Buying new windows can be an overwhelming process. You may notice that your windows are difficult to open, condensation is forming between the panes, or you feel a draft by your windows. You know a replacement is the right decision, but you want to make the right choices. While speaking with a contractor can be a good place to start, there are things you can research on your own before buying new windows.
1. Do I Need to Replace All the Windows at Once?
While many homeowners choose to replace all the windows at once, there is absolutely no requirement to do so. The advantage is that you will only be inconvenienced once and there can be some cost incentives to replacing ten or more windows. If budget is an issue, windows can be replaced in stages, either going from floor to floor, or from the front of the house to the back.
2. What Choices Will I Need to Make for My New Windows?
When you have new windows installed, you will need to decide on style, frame materials, and the glass package. While double-hung windows are a traditional choice and still the most popular, sliding windows, crank-out windows, casement windows, bay or bow windows, garden windows, and more options are available to increase your curb appeal. Once you decide on the style of windows, you will decide on the materials for the frame. Wood, vinyl, and fiberglass make up the majority of the frame materials. Finally, you will decide on the glass package. Low-E coating and inert gas insulation will make your home more energy-efficient.
3. How Much Do New Windows Cost?
There are many factors that go into calculating the cost of new windows, so determining a price can be challenging. Size, number of windows, any existing damage, and the materials you choose all play a role. In general, a standard, double-hung, energy-efficient vinyl window costs about $450-600 to install. For a full frame installation, the cost jumps by $50-100 per window, and if you choose wooden frames, the windows will cost $800-1000 per window.
4. When is the Best Time to Install New Windows?
The best time to install new windows is when you need them. However, there are advantages to replacing windows in the fall. Because of the cool, dry temperatures and fewer insects to worry about, having a window removed for an hour will not adversely impact the comfort of your home.
5. How do I Prepare for a Window Installation?
Although you will need to do some preparation before installing your new windows, it isn’t excessive. First, you will remove all curtains and blinds from your current windows to ensure that your installer has access to the full window. Your window installer needs about three feet of clearance around each window opening, so you may need to move furniture slightly away from the walls. If you have wall hangings or pictures hanging near a window, you may want to remove them to avoid damage. Finally, if you have a home security system, let your alarm company know about the installation so they can remove the window sensors and reinstall them on the new windows. You do not need to be home during your window installation, although the installation crew will need access to the interior of your home to complete the project.
There are many benefits to buying new windows. You will have a noticed increase in comfort, curb appeal, and energy savings. You will know that your home is secure from both intruders and the elements. Installing new windows can be an investment, but it’s one worth making. If you’ve never had new windows installed, or it’s been a while since you’ve had this upgrade done, we can help guide you through the entire process and answer any questions you may have. Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors to learn more about our high quality products and services.