Your windows should be sturdy and durable no matter the weather. And for them to perform effectively against the elements, you have to choose the right window products and ensure they are installed properly. Make sure to pay attention to every detail of your window replacement project so that you can avoid mistakes and additional costs.
Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville, a reputable provider of replacement windows and patio doors, shares some tips on how you can avoid some common errors when replacing windows.
Choosing the Same Style for the New Windows
It’s common for homeowners to stick to the same style and brand as their old windows. While this can help make the process go quicker and avoid delays in decision-making, going with the same window styles may cause you to miss out on new window designs and features, which may be more suitable for your home. That said, keep your options open and review them closely to come up with an informed choice. Generally, newer window models have better energy efficiency than older ones, so have a look at your options and weigh them carefully.
Failing to Look Into Glazing Options
Different types of glazing can be used on windows, and each of these glazing types is designed for certain applications. It’s best to consult window professionals regarding the best type of glazing for your needs. But to give you a general idea, some of the finishes that you can choose from are: tinted, reflective, decorative, textured, heat-absorbing and low-emissivity (low-E). All these glazing options can provide exceptional functionality in terms of privacy, safety and security, and energy efficiency.
Not Considering Your Local Climate
Much like sliding doors, your replacement windows should be designed based on the type of climate that you have in your region. This is to ensure that they will be able to perform well and withstand the elements that are prominent in your location. Choosing windows that are not well-suited for your local climate can be disastrous, and it won’t allow you to fully maximize the benefits of your new windows. They might not even last for a long time since they are not built for your local environmental conditions.
Overlooking Security Concerns
Keep in mind that your windows are also crucial to your home’s safety and security. Since they’re usually the most fragile point of entry in many homes, intruders often target the windows to have access inside these homes. So when choosing replacement windows, make sure that they have good resistance to impact. It would also be great if you could add certain types of hardware on the frame to make it more difficult to open the windows from the outside.
Purchasing Windows Based on Price Alone
Of course, budget is an important consideration in window replacement projects. And while a cheap price may seem instantly attractive, it wouldn’t hurt to be wary of pricing that’s below industry average. Your new windows don’t have to be expensive to give you an assurance that they’re durable. Ask for a written estimate so that you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for.
In general, some windows may cost more due to imported window parts, labor-intensive installation, use of manual labor, subcontracted installers, showroom expenses and others.
Doing the Replacement Yourself
Always hire a professional to do the job, especially if you are replacing multiple windows. Take note that there are different installation methods used in window replacement projects. These include retrofit (reusing existing frames), full-frame replacement (changing all the window components) and sealed unit replacement (replacing only the sealed unit and not the entire window).
Get a Free Window Estimate Today!
Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville offers a range of replacement doors and windows to suit various home styles, needs and budget sizes. We have a dedicated staff consisting of hardworking and experienced professionals who will ensure quality workmanship and the best customer service for you. If you need help choosing window styles, rest assured that our design professionals will offer their assistance to make it easier for you to decide. Call us at (865) 221-7970 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve customers in Maryville, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas.