Window replacement is a large project to undertake for any homeowner. It comes with many benefits including saving on energy costs, getting the best design, achieving privacy and avoiding heat loss among others. But here’s the thing, it could be overwhelming as well. In this post we will go over the 4 things you should know about window replacement before moving forward with your project. Window replacement is a complex project that requires time and effort. It’s important to have a reliable approach and a solid plan so that your window replacement project is stress free and achieves the results you are looking for.
Here are a the 4 things you need to know and think about to ensure your window replacement project goes smoothly:
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different window options. For example, does the added insulation require you to upgrade your home to protect your windows against condensation?
Inquire about the merits and demerits of various window frames. In most cases, window marketers place an emphasis on the window glass at the expense of the frames. The frames maintain constant energy efficiency over a long period.
Consider the location of the project when choosing energy saving options. For example, light filtering glass is an important energy-saving feature in warm, sunny climates.
One of the most important things you can do is discuss your window replacement options with a local contractor instead of a sales rep from the window manufacturer. Although they have good products, let’s face it, sometimes window manufacturer salesmen can be a little bit pushy!
Plus, different regions of the country will have different needs due to climate, sound pollution, and even security needs. That’s why we always recommend that you start your window shopping by discussing your specific circumstance with a local certified contractor.
Regardless of who you go to, don’t allow anyone to push you into a decision before you are ready. Make sure all of your questions have been answered before you move forward.
After consulting local contractors on window replacement options and parameters for choosing windows, you have to consider a number of universal measurement ratings. These ratings help one to select products from a variety of manufacturers hassle free. These universal measurement ratings include:
U-Factor measures the amount of heat lost through the window during the winter. If the U-Factor is low, the window’s performance will be better during the winter.
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) is the rating that measures the much heat a window retains during summer. Lower number translates to better performance of your window during the summer.
Air leakage is a rating that identifies the quantity of outside air that can enter your house through the window. If the number is high, the condensation resistance is better.
Visible Transmittance. This rating tells you the amount of light the window lets in the home. If the number is high, expect more light in your home.
The cost of window replacement varies because of the availability of many options. It varies from one contractor to another. Time taken to complete the whole project also differs depending on the window replacement contractor and the preparedness of the homeowner.
The most important thing is ensuring successful completion of a window replacement project. This entails making early preparations prior to starting the project, planning the budget, engaging experts and seeking any other help where necessary.
We hope this article clarifies the 4 things you should know about window replacement before starting your project. Give us a call today and let our expert team guide you through the rest of the process!