Whether you are in the process of building a new home or you’ve lived in your house for decades, at some point the idea of replacing your windows is going to come up. In many cases, this is a great idea. Today’s windows are significantly more energy efficient than their predecessors, and many are exceptionally aesthetically appealing too.
There are, however, several common mistakes homeowners make as they go through the process of selecting replacement windows. As you read this guide, you’ll learn about five of them. The more you know about what to avoid as you pick windows, the easier it will be for you to choose styles that perfectly suit you and your family’s lifestyle!
- Focusing more on price than quality – Although it is certainly essential to have a budgetary plan and stick to it, it’s also crucial to select quality windows that will serve your household well for many years to come. It is also important to remember that the cheapest windows tend to function properly for only a few years before they need to be replaced, costing you significantly more in the long run than merely paying for higher-end windows upfront. Great windows don’t have to break the bank, though! Talk to you contractor about affordable, quality options.
- Failing to ask key questions – Although every homeowner has specific questions that pertain specifically to their project, there are some things that should always be asked before a window replacement project. These include inquiring about the windows’ warranty, asking about U-value and R-value, finding out how many years of experience your contractor has, and asking about licenses and insurance policies for both employees and subcontractors.
- Replacing windows with what was already there – Many homeowners replace their windows with the latest model of what they already had. This is not always the best decision; sometimes window fail because they simply aren’t the right style for a space for one reason or another. Make sure you consult with your contractor to find out which window styles are the best options for your job.
- Neglecting security measures – Having secure windows is extremely important, largely because almost a quarter of all burglars enter via first-story windows. There are many brands that produce very secure window models that have laminated panes and other features. Talk to your contractor to learn more about the styles that might fit your needs.
- Not thinking about the installation date – Most of the time, busy, reputable contractors book jobs several months out. It’s important to think about this when you schedule your window replacement job to make sure your family’s calendar doesn’t conflict. If, for instance, you have a vacation planned, make sure the installation date doesn’t coincide.
The expert team at Hatch Homes has years of experience installing windows throughout the Carolinas and Virginia. Let us help you find the perfect windows for your needs. Whether you live on the coast or in the mountains, we’ll work with you to pick styles that are suited to both your home’s aesthetic and your local climate. We can’t wait to get started!