When it is time to replace your windows, you need to be aware of the various options available to you. Unless you are someone who is handy with this sort of thing, it is best left to the professionals. It may also prove a tricky task to find the right window replacement. After all, there are so many designs to choose from and just because you happen to find a few that catches your eye, it does not necessarily make it a good fit for your home.
Then, there is the question of the installation itself. Some are easy, others can be downright difficult. You need to ask yourself if you can do it by yourself or call in the pros. Here are some things you need to know about window replacements.
1. Why Replace Windows?
You may have your own reasons for replacing windows. Perhaps there is a problem such as a draft or cracked caulking. Maybe you need something to bring down your energy consumption. You could just want to have some curb appeal. If you are thinking of selling your home, it is indeed a wise choice to replace windows because it appears to be a big issue to potential buyers. Not only that, it can actually raise the price of your home and who doesn’t want that? However, each case is different and many homeowners may find that window replacement is a good decision to make for their homes.
2. The Right Design
For the right design, you need to determine what will work best for you and your home. When choosing, always keep functionality and energy efficiency in your mind. Then there are the materials to consider with each having its good and bad points when you take wood frame, fiberglass and vinyl as examples. There are also different types of windows from casement to double-hung and many others in-between.
3. Consider Air Leakage
During your selection process, you will no doubt consider the materials that are used, its functionality, the energy efficiency and the type of window. However, pay close attention to how it operates because some have more air leakage than others. Some of the more common operating types are:
- single & double hung &
- hopper style
Some are hinged at the top, others at the bottom, some to the sides, some are not suited for good ventilation and some open inward. As you can see, there are many things to consider here, in order to make the right decision.
4. Who Will Do The Installation?
You need to honestly ask yourself who will be doing the installation. If you know what to do and if you have had prior experience, then you may be confident enough to tackle the job. Otherwise, it is best left to the professionals. This way, you will be assured that the job will be done correctly and you will avoid any potential problems as a result of improper installation.
Before doing anything, make sure that you don’t need any special permits to do this work, but if you do, then it’s best to do it the right way. Whatever reasons you may have for replacing your windows, if it is done properly, then you will enjoy all the benefits it will bring.