consumer to not only save money, but also get the most satisfaction from your purchase and installation once you are ready to proceed with the project.
Choosing the Right Replacement Window
One of the issues homeowners frequently run into as they consider the merits of investment in new windows for their home has to do with the different types of windows that are out there. How do you decide which one is best? Oftentimes window companies will try to sell you whatever product is the most profitable or easiest to install. When dealing with them directly, homeowners have to be aware of the motivation factor. Salespeople are motivated by sales, pure and simple. Consider your needs and preferences before you speak to any sales staff so you will not be pressured into buying a type you end up regretting purchasing later.
Keeping an Eye on Contractors
Many contractors are perfectly honest and full of integrity. There are plenty of hardworking window replacement installation companies who always do right by their customers. Nevertheless, caution is in order when choosing your contractor. We'll show you what to look for in a contractor and how you can keep an eye on them during the window replacement process.
Double Paned or Triple Paned?
Determining the kind of investment you are willing to make in your replacement windows will largely determine the kinds of products you end up with when the job is complete. We always urge families to come up with a budget for the project before they even contact window replacement contractors. Come up with a number that represents the most you can afford, and then work backwards off of that. Chances are that if a salesperson understands your budgetary restrictions and your commitment to staying within your window replacement budget, you'll get more help getting the replacement job without going into debt.
Your budget will probably determine issues like whether you'll end up with double or triple paned replacement windows in your home. Our guide demonstrates how the particulars of any window job are almost always framed in by monetary considerations. Do some serious number crunching before you buy so your window replacement job doesn't set you back too far.