Window replacement is a significant investment in your home, and it’s essential to get it right. Here’s what to watch out for when upgrading your home’s windows.
The right windows will do wonders for home comfort all year round, saving you money in the long term and slashing energy bills. Some think getting any new window will do the trick, if they’re upgrading from single pane to double pane or wood frames to vinyl, for instance – but there’s a lot more to it than that. LoE coatings, multi-chamber frames, and the right gas fillings between panes greatly increase energy efficiency, reducing those heating and cooling costs.
The latest window technology isn’t the only way they increase a home’s efficiency and comfort. It’s important to make sure they’re installed correctly. Poor installation can negate a lot of the benefits of high-performance windows, so be sure to find a reputable company. It takes five to seven years for your home to start showing signs of damage due to incorrectly installed windows or building envelope deficiencies. Choosing an installer that manufactures their own windows is also vital, as they’re more like to offer long-term, industry-leading warranties that protect you for decades instead of just a few years. In many situations, a company might also use subcontractor installers that are paid per job. One way to ensure the job isn’t rushed is to use installers that are paid hourly instead.
As we all know, not all homes are built equally. The same goes for windows. Off-the-shelf products can’t compete with windows designed and manufactured specifically to suit your home and personal needs. For example, if you live on a busy street, the windows facing the road may require more soundproofing. The ones on the other side of the building won’t. The same may apply to window coatings and measures for thermal performance if one side of the house gets a lot of sun and the other is shaded. Windows don’t just go into single-family homes, they are also in high-rises, exposed townhomes, condos, and more. Find a company that puts their products through rigorous testing, so you know that the windows going into your home are good enough for much stricter conditions and regulations of high-rise buildings.
Older windows and doors can pose a safety and security risk in your home. Older patio doors make for a good access point for people looking to break in, and old windows with poor or broken locks could prove hazardous too. Newer products are designed with a focus on security, and features such as multipoint locking systems keep you safe and offer peace of mind. You’ll also want to work with companies that have developed safe work procedures.
New windows can improve a home’s efficiency, security, and soundproofing, but we shouldn’t forget about the aesthetics. Old, shabby-looking windows can be very detrimental to a building’s appearance – but finding new windows in the right style will provide a big boost. Not only do they add curb appeal, but they also increase home value. Older windows will put potential buyers off as they know they will have to upgrade themselves. This means that, despite this investment in your home being a big one, it’s also worthwhile.
It pays to find a local company that understands the needs of homeowners in your area. It’s important to understand the local climate and how to make the home as comfortable as possible all year round. Opting for windows that are manufactured locally also has other benefits such as supporting the local economy and jobs, and cuts down on transportation requirements which is better for the environment.
Don’t risk choosing the wrong product or installation team and wasting money. Find a company with experience and happy customers who will vouch for their quality and service. Above all, ensure you get a warranty that will cover you and your investment for a lifetime.
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