No matter how sturdy your windows are, they will have to be replaced eventually due to various factors. While routine maintenance and inspections make a huge difference, window deterioration is still inevitable.
If it’s your first time calling an expert, here’s a guide to help you choose the right replacement windows for your home.
Understanding the Cost of Window Replacement
Do you need to replace a single window or all of them? Will you only need to change the window, or will you also need to get a new frame? New construction window installation typically costs more than replacement window installation. If you need multiple windows installed, asking for discounts wouldn’t hurt.
The cost of window replacement also varies depending on the type of window to be installed. Keep in mind that higher-end materials and more advanced features are more expensive. Nevertheless, energy-efficient replacement windows are worth the investment.
Tips for Choosing Replacement Windows
- Appearance: Make sure the new windows blend well with your home’s exterior and interior. If you’re not matching existing window colors, opt for low-maintenance materials, such as Fibrex®.
- Operation: Visit showrooms to try display windows. This way, you’ll know firsthand if the windows open and close smoothly. Check the cranks, runners and locking mechanisms. Do you think they’ll withstand regular use?
- Cleaning: For your convenience, make sure the windows are easy to clean and maintain. At the showroom, try to remove and rotate the sashes to see if you can easily clean the window units.
- Warranties: Check the warranties for parts and finishes. Ideally, warranty coverage for the glass should not be less than 20 years.